Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

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by Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
     
 

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The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller-now in a new, updated paperback edition

Today's online influencers are Web natives who trade in trust, reputation, and relationships, using social media to accrue the influence that builds up or brings down businesses online. In Trust Agents, two social media veterans show you how to

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The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller-now in a new, updated paperback edition

Today's online influencers are Web natives who trade in trust, reputation, and relationships, using social media to accrue the influence that builds up or brings down businesses online. In Trust Agents, two social media veterans show you how to tap into the power of social networks to build your brand's influence, reputation, and, of course, profits.

In this revised paperback version, learn how businesses are using the latest online social tools to build networks of influence and how you can use those networks to positively impact your business. Combining high-level theory and practical actions, this guide delivers actionable steps and case studies that show how social media can positively impact your business.

  • New edition features specific first moves for entering social media for small businesses, educators, travel and hospitality enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and corporations
  • Authors both have a major presence on the social Web as well as years of online marketing and new media experience
If you want your business to succeed, don't sit on the sidelines while new markets and channels grow. Instead, use the Web to build trust with your consumers using Trust Agents.

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The Internet has come nearly full circle, albeit content today is more mainstream than scientific. The success of social-networking sites such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, and LinkedIn suggests that the web is once again more about information sharing and collaboration than promoting goods and services. This doesn't mean that money can't be made in the medium but merely that key business practices have changed—or have they? Brogan, cofounder of a new media conference series, and trend analyst and consultant Smith lead readers through today's most popular social-networking outlets and present six easy-to-understand behaviors that can positively influence business and reputation. Case studies illustrate why some socially driven initiatives succeed while others don't; proper etiquette within the new frontier of the "human web" is also discussed. The authors make the cornerstone concept of a "Trust Agent" highly understandable, providing clear examples both pre- and post-Google. Moreover, they show how one can achieve success by leveraging the web to build relationships based on trust. VERDICT Highly recommended for anyone interested in fostering online relationships or cultivating business on the web.—Judy Brink-Drescher, Molloy Coll., Rockville Ctr., NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470909591
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/23/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
736,095
File size:
549 KB

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Chris Brogan is a leadingauthority on blogs, highly ranked by Technorati.com. With over ten years of blogging and media making under his belt, Chris is one of the most widely read and respected bloggers on social software and methods out there today.

Julien Smith has been involved in Web communities for the last ten years. He was among the first adopters of podcasting and nowactively works with startups to help build a trusted audience on the Web.

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Archimedes, the Greek mathematician and inventor, once said, "With a lever large enough, I can move the world." Today, the internet can be that potent lever "for increasing the power of what you do," according to social media gurus Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. The most effective way to use the web to improve your brand's "influence, reputation and profits" is to become a "trust agent" online. That requires developing strong, sustaining relationships with consumers who believe in you, respect you and see you as a helpful resource, credible expert and honest person. In this illuminating, witty guide, the authors explain who trust agents are, what makes them special and - most important - how you can become one. getAbstract recommends Brogan and Smith's tales of what individual trust agents have been able to accomplish in cyberspace. You'll realize all over again that the internet is a remarkably interactive, powerful medium - a lever indeed capable of helping you move the world.