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Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
by Donald Miller

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.

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Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords: How to Access 100 Million People in 10 Minutes
by Perry Marshall, Mike Rhodes and Bryan Todd

Covering the latest breaking news in Google AdWords, the fifth edition introduces revised, expanded and new chapters covering Enhanced Campaigns, Google AdWord’s Express, Google’s Product Listing Ads, and the introduction to Google’s Universal Analytics. Nuances in Big Data advertising are also revealed and expanded sections and necessary updates have been added throughout.

Updates specific to this edition include:

  • Powerful bidding strategies using remarketing lists for search ads 
  • New ad extension features 
  • Automation capabilities using AdWords scripts 
  • Bonus Online Content that includes links to dozens of resources and tutorials covering: registering a domain name, setting up a website, selecting an email service, choosing a shopping cart service, finding products to sell, and starting up an Google AdWords account

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The Content Code: Six Essential Strategies to Ignite your Content, your Marketing, and your Business
by Mark W. Schaefer

Mark W. Schaefer, college educator, consultant, and best-selling author of five marketing books including Social Media Explained and The Tao of Twitter, has delivered a path-finding book exploring the six factors that will help you break through the overwhelming wall of information density to win at marketing now … beyond content, beyond social media, beyond web traffic and Search Engine Optimization. The Content Code starts where your current marketing plan ends, and provides the launch code for next-level success. The book dives deeply into the true value of social media marketing and the steps companies need to enable to achieve measurable results. A pioneering book that explores the psychology of sharing, it is also highly practical, offering hundreds of ideas that can be used by organizations of any size and any budget. Book highlights include in-depth explorations on the connection between brand and content transmission, a focus on audiences that will move content, practical steps to build "shareability" into all your content, and the new role of promotion, distribution and SEO in a very competitive, digital world. Unlock your business value, unleash your audience, and uncover the six digital secrets of The Content Code.

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The Graphic Design Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters
by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson

This book serves as an introduction to the key elements of good design. Broken into sections covering the fundamental elements of design, key works by acclaimed designers serve to illustrate technical points and encourage readers to try out new ideas. Themes covered include form, narrative, color, type and image, ornament, simplicity, and wit and humour. The result is an instantly accessible and easy to understand guide to graphic design using professional techniques.

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Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter
by Phaidon Editors

Five hundred of the most iconic graphic designs of all time, from the beginnings of mechanical reproduction to the present.

The process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, space, image, and colour informs the way we connect across languages and cultures. Derived from the acclaimed Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, this fascinating compendium celebrates the long, rich history of graphic design, from the first sample of movable type and the Nuremberg Chronicle of the fifteenth century to the cutting-edge magazines, posters, and ephemera of today. Compiled and written by a global team of experts, this book is international in its scope and appeal.

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Public Relations
by Tom Kelleher

Engagement. Conversation. Influence. Transparency. Trust. Public Relations presents a clear, engaging and contemporary picture of public relations principles while seamlessly integrating technical and cultural shifts brought about by the rise of social media. Both its professional relevance and digital savvy make Public Relations the new standard for introductory public relations courses.

Distinctive Features:

  • Extended case studies in every chapter show students how to apply the chapter's core concepts 
  • Ethics--including coverage of the six provisions in the Public Relations Society of America Code of Ethics--are discussed in every chapter 
  • "In Case You Missed It" (ICYMI) boxes at the end of each chapter summarize practical tips, including important guidelines for social media use 
  • Learning outcomes are aligned with the Universal Accreditation Board's competencies to ensure that the text is professionally relevant 
  • Each chapter includes a "Voices from the Field" Q&A with a scholar, practitioner or social media influencer

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