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Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online

100 ways to tap into social media for a more profitable business In Social Media 101, social media expert and blogger Chris Brogan presents the best practices for growing the value of your social media and social networking marketing efforts. Brogan has spent two years researching what the best businesses are doing with social media and how they're doing it. Now, he presents his findings in a single, comprehensive business guide to social media. You'll learn how to cultivate profitable online relationships, develop your brand, and drive meaningful business. Brogan shows you how to build an effective blog or website for your business, monitor your online reputation and what people are saying about your business online, and create new content to share with your customers. Presents specific strategies, tactics, and tips to improve your business through improved social media and online marketing Looks at social media and the wider online universe from a strictly business perspective If you aren't using the Internet and social media to market your business and stay in touch with your customers, you're already falling behind. The Social Media 100 gives you 100 effective, proven strategies you need to succeed.

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Corporate Blogging For Dummies

Establish a successful corporate blog to reach your customersCorporate blogs require careful planning and attention to legal and corporate policies in order for them to be productive and effective. This fun, friendly, and practical guide walks you through using blogging as a first line of communication to customers and explains how to protect your company and employees through privacy, disclosure, and moderation policies.Blogging guru Douglas Karr demonstrates how blogs are an ideal way to offer a conversational and approachable relationship with customers. You’ll discover how to prepare, execute, establish, and promote a corporate blogging strategy so that you can reap the rewards that corporate blogging offers.Shares best practices of corporate blogging, including tricks of the trade, what works, and traps to avoidWalks you through preparing a corporate blog, establishing a strategy, promoting that blog, and measuring its successReviews the legalities involved with a corporate blog, such as disclaimers, terms of service, comment policies, libel and defamation, and moreFeatures examples of successful blogging programs throughout the bookCorporate Blogging For Dummies shows you how to establish a corporate blog in a safe, friendly, and successful manner.

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The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators

Do you ever wonder where you fit in? Do you sometimes get that feeling that you have something much bigger to offer the universe, but then it fills you with fear and anxiety, so you think maybe I’ll just pay it safe? But what is safe? The factory job? The cubicle job? Factories all over have been converted to open spaces for startups. Skyscrapers have entire floors open for lease because the “same as everyone else” class of jobs have dried up. Many of us were raised to seek out a job that required us to fit in, to conform, to adapt until we fit the mold. The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth is a guide for the kind of person who wouldn’t normally pick up a business book. The personal business revolution is upon us. Here’s your recipe book for starting your revolutionary business, including some of what you will learn:How to be as weird as you want while providing a viable business structure to support itWhat most people are missing from the basic frameworks of doing businessHow to turn passions into businessesHow to build out the Digital ChannelWhat Kickstarter and Square mean for the future of business)Take the plunge. Learn to fail and then win. Dare to do something that “everyone else” doesn’t. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will help. Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Brogan explains step-by-step how to build your business from the ground up, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place.

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Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It's our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they?re enabling countless new tribes to be born?groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming. And so the key question: Who is going to lead us? The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals? people just like you who have passion about something. The explosion in tribes means that anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at her fingertips. If you think leadership is for other people, think again?leaders come in surprising packages. Consider Joel Spolsky and his international tribe of scary-smart software engineers. Or Gary Vaynerhuck, a wine expert with a devoted following of enthusiasts. Chris Sharma leads a tribe of rock climbers up impossible cliff faces, while Mich Mathews, a VP at Microsoft, runs her internal tribe of marketers from her cube in Seattle. All they have in common is the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead. If you ignore this opportunity, you risk turning into a 'sheepwalker?'someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don't do very well these days. Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, or readers. . . . It's not easy, but it's easier than you think.

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THE Web Traffic Book: A Definitive Guide To Crushing Your Competitors And Getting All The Customers You Ever Need!

This is NOT your typical book. Whether you're already an online entrepreneur or are hoping to become one, you will find ideas and strategies that you've never considered are covered in full detail, so you can apply them and reach new people who otherwise never would have known you exist. Covering search engine marketing, easy research strategies, social marketing, video marketing, paid traffic, and much more, expect to know exactly what you are going to do to market your business on the web by the time you finish reading this book. Get this book right now, read it, and apply what's inside to finally get the customers you know you deserve.

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Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything (2nd Edition) (Que Biz-Tech)

The 100% Updated, Start-to-Finish Guide to Profiting from Google+! Google+ is quickly maturing into an incredibly valuable channel for profitable business--and, because many of your competitors haven’t discovered it yet, it offers you huge new opportunities. Google+ for Business, Second Edition, will help you grab those opportunities right now. Top social media speaker and business advisor Chris Brogan will help you get great results fast, without wasting time or money. This fully updated second edition distills the experiences of leading-edge Google+ business adopters into powerful tactical recipes for everything from lead generation and nurturing to direct sales. Packed with new examples and case studies, it guides you through using Google+ for promotion, customer service, community building, referrals, collaboration, and much more. From start to finish, the focus is on results: generating more customers and more cash at the lowest possible cost!   Make the right first moves after you’ve signed up for Google+ Leverage the newest Google+ features to drive even more business value Take advantage of deepening links between Google+ and Google Search Implement today’s most effective Google+ strategies and tactics Use Google+ to drive more traffic to your main site and improve its searchability and discovery Shorten the buying cycle through better prospecting, lead generation, and nurturing Build a vital Google+ community around your products, services, and people Integrate Google+ into your current online/digital strategies Use Google+ video and videoconferencing to deepen relationships, solve problems, and make sales Organize contacts and interactions more effectively with Google+ Circles Create Google+ posts that draw attention and spark conversations

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Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks)

The New York Times And Usa Today Bestseller! The secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing on the social web is easy: Be Likeable. A friend’s recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook, Twitter, and beyond, that recommendation can travel farther—and faster—than ever before. Likeable Social Media helps you harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing to transform your business. Listen to your customers and prospects. Deliver value, excitement, and surprise. And most important, learn how to truly engage your customers and help them spread the word. Praise for Likeable Social Media: “Dave Kerpen’s insights and clear, how-to instructions on building brand popularity by truly engaging with customers on Facebook, Twitter, and the many other social media platforms are nothing short of brilliant.” Jim McCann, founder of 1-800-Flowers.Com and Celebrations.com “Alas, common sense is not so common. Dave takes you on a (sadly, much needed) guided tour of how to be human in a digital world.” Seth Godin, author of Poke the Box “Likeable Social Media cuts through the marketing jargon and technical detail to give you what you really need to make sense of this rapidly changing world of digital marketing and communications. Being human—being likeable—will get you far.” Scott Monty, Global Digital Communications, Ford Motor Company “Dave gives you what you need: Practical, specific how-to advice to get people talking about you." Andy Sernovitz, author of Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking

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Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day

The bestselling Sybex guide to marketing on Facebook, now fully updatedAs the second most-visited site on the web, Facebook offers myriad marketing opportunities and a host of new tools. This bestselling guide is now completely updated to cover all of the latest tools including Deals, sponsored stories, the Send button, and more. It explains how to develop a winning strategy, implement a campaign, measure results, and produce usable reports. Case studies, step-by-step directions, and hands-on tutorials in the popular Hour-a-Day format make this the perfect handbook for maximizing marketing efforts on Facebook.This revised guide fills you in on the latest Facebook conventions, tools, and demographics, and outlines the important strategic considerations for planning a campaignTakes you step by step through crafting an initial Facebook presence, developing an overall marketing strategy, setting goals, defining metrics, developing reports, and integrating your strategy with other marketing activitiesCovers using features such as events, applications, and pay-per-click advertisingIncludes case studies and directions for updating, monitoring, and maintaining your campaignThis popular guide is packed with up-to-date information to help you develop, implement, measure, and maintain a successful Facebook marketing program.

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Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Isn’t a great product enough? Shouldn’t it be able to stand on its own? When there were three TV channels and two kinds of toothpaste, quality alone could sell itself. But in a global economy crowded with millions of competitors, quality is just the beginning. The real challenge is getting the attention of those who might buy your product or service. Two little words have combined to make this easier, less expensive, and more possible than ever: social media. Websites, blogs, apps, and social networks — used in concert and with savvy — can connect you with a global audience. No gatekeepers. No massive fees. Michael Hyatt knows from experience. An author, agent, and publisher for more than thirty years, he has spent the past eight years creating an online following that numbers in the hundreds of thousands — all while leading the largest inspirational publisher in the world. But a flashy website is not a platform. A Facebook page joins millions just like it. Creating an effective platform is the key to success, but it is not simple. In Platform, Hyatt condenses his expert knowledge into step-by-step plans for building your own virtual stage, including: • Proven strategies • Easy-to-follow formulas • Practical guidance You don’t need a separate book to explain each application, each decision. You just need one book that distills it all into clear, proven paths. You just need Platform.

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