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The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise? | [Chris Brogan, Julien Smith]

The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

Three short years ago, when Chris Brogan and Julien Smith wrote their best seller, Trust Agents, being interesting and human on the Web was enough to build a significant audience. But now, everybody has a platform. The problem is that most of them are just making noise. In The Impact Equation, Brogan and Smith show that to make people truly care about what you have to say - you need more than just a good idea, trust among your audience, or a certain number of fol­lowers.
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Publisher's Summary

"Anyone can write a blog post, but not everyone can get it liked thirty-five thousand times, and not everyone can get seventy-five thousand subscribers. But the reason we've done these things isn’t because we're special. It's because we tried and failed, the same way you learn to ride a bike. We tried again and again, and now we have an idea how to get from point A to point B faster because of it."

Three short years ago, when Chris Brogan and Julien Smith wrote their best seller, Trust Agents, being interesting and human on the Web was enough to build a significant audience. But now, everybody has a platform. The problem is that most of them are just making noise. In The Impact Equation, Brogan and Smith show that to make people truly care about what you have to say - you need more than just a good idea, trust among your audience, or a certain number of fol­lowers. You need a potent mix of all of the above and more. Use the Impact Equation to figure out what you’re doing right and wrong. Apply it to a blog, a tweet, a video, or a mainstream-media advertising campaign. Use it to explain why a feature in a national newspaper that reaches millions might have less impact than a blog post that reaches a thousand passionate subscribers.

Consider the phenomenally successful British singer Adele. For most musicians, onstage banter basically consists of yelling “Hello, Cleveland!” But Adele connects with her audience, pausing between songs to discuss a falling-out with her friends, or the drama of a break up. Each of these moments comes off as if she were talking directly with you, and you can easily relate. Adele has Impact. As the traditional channels for marketing, selling, and influencing disappear and more people inter­act mainly online, the very nature of attention is changing. The Impact Equation will give you the tools and metrics that guarantee your message will be heard.

©2012 Christopher Brogan, Julien Smith (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13
    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Almost as good as Contagious"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked that this book was read by the authors and it was very conversational. They aren't the greatest narrators, but they certainly weren't bad. It's very focused on what to pay attention to when you create content. Content for what? Any content. Listen to Contagious first, then this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Webster Rocky Mountain Time Zone 05-07-13
    Webster Rocky Mountain Time Zone 05-07-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Everything Online; Simplified to Theory"
    What made the experience of listening to The Impact Equation the most enjoyable?

    The book was about the theory of publishing; print, podcast, video, twitter, facebook, reddit, and everything related to those things -- how modern ideas are changing, and how to shape them for yourself (and for others). I got a lot out of how to frame them for a modern audience; the analogy to crafting ideas really struck home.


    What other book might you compare The Impact Equation to and why?

    Hard to say, this is it's own animal. It's not a "How to do business on the internet book." It's not a book on "The Art" of marketing. It IS a book about writing and producing great content, and how to create ideas with meaning; maybe a treatise on "The Way of Creating Content."


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Three things: the first was the analogy of SXSW to what the typical internet user goes through; second, the comparison of ideas to baseballs, meaning it's not necessary to change a very popular game to make an impact -- that you can craft originally within the context of accepted formulas; and thirdly, the note that the quality of information on the internet is actually going up due to the competition among ideas -- a hope for the future kind of thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book goes way beyond Trust Agents (the authors' last book) and even though I mentioned that it is *more* theoretical it has proven itself already to also be more actionable. It is broken down into detail where important, but never bogs down -- a very enjoyable listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-22-13
    Laura Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Build a community, change your part of the world."

    If you want to learn how to grow a community, this is the book to get. At its core, it's not about social media - it's about communicating. Social media makes communicating easier technically, but it's easy to be on social media all day long and never communicate anything of value to the people who want to hear it. Chris and Julien show how to build a community of people who embrace your message.

    I'm going to listen to it again now so I can get some action items for myself, and to really absorb the ideas in this book. Thanks guys - your book makes me happy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Hanover, PA, United States 03-08-13
    Charles Hanover, PA, United States 03-08-13
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    "Social Media is about people, not tools"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Chris Brogan's book is very good. I would rank it up there (close) to Seth Godin's work and Close to Simon Sinek's. I follow his blog and really enjoyed the "equation".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Impact Equation?

    The actual equation is what is interesting here.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure if all authors should read their own books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Concepcion Arzate 08-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Put me to sleep."
    What was most disappointing about Chris Brogan and Julien Smith ’s story?

    The speakers were very dry and monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing, the speakers were very dry and monotone. I couldn't get past the first half of the book. It was hard staying focused, reading the book is probably better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-05-14
    Kyle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Do what you preach."
    Would you try another book from Chris Brogan and Julien Smith and/or Chris Brogan and Julien Smith ?

    Yes, probably.


    What does Chris Brogan and Julien Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While both these men are smart and successful I find their books very hyped with a lot of filler and little actual tangible material that is that much different from any other type of book from the same category.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 01-10-14
    Dawn 01-10-14
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    "couldn't use because I needed the charts in the bo"
    Would you try another book from Chris Brogan and Julien Smith and/or Chris Brogan and Julien Smith ?

    Yes in book form


    Has The Impact Equation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Chris Brogan and Julien Smith ’s performance?

    I just needed the book itself references to things I couldn't see


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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