Social Media Resources for You: A Reading ListAnita Kirkbride
At the end of my social media training courses and workshops I always give out a list of appropriate book recommendations or social media resources. My collection is steadily growing and I thought it might be helpful to share my favourites with my readers.
Books I’ve actually read and highly recommend:
What can I say about Scott Stratten? I won’t lie, I have a little professional crush on him and I stalked him into coming to Halifax for two separate events. But it’s with good reason! Scott uses real examples of good and bad social media to show you how it can and should be done. His books are fun and easy to read. If you don’t get Twitter, you should start with UnMarketing. His next book, QR Codes Kill Kittens is available for pre-order now and ships on October 14!
Mitch’s books are the kind of books you should give to anyone who says social media is just a fad, Twitter won’t be here in five years, or “put that damn phone away for five minutes would ya!” He’s tackled the seemingly impossible task of explaining to those people how we got here and why digital will continue to invade our lives.
These are not fun and easy books to read. The Long Tail is an economics book, but it explained so much about why the Internet is so amazing. You can read my full review here. I listened to Free while driving to a conference hours away and I found it fascinating to listen to. It’s another economics book, but I was truly glued to it the whole time (I thought it might make it hard to stay awake while driving but I was very wrong).
- The Now Revolution, Jay Baer and Amber Naslund
I wrote a review of Now Revolution when I read it, too. This would be a great follow up book for the person who just finished Mitch’s books and is now realizing they need to get on board with social and digital. This will help them see all the pieces they need for their company to be successful in the digital space.
And here’s what’s on my shelf, waiting to be read. I expect great things from these. Watch for the reviews as I get them read over the summer (if I can stay away from the 50 Shades wannabes):
- The Flinch, Julien Smith
- Youtility, Jay Baer
- Likeonomics, Rohit Bhargava
- The New Relationship Marketing, Mari Smith
Now it’s your turn! Which social media books am I missing? When I make it through these, what should be next on my list? Let me know in the comments. And since I’ve got an extra copy, one lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Scott Stratten’s UnMarketing! That’s right… just comment below (make sure your real name and email are there for me to see) and I’ll draw one random commenter to receive the book… the “unrevised second edition”.
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