Get better sales by reading these top 5 books on marketing and beyond

Books you need to read on marketing to increase sales in today’s saturated marketplace
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When it comes to running a business, marketing is one of the key things you need to do well in order to sell and make money. There are many subcategories in marketing, such as branding, merchandising, content marketing, etc., which is why there are tons of courses online and offline on marketing. One of the things about marketing is that because technology is continuously evolving, you must adapt your marketing tactics to the new technological landscapes. That is why there are so many resources available now on marketing, thus I came up with a list of five important books on marketing to get you started.

If you do not have the money or time for an MBA, then there are some great resources to get you on your way to becoming a marketing guru in no-time. I have researched and came up with five books that cover the key marketing tactics of today. The topics include but are not limited to planning and strategy, branding through storytelling, SEO, social media, and merchandising. Read on to find out all about these useful resources to get you on your way to marketing like a pro.

Book # 1

The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand out From The Crowd By Allan Dib

In The 1-Page Marketing Plan, serial entrepreneur and rebellious marketer Allan Dib reveals a marketing implementation breakthrough that makes creating a marketing plan simple and fast. It’s literally a single page, divided up into nine squares. With it, you’ll be able to map out your own sophisticated marketing plan and go from zero to marketing hero.

Whether you’re just starting out or are an experienced entrepreneur, The 1-Page Marketing Plan is the easiest and fastest way to create a marketing plan that will propel your business growth.

In this groundbreaking new book you’ll discover:
• How to get new customers, clients or patients and how to make more profit from existing ones.
• Why “big business” style marketing could kill your business and strategies that actually work for small and medium-sized businesses.
• How to close sales without being pushy, needy, or obnoxious while turning the tables and having prospects begging you to take their money.
• A simple step-by-step process for creating your own personalized marketing plan that is literally one page. Simply follow along and fill in each of the nine squares that make up your own 1-Page Marketing Plan.
• How to annihilate competitors and make yourself the only logical choice.
• How to get amazing results on a small budget using the secrets of direct response marketing.
• How to charge high prices for your products and services and have customers actually thank you for it.

Book #2

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen By Donald Millar

New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach listeners how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.

Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.

Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.

Book #3

SEO 2019 Learn Search Engine Optimization With Smart Internet Marketing Strategies: Learn SEO with smart internet marketing strategies By Adam Clarke

No matter your background, SEO 2019 will walk you through search engine optimization techniques used to grow countless companies online, exact steps to rank high in Google, and how get a ton of customers. First, let me tell you a little secret about SEO marketing…

Most of the search engine optimization advice on the Internet is wrong!

If you’ve browsed through search engine optimization advice online, you may have noticed two things:

– Most SEO advice is outdated or just dead-wrong.
– Google’s constant updates have made many popular SEO optimization strategies useless.

Why is this so? Google is constantly evolving.

SEO 2018 covers these latest updates to Google’s algorithm and how to use them to your advantage. This book also reveals potential changes coming up in 2019. With this best-selling SEO book, learn SEO from a fundamental level, achieve top rankings, and generate a wave of new customers to your site.

Discover powerful link building techniques experts use to get top rankings

Link building is the strongest factor for ranking high in Google. Unfortunately, most widely-used methods suck! This chapter walks you through new powerful techniques that won’t get you in hot-water with Google. Now updated with more link building strategies, and extra tips for advanced readers.

You will also discover in this book:

1. Important SEO concepts, from beginner to advanced.
2. Sneaky tricks to get local businesses ranking high with local SEO.
3. The inner workings of Google’s algorithm and how it calculates the search results.
4. How to find “money” keywords that will send customers to your site.
5. Basic and advanced link building strategies for pushing your rankings up higher.
6. Six insider sources to get expert SEO or Internet marketing advice worth thousands of dollars, for free.
7. How to use social media and web analytics to multiply your results.

Sidestep Google search engine updates in 2019

Contrary to Internet marketing gossip, problems caused by Google updates are rarely irrecoverable—but you need the right knowledge. This book reveals:

– The inner mechanics of Google’s algorithm, and how to rank your site at the top.
– Recent Google updates—Google’s Medic Update, Speakable markup, Google’s Mobile First Index, Google Speed update, Google Hawk update, Accelerated Mobile Pages, and more…
– Potential changes coming up in 2019.
– How to safeguard against penalties in 2019 and beyond.
– How to recover from Google penalties.

Book #4

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users By Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

By now it’s clear that whether you’re promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what determines your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.

But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he’s ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media—the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money.

With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through steps to build your foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging.

For beginners overwhelmed by too many choices as well as seasoned professionals eager to improve their game, The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world. Or as Guy puts it, “great stuff, no fluff.”

Book #5

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping–Updated and Revised for the Internet, the Global Consumer, and Beyond By Paco Underhill

Revolutionary retail guru Paco Underhill is back with a completely revised edition of his classic, witty bestselling book on our ever-evolving consumer culture—full of fresh observations and important lessons from the cutting edge of retail such as Internet behemoths Amazon and iTunes as well as the globalization of retail in the world’s emerging markets.

This enlightening edition includes new information on:

-The latest trends in online retail—what retailers are doing right and what they’re doing wrong—and how nearly every Internet retailer from iTunes to Amazon can drastically improve how it serves its customers.

-A guided tour of the most innovative stores, malls and retail environments around the world—almost all of which are springing up in countries where prosperity is new. An enormous indoor ski slope attracts shoppers to a mall in Dubai; an uber-luxurious Sao Paolo department store provides its customers with personal shoppers; a mall in South Africa has a wave pool for surfing.

The new Why We Buy is an essential guide that offers advice on how to keep your changing customers and entice new and eager ones.

All of these books have 4 to 5 star reviews on Amazon and are top sellers, so you should not be disappointed. If you have other books you have read related to marketing feel free to leave a comment. Also, once you read these books, please let me know what you thought. For now, enjoy reading and good luck on your marketing journey.