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Reviews of books dealing with PR and online communications

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

FIR Book Review: 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits, by Melanie Mathos and Chad Norman

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, by Melanie Mathos and Chad Norman, is reviewed by FIR Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew. From the book description:

“101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits features 101 actionable tactics that nonprofits can start using today, and most of the featured resources are free. Broken down into five key areas, this unique guide explains the steps and tools needed to implement each tactic, and provides many real-life examples of how nonprofits are using the tactics. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn how leading nonprofit professionals around the world are leveraging social media to engage constituents, communicate their cause, and deliver on their mission.”

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101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide by Melanie Mathos and Chad Norman

Publisher: Wiley
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 2012
ISBN-10: 1118106245
ISBN-13: 978-1118106242

Purchase at US Kindle edition), Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK (UK Kindle edition).

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

FIR Book Club #1: “Social Media Strategist” Author Christopher Barger

Christopher Barger was the guest author for the inaugural installment of the FIR Book Club, hosted by FIR Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew.

Christopher BargerChristopher is senior vice president, Global Programs for Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli company. Before arriving at Voce, Christopher was director of global social media at General Motors, building the company’s social media program and leading its presence across multiple social networks. His work to repair GM’s reputation in the social web earned him PR News’ “Social Media Leader of the Year” award in 2010. Christopher also previously managed social media initiatives and corporate communications for IBM, where he was designated “Blogger-in-Chief.”

Christopher’s book, “The Social Media Strategist,” was reviewed on FIR.

This podcast was recorded live on BlogTalk Radio.

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FIR Book Review: Intern Nation by Ross Perlin

Intern NationIntern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy, by Ross Perlin, is reviewed by guest reviewer Kris Gallagher. From the book description:

“Every year, between one and two million Americans work as interns. They famously shuttle coffee in a thousand newsrooms, congressional offices, and Hollywood studios, but they also deliver aid in Afghanistan, build the human genome, and pick up garbage. They are increasingly of all ages, and their numbers are growing fast—from 17 percent of college graduates in 1992 to 50 percent in 2008. A huge and increasing number of internships are illegal under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and this mass exploitation saves firms more than $600 million each year. Interns enjoy no workplace protections and no standing in courts of law—let alone benefits like health care. Ross Perlin has written the first exposé of this world of drudgery and aspiration. In this witty, astonishing, and serious investigative work, Perlin takes the reader inside both boutique nonprofits and megacorporations such as Disney (which employs 8,000 interns at Disney World alone). He profiles fellow interns, talks to academics and professionals about what unleashed this phenomenon, and explains why the intern boom is perverting workplace practices in locations all around the world. “

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Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy by Ross Perlin

Publisher: Verso
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2011
ISBN-10: 1844676862
ISBN-13: 978-1844676866
(No Kindle version)

Purchase at Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

FIR Book Review: YouTube for Business, by Michael Miller

YouTube for BusinessYouTube for Business: Online Video Marketing for Any Business, by Michael Miller, is the latest book to be reviewed by FIR Book Review editor Bob LeDrew. From the book description:

“YouTube’s 120 million viewers are a tempting target for any business, large or small. How can you tap into the potential of YouTube to promote your business and sell your products or services? YouTube marketing is easy enough that any business can do it. All you need is some low-cost video equipment—and a winning strategy. After you figure out the right type of videos to produce, you can use YouTube to attract new customers and better service existing ones. That’s where this book comes in. The valuable information and advice in YouTube for Business help you make YouTube part of your online marketing plan, improve brand awareness, and drive traffic to your company’s website—without breaking your marketing budget.”

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YouTube for Business: Online Video Marketing for Any Business by Michael Miller

Publisher: Que
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 2012 (2nd edition)
ISBN-10: 078974726X
ISBN-13: 978-0789747266

Purchase at Amazon US (Kindle edition), Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK (Kindle edition).

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Monday, January 16, 2012

FIR Book Review: The Social Media Strategist, by Christopher Barger

Social Media StrategistThe Social Media Strategist: Build a Successful Program from the Inside Out, by Christopher Barger, is the latest book to be reviewed by FIR Book Review editor Bob LeDrew. From the book description:

“In today’s fast-paced professional climate, large companies are learning that launching a website and taking a wait-and-see approach to engaging customers is not enough. Competition is fierce, and those who master the social media space are the ones who come out on top. There is greater urgency than ever before to establish a vibrant social media program—and it all starts with a key strategist who can best organize and leverage all of the organization’s resources to cut through the bureaucracy and get real-time results. This is where The Social Media Strategist comes in. Before tackling specific social media programs, you first have to get your own organization—and everyone in it—on board with making social media a business strategy priority. Christopher Barger, the award-winning former social media director at General Motors and IBM’s former “blogger-in-chief,” describes all the challenges particular to getting a comprehensive social media program off the ground in a large firm.”

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The Social media Strategist: Build a Successful Program from the Inside Out by Christopher Barger

Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 2012
ISBN-10: 0071768254
ISBN-13: 978-0071768252

Purchase at Amazon US (Kindle edition), Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK (Kindle edition).

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

FIR Book Review: The Like Economy, by Brian Carter

The Like EconomyThe Like Economy: How Businesses Make Money with Facebook, by Brian Carter, is the latest book to be reviewed by FIR Book Review editor Bob LeDrew. From the book description:

“Your customers aren’t just ‘on’ Facebook: Nowadays, that’s where they’re most engaged. That’s where you need to reach them. Marketing on Facebook is no longer optional—but the field is cluttered with hype, foolishness, and ‘fake’ solutions that don’t deliver results. This book gives you what you really need: a complete, proven, step-by-step plan for maximizing your ROI on Facebook.”

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The Like Economy: How Businesses Make Money With Facebook by Brian Carter

Publisher: Que
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published December 2011
ISBN-10: 0789749068
ISBN-13: 978-0789749062

Purchase at Amazon US (Kindle edition), Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK (Kindle edition).

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Friday, December 30, 2011

FIR Book Review: ROI of Social Media, by Guy R. Powell, Steven W. Groves and Jerry Dimos

ROI of Social MediaThe ROI of Social Media: How to Improve the Return on Your Social Marketing Investment, by Guy R. Powell, Steven W. Groves and Jerry Dimos, is the latest book to be reviewed by FIR Book Reviews editor Bob LeDrew. From the Altimeter Group Partner Jeremiah Owyang:

"We know that for 2011 and the foreseeable future, ROI is one of the top priorities for the social media strategist at many companies, ROI of Social Media is the right book at the right time as social media strategist are needing to work the various department within the enterprise and show that the investments in social tactics and tools are a good investment. The 15 case studies contained in this book will help the social media strategist understand how global brands are successfully using social marketing to connect to their audience."

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The ROI of Social Media: How to Improve the Return on Your Social Marketing Investment  by Guy R. Powell, Steven W. Groves and Jerry Dimos

Publisher: Wiley
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2011
ISBN-10: 0470827416
ISBN-13: 978-0470827413

Purchase at Amazon US (Kindle edition), Amazon Canada, or Amazon UK (Kindle edition).

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