Top Marketing Books to Read in 2018

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1.Top of Mind by John Hall

game-changing framework for staying top of mind with your audience―from the No. 1 company dominating content marketing

What do many successful businesses and leaders have in common? They’re the first names that come to mind when people think about their particular industries. How do you achieve this level of trust that influences people to think of you in the right way at the right time? By developing habits and strategies that focus on engaging your audience, creating meaningful relationships, and delivering value consistently, day in and day out…..

 

2. Hug Your Haters by Jay Baer

Eighty percent of companies say they deliver out­standing customer service, but only 8 percent of their customers agree. This book will help you close that gap by reconfiguring your customer service to deliver knockout experiences.

The near-universal adoption of smartphones and social media has fundamentally altered the science of complaints. Critics (“haters”) can now express their displeasure faster and more pub­licly than ever. These trends have resulted in an overall increase in complaints and a belief by many businesses that they have to “pick their spots” when choosing to answer criticisms.

Bestselling author Jay Baer shows why that approach is a major mistake. Based on an exten­sive proprietary study of how, where, and why we complain, Hug Your Haters proves that there are two types of complainers, each with very differ­ent motivations.

 

3. Outside Insight by Jørn Lyseggen

The world today is drowning in data. There is a treasure trove of valuable and underutilized insights that can be gleaned from information companies and people leave behind on the internet – our ‘digital breadcrumbs’ – from job postings, to online news, social media, online ad spend and more.

As a result, we’re at the cusp of a major shift in the way businesses are managed and governed – moving from a focus solely on lagging, internal data, toward analyses that also encompass industry-wide, external data to paint a more complete picture of a brand’s opportunities and threats and uncover forward-looking insights, in real time. Tomorrow’s most successful brands are already embracing Outside Insight, benefitting from an information advantage while their competition is left behind.

 

4. The Content Formula by Michael Brenner and Liz Bedor

The Content Formula answers the biggest question currently on marketer’s minds: what is the ROI of content marketing? This book provides a step by step guide for marketers, and is divided into three parts: how to build the business case for content marketing, how to find the budget to establish a new content marketing program, and how to measure content marketing success in business terms. With unused and wasted content costing B2B marketers alone a whopping $50 billion a year, the time to take a step back and identity problem areas is now so departments can focus on the areas that yield the most benefit to the bottom line. The Content Formula establishes a way for marketers to prove the exact return on investment they get from content marketing, highlighting its usefulness in any marketer’s toolbox.

 

5. Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday

Bestselling author Ryan Holiday, the acclaimed marketing guru for American Apparel and many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians, explains the new rules and provides valuable examples and case studies for aspiring growth hackers. Whether you work for a tiny start-up or a Fortune 500 giant, if you’re responsible for building awareness and buzz for a product or service, this is your road map.

 

6. Performance Partnerships by Robert Glazer

Robert Glazer, a leader in the affiliate marketing industry for over a decade, draws upon his experience and insights gathered from influential marketers to examine a rapidly changing field. Performance Partnerships is the first in-depth look at the performance (affiliate) marketing industry. Examining its roots and evolution, this book offers a better understanding of its impact as a vital form of direct-to-consumer digital marketing, and advice on how it can be used to change marketing and business development practices.

 

7. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information go viral than anyone in the world (Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness ). What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People dont listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. Hes studied why New York Times articles make the papers own Most E-mailed list, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In Contagious , Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission.

 

8. They Ask You Answer by Marcus Sheridan and Krista Kotrla

A revolutionary marketing strategy proven to drive sales and growth

They Ask You Answer is a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy. Regardless of your budget, you are almost certainly overspending on television, radio, and print ads, yet neglecting the number-one resource you have at your disposal: the Internet. Content marketing is no longer about keyword-stuffing and link-building; in fact, using those tactics today gets your page shuffled to the bottom of the heap. Quality content is the key to success, and you already have the ingredients in-house. This book shows you how to structure an effective content strategy using the same proven principles that have revolutionized marketing for all types of businesses, across industries.

 

9. Running the Gauntlet by Jeffrey Hayzlett

Building on the principles and concepts in his first book The Mirror Test, Hayzlett takes you on a step-by-step journey to:

  • Develop a “takeover mentality” for your business
  • Summon the vision and courage necessary for driving change
  • Sharpen the mental and emotional toughness to make strategic, lasting change
  • Execute the right changes and deal with any disruptions they might cause
  • Sustain and manage your company’s new-found momentum

Change is already happening all around you―to products, to organizations, to entire industries. Eventually, it will happen to your company, whether from outside forces or your own initiative.

 

10. The New Relationship Marketing by Mari Smith

One of the top social media thought leaders shares her secrets to expanding your business through relationshipsPeople have always done business with people they know, like, and trust. That’s the essence of “relationship marketing.” Today, the popularity of online social networking has caused a paradigm shift in relationship marketing. This book helps businesspeople and marketers master this crucial new skill set. Relationship marketing specialist Mari Smith outlines a step-by-step plan for building a sizable, loyal network comprised of quality relationships that garner leads, publicity, sales, and more.
If you’re a businessman or businesswoman feeling the pressure to shift your approach to using social media marketing, to better understand the new soft skills required for success on the social web, and to improve your own leadersh

 

11. Social Nation by Barry Libert

This book will show you, as an employee, customer or partner, how to use new social technologies, make yourself heard, and produce better products and services. As a leader and manager, you’ll find out how to use these tools to harness social interactions to improve your business and to create your own social nation. The book provides a social assessment for leaders, managers and employees to scientifically evaluate your individual social skills and competencies.

 

12. Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller

New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.

Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBranddoes this by teaching readers the seven universal story points all humans respond to; the real reason customers make purchases; how to simplify a brand message so people understand it; and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.

 

13. Chief Marketing Officers at Work by Josh Steimle

This book contains 29 exclusive, in-depth interviews with chief marketing officers like Jeff Jones of Target, Linda Boff of GE, Brian Kenny of the Harvard Business School, Trish Mueller of The Home Depot, and Seth Farbman of Spotify.

What the Reader Will Learn

  • How chief marketing officers from leading corporations, nonprofits, government entities, and startups got to where they are today, what their job entails, and the skills they use to thrive in the CMO role
  • How top marketing executives adapt to changes impacting their jobs in the areas of technology, language, and culture
  • How the CMO works in an environment of ever-increasing collaboration where the roles of CEO, CTO, COO, and CMO are blurring
  • How the CMO role is now dominated by data rather than gut decisions

 

14. Master Content Marketing by Pamela Wilson

A complete guide for beginners and pros alike which maps out a stress-free, repeatable, step-by-step process for effective content marketing — written by a business owner, marketing consultant, and leading authority on the subject.

 

 

15. The Business Blog Handbook by Kathryn Aragon

The Business Blog Handbook is an actionable, step-by-step guide for anyone running a business blog—the who, what, where, when, why and how.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, solopreneur, or managing editor, you’ll learn strategies and processes for managing a blog efficiently and effectively, so you get measurable results while still having time for everything else you do.

Written for experienced professionals and newbies alike, the book has beautiful typography, graphics, and clear structure to help you easily find the information you need. You’ll get clear explanations of the strategies behind running a blog, as well as the tasks you’ll perform on a regular basis. Keep it within easy reach, so you can find the answers you need when you need them.

 

16. The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allan Dib

In The 1-Page Marketing Plan, serial entrepreneur and rebellious marketer Allan Dib reveals a marketing implementation breakthrough that makes creating a marketing plan simple and fast. It’s literally a single page, divided up into nine squares. With it, you’ll be able to map out your own sophisticated marketing plan and go from zero to marketing hero.

Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced entrepreneur, The 1-Page Marketing Plan is the easiest and fastest way to create a marketing plan that will propel your business growth.

 

17. Leading Through the Turn by Elise Mitchell

THE JOURNEY MATTERS AS MUCH AS THE DESTINATION.
Scrap the map and go full throttle.

Most leadership books tell you how to set and achieve goals. This one is different. This one is written by a communications leader who’s as passionate about riding motorcycles as she is about running her business. Her name is Elise Mitchell, and she wants to tell you about her journey―from starting her own agency to building a world-class brand  to enjoying the ride along the way. But mostly, she wants to talk to you about your journey…

 

18. More Is More by Blake Morgan

More Is More provides practical advice for building or improving customer experience that you can apply immediately at your own organization. Because time is of the essence, your customers are not willing to wait for you to get the customer experience right. This book shows you the invisible toxins that are killing your customer experience and your market share and how you should address them. More Is More sets you up for success, outlining the key areas you need to address immediately so you can weather external changes, remain relevant and thrive in the ever-changing business landscape.

 

19. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to attracting and retaining customers through stellar online communication, because in our content-driven world, every one of us is, in fact, a writer.

If you have a web site, you are a publisher. If you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means that we are all relying on our words to carry our marketing messages. We are all writers.

 

20. The AdSense Code by Joel Comm

The AdSense Code is concise and very focused on the objective of revealing the proven online strategies to creating passive income with Google AdSense. The AdSense Code reveals hands-on solutions to many of the concerns and challenges faced by content publishers in their quest to attract targeted traffic, improve content relevance and increase responsiveness to AdSense ads – using easy and legitimate techniques that have worked for those who know the secrets. Google AdSense expert, Joel Comm, provides you with the keys you need to “”crack”” The AdSense Code and unlock the secrets to making money online.

 

21. Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

The author of the legendary bestseller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”

 

 

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