A friend of mine listed the social media ebooks he’s reading at the moment. There are dozens of social media ebooks around free and otherwise. So, I decided to make a list of the ebooks that seem to stand out. Here are nine of them:
The New Rules of Viral Marketing, David Meerman Scott. The smart marketers profiled in The New Rules of Viral Marketing: How word-of-mouse spreads your ideas for free tell you exactly how they used viral marketing and provide advice in their own words.
Fish Where the Fish Are- Mapping Social Media to the Buying Cycle, Chris Brogan. An ebook meant to get your mind started on how social media ties to the more traditional buying cycle. These are some thoughts I’d put together immediately after my presentation, fleshed out, lined up, and with some takeaways that you can use to dig in once you feel comfortable.
The Social Web Analytics eBook 2008, Philip Sheldrake. If you could go back to the mid-90s and offer a marketer a little box that could sit on her desk and let her listen in on thousands of customer conversations and participate in those discussions regardless of geography or time zone, it would appear so farfetched that she’d probably call security. This eBook is about that reality.
Getting a Foothold in Social Media, Amber Naslund. you don’t have any idea where to start. It starts with a strategy, rooted in a desire to forge better relationships with your customers.
The Social Media Starter Kit, Amber Naslund. Several times a day, I hear folks asking about how to get started with all this social media stuff. What tools they need, what sites they should look at so as not to get overwhelmed. This is the nuts and bolts stuff, not so much the “why”.
Social Media Time Management. Strategies for Tackling Information Overload, Amber Naslund. How many hours do I have to spend in social media each day? Do I have resources/people other than me? What can I expect of them? (Note: if you’re serious about doing social, you need to find an hour a day to start with, at least.) Which 2 or 3 tools and social networks make sense based on my listening efforts? What is my goal for participation on those sites? What is the culture of those communities and how will my participation line up with that?