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Almost no BS Social Media

  • Feb 27, 2013
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The BS in the title of this book seems to be referring to the notion that social media is somehow an end in itself, a worthy goal and pursuit that any organization should engage in in its own right. The authors of this book don't really buy into it, and they suggest that neither should you. They view social media as just another form of media engagement. It either helps your business in very tangible and concrete ways, or it doesn't. Any organization should view their social media engagement through a very utilitarian standpoint, and not treat it as a hobby or, even worse, a good-will nebulous outreach. So if that's what you mean by social media BS, then sure, this book will not provide you with any of it. However, if you are looking for a very specific set of advices on how to build your own social media strategy, then you will be somewhat disappointed. The authors are in fact very clear about this point: they don't believe that there is a single overarching strategy for approaching social media. What they do instead in this book is provide you with a collection of insights and case studies that, when understood properly, can give you ideas about how to approach social media in your own situation. This is all fine as far as it goes, but I was really hoping for much more of a concrete, actionable advice.

I am neither a social media maven nor am I looking into a career in such a field, but I have done a fair amount of personal social media promotion over they years. I've read a lot of books and articles on the topic, but am yet to come across one that can provide me with a clear sense of how to grow my own personal brand through social media strategies. So far I have been relying mostly on trial and error, and this book is only marginally helpful beyond the insights that I've come across on my own. However, if you are completely new to the world of social media marketing, then this book could be a useful first resource.

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"A book like this deserves a no bullshit testimonial: The social media world is so full of it, I really didn’t think anybody had the guts to put out a book like this on it. If someone tells you social media is crap, throw this book at them and demand they read it.”

--Scott Stratten, international bestselling author of UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging

 

“Jason and Erik don’t screw around with wishy-washy theories or starry-eyed notions. If you’re looking for sound advice on how to use social media to grow your business (and who isn’t?), this book is your guide.”

--David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of Real-Time Marketing and PR: How to Instantly Engage Your Market, Connect with Customers, and Create Products that Grow Your Business Now

 

"I've been famously quoted as saying, '99.5% of social media experts are clowns,' but watching Jason over the course of the last five years makes me feel pretty confident that he's in the other .5%."

--Gary Vaynerchuk, cofounder, VaynerMedia; author of The Thank You Economy

 

"Jason and Erik are the real deal. They blend heartfelt sincerity with technical know-how and experience. This book gives you a lot to chew on, and if you let it, gives you a serious step up on your competition."

--Chris Brogan, coauthor of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

 

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