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1 Feb 2011 0071743863 978-0071743860

A crash course on the most dynamic marketing platform today!

Online marketing has evolved far beyond flashy websites and banner ads shouting at customers about your product. It's about using an array of Internet tools to build credibility and visibility, spread your message, and form meaningful customer relationships.

The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Online Marketing puts you on the fast track to harnessing the power of the Web for your marketing goals. It begins with planning and building a website and then provides in-depth coverage of essential online marketing tools and techniques, such as:

  • Content marketing and blogging
  • Social media marketing
  • Web analytics
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO )
  • E-mail marketing
  • Online Public Relations
  • Earn a Certificate of Achievement Through A Free OnlineExamination!

The McGraw-Hill 36 Hour Course: Online Marketing spells it all out in easy-to-understand terms and actionable steps. You’re already on your way to Web marketing mastery!

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071743863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071743860
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lorrie Thomas, M.A., is a marketing strategist, educator, writer, trainer, and speaker. She is the CEO of Web Marketing Therapy (, a marketing agency that offers strategic advisory services, online marketing training, and marketing management.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 18 Jan 2013
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It is very didactic, you can feel that you are doing a course, it uses easy terms, easy to understand even if you have no idea about online marketing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read 19 Dec 2012
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A good book to get to know the basics quickly. Just what i wanted but it's an American version so rules and regulations mentioned are for the US.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough for an introduction 22 Nov 2012
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I got this book to help me prepare for a job where I'm told I'll need to know about online marketing. As such, I think I'm not the target reader as the book seems more geared toward people setting up or running their own business. It was a good introduction to some of the terms and methods used in online marketing. However I felt that there was (for me) a lot of filler, and some of the chapters (particularly the "Builing your Website" one) were light on content. Also there was a lot of repetition and I felt as though the information could've been presented better in about half the number of words. I was really just looking for a reference book, not a motivational speaker. Probably not the worst place to start to get into online marketing, but there are probably more consice books out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 28 Feb 2012
I found this book very helpful. Having a job in an exports department we were searching for different kind of promotion. This book was simple and clear. We managed to do new things and help the department achieve its targets.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle to get through 15 Dec 2011
By Eric Wentworth - Published on
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This book has been a struggle to read. It's not the material---the actual instruction is basic online marketing information that can be found online for free---it's the writing. For a book with the McGraw-Hill name attached to it, I expected better. I hate picking on authors; I know how much work it is to write a book. But in this case I wish a good editor had helped make the book more readable. As it is, the book is a great lesson in how NOT to write. It's full of cliches (e.g. There is no I in TEAM). Lots of exclamation points! And some downright confusing writing.

The book begins with three Online Marketing Rules. Rule #3 states "You have conquered all three rules by picking up this book. Don't let it go!" Huh? That's rule number three?

The author promises "36 action-packed hours that will lead you to web greatness." The rationalization for this is that the "Web phenomena Facebook started with only a few hours of very simple programming (honestly), and now has a valuation in the billions of dollars." Huh? Maybe I missed the point, but I seriously doubt Facebook is the result of "only a few hours of very simple programming."

In describing Chapter 8 the author says "Search Engine Optimization delves into SEO." Isn't this like saying "Search engine optimization delves into search engine optimization?" The author then says "You will also learn how social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc) can boost SEO for total web domination." I'm not sure "total web domination" fits with the authors' other remarks in the book about online marketing being primarily about creating valuable relationships, but it seems out of place. I also don't think it's true.

In describing Chapter 11 the author says "Online Public Relations will show how PR can be done in your pajamas." Really? Perhaps if you are out of work or a single practitioner working from home. But is that really the focus of this chapter? There are dozens of examples like this throughout the book of writing that seems like it was done hastily, with little editing, and by someone who doesn't inspire confidence in their basic marketing credentials.

I wanted to like this book and include it in my own ongoing marketing education (or as the author says, "claim your newfound web wisdom (or shall we say "webdom"?). I do embrace the role of online marketing in an overall integrated marketing strategy. But as a 30-year marketing veteran, I can't say I learned enough to justify the price of the book.

As the author (condescendingly) says, "Everyone under 50, and a lot of people over 50 (who are growing younger while living longer), realizes that the web is the key to immediate information and wish fulfillment. The number of people who use the Internet is staggering!" These are the author's words, not mine. I realize that being over 50 makes me a doddering old relic, but hopefully I am one of the over 50 types who is "growing younger while living longer." The last time I looked in the mirror this wasn't happening, but maybe if I spend more time on the amazing Internet?

Note from doddering old "over 50" person: I have news for you, I was using a computer in 1982---almost certainly when the author of this book was toddling around in diapers. I was one of the first people to use the freakin' Internet for crissakes.

Since the Internet "is the key to immediate information and wish fulfillment," my wish for a new Aston-Martin Vantage should be just be a mouse-click away. Damn! I just tried it and my 1999 Ford Explorer is still out in the driveway. So much for immediate wish fulfillment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense 27 Jan 2012
By Running Bill - Published on
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I have trouble understanding how this book got such high reviews. I'm wondering if mindless Marketing people support their own kind, but for the rest of us who have surfed the web and understand simple concepts, this book is just a step above useless. It was actually a long read for the amount of substance it offered, and extremely repetitive (to fill space I'm guessing) but it could have been a 2-part article online...and I've read better as such. I'm a web designer and I was looking for some deeper SEO tricks and/or some tangible marketing advice beyond meta tags, start blogging, and make a facebook fan page...duh, thanks. For real SEO advice I recommend a dedicated SEO book, and for a good book of marketing advice...well, tell me when you find it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Online Marketing, Explained Completely and Compellingly 25 Feb 2011
By Bill Lampton, Ph.D. - Published on
I gave this book a 5-star rating, yet wished I could have awarded 10-star ranking. Lorrie Thomas--not a born techie, but an entrepreneur who developed her skills incrementally (as most of us have to do)--asserts at the outset that the "true meaning of marketing is maximizing relationships." Using the tools and strategies she recommends, you will be able to enrich your current professional relationships and cultivate new ones far more rapidly.

Once you have completed reading this book, you will go back to it constantly as a valuable resource for strengthening your online presence.

Have you started small with your Web marketing? Then follow Lorrie Thomas' advice: "Start small, then snowball."

You will be amazed at the depth of the author's research, and so pleased that she illustrates her information in clear and often witty language.

My prediction: You will decide that purchasing, reading, and applying this book was one of your wisest professional steps.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An online marketing book that both educates and inspires 1 Feb 2011
By Nancy Loderick - Published on
In this comprehensive guide to online marketing, you'll learn everything you need to know in order to create and execute a powerful online marketing plan.

Lorrie covers all the components of online marketing:

* Website
* Content Marketing
* Blogging
* Social Media marketing
* Web Analytics
* Search Engine Optimization
* Online Advertising
* Email marketing
* Online public relations.

For each component, Lorrie shares best practices, real-life examples and resources. I've been doing online marketing for several years and I've learned some new things from this book. This is also the first time I've read a clear explanation of web analytics and search engine optimization.

Why this book is so powerful:

* the online marketing components are presented in a very clear and easy to understand format. There's no technical jargon; Lorrie writes for the business person, not the technology person.

* the emphasis on setting your strategy before jumping into the tactics. Setting up online accounts like Twitter is very easy; it's your strategy that will determine if you're successful.

* the tactical steps help you get started. For example, Lorrie reviews the pros and cons of self-hosting a blog.

* the material is reinforced by the questions at the end of every chapter. There's even an online test to further reinforce your knowledge!

* the hard copy book is great for reference. I'll definitely keep this book on my desk.

* the listing of additional online resources for each marketing component.

* the final chapter on putting it all together. This chapter includes a sample timeline for getting started, examples of goals and measures of success.

The book is titled, "MGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Online Marketing." I'm not sure of the significance of the 36 hour reference, is it supposed to take 36 hours to read this book? Or, take 36 hours to implement the plan suggested in the last chapter? In spite of this minor confusion, I really enjoyed this book.

This is a wonderful and valuable resource for anyone wanting to create an effective online marketing plan. The strategy and tactics detailed in this book are effective for large and small companies, as well as for individuals.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Online Marketing: do it; no more excuses! 30 Jan 2011
By Lya Sorano - Published on
On the same day that I attended a Social Media presentation at a conference and trade show of an organization that has been reluctant to enter the 21st century and embrace technology - much less see a great deal of use for Social Media marketing - Lorrie Thomas's "Online Marketing" arrived in my mailbox.

I am now in the process of sending e-mails to some of the people I met at the conference, encouraging them to get to their bookstores ASAP and buy a copy of this book.

"Online Marketing" tells it like it is, in understandable, everyday language, and covers everything an entrepreneur or small business owner needs to know. I'm glad the book contains a section on web sites and another on blogging. But it is especially the clarity of Chapters 6 and 10, on Social Media Marketing and E-Mail Marketing, respectively, that will benefit my clients and prospects. And, I reckon, my others around the country.

In about 250 pages, the author covers the gamut of online marketing. Each chapter ends with a quiz that helps us remember what we need to do. And then there is a free online exam - wow!

I like this book and know I will consult it frequently; we all need refreshers from time to time.
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