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The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly

By David Meerman Scott

This is a great book revised in 2010 to encompass the social web. This is still one of our favourites of proven ‘new thinking’ that has already proven to work some time ago.

PR insider Scott argues that understanding the growing irrelevance of marketing “old rules” is vital to thriving in the new media jungle and getting more effectiveness from your marketing budget.

Apparent in newspapers and magazines (with sharp downturns in circulation and ads), radio (on the losing end of the iPod revolution) and direct mail (digitally replaced by spam); the imminent fall of traditional mass media marketing, means new opportunities for legions of smaller companies and independent professionals who need to reach niche markets cheaply and effectively.

The way Scott sees it, this is also good news for consumers: the online culture of integrity and information tends to produce quality content for less, as opposed to the vapid, one-sided and pricey advertising of print media and television – still desperately pushed by… yes you guessed it – the factory agency.

Scott provides the technical novice a thoughtful and accessible guide to cutting-edge media arenas and formats such as RSS, vodcasts and viral marketing, without neglecting the fact that technological wizardry still can’t be substitute for a well thought-out marketing program.

Besides emphasising fundamentals like defining one’s audience, Scott also drills home the ethos and etiquette of the Web, encouraging content that’s both useful and unobtrusive. This excellent look at the basics of new millennial marketing should find use in the hands of any serious marketing professional making the transition.

It’s a great read.


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