TGIF Book Marketing Tips: Why Inbound Marketing Makes Sense

The Push and Pull of Marketing: Why Inbound Marketing Makes Sense
Guest Expert: Penny C. Sansevieri

If you’ve been promoting online for any length of time, you know that, when used correctly, social media can be a really effective way to promote your book. The term “inbound marketing” is actually referring to the pull-marketing that exists online.

Whether you’re marketing widgets or books, there are two types of marketing: push and pull. Push marketing is what we all know. That’s where we send emails, press releases – the “push” of pushing our pitches to the media. In recent years however, push marketing has become less and less effective. The media targets for push marketing are narrowing as are the opportunities for placement. Also, when you think about it, push marketing is a lot more work and, generally, a lot more expensive. To further differentiate, push tactics generally involve placements on radio, TV, print.

The affect or end results of push marketing isn’t what it used to be. I was speaking to an author who had recently been on a major morning show (we’re talking Good Morning America/CBS The Early Show/The Today Show) and only sold 68 books from her appearance on this show. When you consider the viewership for these programs, that’s not much. Why is this number so low? Well consumer buying habits have changed along with their viewing habits. Enter TiVo and online viewing and now you’ve skewed your generally demographic considerably.

Enter pull marketing or, in layman’s terms: inbound/Internet marketing. It’s important to know the terms and know the difference because as you’re planning your marketing strategy, the more effective you can be in your marketing, the better you’ll do and the more wind you’ll have in your marketing sales. As a marketing person I do know that push marketing is more alluring. Yes, many of us would want to get on Oprah but the reality is: few of us actually do. Further to that point, many authors overlook the benefits of inbound marketing because it’s confusing. Yes, I agree there are a lot of choices. So let’s look at these right now:

Social networks: sites like Facebook and Squidoo are fantastic ways to pull visitors to your site, when used effectively you can increase your platform, exposure, and book sales

Twitter: Another fantastic promotional platform that costs you only in time.

Blogs: we’re going to talk both about blogging as well as blog commenting which is something my firm has done for years.

In the coming weeks, we’re going to look at all forms of Internet/inbound marketing so you can plan your strategy accordingly. We’ll look at what’s working and what the future holds for your online campaign. Stay tuned!


Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author, an internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert, and an Adjunct Instructor teaching publishing and marketing for NYU. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most cutting-edge book marketing campaigns. She is the author of five books, including Book to Bestseller which has been called the “road map to publishing success.” AME is the first marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically works with social networking sites, blogs, micro-blogs, ezines, video sites, and relevant sites to push an authors message into the virtual community and connect with sites related to the book’s topic, positioning the author in his or her market. To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her website. To subscribe to her free ezine, send a blank email to: subscribe@amarketingexpert.com

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  1. perugini@wavecable.com'Donna Perugini

    I am not with a publisher, although my books I’m re-issuing have been previously released by a publishing house.

    I’ve established a blog, website in progress, Facebook, Facebook Fan Pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, left comments (sometimes with links to my blog) on blogs, and I could go on.

    I’ve done Bookbuzzr and a book trailer. What I have not done is a giveaway, contest. I’ve been waiting on the books to be readied.

    I’m right at the point where I need to really know what to do next for my marketing of the children’s books. I’ll be watching for your postings!

  2. sunny69@comcast.net'Sunny Frazier

    I’m going to direct everyone in my marketing possee to your site. I’ve never heard of the “push/pull” marketing idea, but realize I’ve been “pulling” for a long time. Thanks for putting a name on it!

  3. svondrak@aol.com'S. Connell Vondrak

    This is a very timely article for me. I have my first book coming out in a couple months. Learning all the channels and mechanisms necessary to become a successful author is very eye opening.

    For some like Sunny, authors have made pulling into an art form but it is not intuitive for everyone. Discussions like this help new authors think through what they need to do to be successful.

  4. tim.pond@threeinsights.net'Tim Pond

    There’s too much pushing nowadays. Even the good old email blasts are not so effective as they used to be. Put emphasis on blogging and being active in the social media. And at the same time, grow your list.

  5. andrealoposkss@aol.com'facebook search

    Nice post about TGIF Book Marketing Tips: Why Inbound Marketing Makes Sense | The Official BookBuzzr Blog. I am very impressed with the time and effort you have put into writing this story. I will give you a link on my social media blog. All the best!

  6. xmelwux@gmail.com'SEO Companies

    Been reading so much about the guaranteed success of inbound marketing…such a simple task that most companies fail to even consider. It’s no wonder 9 out of 10 business that began this year will fail next year. The equation for success has changed forever. It’s time to catch up.