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

ISBN: 978-0-470-56341-0
224 pages
February 2010
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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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Table of Contents


Introduction: Why in the World Should You Care?

1. Above All Else—People.

2. What Social Media Does Best.

3. Social Media Does Not Replace Marketing Strategy.

4. Making Business Sense of Social Media.

5. Social Media as Personal Power.

6. Social Media for Your Career.

7. Threading Some Trends Together.

8. The Vital Importance of Your Network.

9. Using Social Networking and Media Offline.

10. Velocity, Flexibility, Economy.

11. Snake Oil in Social Media.

12. Who Cares?

13. Participation: The Key to Social Media.

14. Social Media Is a Set, Not a Part.

15. Media Is a Mix—Get Mixing.

16. Social Media Starter Pack.

17. Five Starter Moves for Introducing Social Media into Your Organization.

18. Five Starter Moves: Should Blogging Go Next?

19. Five Starter Moves: Audio and Video.

20. Five Starter Moves: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

21. A Sample Social Media Toolkit.

22. Social Media and Social Network Starting Points.

23. What Friends and Seinfeld Teach You about Growing Your Audience.

24. Twitter Revisited.

25. Case Study: For Those Who Pea on Social Media.

26. Basic Business Blogging Suggestions.

27. A Sample Blogging Work Flow.

28. If You Intend to Blog Seriously.

29. Performance and Your Audience: Blogging Tips

30. Some Tips to Fine-Tune Your Blog.

31. How to Create Business from a Blog.

32. 50 Blog Topics Marketers Could Write for Their Companies.

33. Growing Your Audience: Some Basics.

34. Be Effective in Meetings, and Use Social Media Tools.

35. Programming for the Masses: Social Computing.

36. Creatives and Your Secret Mission.

37. Advice for Traditional and Local News Media.

38. Social Networks Are Your Local Pubs.

39. Facebook and the Social Graph: Who Benefits?

40. The Value of Networks.

41. Five Things to Do at a Social Networking Meetup.

42. Delivering Content Value to Market Your Product.

43. The Community Play.

44. The Power of Links.

45. Authority, Ownership, and Mechanics.

46. Enabling Peer Collaboration Using Social Networks.

47. 10 Ways to Make Your Next Conference Better.

48. Who Is Secretly Pitching You?

49. The Sound of Content Ripping Free from Its Page.

50. Social Media—Talk Is Cheap for Businesses.

51. The Community Ecosystem.

52. Social Media Starter Moves for Freelancers.

53. Making a Business from Social Media.

54. Make Your Blog Design Work for You.

55. Social Media Starter Moves for Real Estate.

56. How Do Realtors Demonstrate Community?

57. Social Media Starter Moves for Entertainers.

58. Social Media Starter Move for Entrepreneurs.

59. Customer Service Needs New Channels…or Does It?

60. What I Want a Social Media Expert to Know.

61. On Managing a Community.

62. Make Your LinkedIn Profile Work for You.

63. Develop a Strong Personal Brand Online: Part 1.

64. Develop a Strong Personal Brand Online: Part 2.

65. 100 Personal Branding Tactics Using Social Media.

66. Blog Topics for Business-to-Business Customers.

67. Starting a Social Media Strategy.

68. Social Media Strategy: The Planning Stage.

69. Social Media Strategy: Aligning Goals and Measurements.

70. Writing E-mail That Gets Answered.

71. Where I Learn Even More.

72. What Do You Think People Want from Your Site.

73. Musicians Play for Tips: The Importance of Comments.

74. 50 Ways Marketers Can Use Social Media to Improve Their Marketing.

75. Should Hotels Have Social Networks?

76. Essential Skills of a Community Manager.

77. 50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice.

78. How to Reach and Influence Prospects.

79. How Content Marketing Will Shake the Tree.

80. Write Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Future.

81. Consider a Marketing Funnel.

82. Content Networks and Storefronts.

83. How to Do More with Less Time.

84. Creating Honest Content Marketing.

85. How I Do It.

86. What I Want PR and Marketing Professionals to Know.

87. Best Social Media Advice from chrisbrogan.com.


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Author Information

Chris Brogan is a widely read blogger on the subject of social media and its impact on business communication. He is the cofounder of PodCamp, the international new media conference series focused on the use of social media to build business and personal relationships. Find him at chrisbrogan.com.
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Chris Brogan: Listening in Social Media

Press Release

February 08, 2010
Social Media 101: Tactics and Tips to Develop Your Business Online

In 2007, Chris Brogan launched a blog project, The Social Media 100, dedicated to writing 100 blog posts in a row that provided useful information about the tools, techniques, and strategies behind using social media for business. He did this with the help of his online community, asking for feedback, expanding on ideas, and considering different points of views. 

SOCIAL MEDIA 101 (Wiley, $24.95; March 2010) is a compilation of that research. Written in Brogan’s signature accessible style, it provides excellent resources, techniques, and tips on making the most of social media. Brogan makes compelling arguments for why social media is important, explains how to set up an effective blog, and helps readers explore, understand, and enjoy the many different areas of social media.

“In many ways, this was the book that people expected me to write,” explains Brogan about the difference between Social Media 101 and his best-selling Trust Agents, which he wrote with Julien Smith. “My goal is that this is the book you’ll give to your senior team on the way to convincing them that social media is the right toolset for their goals.” 

SOCIAL MEDIA 101 walks the reader through all aspects of social media – from blogs to video, Twitter and podcasts. Brogan has all bases covered, including: 

  • Social media starter moves for freelancers, real estate, and entertainers
  • Ways to build an effective home base via your blog or website
  • 21 arguments on what social media does best
  • How to create a business from a blog 

 Even early adopters of social media will find interesting nuggets that will help them brush up on their skills:

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Next Conference Better
  • Ways to be more effective in meetings by using social media tools
  • 100 personal branding tactics using social media
  • Tips on building valuable networks and keeping the community alive
  • 50 ways marketers can use social media to improve their marketing
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