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
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.
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."
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.
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!
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".
The actual equation is what is interesting here.
I am not sure if all authors should read their own books.
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.
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.
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