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Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies Paperback – September 21, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Face Facebook, link up with LinkedIn, and tweet with Twitter using this all-in-one guide!
Marketing your business through social media isn't rocket science. Here's how to apply the marketing savvy you already have to the social media your prospects are using, helping you get and keep more customers, make more sales, and boost your bottom line.
Find the business side — explore the variety of social media options and research where your target audience hangs out
Collect your tools — discover ways to simplify posting in multiple locations and how to monitor activity
Establish your presence — start a blog or podcast to build a following
Follow and be followed — find the right people to follow on Twitter and get them to follow you
Fan out — showcase your company with a customized Facebook business page
Follow up — use analytics to assess the success of your social media campaign
Open the book and find:
Tips for finding your target market
Important legal considerations
Step-by-step guidance for setting up a campaign
Lots of helpful technology tools
Blogging and podcasting advice
How to make Twitter pay off for your business
Tools for analyzing your success in each medium
When to move forward and when to pull back
8 books in 1
The Social Media Mix
Blogs, Podcasts, and Vlogs
Other Social Media Marketing Sites
Measuring Results; Building On Your Success
About the Author
Jan Zimmerman provides Web marketing and site management services to customers of Watermelon Mountain Web Marketing. She also wrote Web Marketing For Dummies.
Doug Sahlin has written books on everything from Web site building to digital photography, among them Building Web Sites All-in-One For Dummies.
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I always look forward to the latest installment of the such-and-such for dummies books, so I eagerly awaited my Amazon.com pre-order of Jan Zimmerman's and Doug Sahlin's Social Media Marketing (all-in-one) for Dummies. Even better it proclaimed it was eight books in one. The book is fantastic, even if it does suffer from the usual forest-vs-trees issue. It is much more a "trees" book with lots of details on each social media venue, but still a great book.
By "trees" I mean it gives you the details of each social media marketing venue: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, etc. For each, the authors do a nice job of overviewing the venue, and explaining the basic steps of how to create an account, what you can do with it, etc. It's a great survey of the entire Social Media Universe. Importantly, it is a critical, skeptical, ROI point of view vs. many of the simple cheerleading or laundry list books on Social Media out there. I really liked that.
By "forest," however, I mean the big picture / strategy of Social Media. The book DOES have information on building a Social Media Marketing plan and DOES have some useful case studies, but there is often just too much text and too many details. I teach Social Media Marketing (online and in San Francisco), and I have experienced that my students are just overwhelmed with the details. Less is often more, as they say, and this book could have used a re-write on the chapters on making a social media marketing plan. Missing in particular is a clear explanation of which social media venue fits which business need best.
That said, if you combine this detailed book, with some "higher level" marketing strategy... And, for example, you pre-think WHY you want to Twitter (Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, LinkedIn), and WHY your potential customers might care to listen / converse with you... You will have a dynamite combination. Don't be afraid to realize that perhaps you don't NEED Twitter - that Youtube is a BETTER fit for your company.
This book has earned its place on my reference shelf, for myself and my students in Social Media Marketing. For more on me, just click on my profile or Google Jason McDonald plus Social Media. I love comments and feedback, and I try to read as many new SEO, Social Media, AdWords books as I can.
If you are interested in Blogs (WordPress), Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Yelp and Second Life (a virtual world) then this book may appeal to you. The book doesn't focus on marketing but rather introduces these sites and gets you up to date on the terminology of the Web. I thought there was some useful advice about interacting at forums. I also liked what Dan Zarella had to say about blogs: "content trumps comments." He also mentions that a blog will be more effective if it sticks to a single topic.
"When responding to a review, keep a cool head. If a poster gets you upset, don't respond right away; step away from the computer for a while to calm down." ~ pg. 137
Throughout the book there are interesting facts like a short history of Twitter. There is also a short section on how to get "retweets" that might be helpful to anyone using Twitter. What I liked about this book was that on almost every left-hand page there is a screen shot so you can instantly see what Dan is talking about. No need to go online while you are reading! I thought that was very helpful since I was new to most of the sites discussed.
What I think you will enjoy is that the author introduces you to many sites you may want to start using to spread the message about your product or service. He does however advise that you avoid hard selling techniques. There is a brief chapter on "Strategy, Tactics, and Practice." This chapter helps you figure out who is talking about you online. This is especially useful if you run a business.
If you are new to social media then this book will be helpful. If you are looking for specific information on the sites listed above then I'd recommend you buy some of the Dummies books for each site. They have great books for Twitter, Facebook and WordPress to mention a few. Those are the sites I'm currently interested in and will be reviewing those books soon.
~The Rebecca Review