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Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs (New Rules Social Media Series) Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470499311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470499313
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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"If you′ve been looking for a trustworthy primer on getting found online, here′s a great place to start. Buy one for your clueless colleague too."—Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae "If you have more money than brains, you should focus on outbound marketing. If you have more brains than money, you should focus on inbound marketing by reading this book."—Guy Kawasaki, cofounder of Alltop, and author of Reality Check

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To connect with today′s buyer, you need to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. The rules of marketing have changed and the key to winning is to use this change to your advantage. If you′ve wondered how to get found in Google or why blogs and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are important, Inbound Marketing is the book for you. HubSpot founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah give you the tools and strategies you need to improve your Google search rankings; build a blog to promote your business; grow and nurture a community on social media sites; and analyze which of your online marketing efforts are working. Stop wasting money blasting the world with marketing messages that nobody cares about. Instead, learn to get found with Inbound Marketing . "If you′ve been looking for a trustworthy primer on getting found online, here′s a great place to start. Buy one for your clueless colleague too." –– Seth Godin , author of Meatball Sundae "If you have more money than brains, you should focus on outbound marketing. If you have more brains than money, you should focus on inbound marketing by reading this book." –– Guy Kawasaki , cofounder of Alltop, and author of Reality Check www.InboundMarketingBook.com

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This excellent book is aimed at the 99% of the business world who are faintly befuddled by the strange world of youtube and delicious that they find themselves living in. It's aimed at plumbers, hairdressers, lawyers and oil company executives; at people in large corporations and small businesses alike who are dimly aware that their working lives are about to change - indeed, have already started to change in disconcerting ways - and who don't know what to do.

The premise of the book is that the old marketing is dead or dying. Gone are the days where simply throwing money at print or radio advertising guaranteed succees. Instead, you need to engage your customers. Give them reasons to come to visit your web site, and once they are there give them reasons to come back again and again. Turn your web site into a hub, stuffed with remarkable blog posts, videos and interviews. As the authors put it (they have a pleasing way with words) "ten years ago, your marketing effectiveness was a function of the width of your wallet. Today, your marketing effectiveness is a function of the width of your brain."

"Inbound marketing" is clearly - and explicitly - inspired by authors such as Seth Godin and David Meerman Scott. But where this book differs is in its emphasis on hands-on advice. Not only is it inspirational, but it's also brimming with practical wisdom. Sure, it talks about the power of Twitter. But then it gives you advice on how to choose a twitter handle. Sure, it talks about the rise of the superstar blogger and the death of the press release. But then it talks about how to decide whether you need a PR agency and, if you do, then how you should hire one. Sure, it stresses that your employees will need to learn new skills if they are to survive in this new world.
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I found this book very easy to read. It gives enough information to get across all the main points, but not so much as to overwhelm or get boring. I am a web designer with experience in SEO but felt I was not up to speed on social media. One of the less positive reviews on this site suggested that the authors were publicising their own site too much but I only recall them mentioning it a handful of times - not excessive in my view.
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Inbound marketing argues that the way to get attention is to produce great content and it certainly practises what it preaches. It is not a book about theories by some acadamics trying to push a new theory - its actually a candidly honest guide to the new marketing rules created by the internet from two guys with a great deal of experience who share their knowledge in a very honest book. I particularly liked their honesty about the pros and cons of various social media tools - you could almost sense their exasperation at trying to get content onto the front page of digg only to see it fail. And I laughed at the brutal honesty at times - don't worry about what you put in your tweets at the a start because nobody is going to be reading them at this point....

If you are looking for a book that will allow you to turn your business or idea into the next Internet sensation in 7 days you are not going to find it. But if you accept that it will require sustained effort, and want a book which explains how to market better on the internet (and the examples quoted range from Amex to one-person shops), is full of good advice and gives you a clear path to develop your marketing using the new rules of marketing, this is the book to read.
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Having spent 10 years working with Further Education Colleges using tired old (and sometimes unwelcome) outbound marketing methods I have found this book to be an invaluable tool in understanding how and why shifts in sales & marketing have taken place to make traditional methods ineffective. This book goes on to show how to apply inbound marketing techniques that will allow you to engage with your partners, clients & community in a fun, engaging and much more meaningful way.

It is worth mentioning that these methods are equally applicable to educators who are looking to attract new students.

This book is a must-have practical guide to anyone working in sales & marketing today, a brilliant book!! I would also recommend subscribing to Hubspot's You Tube Channel to see some great clips of inbound vs outbound marketing.
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If you've heard about Facebook, youtube and all the other forms of social networking, but didn't think they were much use for business, then this is the book to change your mind. Written with bitesize chapters and a very readable style, this book gives you a how to do it approach. Was given the book as part of a business course and have been recommending it such much to friends, family and anyone who'll listen - I wish I was on some commission!

A geek free guide to using the internet to drive more customers to your business - and if you haven't got a customer then you haven't got a business
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I bought this book when a client told me he had ordered it and I knew that it would be important to be able to sing off the same sheet. I'm not a techie, but having read several books and attended a number of seminars and webinars on these matters, I wasn't expecting to learn a lot new. How wrong I was! This is a brilliant book of combining new media to optimise your website and use Google, social media and other sites to support it.

Halligan and Shah start by reminding us all just how much marketing has changed - broadcast techniques are much less effective, the internet is the first port of call for most people looking for something new, etc. This is becoming something of a commonplace now - see Barnaby Winter's The Brand Bucket: Make Your Marketing Work- although personally I find that many print and broadcast media are still pretty effective - even if their call to action is primarily to attract traffic to your website. They go on to ask "Is your web site a marketing hub?", and advise readers not to worry too much about what the site looks like, but rather to ask whether you have remarkable content (a term borrowed from Seth Godin Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to Drive Your Career and Create a Remarkable Future), to encourage people to interact with it.

They then outline elements of the strategies that you need to apply if Google is to rank you highly and if you are going to achieve a first page organic ranking on Google or on other search engines.
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