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Social Media Field Guide ― eBook
Social Media Field Guide ― eBook
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Social Media Field Guide: A Resource for Graphic Communicators
by Julie Shaffer and Mary Garnett
“Social media” is one of the those topics that is so hot, discussed ad nauseum by so many “gurus” eager to put their own spin on it, that a single definition is hard to come by
With the myriad of books and articles on social media, commentators, and pundits taking a snipe at the topic—what makes this book different and needed? You’ve told us, through phone call inquiries at Printing Industries, questions at conferences, seminars and surveys that you want a concise, not-too-technical primer on the topic social media. Something like…a field guide!
If you are seeking:
- a basic overview of the Social Media (SM) universe
- customer engagement through Social Media
- information about available methods and tools
- insight as part of the 91% of leading printers who recognize Social Media is not going away
- potential company direction and strategies
- guidelines and focus or their company’s marketing strategy
- practical applications that will solidify your presence in Social Media
- help to clarify your path in the online world of Social Media
Then this book is for you!
- The Lay of the Land
How Do We Get There?
- Why Make the Journey?
Goals of Social Media Engagement
B-to-C--Reaching the Goals
B-to-B--Reaching the Goals
How Print SErvice Providers Are Using Social Media
Gauging Your Social Media Readiness
- Starting the Trek
Ten Steps to Starting Your Business's Social Media Plan
- Navigating the Social Media Channels
- Tips for Social Media Travelers
- Social Media Road Trip
Part B--First-Person Accounts from Social Media Travelers
Appendix A: Social Media and Five Vertical Investigations
Appendix B: Resources: Blogs, books, and sites for further exploration
Appendix C: Social Media RFP Template
Appendix D: References
Appendix E: Glossary of Terms
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"It doesn’t make much difference whether it's B2B or B2C, a mom-and-pop shop, or a large corporation--businesses are finding that social media engagement is becoming a critical part of their marketing and sales efforts," says Julie Shaffer. "Depending on the organization, the motivation to jump in might differ, but our research shows that it can lead to deeper client relationships, grow a personal or business brand, and ultimately lead to improved customer satisfaction and increased sales. We wrote the Field Guide to encourage the folks in our industry to reap the rewards of social media conversation."
Chapter 1. The Lay of the Land: Take a Look Around You!
The guide begins by exploring the fundamentals of social media and why members of the graphic communication industry need to embrace it. Inside this chapter are explanations of the latest social media trends and examples of how companies are leveraging social media. Sprinkled in are easy-to-read charts that convey important statistics as well as testimonials.
Chapter 2. Why Make the Journey?
This chapter explains why social media is necessary to manage a brand, grow a network, provide more value to customers, and even increase sales. In addition, there is a section on how to implement mobile marketing and a helpful chart to gauge customer interest.
Chapter 3. Starting the Trek
Social Media Field Guide explains how exactly a company should begin their social media journey with a comprehensive and easy-to-follow ten-step plan. It also touches upon the importance of listening and how to measure social media metrics.
Chapter 4. Navigating the Social Media Channels
This section takes a thorough look at twenty of the largest social media tools and defines what exactly the tool is and how it can be used for business.
Chapter 5. Tips for Social Media Travelers
This chapter provides a step-by-step guide on how to use three of the top social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) to help the reader learn the innermost workings of these tools.
The final chapter of the Social Media Field Guide is full of case studies and interviews with some of the more social-media-savvy companies in the industry. Mary Garnett talked with companies like Corporate Press, Inc., Heritage Solutions, and Reynolds DeWalt to find out what social media tools they’re using, lessons they've learned, and the benefits of their social media endeavors.
The appendix of the Social Media Field Guide contains information on the social media integration of five vertical markets; a list of blogs, books and sites for further exploration; a request for proposal (RFP) template; and a glossary of terms.
Social Media Field Guide provides a comprehensive look at the current state of social media while explaining exactly why a printer would want to make use of these tools. The guide can help those new to social media get started as well as focus and refine the knowledge and technique of the social-media savvy.
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