I was to compare and decide which one was the best. I had used the Dummies guides for dog training and bartending, but it has been a few years since I have picked up and read either title. This was the first of the Complete Idiot’s guides that I have personally viewed.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Media Marketing is written by Jennifer Abernethy, who is CEO of TheSalesLounge.com. If you are familiar with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc., this book has many great sites that you may be unaware of. I think the recommended sites would be great to check out in order to increase your online exposure and increase marketing. It is easy in easy to understand terms that it won’t overwhelm the beginner with social marketing. It also does state a disclaimer in the front of the book.
The layout of the two books started off very similar and then subject material took a different focus. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Marketing had some nice tidbits throughout the book that are boxed in: definition, try this, netiquette, and online cautions. Each chapter concludes with a “least you need to know” that lays out some of the basics you should become familiar with in social marketing.
Social Media Marketing for Dummies had icons to promote special points for tips, friendly reminder for some paragraphs, also had a bomb picture for warnings to prevent a potential disaster, and an icon to share info for the technically inclined. These icons were off to the side by noteworthy paragraphs. I did not have a section to conclude the chapter like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Marketing.
Both books were very easy and quick to read. I would have to say personally, I found The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Social Marketing as a better choice. I liked it summarized with the section of “the least you should know”. With knowing the basics of Facebook and Twitter, I found this title had more information that I could personally apply and grow with to increase my social presence. Lastly, I liked the layout with boxed text for important points versus an icon by a paragraph that was noteworthy.
I appreciate the opportunity to compare social media marketing with the two series. I also get to share a savings to my readers if you would like to do the same. You will be able to save 50% off one order of regularly priced books by using Coupon Code CIGBlog11, at Idiot’s Guides.com. The discount code is only good through October 31, 2011. That’s a fantastic savings and perfect timing if there are titles that would fit someone on your gift list this year. Thank you!