Sunday, October 28, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Conversation Marketing by Ian Lurie


FROM AMAZON:

The Internet offers a unique, two-way marketing medium. Used correctly, it can help organizations of all sizes to get attention, attract customers, and build sales.

From design to content and search engine optimization, this book provides a complete model for successful internet marketing in organizations of all sizes.

MY REVIEW:

I "met" Ian Lurie through Twitter a couple years ago. Not only does he tweet frequently, but he's also interesting and funny, so it was easy to pay attention to him and join in on his conversations. At some point I became aware of his book (Conversation Marketing) and decided I should read it.

In the world of social media, there are many "gurus" out there who claim to know how to use social media effectively for marketing a business or product. However, Lurie doesn't need to call himself a guru to get your attention. It's clear from his interactions on Twitter that he knows what he's talking about.

Conversation Marketing was not what I expected. I thought Lurie was going to talk about how to have conversations on Twitter and other social media platforms for marketing purposes, but instead he talks about the "conversations" we have with our potential customers every day through our website.  Lurie is very convincing about the importance of a well designed website and analysis of the traffic on the website (for better conversations with our potential customers).

I recommend Conversation Marketing to anyone with a website who wants to improve business in some way.  Even if you think you know the basics of internet marketing, Lurie's book is bound to give you some new ideas or even teach you something entirely new.