The Thank You Economy


Gary Vaynerchuk of wine fame is now the guru of social media. If you are a Vayniac you may already know that Gary has taken the lessons he learned from building an online empire with and has published two books and started his own consulting firm, VaynerMedia, to help companies move into the future of business - social media. To Vaynerchuk it's actually the old way of doing things -- getting to know your customers and making a real connection. You know, like the neighborhood businesses of yore used to do. By forming a real relationship companies can humanize their brands. He says it's all based on using social media to listen to customers, not what most companies are doing now which is pushing information to customers and trying close the deal too quickly. Check out Vaynerchuk's interview with Piers Morgan about his new book, The Thank You Economy.

Casual Friday: Career Voyeurism

Shoe Mile

How about a field trip of sorts?  We have all wondered what it would be like to have a career different from our own, so what follows is a list of confessions, that is,  a list of book titles all starting with Confessions of.  They give us insider perspectives into professions that may be very different from our own, and at the sake of sounding like a salesperson, it’s fascinating to read the life lessons that others have derived from their own unique first-hand experiences. This compilation represents an interesting slice of real no-fiction-here lives, though it is by no means 100% complete.  ISBNs are included should you want to locate a title for yourself.  And now, in no particular order:

•    …A Street Addict- 9780743224888 ("Street" in this case refers to Wall Street.) •    …A Serial Entrepreneur- 9780787987329 •    …A Public Speaker- 9780596801991 •    …A Municipal Bond Salesman- 0471771740 •    …A Radical Industrialist- 9780312543495 •    …An Event Planner- 0470160187 •    …A Record Producer- 0879308745 •    …A Master Jewel Thief- 0375508392 •    …A Video Vixen- 9780060892487 •    …An Economic Hitman- 9780452287082 •    …A Prairie Bitch- 9780061962141 •    …A Subprime Lender- 9780470402191 •    …An Advertising Man- 1904915019

P.S.  I can vouch that the Master Jewel Thief and Event Planner titles are fun reads.