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Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Posted on October 03, 2012 by Blog Design Journal
Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World (book)

Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform.

To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform.

In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace.

Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.

In Platform, Hyatt will teach readers not only how to extend their influence, but also how to monetize it and build a sustainable career. The key? By building a platform. It has never been easier, less expensive, or more possible than right now. . .  The book includes:

  • proven strategies
  • easy-to-replicate formulas
  • practical tips

Social media technologies have changed everything. Now, for the first time in history, non-celebrities can get noticed—and win big!—in an increasingly noisy world.

Endorsements:

“I’ve known Michael Hyatt for more than a decade, and during that time I’ve seen him master just about every social media platform that’s hit the scene. He’s used blogging, Facebook, Twitter and more to expand his personal platform from a successful book publisher to a leading national brand of his own. Trust me, this guy knows what he’s talking about—so pay attention!” —DAVE RAMSEY, New York Times Best-selling Author, Host, “The Dave Ramsey Show”

“A generous book from a man who knows what he’s talking about. Michael Hyatt has built a platform, and you can too.” —SETH GODIN, New York Times Best-selling Author, We Are All Weird

Platform is absolutely essential to delivering value. As a big fan of Michael Hyatt, I’m excited he’s sharing this with you. Your job? Learn about this and implement it. Your success depends on it.” —CHRIS BROGAN, President, Human Business Works, New York Times Best-selling Author

“Michael Hyatt is the authority on creating a platform in our crowded world, and Platform is the definitive, step-by-step guide to building a platform—from the ground up. If you’re longing to become a true influencer in this world, Hyatt can teach you how. With Platform, Hyatt’s done the near-impossible: create a guide even more useful than his wildly popular blog!” CLAIRE DÍAZ ORTIZ, Social Innovation, Twitter, Inc.

“I have watched Michael Hyatt build his own platform from the ground up to become one of the largest in the world. And he has done so with the strategies and tips he outlines in this very practical book. Any author, speaker, or small business owner who wants a blueprint for getting the attention and visibility they want, needs to read this book.” JOHN C. MAXWELL, New York Times Best-selling Author, and Leadership Expert

“Michael Hyatt is a pioneer in social media who is now generously sharing his ‘secrets’ with those of us who have been marveling at his success for many years. Whether you are a seasoned writer, blogger, speaker and social media enthusiast, or just now starting out, this book will help you take that next step and begin to build a platform of your own.” DAN T. CATHY, President & COO, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

“In today’s world, having an idea isn’t enough to land a book or record deal, get a movie made or find funding for your startup.  You need a platform: A connected following that’s ready to try, buy and spread the word. Finally, in a single book, the blueprint for your platform is revealed by blog wunderkind Michael Hyatt.  You’ll finish this book slowly, because his simple but powerful advice will interrupt you with go-do-it-now urgency. Read it and expand your influence.” TIM SANDERS, Former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo, Author of Today We Are Rich 

“When I finished the last page of Platform, I realized I had more actionable notes from the book than from any other business book I’ve read in years.  This is the definitive guidebook for building an online presence.  Michael Hyatt, one of the pioneers of social networking and blogging, shares his successful blueprint for raising your visibility.  Learn from his experience and save yourself time, money, and frustration by following his step-by-step advice.” SKIP PRICHARD, President & CEO, Ingram Content Group, Inc.

“Yes, talent, desire and passion are key elements for success as an author, musician, artist, coach or speaker. But this book identifies the elephant in the room—the other 90% of the process necessary to have a voice in today’s arena.”  —DAN MILLER, Creative thinker at 48Days.net and  Author of, 48 Days to the Work You Love

“For the last five years, if I ever had a question about platform building, social media or standing out amidst the clutter, I turned to one place—Michael Hyatt. As an author who turned a blog into a book and made countless mistakes along the way, I couldn’t get my hands on Platform fast enough. Michael Hyatt has written THE handbook to one of the biggest cultural revolutions in the last fifty years.” —JON ACUFF, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Quitter: Closing the Gap Between YourDay Job & Your Dream Job

“Michael Hyatt has given much of his professional career to helping others achieve their potential. And he helps others by pioneering a way and then teaching people his way. In Platform, he’s accumulated the best of his counsel and advice. If you’d like to expand your influence, read Platform and then read it again.” – DONALD MILLER,  New York Times Best-selling Author of Blue Like Jazz

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  1. Amy Andrews says:

    A few critiques, but overall, a solid book While I’ve been a fan and follower of Michael Hyatt’s blog for a long time, I did not receive a free copy of Platform. I confess, as much as I like his blog, I wasn’t going to buy the book for two reasons:1. Prior to the launch of Platform, he mentioned that much of the content was reworked material from old blog posts (which I assumed I had read previously).2. Since I teach others how to start their own blog, I am already up to my eyeballs in information of this sort.Therefore, I thought I would hold off and wait until I could get a copy at the library.Incidentally, I bought the book the day it launched, swayed by all the 5-star reviews, enticed by the freebies he offered during launch week and intrigued by his launch process, which I wanted to watch firsthand (you just never know when that information will come in handy, you know). ;) I have read the book in full.Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order:– Overall, his tone is very encouraging and inspiring. I’ve read other how-to books in which the author seems arrogant and condescending, leaving me feeling discouraged and inept by the end. That was not the case here. By the end, I was rearin’ to go!– He makes a strong case for learning the ins and outs of social media as a way to grow your business, even if you don’t have a lot of computer background or if you feel technically challenged. I am also self-taught so I wholeheartedly agree. As he says, the best way to learn, is to dive in and go for it.– He talks about the importance of having a blog (or website) which acts as your home base online. I wholeheartedly agree with this point as well. However, like so many others, he doesn’t go into great detail about exactly *how* to start a blog other than to offer tips such as “I recommend a WordPress.org blog.” On the other hand, he goes into great detail about starting a Twitter account and he devotes several chapters to using Twitter effectively (see below).– When looking at his numbers, I do think it’s worthwhile to note that even though Hyatt started his blogging and social media journey like many of us (with little background knowledge), he has had significant advantages that I think have helped his online presence grow so well. He is graced with connections to well-known and very influential people (great for interviews, endorsements, etc). It also doesn’t hurt to be the Chairman (formerly the CEO) of one of the largest publishing companies in the U.S. :) To be sure, this is well-deserved and his experience is vast. Clearly, he has worked very hard for many years to build a huge network of excellent contacts. He definitely makes no guarantees that if you use his tips, you will reproduce his results, but I do think it is helpful to look at those results with his background in mind. I appreciated seeing his hard numbers (great transparency), but even though my numbers don’t come close to his (and I’ve been at this for years too), I need to look for upward trends, not specific numerical benchmarks, which would indicate growth.– It is true, much of the book content is reworked posts that you can find for free on his blog. I found myself thinking many times, “Oh yeah, I remember reading this…” Because I bought the book for $13 and because I got all the freebies along with it, I would gladly pay the same for it again. However, had I bought the book at full price ($24) and didn’t get the freebies, I think I would have been disappointed. If you’re not already familiar with his blog and don’t feel like poking around there to see what he has written in the past, it’s probably definitely worth having all that great info packaged so nicely.– He offers a lot of tips for Twitter but doesn’t talk about Facebook, Google+ or any other social media platform (except to mention he’s not a huge fan of Facebook). Clearly this is because he has had the most success on Twitter which is understandable. But to those reading, I do think it’s important to know who your audience is before assuming Twitter is the place to be. His target audience might be on Twitter, but if your target audience hangs out on Facebook or Pinterest more than Twitter, you should be on Facebook and Pinterest, not Twitter.– True to Michael Hyatt style, the book is absolutely jam-packed with helpful, actionable tips that will help anyone who wants to become active and effective in social media.I think the challenge for the beginner will be to not get overwhelmed. There is certainly a lot of excellent information, but if you try to take it all in at once, you’ll want to run for the hills! Tackle it in small chunks and implement his tips as you have the time. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. It really does take a long time to get established and start seeing results.I can’t remember if he said it explicitly in…

  2. Matthew Bennett says:

    3.5 stars out of 5, depending on your level of experience Amongst all the hype of a vanguard internet mega-book launch by Michael Hyatt (124,000 Twitter followers; 400,000 blog readers/month), the chairman of Thomas Nelson publishing (the 6th largest US book publisher, Nº1 Christian publisher) on the subject of `how an author might use the internet to broadcast his message’, it’s clearly difficult to separate the book (Platform) from the man (massive levels of experience) and the marketing campaign (shockingly effective and generous) but, this being a book review, I shall try.Michael obviously knows what he’s talking about here and in just under 300 pages he provides a wealth of information for anyone who wishes to use blogs, Twitter and Facebook to build relationships online, to try and get their message across and to ultimately sell whatever it is they’re hawking (books, political messages, etc…). He has based his book on the posts he has written on his own blog about how to blog and use social media, so much of the actual material seems to be available online if you search for it (here are chapters 2, 3, and 15, for example), although he has rewritten some paragraphs and added some new anecdotes to illustrate his points.The book is organised into five broad sections which walk you through the major functional and relational steps related to blogging and the wise use of social media, and they explain the knowledge Michael has accumulated in building and promoting his own substantial platform over the past eight years. I think after reflecting on this for a few days that the book’s effectiveness and a consideration of whether or not it achieves its main aim depends on who is reading it.If you have never come across Michael’s work before, or if you have just begun blogging and are thinking about building your own platform, you would save a lot of time and energy by buying a copy of Platform and its contents will probably produce a `wow’ sensation (section 1: “Start with the Wow”, chapter 2: “Bake in the Wow”, chapter 7: “How to Wrap the Wow in Style”) in your mind as you read along and think about the possibilities. I can think of a few friends who have just started blogging to whom I would certainly recommend this book.If, on the other hand, you have been reading Michael’s blog for a while, if you have yourself been blogging for a few years (if not to Michael’s level of success), if you have read some of the better business books that have been published over the last few years, if you have read previous blogging and social media books by other authors (Gary Vaynerchuk’s “Crush It!”, Seth Godin’s “Tribes” or Chris Brogan’s “Trust Agents”), or if you have read and tried to learn from popular how-to blogs (Problogger or Copyblogger), I predict you will not feel such a `wow’ sensation as you read and that you will be left instead with the feeling that this is clearly a solid revision of what are becoming accepted success principles for blogging and social-media but that there is nothing particularly new here; that this book does not add new knowledge to the conversation or to theories about how to do it all better.Before I read Platform, and given the Christian slant of both Thomas Nelson and most of the people who have participated in the pre-launch Facebook group, I wondered if there might be some interesting religious metaphors (followers, tribes, messages, etc) to be applied to the book’s ideas, or if the book might be directed towards a Christian audience. Platform purposefully does neither of these things: its ideas are applicable to anyone wishing to use them.This general focus is perhaps also why I felt it was disappointing that the book didn’t include much specific information–apart from an appendix on “Post Ideas for Novelists (also a blog post)”–for authors who wish to use these ideas . Whilst this is by design, I think I expected more in this sense from the chairman of the US’s 6th largest publisher, who himself has built a hugely successful online platform.To conclude, then, Michael Hyatt’s Platform is recommendable as a solid guide to blogging and social media principles and practice if you are a newcomer to these ideas but more experienced bloggers or aspiring authors won’t find anything especially new or specifically relevant in the book that hasn’t been said before somewhere.3.5 stars out of 5

  3. Phyllis T. Smith says:

    Good Book (PS I didn’t get it free and never heard of Hyatt) I mention that I bought this book and was not a previous fan of Hyatt because a number of early reviews were apparently from fans of his blog who received advance, free copies of PLATFORM.What I liked about the book–Clearly and engagingly written.Organized in 60 short pithy chapters that were apparently originally blog posts. You can easily find the subjects that are relevant to you. (I read the entire book but anticipate using some parts as a reference.)Very good succinct summaries of what makes a successful blog and a good blog post. Some of it is pretty obvious (post frequently but not too frequently) and some is not (end with question to invite reader participation).Specifics about the software and services Hyatt actually uses.Honesty about the time and financial outlay he personally has made. (It took him eight years to reach the level of readership he has now. These days he spends about $1000 a month on his blog–but he makes a good deal more than that and you don’t have to start out investing much cash.) He is not offering a get rich quick scheme in other words.Very specific strategies for “monetizing” your blog.Lots of detail on how to use Twitter.Interesting and creative ideas for subjects a novelist could blog about.What I didn’t like–Too much time spent on uplift (positive thinking–which I actually sort of enjoy but did not buy this book for) and on stating the obvious–defining what “Wow” is for example. A fifth of the book is spent basically saying you need a good product to sell on your blog.Not as much about using Facebook as I would have preferred. He seems to personally like Twitter a lot more than he likes Facebook.What the author doesn’t say–Hyatt is a first-rate writer and a charismatic speaker. I’m all for aspiration but if you aren’t already skilled you are going to have to spend a good deal of time educating yourself and developing your skillset before you can hope to engage readers and audiences as he does.He is a motivational speaker and publishing/business guru. The kind of platform he has constructed may be very similar to the one you want if you are in a similar field. Or it may not be. I would advise reading what he has written and then looking at the websites of successful people in your own field.How much will the time spent on building a platform add to your book sales if you are a serious literary novelist? If you are a science writer? Or in other diverse fields? There is just no data presented here on how much a platform of a particular kind will help you. I’d like to see some.The hype made me feel a little wary about buying this book, but it has good info and I will use parts of it as a reference.



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