9 Top Social Media Books Social Media Marketers Should Read

9 Top Social Media Books Social Media Marketers Should Read - These top social media books - social media superstars' best selling books help you jump start and speed up your social media marketing results

9 Top Social Media Books Social Media Marketers Should Read - These top social media books - social media superstars'  best selling books help you jump start and speed up your social media marketing resultsWhen it comes to taking a shortcut to learning something new, nothing beats great books.

Taking it further, when it comes to top social media books, the following selection can help you greatly speed up your social media efforts and bring you closer to understanding what the social media jungle actually is, and how to succeed in it:

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users

Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick are social media superstars, having a combined following of more than 10 million people on many different social networks.

In their book they provide a long list of very concrete and actionable steps you need to take to succeed on social media. From how to take a photo for your Twitter account, to how to use Instagram for live events, to how to rock Google+.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media superstar who made his fame with Youtube, who has invested in a number of social networks and runs a large, successful social media marketing agency.

He gives you a great explanation of how direct selling, and selling only, does not work on social media. Instead, you should provide content and value in the form of jabs, i.e. content which resonates with your audience and has nothing to do with sales. Once you create the relationship with them, you can ask for the sale.

Plenty of examples from many social platforms with his valuable commentary – great book.

Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy

Bryan Kramer created an encyclopedia of sharing, so to speak. One of the top social media influencers, co-founder of a pioneering digital marketing agency in Silicon Valley, he explains the history of sharing, why we share what we share and how to use listening tools to develop your business online.

Many examples and interviews with power players will help you understand and apply the concepts explained in the book. Futuristic and fascinating stuff.

Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Show Up, Be Authentic, and Prosper in Social Media

Kim Garst is a Forbes’ Forbes Top 10 Social Media Women Power Influencer, with more then 500,000 followers across many social networks. Using Twitter to build her other networks she has a popular blog that covers many social media topics.

In her book she explains that to thrive in today’s social media jungle you must be authentic, meaning you must “do what you promise” as Seth Godin says. You must be true to your values, practice what you preach and not hide behind your marketing departments.

Many useful examples explain how authenticity can help you rock social media.

Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype

Jay Baer is the famous speaker, consultant and a social media superstar. He’s the New York Times best selling author of the series of “Youtility” books, and a CEO of a marketing agency that has worked with many corporations and brands.

In “Youtility” he explains the shift of the brand-consumer relationship, and how the successful brands of today flourish by being genuinely useful to their audience. If you establish yourself as a helpful, useful, comprehensive resource you will gain trust and build your business without even asking for a sale.

Market your usefulness through all channels available, especially through social media as he says and you are on your way to dominating your market.

No B.S. Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing

Kim Walsh-Phillips, social media direct response expert and Dan Kennedy, veteran direct response marketer, famous consultant and speaker explain how to use direct response marketing principles in social media.

You can not deposit likes, shares or retweets into a bank account, and thus should strive to generate results such as leads and sales. The authors provide numerous examples of direct response social media campaigns and show you how to do it properly and successfully.

Twitter Power 3.0: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time

Joel Comm and Dave Taylor are two famous influencers and veterans of online business building. They have a number of websites, companies, speaking and consulting engagements among them, and have teamed up to explain how to rock Twitter.

The book is a comprehensive, detailed guide of all the “how tos” you need in order to develop and monetize your Twitter presence. The authors have covered every conceivable ground and aspect that you can use Twitter for. Very useful to start growing your Twitter audience.

Instagram Power: Build Your Brand and Reach More Customers with the Power of Pictures

Jason Miles is a chief marketer and co-founder of a niche small business and a best selling author of a number of books dealing with social media marketing.

In this book he explains in detail how to grow your audience on Instagram, but also goes into great detail on marketing strategies, monetization techniques, product launches and different types of campaigns that can help you develop your business on this visual social network. Much broader than Instagram only – great stuff.

Pinterest Power: Market Your Business, Sell Your Product, and Build Your Brand on the World’s Hottest Social Network

Jason Miles again, together with Karen Lacey, wrote a detailed how to guide for growing and monetizing your Pinterest audience. In addition to that, they interview successful Pinterest users and businesses, as well as the people from the Pinterest platform itself, providing lots of insights and recommendations on how to use their profile most effectively.

You would do yourself a great favor if you added these books to your social media arsenal.

They are packed with value and can help you jump start or further develop your social media efforts.

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