Often, when I mention brand and platform, writers assume I am talking about promotion and marketing (ads). That is not only a false assumption, it can be a fatal one.
When we (regular people) hop onto Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or whatever social site, only to get barraged with book spam, a big reason it annoys us is because the author hasn’t taken time to build rapport, earn our trust, and gain permission to sell us stuff.
I kid you not, I signed in to LinkedIn for the first time in like a YEAR the other day and, in less than an hour, some author sends me PM with a link to buy his book. No introduction or hello or liking my stuff or asking if I had pets…
HERE! BUY MY BOOK!
….sure. Right on that. Nice to meet you, too.
*grumbles* *now remembers why I hated LinkedIn*
When approached this way, the promotion either becomes white noise (invisible), or worse, an irritation (negative branding). Writers trying to create a brand by serving up copious book promotion will create a brand all right.
The brand of self-serving @$$hat.
The sight of the author’s face or book might even be enough to spike our blood pressure. We are far more likely to block than buy.
Why? What went wrong?
For promotion to be effective, we have to understand what a brand actually IS.
read more https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/01/promotion-marketing-authors/
Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
Check out this post from the How to eBook blog that reminds us Promotion is NOT Platform & Ads are NOT a Brand: Know the Difference