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Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business, Revised and Updated Edition (New Rules Social Media Series) Paperback – 2 May 2012
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From the Back Cover
The one-stop resource for creating irresistible content and building a loyal following, revised and updated
How do you create the stories, videos, and blog posts that cultivate fans, arouse passion for your products and services, and ignite your brand? Content Rules equips you for online success as a go-to guide to the art and science of developing content that people care about. Case studies show how companies have successfully spread their ideas through blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other platforms--and used them to establish credibility and build a loyal customer base.
This revised and updated edition shows you how to:
Find an authentic "voice" and craft bold content that will resonate with prospects and buyers and encourage them to share it with others
Use social media to get your content and ideas distributed as widely as possible
Get to the meat of your message in practical, commonsense language, and define the goals of your content strategy
Powerfully communicate your service, product, or message across various web media and mobile platforms
Boost your online presence and engage with customers like never before with Content Rules. Find out more at ContentRulesBook.com.
About the Author
Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education company with the largest community of marketers in its category, and co-founded ClickZ.com. She is a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, a contributor to LinkedIn's Influencer program, and Amex's OPEN Forum. There's nothing more fun than following her on Twitter, where she has 170,000 followers, or subscribing to her own site at AnnHandley.com. C.C. Chapman is a media creator, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and online marketing consultant. He is the founder of DigitalDads.com and the host of PassionHit.tv. For more information, please visit cc-chapman.com.
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This book is divided into four parts, entitled:
`The Content Rules'
`The How-To Section'
`Content that Converts: Success Stories'
`This Isn't Goodbye'
Part One explains what content is and why you should need to create it. There are 10 chapters in Part One that essentially set out the Content Rules, with headings that include: Reimagine; Don't Recycle: Anatomy of a Content Circle of Life, Share or Solve; Don't Shill, and the intriguingly titled: Attention B2B Companies: This is the Chapter You Are Looking For.
Part Two has 8 packed chapters with step by step instructions on how to create content. Included are Blogs, Webinars, EBook & White Paper, Using Case Studies, FAQs, Videos, Podcasting and Photographs. This is gold for anyone wanting to get started creating their own content.
In Part Three, there are 10 concise chapters, each one a case study, which the authors prefer to call Success Stories, and all have `Ideas You Can Steal'.
Part Four contains just one short chapter inviting connection online & also linking to a couple of bonus downloads!
I found this book extremely helpful (my copy is full of colourful sticky bookmarks for reference)and happily recommend it to anyone who needs to know how create content and use it as a way of marketing their business (large or small). It certainly isn't a stuffy textbook and is written in a humorous and conversation style. It's choc full of great tips, explanatory screenshots and diagrams.
Every chapter is useful and interesting, it never gets dry and I never found myself flicking ahead to see how much longer the chapters went on as I have done with other books.
The authors have a conversational style which comes across well. They make their points clearly and sensibly, never patronising the reader with too little detail or overwhelming them with too much.
Even a complete newcomer to the topics covered will understand the book and the suggestions they make. There are a number of useful case studies at the end of the book which show how different companies have had success with varying approaches.
This isn't a book that tells you exactly what to do in a formulaic method. It explains the issues, gives an understanding of why certain approaches work and examples of how to implement them.
Overall, it is an extremely useful addition to my bookcase and one I will undoubtedly refer to time and again.
Easy to read with loads of good ideas