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Suw Charman-Anderson, March 2015
Social Media Strategy: Understanding Your Audience »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2015 by Suw Charman-Anderson, social technologist Using social media in business can be a challenge, even for those who already use it personally and are familiar with the tools, the culture, and the expectations of social media audiences. It can be difficult to know where to start and how to develop your social …

Deltina Hay, January 2015
Changes in Social Marketing »

As the new year begins, major social media networks are, or soon will be, providing some new and some different options. For best results, keep the changes described below in your mind while you develop social media marketing campaigns. The Dwindling Facebook Reach Facebook “reach”—in other words, how many of your page’s fans actually see …

Mary Shafer, November 2014
A Social Media Pep Talk with Pointers »

Even today, many publishers seem not to understand what social media can do for their businesses. They fear it’s nothing but the ultimate time suck, and until they grasp the mechanics of social media, they’re right; it’s hard to imagine return on investment until you have an idea of what that investment might yield. In …

Linda Carlson , September 2014
How to Use Associations for Book Marketing and Sales »

Associations—the ones your prospective customers belong to and the ones you’re eligible for—offer a variety of promotional opportunities for your books, some for as little as the cost of a review copy or a luncheon meeting. You can discreetly pass out book flyers when you’re attending a college alumni association event, submit an announcement to …

Christopher Zoukis, September 2014
Online Book Promotion Pointers »

As a self-publisher, an author published by a small house and a large house, and a social justice advocate, I’ve found five forms of book promotion that serve me well in marketing and publicity territory filled with hucksters who either grossly overcharge or offensively overpromise. They may bill you $1,500 to make five contest submissions …

Shannon Belew, September 2014
LinkedIn: Turning Connections into Sales, Part 2 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1) If you have a complete and fine-tuned LinkedIn profile, as described last month in Part 1 of this series, you are ready to start building your online network. You may already know that it’s not difficult to ask for a connection. There are, however, some basic guidelines to consider, and there …

Shannon Belew, August 2014
LinkedIn: Turning Connections into Sales, Part 1 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 2) Unlike other social media sites, LinkedIn came out of the gate targeting professionals, establishing itself as a site for furthering your career, as opposed to sharing personal updates with friends and family. Once you are signed up as a member, LinkedIn gives you the ability to create a professional profile largely …

Kelly Gallagher , August 2014
How to Thrive in the “Golden Age” of Independent Publishing »

It’s often been said over the past couple of years that this is the golden age of independent publishing. Never before have there been so many opportunities. Barriers to entry can now be crossed with new tools, and it has never been as easy to make a permanent mark in publishing. The first images that …

Christopher Surdak, July 2014
The Socialfication Imperative »

Now that social media sites are allowing all of us to form and participate in digital tribes—groups numbering from a few dozen to a few million people who share some sort of social interest with us and with whom we seek deeper engagement—“socialfication” is a necessary business strategy. Fundamentally, socialfication is about the process of …

Deltina Hay , July 2014
Underrated Tools for Driving Traffic and Improving Discoverability »

Are you tired of reading more “new” tips about the same old social media tools? Me too. So here are some of my favorite underrated online tools that can drive traffic to your Web- site and improve book discoverability. QUORA.COM Quora is a crowd-sourced Q&A site that has recently gained a lot of popularity. The …

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