When I Win, YOU Win: Giving Away FREE Social Media Books to Those Who Participate in Social Media!

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Yesterday, I issued a press release talking about how my LinkedIn book, “Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn” won and Honorable Mention for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2009.  To say that I am happy about this is an understatement: as someone who risked all credibility with publishers by going the self-published route, it is extremely satisfying.  But social media is about you, not about me, so I want to share in the victory by offering you some free social media books.  What do you need to do?  Just participate!  Keep reading for details ;-)

Social media is all about participation.  If it weren’t for all of those that connected with me and participated in conversations with me, I obviously couldn’t have written the book that I did.  Participation in social media is where you gain expertise, how you find new friends, where businesses can develop relationships with their old customers and create new ones.  That’s why the theme of my giving away social media books is also about participation: not just your participation, but participation of authors themselves.

I wrote a blog post late last year on what I thought were the best social media books of 2009.  I was happy to provide my opinion to the world on the books that I thought were best, although there were many excellent books that didn’t make the list.  A lot of people tweeted the article.  You know what else happened?  A lot of the authors themselves came to my blog to comment and thank me.  Thank me?  I wanted to thank them for sharing so much knowledge with everyone!  But they were also participating in and continuing the conversation that I started.  And it is these authors’ books that I want to give away to YOU!

The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff by Clara Shih

Crush It! Why NOW is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook by Dave Awl

Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business by Erik Qualman

The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools & Strategies for Business Success by Lon Safko and David Brake

A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization by Deltina Hay

As a bonus, I just saw Seth Godin speak last night for the first time.  To be honest with you, I had never read any of his books and wasn’t sure what to expect.  But after seeing the excellent video on Seth’s speech at the TED Conference this week in Long Beach, I realized that he was speaking to me: I wrote about the need for us to connect and embrace social media and the social networking potential that it implies, and that, in essence, was how I created the “Windmill Networking” concept.  Seth talks about the same need for us to connect, and for us to lead each other and form our own “Tribes” in this video.  I am in no way saying I am a leader or that you are part of my “Tribe”, but maybe Windmill Networking adds to the infrastructure to help YOU create your own Tribe.  Here’s the video in case you missed it:

And, finally, circling back to my book winning a prize, Seth last night spoke about how we all need to be a “Linchpin,” and in his speech he talked about how we all need to be artists…and that there is nothing holding us back.  Anyone can now become a radio broadcaster, podcaster, video producer, author…all because of the Internet and what it provides us.  I don’t know if I’m a Linchpin or not, but his speech was compelling enough that I want to recommend it to you as well.

So, if you made it this far into my blog post rambling, congratulations!   Here are the Contest Details:

How to Win a Free Social Media Book:

  • Over the next 4 weeks I will be giving out 2 of the 8 above books and 2 of my own books each week.  That’s a total of 16 books to give away!
  • In order to win, please join either of or both of my Windmill Networking LinkedIn Group and/or my Windmill Networking Facebook Fan Page.
  • Finally, just joining either group is not enough: social media is about participation, right?  So winners will be chosen from those who participate!  How to participate?  These are just some examples to give you some ideas:

Ways to participate in a LinkedIn Group:

  1. Start a Discussion.  Ask a question.  Just say “Hi!”  Go on, try it!
  2. Is there a Discussion that interests you that you’d like to comment on?  Do it!
  3. Share some News.  Tweeted or read something interesting that you think the group might be interested in?  Share it!
  4. Do you blog?  If your blog is social media related, I would be more than happy to import your RSS Feed and automatically display it in the News Feed.  Just ask me!
  5. Are you a recruiter or hiring manager?  Post a job!

Ways to participate on a Facebook Fan Page:

  1. When you look at the Facebook Fan Page, there is a “Wall.”  I have tried to share articles that I think you might find interesting, most not from my other bloggers or free webinars that I find out about.  If there is an article that you read and find interesting, press the “Like” button or comment on it!  Just saying “Hi!” is OK as well!
  2. Want to share an interesting article that other Windmill Networking Fans might be interested in?  Post it!
  3. There is a “Discussions” tab at the top that you can navigate to.  Just like with LinkedIn, if you want to ask a question or start a discussion, go for it!
  4. You can also share photos and videos of yourself as another way to Windmill Network with the other Fans!

Here is the schedule:

Participants from February 15 to February 21 (Announced February 22): 1 copy of The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff, 1 copy of Crush It! Why NOW is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, 2 copies of Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn

Participants from February 22 to February 28 (Announced March 1): 1 copy of Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook, 1 copy of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business, 2 copies of Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn

Participants from March 1 to March 7 (Announced March 8): 1 copy of The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools & Strategies for Business Success, 1 copy of A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization, 2 copies of Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn

Participants from March 8 to March 14 (Announced March 15): 1 copy of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, 1 copy of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, 2 copies of Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn

That’s it!  Any questions?  Contact me!  Otherwise, looking forward to your participation!

About the Author:

Neal Schaffer, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer

Neal Schaffer
The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professional strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social media books, including the recently published definitive social media strategy book Maximize Your Social. Forbes lists him as a Top 35 Social Media Power Influencer and AdAge lists his blog, Maximize Social Business (formerly known as Windmill Networking), as a top 100 global marketing blog. Neal provides social media strategy consulting and coaching, having worked with Fortune 500 companies and a Grammy-award winning musician. He has presented worldwide on social media at more than 150 events and also teaches social media marketing at Rutgers University. +Neal Schaffer
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Comments

  1. says

    Hey Neal,
    First off, congrats on your book. Hard work and excellent content really pays off. I hope that you get lots of people participating in your book giveaway – I will, not to get a book but to reinforce your points. Which were well made.

    Soooo, how about that next book? What's it going to be about? Any sneak previews?

    Take care my friend. And thanks for the support you have given to my blog. You do a great job practicing what you preach. Keep it up.

    Phil

  2. says

    Hey Phil,

    Thanks…I wish I could do more to support you…which reminds me that we have to get together again soon for a cup of java!

    As for my next book, well, it is on the way….I believe that a good book on Twitter in the same vein as my LinkedIn book is overdue. I'll keep you all posted on the progress!!!

    - Neal

  3. says

    Joined your LI group after listening to your fabulous webinar this morning – fantastic! And also tweeted the book contest with social media participation @CatherineStern :: RT @nealschaffer Contest Participate in Social Media, Win FREE Social Media Book! | Windmill Networking

    Thanks Neal – looking forward to following you and learning more about branding and social networking!

  4. says

    Joined your LI group after listening to your fabulous webinar this morning – fantastic! And also tweeted the book contest with social media participation @CatherineStern :: RT @nealschaffer Contest Participate in Social Media, Win FREE Social Media Book! | Windmill Networking

    Thanks Neal – looking forward to following you and learning more about branding and social networking!

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