A friend of mine recently tweeted career advice for those looking to get into marketing. On the list was: Read lots of books
This man speaks the truth and his tweet inspired me to create this resource for future and fellow marketers. (Thanks @priteshpatel9).
Working in-house and with startup businesses, I have developed a full-stack approach to marketing. This demands continuous learning, and reading books – lots of them – is part of the job.
In no particular order, here are 9 books that have helped shape my career in marketing so far:
1. Start With Why
Every business knows WHAT they do. Some businesses know HOW they do it. Very few businesses know WHY they do what they do.Priced at £6.99 | Buy the Book
2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
The heaviest read of these 9 books but still my favourite. Discover why people say "yes" - including the power of reciprocation and social proof.Priced at £7.69 | Buy the Book
3. 50 Ways to Make Google Love Your Website
One of the first books I read on Search Engine Optimisation. Some aspects are dated now but this is an easy read and will give you a quick intro to SEO.Priced at £7.99 | Buy the Book
4. The Art of The Start
I made a ton of notes while reading this. Full of tips for startups on how to build a business - a key skill for those who are serious about marketing.Priced at £7.99 | Buy the Book
5. How to be a Productivity Ninja
On my first day at University I remember being told "80% of being successful is organisation". This book has some life-changing advice and took my productivity to another level.Priced at £6.74 | Buy the Book
6. Like a Virgin
A truely excellent book full of bite-sized advice on business, leadership and the development of your career.Priced at £6.99 | Buy the Book
7. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
Here's the thing about reading books published some time ago (1993 in this case) - if what is written then still stands today, you can bet it's pretty solid advice. There's plenty in this book.Priced at £6.29 | Buy the Book
8. Show Your Work
An inspirational book that will get your creative juices flowing and teach you the benefits of sharing your work. "If your work isn't online, it's doesn't exist" - Austin Kleon.Priced at £6.29 | Buy the Book
9. Digital Disruption
Digital disruption is the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services. Read this book.Priced at £6.99 | Buy the Book
Why Only 9 Books?
I thought about a top 10 but hey, you’ll have your favorite and I’m still learning too.
What book that hasn’t made my list would you recommend to fellow marketers? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your suggestions.