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The best (in our opinion) online marketing resources

The Best Online Marketing Resources

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Here are some other fantastic marketing resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

To keep the integrity of this list, we recommend only things that we understand well and that we recommend to our clients. So this is not one of those cynically compiled lists, where the author just does a Google search and then publishes the results.

(By the way, we don’t profit from any of these recommendations.)

Ten “must-have” (in our opinion) books for web marketing

Usability

Don't Make Me Think

Don’t Make Me Thinkby Steve Krug

Perhaps you already own this book (if you don’t, buy it now!). We are amazed, though, how many people own it, read it, love it, and then don’t do what it says!

The most important thing about this book is making sure that you carry out usability tests. In fact, rather than wait for the book to arrive, go and ask the people next door to test out your website—now! Watch them make mistakes, watch them get lost, and hear them tell you all the things that Google Analytics never could.

Marketing

The Dip

The Dip by Seth Godin

“Being the best in the world is seriously underrated” is the first sentence of this book. It’s perhaps the most convincing argument we’ve seen for why a company (or a person) must position itself (or him/herself).

And it’s only 80-ish pages long.

Analytics

Web Analytics-An Hour a Day

Web Analytics—An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

Avinash is one of the world’s leading web analytics gurus. We met him at Google’s headquarters, where he spends a lot of time working with the Google Analytics team.

Analytics can be a dry subject, and Avinash is great at focusing on how to use it as a practical tool for optimizing a business. His approach is based on his experience running a company’s analytics department, so he focuses on practical, profitable activities, not just getting lost in data and theory. This book contains a lot of good advice. Pages 237–262 cover testing.

Avinash also has a great blog to help you keep up to date.

Advertising

Scientific Advertisting

Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins

(get the free version here).

Claude was part salesman, part scientist. He spent most of his life measuring what works in advertising, and what doesn’t. It’s almost unbelievable that this book was written in 1923. It’s still one of the best books on advertising. Claude was born 85 years too early; he’d have loved the internet.

Landing page optimization

Landing Page Optimization

Landing Page Reports by Conversion Rate Experts

These reports (which you can get for free here) reveal exactly how we more-than-doubled the sales of several of our clients. The reports are free of charge and contain over a hundred techniques that you can (and should) use to grow your own company.

Web design

Web Design for ROI

Web Design for ROI by Lance Loveday and Sandra Niehaus

This web design book understands that websites are about doing business, not about pretty graphics and code. We also like their free PDF, Web Site Strategy.

Our own views on web design, which are fairly controversial, are outlined in this article.

Small business

The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Inc magazine called Michael Gerber “the world’s #1 small business guru.” The big idea is that the business owner should go from being what Gerber calls a “technician” (that is, a do-er) to being an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

This book can be hard work (especially the first chapter), but it’s a great guide to many aspects of entrepreneurship, particularly the “Entrepreneurial Strategies” and the “Seven Sources for Innovative Opportunity.”

Search engine optimization

SEO Book

SEO Book by Aaron Wall

Aaron’s guide to SEO is honest, outspoken, and thorough. It’s no longer available in book format; instead, it has been turned into a training program, payable by monthly subscription. We think it’s a great value. Aaron also posts excellent content on his blog.

His tools, particularly his SEO for Firefox browser add-on, are worth checking out too.

PPC

Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords

Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords by Perry Marshall

Perry takes a direct response marketer’s approach to AdWords. This book is packed with “I’d-never-have-thought-of-that” tricks and techniques.

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