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The Advertising Concept Book: Think Now, Design Later
by Pete Barry

The classic guide to creative ideas, strategies, and campaigns in advertising, now in a revised and updated third edition.

In creative advertising, no amount of glossy presentation will improve a bad idea. That’s why this book is dedicated to the first and most important lesson: concept.

Structured to provide both a complete course on advertising and a quick reference on specific industry topics, it covers every aspect of the business, from how to write copy and learn the creative process to how agencies work and the different strategies used for all types of media. This edition has been updated to include expanded chapters on interactive advertising and integrative advertising, a new chapter on branded social media, and fifty specially drawn new roughs of key campaigns.

Pete Barry outlines simple but fundamental rules about how to “push” an ad to turn it into something exceptional, while exercises throughout help readers assess their own work and that of others. Fifty years’ worth of international, award-winning ad campaigns-in the form of over 450 “roughs” specially produced by the author, fifty of which are new to this edition-also reinforce the book’s core lesson: that a great idea will last forever.

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The End of Advertising: Why It Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come
by Andrew Essex

A recovering Mad Man throws down the ultimate challenge to his profession: Innovate or die. The ad apocalypse is upon us. Today millions are downloading ad-blocking software, and still more are paying subscription premiums to avoid ads. This $600 billion industry is now careening toward outright extinction, after having taken for granted a captive audience for too long, leading to lazy, overabundant, and frankly annoying ads. Make no mistake, Madison Avenue: Traditional advertising, as we know it, is over. In this short, controversial manifesto, Andrew Essex offers both a wake-up call and a road map to the future.

In The End of Advertising, Essex gives a brief and pungent history of the rise and fall of Adland—a story populated by snake-oil salesmen, slicksters, and search-engine optimizers. But his book is no eulogy. Instead, he boldly challenges global marketers to innovate their way to a better ad-free future. With trenchant wit and razor-sharp insights, he presents an essential new vision of where the smart businesses could be headed—a broad playing field where ambitious marketing campaigns provide utility, services, gifts, patronage of the arts, and even blockbuster entertainment. In this utopian landscape, ads could become so enticing that people would pay—yes, pay—to see them.

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Straight Talk About Public Relations: What You Think You Know Is Wrong
by Robert Wynne

Public Relations is the persuasion business. Anyone who wants to learn how to communicate their message and influence the media, clients, employees, their peers or anyone else will benefit from this book.

Shattering conventional wisdom, Straight Talk dispenses with easy answers, tired cliches, and the myths of social media. With five billion pieces of content posted each day on Facebook alone, it's difficult to make an impact. There are no easy solutions (in spite of what many authors say, most advertising and social media marketing doesn't work). Persuading people to buy products or services or support causes is difficult. But there are tactics that work – and you'll find them in this book.

Learn the essentials of public relations – how to find and engage your audience, successfully pitch the media, write an editorial that wows, create a persuasive social media campaign, create powerful content marketing, and measure PR success – in this witty, no-holds-barred introduction to the art of public relations.

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Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything
by Aaron James Draplin

Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Draplin is one of the new school of influential graphic designers who combine the power of design, social media, entrepreneurship, and DIY aesthetic to create a successful business and way of life.

Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of work, case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-tos, and advice. It includes examples of his work—posters, record covers, logos—and presents the process behind his design with projects like Field Notes and the “Things We Love” State Posters. Draplin also offers valuable advice and hilarious commentary that illustrates how much more goes into design than just what appears on the page. With Draplin’s humor and pointed observations on the contemporary design scene, Draplin Design Co. is the complete package for the new generation of designers.

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Social Media: How to Engage, Share, and Connect
by Regina Luttrell

Updated to reflect the latest technological innovations—and challenges—the second edition of Social Media: How to Engage, Share, and Connect will help readers understand and successfully use today’s social media tools. Luttrell’s text offers:

  • a thorough history of social media and pioneers of the field; 
  • chapters on specific subjects such as photo-sharing, video, crisis communication, ethics, and “sticky social,” among others; 
  • discussions on appropriate use of social media in public relations, where the profession stands today and where it is headed in the future; and 
  • real-world examples of successful social media campaigns. 

This book will become your go-to reference guide for all things social media-related as it applies to public relations and the everyday duties of PR professionals.

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They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today's Digital Consumer
by Marcus Sheridan

A revolutionary marketing strategy proven to drive sales and growth.

They Ask You Answer is a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy. Regardless of your budget, you are almost certainly overspending on television, radio, and print ads, yet neglecting the number-one resource you have at your disposal: the Internet. Content marketing is no longer about keyword-stuffing and link-building; in fact, using those tactics today gets your page shuffled to the bottom of the heap. Quality content is the key to success, and you already have the ingredients in-house. This book shows you how to structure an effective content strategy using the same proven principles that have revolutionized marketing for all types of businesses, across industries.

Author Marcus Sheridan's pool company struggled after the housing collapse; today, they're one of the largest pool installers in the U.S., turning away millions of dollars in business they simply cannot accommodate every year. How did he manage it? He answered questions. This book shows you how Marcus's strategy can work for your business, and how to use your keyboard to bring customers through the door.

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