Is The Now Revolution Book for you? My personal review

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Disclosure: I won two copies of the Now Revolution Book which was sent to me. Thanks for picking me as one of the 75 people. One copy will be given away. Continue reading.

I received the book last Friday; I was extremely happy and quickly dove into the book straight away and finished it today.

My  summary?

When I started reading the now revolution starting in Shift 1 (One of the seven shifts), I was actually thinking where the book is going because it’s actually talking about the people in a company and their behaviors. I read it, and I was like… alright… AND?

After I continued reading to the Ritz Carlton case study everything started to make sense. Then it went into Shift 2 where the book was about the culture, the team and the skill sets where everyone has their role and is a representative of the company. Shift 2 got even more interesting with the case study of @thinkgeek.

At Shift 3, the book talked more about the roles of a department and how the team can play a role in social media as it is not only for the marketers. Shift 3 also talked about how important establishing guidelines are.

Shift 4 onward were even more interesting! But I don’t want to spoil the content of the book. When I read shift 3 it hit me where the authors of the book Jay Baer and Amber Naslund were heading. The now revolution is not just about the how to use social media for business or how to make millions of dollars for social media (sorry its not), but the now revolution is about REVOLUTIONIZING your company and making it social INSIDE-OUT.

We’re wrong to think if it’s just about humanizing the business. It’s about humanizing the company and getting people in the company to participate and making them feel that they are a part of the company as well.

What I love about the book:

1)      Information Flow

I love the flow of information. Jay and Amber gave the readers a good flow of information, as well as advices and clever graphical representations. There were also little tips boxes to fix the puzzle or give you more of an idea if you don’t understand the content. All to keep the information flow smooth.

2)      Case studies

After the little box tip, there are case studies to give an idea of how companies are doing it. This gives you a better picture of how to implement the idea.

3)      Summary or little check box

I really like the summary because I am then able to come up with what I like to call a ‘check box’ where I am able to “tick” the points that were written to make sure that I am going towards the right direction (you can’t tick the boxes since…there are no boxes for you to tick… but I like to draw or underline in the book)

Question is, is this book for YOU?

I have a few questions to ask you first:

1)      Do you have a business or want to have a business in the future?

2)      Are you working in a company that might start using social media soon?

3)      Do you want to humanize your business?

5)      Don’t understand what an ROI is or know how to measure ROI?

If you say YES to all FOUR questions. Get this book. This is one of the books which are a must read for businesses. I wouldn’t say it’s the best book of 2011, since it’s only February, but it’s definitely a book I would keep for future references.

Good news is!  I will be giving the extra copy away of the Now Revolution Book! FOR FREE!! Sent to your door step, all you need to do is tell me what social means to you, your business or your company?

Just comment below. Results will announced on the 23rd of February.

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  • John Davies

    “Social” is not simply the way of communication of today and of-course the future but a restoration of true values of a business where we connect immediately to the broadest of marketplaces. It is in many ways a revolution of thought as well as business.

  • Ankit Bathija

    Social is the way of life. Since the humanity has existed, ‘social ‘ is something which has always stuck around. A person can’t live without being social and connecting with other human beings, interacting with them, and bonding. It isn’t about the new so called social networks that its become a buzzword these days, but its always been there and people need to realize that.

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  • Robert Lavigne

    My submissions for contest

    “What is a Social Media Strategy?” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

    “How can a Business Leverage Social Media” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

  • Robert Lavigne

    My submissions for contest

    “What is a Social Media Strategy?” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

    “How can a Business Leverage Social Media” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

  • Sed6erz

    I read the book and enjoyed it. I do think that Social Media has to be encompassed by most companies even if it still has to mature a little bit more.
    Social Media is crucial has I consider that it is to be the next stage in our (humanity) evolution. I think that the books covers how to get into it and the revolution part is to change the way we interact right now (B2C, B2B).
    But we have to bear in mind that social media are just another, and new way to interact with each other (as companies, customers, people) but it is just a mean to do it no the solution.

  • Arwolf

    Social means sharing and collaboration to me. I work with faculty who want to understand how to bring social networking into the college teaching experience. Many use social networking on their own, but don’t yet see how these tools fit into meaningful pedagogical frameworks. My goal is to promote the social nature of teaching and learning through creative and constructive uses of social networking tools.

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  • Roystance

    well, in my own words, social brings the meaning of having a large group of acquaintance and the larger the group you have, the merrier your communication would be. Besides that, its about communication between different parties and hence creating an opportunity for spreading information or power, or stories. Therefore, social is one hell important element in nowadays trend to become a strong organization.

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  • Amber Naslund

    Aaron –

    I’m late getting over here to thank you, but … thanks! Appreciated that you specified a few of the technical bits of the book that worked well for you. And I’m eager to keep reading the responses from your readers about what social means to them. Great question to ask.

    Best and thanks again,

  • Ankit Bathija

    Who won?

  • Aaron Lee

    Oh! sorry for not updating this page, I’ve contacted the winner :)

  • Jackie Paulson

    I would love a copy of this book