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Karen Tiede, a contributor who is also a VineVoice Amazon reviewer and micro business owner wrote: A great place to start

I’ve read some other books about social media marketing that open with, “Start with a small test budget of no more than $200,000.00.” Brossman & McGaha will not take you down that path. If you’re overwhelmed by all the online marketing you are being told you should be doing (especially by people who want you to pay them to do it for you) and need to get an understanding of the whole field before you start spending marketing money, Social Media for Business is a good place to start.


Draughon Cranford wrote: Great book, made to fit YOUR needs

Great book, made to fit YOUR needs, not meet the needs of the authors’ ego.

Other books I have read on this subject have either been too basic or over my head. This book is written in a manner that allows you to find the information that is relevant to you. The authors suggest that you scan the table of contents for the information you need or want to learn now.


Cramer Gallimore a photographer and micro business owner wrote: An “owners manual ” on the subject

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. The subject matter is specifically about using social media for business purposes, and is chock full of information. Clearly organized and written, it is also a “quick start” for those businesses who want to implement a strategy right away. I manage social media campaigns myself, but have been unable to find all of this information in one place until now. The book has chapters written by several experts in different fields, which is a strength and is written in plain language anyone can understand. Great job!


Jen Surovy wrote:

I am a big fan of books that provide both new information and actionable items that I can use to improve whatever business venture or project I am working on. Similar to Martin’s book on Linking In to Sales, this book provides the latest information in social media/digital marketing and provides a clear path and steps for those that want to take immediate action to improve their online presence. Highly recommend this book for microbusinesses that are looking for new tools to enhance their business.


J Cutler wrote:

This book shows the tremendous knowledge of the authors and contributors and yet someone with little social media experience can relate to the material. You do NOT have to be technically saavy to understand how to make this work in your business. Can’t wait to finish reading! Great job on this subject. Look forward to another book.


D. Williams, a small business owner wrote:

I love the way the content is broken down in segments in this book. Every small business owner should tap into what Martin and Anora are sharing. There are so many things covered that a small business owner could use in his or her business. I highly recommend that anyone serious about their business get a copy of this book. However, “TAKE ACTION” on what the book covers to take your business to a completely new level.


Whitney Hill, a contributor wrote: Micro and Small Business Owner Must Read

This book is a must read for the micro business who needs to do their web marketing themselves and the small business owner or marketing manager that is working with a professional web marketing company or selecting one. Each topic can be read quickly and easily, and is written in layman’s terms.


Angel Lebak, a contributor wrote: One Book…All the Social Media Answers

As a Virtual Assistant Trainer I help upcoming VA’s around the country get their virtual assistant business started. This incredible book is one of the tools we use. The value of the book isn’t in the amazing detail of such a vast variety of topics (which is awesome). The real strength is in the step by step actions, that you can do IMMEDIATELY and see IMMEDIATE results on your Google ranking and social media presence. I HIGHLY recommend this book, and will continue to do so.


Michelle Gower, Gower Power, a contributor wrote:

I saw the amount of work that they put into the finished product, and it did NOT disappoint. From how to use LinkedIn “hidden objects” to land your next client to understanding the basics of WordPress, to how to grow a collaborative mindset while you participate online, the book runs the gamut without telling anyone they are ‘stupid if they don’t get it,’ or ‘need’ any of the contributors to do it for them for money.

The amount of contributions, from contributors that care as much as Martin and Anora do about the super-small business owner, are worth far more than spending weeks on Google trying to figure it out, paying someone thousands to set up a Facebook page, or losing valuable, billable time trying to go it alone and figure it out as you go.

(Updated September 16, 2011)

Disclosure – There were twenty contributors to the book. They do not get monetary benefit from the sales of the book, unless they actually sell the books themselves.

The Social Media for Business book was written as a primer for beginning and intermediate users of social media and online marketing, to comprehensively cover the framework, opportunities, considerations and perspectives for best utilizing social media and Internet resources. The small business owner or marketing manager, the micro business owner, even solo professionals will find it valuable to read Social Media for Business by Martin Brossman and Anora McGaha.