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The Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast

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The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme's 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme's self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.


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Episode 136 - An Ending You'll Never Forget
In this episode, Chris and Becca talk about their favorite podcast episodes, what's next, and a very surprising announcement at the end.  Show Notes & Links -Chris and Becca talk about their favorite podcasts, their favorite guests, and encourage new listeners to go back to the beginning and listen to all the episodes. Kinda like binge watching Stranger Things. -Becca talks about her new venture to help authors: The Better-Faster Academy and The Quitcast on YouTube. -Why you should always start off a new venture with a bang. -Why Chris thought the podcast would never get off the ground. -Becca's favorite podcast episodes and guests. -Chris' new venture. -Where the podcast is going from here. Links: -The Quitcast on YouTube -Becca's Better-Faster Academy -Chris' new venture: Women Finishing Well How to contact Chris: -email: -bookmarketing website: -Facebook page: cksyme -Sign up for her free weekly book marketing tips newsletter  
Episode 135 - Welcome to the Marketing Rebellion
In this short ten-minute episode Chris talks about the new book by marketing wise guy Mark Schaeffer titled, Marketing Rebellion - the most human company wins. Schaeffer talks about the importance of adjusting to the new culture of buying: connecting with real humans. The book is filled with stories and data and cutting edge marketing advice. (This is not an affiliate show--I just love this book) Links & Show Notes: 1. Why consumers aren't responding to ads like they used to. 2. The value of long-term strategic marketing over short-term tactics-based marketing. 3. Why career authors need to think of themselves as brands and business owners. 4. The four principles that guide personal brand success: Accurately define your place. Define a space to tell your story. Create effective content (this is called content marketing). Build an actionable audience.  5. Why all this is important to you. Links: Link to Mark Schaeffer's book, Marketing Rebellion
Episode 134 - How Good Copywriting Sells More Books
In this episode Chris interviews author and copywriting expert Brian Meeks. Brian, best known for expertise on Amazon ads, has a new book on how to write winning copy that will sell more books. The episode starts with an update on Amazon’s new lockscreen ads. Show Notes & Links: -Are the new lockscreen ads (Amazon) the old product display ads? -Why the goal in copywriting is not the same as in writing a book. -The difference between structure in ad copy and prose writing. -Why using a summary of your book as a description to sell your book is a bad choice. -Why authors hate copywriting and Brian’s solution. -What is a hook and why every piece of copywriting needs one. -Should you put your social proof (Amazon bestseller, USA Today bestseller) in your book description? Links: click ’em, they’re live: Check out Brian’s new book, Mastering Amazon Descriptions, here Brian’s Facebook group page on Mastering Amazon Descriptions here Becca Syme’s new podcast, The Quitcast Becca’s new book, Dear Writer, You Need To Quit
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May 9th, 2016
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Jul 17th, 2019
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