The 2013 Social Media Summer Reading List

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The 2013 Social Media Summer Reading List


Summer is almost officially here. Business as usual, but our Friday afternoons get a little shorter, and our weekends a little longer as the warm weather approaches. We’ve put together an extensive list of the top new social media summer reading books to help make your Friday afternoons in the sun guilt free. Take these books with you to the beach towel, chaise longue, or the airplane seat. Pop open a cold one, sit back with your feet up, and catch up on the latest expert trends and strategies for leveraging social media for your business.

Likeonomics: The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust, Influencing Behavior, and Inspiring Action

By Rohit Bhargava

Likeonomics social media summer reading

Likeonomics uncovers five key principles to win trust (or win it back)—and keep it. You’ll learn how to use the TRUST formula (Truth, Relevance, Unselfishness, Simplicity, and Timing) to power every relationship. Being more believable is the real secret to standing out—whether you are trying to grow your business, win an election, or find your next job—and this book will help you get there.

Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing

By Lee Odden

optimize social media summer reading

Optimize is designed to give readers a practical approach to integrating search and social media optimization with content marketing to boost relevance, visibility, and customer engagement. Companies, large and small, will benefit from the practical planning and creative content marketing tactics in this book that has been proven to increase online performance across marketing, public relations, and customer service.

The Zen of Social Media Marketing

By Shama Hyder Kabani

Zen social media summer reading

Shama Hyder Kabani, president of Web marketing firm Marketing Zen and social media expert, will teach you how to access all the benefits of social media marketing without the stress! With a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan, The Zen of Social Media Marketing outlines the most popular social media tools, from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn, and teaches you how to use them, step by step. She provides proven strategies for success from the businesses she works with every day, along with shortcuts and tips to help you make the most of your time and energy.

The New Rules of Marketing & PR

By David Meerman Scott

newrules social media summer reading

The New Rules of Marketing and PR shows you how to leverage the potential that Web-based communication offers your business. Finally, you can speak directly to customers and buyers, establishing a personal link with the people who make your business work. This one-of-a-kind guide includes a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of the Internet to create compelling messages, get them in front of customers, and lead those customers into the buying process.

Social Media Commerce for Dummies

By Marsha Collier

dummies social media summer reading

Social media commerce is a booming industry. By using social networks in the context of e-commerce transactions, brands large and small are making their products more available and more convenient for customers. This one-of-a-kind guide introduces you to social media commerce and explains how you can use social media to provide better customer service, collect payments online, and build your customer base. Online marketing expert Marsha Collier helps you determine where you have the best opportunity to reach your market, which sites you should integrate with, and much more.

Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing

By Mark Schaefer

ROI social media summer reading

Return on Influence is the first book to explore how brands are identifying and leveraging the world’s most powerful bloggers, tweeters, and YouTube celebrities to build product awareness, brand buzz, and new sales.

Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver

By Dave Kerpen

likeable social media summer reading

This best seller changed the way businesses interact with their customers on a daily basis. Likeable Business lays out 11 strategies for organizations of all sizes to spur growth, profits, and overall success. Dave Kerpen reveals the remarkable returns you’ll get when you gain the trust of your customers and stakeholders. In today’s social media world, it literally pays to be likeable.

Light, Bright and Polite: How Businesses And Professionals Can Safely And Effectively Navigate Social Media

By Josh Ochs

light social media summer reading

In this book, Josh Ochs outlines many of his counter-intuitive marketing techniques he has used on over 36+ brands in multiple industries. Josh also shares dozens of grassroots techniques and tips he has developed to unite thousands of people at his international networking events that bring together professionals in over 15 cities, 4 countries, and 3 languages. He also shows brands how to keep their social media messaging safe by reminding them to always keep it Light, Bright and Polite.

8 Mandates for Social Media Marketing Success: Insights and Success Stories from 154 of the World’s Most Innovative Marketing Practitioners, Authors, and Professors

By Kent Huffman

mandates social media summer reading

8 Mandates for Social Media Marketing Success focuses on the personal behavioral traits that marketers must master in order to get results with social media. Some of the most innovative marketing practitioners, authors, and professors—154 of them from all around the world—have provided their take on the eight mandates in this book. At the end of each chapter are two B2C and two B2B success stories featuring large organizations and small/medium organizations. A number of iconic brands are featured in this book, including Kimberly-Clark, AT&T, Gatorade, Gap, IBM, Frontier Airlines, Dell, AMD, Motorola, General Mills, MGM, Cisco, L.L.Bean, GE, Express, Deloitte, SAP, Adobe, and Wounded Warrior Project.

Navigating Social Media Legal Risks: Safeguarding Your Business

By Robert McHale

Navigating social media summer reading

Distilling his knowledge into a 100% practical guide specifically for non-lawyers, author and seasoned business attorney, Robert McHale, steps out of the courtroom to review today’s U.S. laws related to social media and alert businesses to the common (and sometimes hidden) pitfalls to avoid. Best of all, McHale offers practical, actionable solutions, preventative measures, and valuable tips on shielding your business from social media legal exposures associated with employment screening, promotions, endorsements, user-generated content, trademarks, copyrights, privacy, security, defamation, and more…

The E-Factor: Entrepreneurship in the Social Media Age

By Adrie Reinders and Marion Freijsen

efactor social media summer reading

In The E-Factor educates entrepreneurs on the pitfalls that take down most entrepreneurs before they get started, such as restricted resources, skills gaps, and financial limitations, and show you how to overcome these obstacles. Discover how best to secure funding for your fledgling startup and how to use new forms of social media work to your advantage. Along the way, read a wide array of case studies of successes and learn lessons from others’ failures, including those from small business owners and burgeoning entrepreneurs, all the way up to multinational corporations, global brand leaders, and the founders themselves.

Have we missed any? Which social media marketing books are on your summer reading list?

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