It is summer. Some of us have some free time to chill, sit in the sun – and improve your marketing skills. If you are looking for some new marketing strategies and tactics read some social media marketing books. If you are looking for some blogging and social media marketing books to learn something new, get better at marketing, and even get inspiration: Here are the books you need to read!
This list contains social media marketing books for advanced marketers as well as for beginners. There are books with very actionable marketing tips and step-by-step instructions to social media marketing success. There are some more strategic books and there are also books that cover the basic understanding of how social media works.
I am fairly sure that you can find at least one social media marketing book in the list that can help you to get better results from your social media marketing efforts!
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Taking a closer look at what it takes to make things successful online: Is there such a thing as real virality – meaning starting from zero to hero? What do you really need to make your stuff spread? How does psychology work and help to spread things that are already picking up speed? And what can you do to stand out between all the other stuff that fills the thin air of online competition?
Let’s be challenged to ask questions and change your point of view!
Learn about the reasons why people buy – and why they don’t buy. Read about examples and theory behind behavioral science and use it to make your marketing campaigns more effective.
David J.P. Fisher
The reason is simple:
A network is a multiplying factor when it comes to business growth. Your network can provide you with a ton of benefits: Customers, partners, guest posting opportunities, content partnership, a recommendation – the possibilities to win with your network are endless. And this book shows you how to grow your network fast with the right people – and how to use this network.
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4. Instagram Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Following Fast, Driving Massive Traffic & Generating Predictable Profits
- grow your followers
- turn followers into money
That results in many people desperately trying to grow their followers. But that does not guarantee success if you cannot turn them into paying customers.
This book is all about getting targeted (warm) leads – even when you don’t have many followers. Yes, some of the tips can be found elsewhere – that is simply because not everybody else is wrong about Instagram works. But this book provides you with.
This book is about the importance of a brand for social media success and how you can use engagement and your personality to humanize a business to build a connection to your audience. Change your perspective and don’t use social media as a shout out medium. An engaged audience is worth a thousand times what a large but detached audience can give you.
If you know how social media marketing still works when everybody and his grandmother are competing for attention listen to Carlos Gil.
Learn how to get started and never get stuck. That sounds just like your dream? This book will be the guide you need if you want to get started but don’t know how and where to start.
Whether you are able to turn your social media audience into paying customers depends on one thing: How much does your audience trust you? The more they trust you the more money can you make from them. This book gives you strategies that will help you to increase trust. Engaging your audience is one step on your journey to more trust. You will learn advanced techniques to build a more engaged relationship with your audience.
8. YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer
If you are not so much into writing, YouTube and videos may just be your thing. to help you find an audience and learn about all the opportunities you get by publishing videos on Youtube, this book is a great start. You will learn how to get started and make your videos spread to a larger audience when your following is still small.
This may not be your best choice if you already are a professional YouTuber and looking for the secret to making the next step. This is for beginners who need some help to find their way around YouTube and the many options you have to grow faster.
9. Social Media Explained: Untangling the World’s Most Misunderstood Business Trend, Revised and Expanded Second Edition
Whether you are an executive, startup founder or small business owner, this will answer many of your first questions. This is not an advanced marketing book for social media marketing experts looking for the next big idea. This is a book for beginners who need a starting point!
Andrew and Pete
This book is about cutting out the wasted hustle and focusing on the necessary steps to make your content work in favor of your business marketing. This book is a step-by-step process to build your online presence based on content and develop a content marketing strategy.
11. Epic Content Marketing: How to Tell a Different Story, Break through the Clutter, and Win More Customers by Marketing Less
You may wonder why I added so many content marketing books to this list of social media books. The truth is: Without content, your social media marketing is likely to fail. And better content can tremendously help your social media success.
Joe Pulizzi of The Content Marketing Institute breathes content marketing. He may not have invented it, but he certainly knows how to put content to great use, develop a content strategy – and what kind of content it takes to succeed!
12. Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice
Russel shows you the complete process of positioning yourself as an expert in your field and how to make people absolutely crave your knowledge. This book is jam-packed with applicable advice.
The how-to guide for creating helpful, informative, attention-grabbing content. This book will show you how to use this content to engage and interact with your potential customers and turn it into effective marketing.
Nothing fancy, or complicated. Just plain good advice on writing better content.
15. All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All
If your audience trusts you as a marketer, your job is half done. And this book tells you how you can use your stories to build trust.
You will learn what makes a good story – and how you can use these stories to sell more products.
It takes a thorough look at building a brand and how relationships work not only in the area of social media. Understanding how to build trust and relations from the first contact until you can convert a customer is still so relevant even after almost 20 years.
Bryan Kramer takes a thorough look at the power of human-to-human interaction and how you can use this knowledge to get better results for your business.
18. The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue
You will want to put this book down over and over again, because you simply have to sit at your computer and implement what you learn.
However, if you are already a marketing pro, the marketing tips from this book may be a little too basic for you.
Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah
The book for all entrepreneurs with more brain than money. This will teach you how to use online media to get found by your customers – as opposed as to try to hit your audience with your marketing message.
Inbound marketing is the solution for people who are not comfortable with classic “sales” – when you still need to sell…
This book provides you with a ton of actionable ideas and examples on how to connect to your audience and customers. You learn how to enchant your audience so that you can build up genuine interest in your products.
This book is stuffed with information and graphics to explain it.
Even if you already know a ton about marketing, this book will help you figure about which are the important parts of your marketing process and which ones to ditch.
22. Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks)
This is an easy-to-read book for the small business owner and the aspiring entrepreneur who wants to get a basic knowledge of the key elements of a social marketing strategy and develop new marketing ideas.
Learn from a ton of examples how you can use social media in various use cases and situations.
Guy Kawasaki, Peg Fitzpatrick
If you are interested, go for the Kindle edition of this book as it contains some helpful links to apps and related content.
Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskowits, Jonas Koffler
This book comes from three people who are living the Hustle game – instead of a boring corporate career. They all failed or had some early life-changing experience. And they all learned how to build their dream life by working hard, daring the new and different and using the opportunities of the social web.
This might not be the best hands-on advice book that you can use as an action plan that you can follow. But you will get a ton of motivation and inspiration from this.
25. The Audience Revolution: The Smarter Way to Build a Business, Make a Difference, and Change the World
Online Business is not about trying to market a product to an audience who may or may not care. Most online businesses are based on the “audience first” approach. With this approach, you build an audience in a niche and for this audience, you create products that they need, want and care about.
Danny Iny explains the audience-first approach and how it is going to change your business thinking and marketing strategy from the ground up!
This book explains how you can meet your audience on the channels of their choice. You learn everything you need to know about how to create a positive customer experience with real life examples.
If you work in customer care this book is a must read.
Jonathan Gebauer, Susanna Gebauer
Yes, this is a book written by me and Jonathan.
We give you a proven process to get reliable traffic from social media without paying for advertising. This book comes with step-by-step action plans to guide you to more traffic from social media within days – and you can scale this traffic success!
If you are looking for a place to start your social media traffic generation journey with a foolproof process and a thorough marketing plan, this book is for you!
While we are not necessarily fans of advertising it is a practical way to reach social media and business success – if you have the necessary budget.
But Facebook advertising is not a process that you can set up easily without any knowledge. Use this book and get far better results for your good money than without.
This book includes a lot of screenshot graphics to explain everything and guide you through all the important steps.
Jennifer Herman, Eric Butow, Corey Walker
You get a ton of practical examples for all the major features and best practices.
If you want to get started with Instagram (or you are on Instagram but are not seeing results), this is the book you should get.
30. LinkedIn In 30 Minutes: How to create a rock-solid LinkedIn profile and build connections that matter
If you already are a LinkedIn Pro this book may not be your best choice. If you are a beginner trying to utilize LinkedIn this book can help you to optimize your profile and even increase traffic from LinkedIn
Jonathan Gebauer, Susanna Gebauer
This book gives you the exact process not only we but some of the major social media influencers have used to build their traffic. We also show you a bunch of tricks and tweaks to easily multiply your marketing results from Twitter.
And the best thing? You can use tools to automate a lot of your Twitter marketing.
Which social media marketing books or books about related topics like content marketing did you recently read? Which books did give you the best advice to develop new marketing tactics? Did I miss any important social media marketing books? Which social media books can you recommend? Let us know in the comments!
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