Simon Cocking
Simon Cocking 13 April 2014
Categories Social Media

7 Great Books To Improve Your Social Media Impact

A brief review of 7 contemporary, 2012 - 2014, books on how to improve your social media impact, drawing on UK & US.


1. David Meerman Scott 4th Edition, 2013


This has become a bit of a classic, and has gone through multiple editions. However it is still written in a very readable and accessible way. He blogs as well, and this actually helps the make the style of the book very readable. You can tell he has put his opinions out there, and received feedback and discussion and them. Consequently the book reads better for it. It has also evolved over time, particularly because in the 3rd edition he speaks about not using LinkedIn. However if you look him up now on LinkedIn it’s clear he has embraced the network with over 500 LinkedIn connections. Recognising the value of promoting your brand across a number of key social media channels.

Twitter handle : @dmscott


You can also sign up for an email newsletter, which has had some good links to interesting items.


2. Going Social, Jeremy Goldman, 2012

The case studies start to become familiar after a few of these books, but this is a good read, well written. Making the case well for why it’s strategic for companies to engage with social media outlets, rather than attempt to silence or hush up negative news. This does require more work for companies, but it does offer the opportunity for those with the best customer engagement to do better than those that do not.

@jeremarketer  [tough on the eye home page ]


3. Socialnomics, Erik Qualman, 2nd edition, 2013

This is great, and also more relevant because it has been updated too. Social media strategies is a rapidly evolving area, so a second edition helps to keep the book more relevant. He has tried to slightly future proof the content, by focusing on strategies, and then ensuring that the case studies are not too dated. It is well written, and a good read, though perhaps the content relating to Obama’s 2008 election campaign has now become a little passe. Sure it worked to beat McCain, but 6 years on, the same strategies might not be so effective, and the impact of the topic is weakened by Obama’s subsequent mixed record while in office.



4. Velocity, The seven new laws for a world gone digital, Ajaz Ahmed & Stephen Olander, 2012


It’s  a little hard to find a twitter or website reference for either the authors or the book, which does support the feeling of it being a little tossed off by two friends shooting the breeze a little bit, though after a bit of digging I did find them.

@Ajaz  Ajaz Ahmed

@soland  Stefan Oland - this section on the books they read is useful


5. Understanding Digital Marketing, Second edition,Damian Ryan, Calvin Jones, 2012

Also an updated version, and similarly it makes sense, as so much has changed so quickly. This makes a good contrast to the David Meerman Scott and similar books, in that while they are very good, the US market is never exactly the same as the European one, particularly the UK and Ireland. Whereas this book is written by some one based in Chiswick, London (! nice place, just shame it’s so expensive to still live there) and West Cork (beautiful, but remote). This helps to make the examples and analysis much more relevant to our Dublin-centric view of things. It’s also written well, and as with the other books too, it helps that the ideas were honed over a series of evolving articles, helping them to view and reconsider what they had written.


Calvin Jones’s blog


6. SEO made easy, Evan Bailyn, 2014

Does what it says on the tin. It’s well written, about treading that line between not using black hat SEO tactics, which will get you down rated by the google search algorithms, and yet still gaming the system within the boundaries given. Overall, the aim of the ever evolving google algorithms is to move towards reward those sites with the best, most relevant, most recent content, and the best links to the most reputable other sites. However, as every one is, or should, be trying to do this, this book does help to try and enable readers to optimise their own performance within this battle field. Good read, and not too long to get through either.



 7. Purple Cow, Free prize inside, All Marketers Are Liars, all Seth Godin, 2003, 2004, 2005

This is just a selection of Seth Gdin books you could be reading. He is pretty prolific, most of them are pretty good, they are all pretty quick reads, and make for some light reading after some of the previous, great, but slightly denser books, These 3 are some of his better ones, they have a clear idea to get across, and do it well and entertainingly.


He also posts almost daily from his blog website too.

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