Duration: One-day course: 10am – 5pm, including lunch.
Available dates: TBC - contact Jon for details
Venue: Reed Media offices, London, UK
Tutor: Jon Reed – author, former publisher, founder of Publishing Talk
Includes: Two free books, 20 pages of handouts, slides
Also available in-house - contact Jon for details.
People buy books online, so it is essential that they are marketed there. Go beyond your company website by reaching readers where they spend much of their time online: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, YouTube, iTunes and other social sites.
Using examples from the publishing industry, this course covers the key tools, approaches and strategies, you need to use social media effectively. Crucially, it also helps you to think strategically about how you use social media in your marketing campaigns, and how to involve your authors. You will return to the office fired up with enthusiasm, confidence, and the tools to create your own social media campaigns.
Who is it for? This course has been designed specifically for publishers wanting to get to grips with social media for marketing and PR. It has an emphasis on book publishing, but will also be relevant to those in journal, magazine and newspaper publishing. It will be of most use to anyone who has responsibility for planning or executing marketing campaigns, including marketing managers, marketing executives, and publicity managers.
What previous delegates say:
Very useful – packed with exactly the kind of information I wanted to know and learn. The interactive critique of the podcasts was especially memorable.
Harriet Seymour, Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press
An ideal course for anyone who is working with social media for the first time, or has been working with it for a while but wants to know how to do things better.
Suzanne Collier, Founder, bookcareers.com
The small workshop format allowed for a good exchange of ideas and discussion of the practicalities of each option. It felt very targeted to our needs. It was an excellent event which has fired up my enthusiasm for social media.
Julia Garvey, Marketing Manager, Rising Stars
A really useful and informative course – I came away with lots of new ideas.
Shereen Muhyeddeen, Marketing Executive, Palgrave Macmillan
Very relevant, lots of extremely useful information – the speaker was obviously very well informed on the topic.
Alex O’Loughlin, Wiley Publishing
The workshop was an excellent introduction into the burgeoning world of social media.
Debbie Vaughan, Marketing Manager, Royal Society Publishing
Your Learning Package includes:
- One-day workshop
- Free book: Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing
- Free PDF ebook: The Publishing Talk Guide to Twitter
- Online access to PDFs of resources, worksheets and slides
- Follow-up support via an online discussion board
- “A-Z of Social Media” – a 7-page jargon-busting glossary of key terms, tools and approaches
- “Social Media Toolkit” – a 10-page compendium of key social media tools
- “Social Media Marketing Plan” – a template marketing plan to help you apply the principles right away
- “Social Media Forward Planner” – a more detailed planning approach to scheduling tasks and responsibilities for larger campaigns
- “References and Further Reading” – additional resources to follow up
- A Certificate of Attendance that may be used as evidence of training to count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) target.
The opportunities for publishers to use social media are huge. From author blogs to video podcasts to bespoke social networking portals to Facebook applications, Second Life and Twitter, there is a vast range of low-cost online marketing tools to reach your communities of interest – and drive sales.
Using case studies and examples from publishing, this session will enable participants to begin to develop their social media marketing strategy by providing a non-technical overview of concepts and approaches to using social media for marketing purposes.
Because social media is a personal medium where authenticity matters, the job of a publisher is often to support and facilitate their author’s use of social media. Guidance will be provided on this, including how to choose appropriate tools.
This introductory session will cover the broad range of social media tools, including blogs, podcasts, online video, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
The emphasis is on the culture of social media more than the technology – the context for using social media, which tools to use, when to use them, how to use them effectively to meet marketing aims and objectives – and how to manage the workload and measure your results. You will come away equipped to think strategically about your use of social media, and develop your own social media marketing plans.
About Jon Reed
Jon Reed is a social media consultant who previously worked in academic publishing for 10 years, including as publishing director for McGraw-Hill. He also has experience from an author’s point of view, since he is marketing his own book with social media: Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing: How to use websites, blogs, social networking and much more is published by FT Prentice Hall.
Jon lectures on social media on a number of courses, including at Birkbeck, Brunel, Bath Spa and City Universities. He also runs a week-long residential Arvon course on online writing to help authors build an online platform. His blog, Publishing Talk, is a key destination site for authors and publishers wanting to learn more about the marketing possibilities of social media. It has around 275,000 followers on Twitter, making it one of the most followed Twitter accounts in the publishing world, and the most influential according to Twitter directory WeFollow. In 2012, Publishing Talk Magazine launched – a print and digital publication to help the Publishing Talk community write, publish and sell books.
Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing: How to use websites, blogs, social networking and much more (FT Prentice Hall, 2010)
“Small and Mighty”, The Deal: The Official Magazine of the London Book Fair, Spring 2009, pp12-14 (available at publishingtalk.eu)
“Time to Talk”, The Deal: The official magazine of the London Book Fair (Spring 2008), pp12-15 (available at publishingtalk.eu)
“Selling Yourself Online”, The Writer’s Handbook 2009, Palgrave Macmillan (July 2008), pp9-13
See also Publishing Talk Magazine.
10.00 Welcome, introductions and objectives
10.15 Social Media Concepts and Approaches
11.00 Using Content Tools: Blogs and Podcasts
13.30 Using Content Tools: Video and Images
14.15 Using Outreach Tools: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
15.45 Measuring Social Media
16.00 Social Media Strategy
16.30 Questions and Action Points
By the end of the session participants will:
- have a broad understanding of social media marketing
- have clear ideas about how social media may be applied to their own projects
- have the enthusiasm, confidence and tools to use social media effectively
- be equipped to start developing social media marketing plans.
Participants will have access to a secure area of the Reed Media website, where they will be able to download slides and handouts. Handouts will be made available in advance of the session, and a PDF handout of the slides uploaded after the session. Follow-up questions relating to the session may be submitted via the online discussion board.
Cost: £347 +VAT per participant. Includes:
- One-day workshop
- Hardcopy PDFs of resources, worksheets and slides, which can also be accessed online
- Free book: Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing
- Free ebook (PDF download): The Publishing Talk Guide to Twitter
- Free follow-up support via the discussion board on the resource site.
Earlybird discounts may be available – and an extra 10% discount is available for mailing list subscribers.
Places available: this workshop usually runs with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 participants, though may occasionally run with fewer participants.
Booking: Book online with PayPal, credit card or by requesting a traditional invoice.
Cancellations: You can cancel 4 weeks or more before a workshop for a full refund. For cancellations of 1-4 weeks before a workshop, a charge of 50% of the course fee will apply unless we can re-fill the place or you can substitute a delegate. We cannot issue refunds for cancellations within 1 week of a workshop, and the full fee will apply. We reserve the right to cancel workshops at short notice if dates are under-subscribed, in which case you may opt for a full refund or a place on another workshop. Please check with us prior to making travel arrangements, unless we’ve confirmed the date by sending you a login to the workshop resource site.
This workshop can also be run as an in-house training course. Contact Jon for more information.