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For marketers, The New Rules of Marketing and PR shows you how to leverage the potential that Web-based communication offers your business. Finally, you can speak directly to customers and buyers, establishing a personal link with the people who make your business work. This one-of-a-kind guide includes a step-by-step action plan for harnessing the power of the Internet to create compelling messages, get them in front of customers, and lead those customers into the buying process.

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Review Date: May 30, 2007
Reviewer: Brad Shorr, Geneva, IL USA
More than anything, The New Rules of Marketing & PR ties things together. The book provides an easy to understand yet comprehensive view of the new online marketplace--a landscape that can appear quite bewildering, even to marketing specialists. With so many options at our fingertips (literally), where do we start? Blogs? Podcasts? Public relations? SEO? Paid search? Viral marketing? The list goes on. To make matters worse, technology is changing and new tools are developing almost every day.

In the early chapters, David takes a high altitude look at online marketing options, showing us how they developed, why they're important, how they work, and why they work. In later "Action Plan" chapters, he jumps into the trenches and shows us how to actually use the tools and implement programs. Throughout, he uses detailed case studies to illustrate not only the programs but the amazing results they can achieve.

But it isn't just the latest and greatest technologies that are crucially important. Public relations, for example, has been around since Gutenberg but for the first time is practical for a small company. Traditional PR was cost-prohibitive and dependent on unreachable key media contacts. But in the new world--

"...your primary audience is no longer just a handful of journalists. Your audience is millions of people with Internet connections and access to search engines and RSS readers." (Chapter 5)

Today, public relations may be the single most underutilized tool in the marketing arsenal.

Another "old" technology David brings us up to speed on is the corporate Web site. In fact, the three most important points I got out of The New Rules of Marketing & PR have enormous implications on traditional Web development.

Those key points are--

1. The most important New Rule is CONTENT. Design is important. Technology is important. But without extraordinary content, you're doomed.

2. Interruption marketing (think spam and pop-up ads) has given way to consumer-driven marketing. Yippee! "The Web is different. Instead of one-way interruption, Web marketing is about delivering useful content at just the precise moment that a buyer needs it." (Chapter 1)

3. The starting point for any New Rule program is to create customer personas. If you're going to have extraordinary content that motivates buyers to take action, you'd better know your customers inside-out.

David explains how these three principles should influence not only your corporate Web site, but every other online program you undertake.

Thankfully, David is understandable as well as instructive. One reason I've enjoyed his blog for over a year is his conversational, entertaining writing style. He makes learning easy (which is harder to do than you might think). Anyway, his book is just like his blog--illuminating and fun.

The New Rules of Marketing & PR presents the most complete picture of any book I've read. For the marketing specialist, it will fill in the gaps. For the generalist, it will open up a whole new world.
What a Wake-Up Call!
 
Review Date: June 3, 2007
Reviewer: Jill Konrath, St. Paul, MN United States
By embracing the strategies in this book , you will totally transform your business. David Meerman Scott shows you a multitude of ways to propel your company to a thought leadership position in your market and drive sales - all without a huge budget.

From my perspective, the best thing about this book is that everyone can gain value from it. There are so many places you can start applying these new rules of marketing and PR. For example, I'm an experienced blogger, considered an expert in my field and already have a strong online presence. Yet I'm immediately going to start applying the lessons in Chapter 14: How to Use News Releases to Reach Buyers Directly.

Here's what else I like about this book:

1. The author includes numerous examples from a variety of businesses in different industries & sizes that have all used these strategies for success.

2. The book shows you multiple venues to reach your buyers directly. This circumvents the high costs of mainstream media enabling firms who are running bootstrap operations to compete with the big boys.

3. The "how to" guidelines on leveraging news releases in a web-based world are excellent. You'll learn how to create news on a regular basis, capitalize on various distribution services, focus on key words/phrases in your writing that are used by your buyers, and incorporate social media tags.

4. The insights on optimizing a website's online media room for search engines is another easy-to-implement technique with high payback.

In summary, I guarantee you that your investment in this book will be paid back many times.

~ Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies
The New Rules brings together online marketing & PR in an accessible form
 
Review Date: May 27, 2007
Reviewer: Barry S. Graubart, Irvington, NY United States
For those who read David's Web Ink Now blog [...], the themes of this book will be familiar. David released an eBook, the New Rules of PR, last year, focusing on direct-to-consumer press releases. That eBook, plus all of his experiences in viral marketing have led to this new book.

The book expands beyond PR to include online marketing, viral marketing and leveraging content. As David points out, in this new environment, these areas are all converging. A news release, posted to your website, simply becomes marketing content to the reader. As with his previous book, Cashing in With Content, Scott uses compelling real-world examples to demonstrate the benefits of these methods.

Roughly half the book is focused on putting these concepts to practice in your own environment. These ten chapters provide specific guidance for understanding buyer personas, using content to position your company as a thought leader and writing content that will resonate with your buyers. There are also hands-on chapters on blogging, podcasting and leveraging social networking sites.

The New Rules of Marketing and PR covers a lot of ground in less than 300 pages. For traditional marketers and executives, the book is an accessible guide to the emerging models. For those knee-deep in online marketing already, the New Rules serves as a useful checklist of tips and tools to ensure that your marketing, PR and content are working together to help you achieve your goals.

[...]
Excellent book for anyone doing business online
 
Review Date: July 11, 2007
Reviewer: Dianna Huff,
Sending a "dash and blast" press release to a reporter's already overflowing email inbox no longer cuts it.

To survive in today's "user generated content" world you have to join your buyers and customers in their world -- that is, online, where they are reading and commenting on discussion boards, updating Wiki entries, and writing blog posts.

Miss or ignore a negative post and you can potentially see millions of dollars drain from your corporate coffers.

What I liked about this book is that David explains how all the new techhologies and old media can work together -- RSS in media rooms, corporate blogs and PR, and podcasting and branding -- to help buyers find your company's products and services.

He gives practical advice on how to pitch the media (hint: don't spam them with untargeted press releases), how to monitor and respond to discussion forums, and how to monitor the blogosphere for "viral eruptions."

Whether you're a corporate PR pro or a small business owner, this book will help you navigate your way through the new methods of reaching your customers.
Powerful concept explained clearly
 
Review Date: June 6, 2007
Reviewer: Paul Gillin, Framingham, MA United States
David Meerman Scott sums up some provocative new ideas that challenge many of our assumptions about marketing. His thesis - that the Internet levels the playing field and that businesses should think of themselves as content providers - has profound implications for organizations of all kinds. He uses plentiful anecdotes and case studies to spell out how businesses are achieving success putting this powerful idea to work.

Small and mid-size businesses that lack big marketing budgets would be particularly well-advised to read it.
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