With the holidays coming up fast, there’s probably someone on your gift list that you’re having difficulty shopping for. Maybe he or she is an entrepreneur, or an early adopter, a tech-nerd, or just someone looking to help boost business in the New Year, whatever the case, these five books are must reads and make for great gifts and stocking stuffers.  These references are the building-blocks of successful social media campaigns no matter the size of your business.

They also represent five great ways to learn about social media, jumpstart your business, and understand the importance of establishing a digital presence. The first lesson comes from Trust Agents: trust is the new currency and the only way to establish trust with your customers is to learn from the examples of those that are doing it right. Lesson two, from The Whuffie Factor, proves the importance of listening and teaches how to add value to your business from responding to feedback. Six Pixels of Separation emphasizes the importance of sharing compelling content and becoming a thought leader to empower your customers and increase your business. Lesson four may seem obvious–hardwork is a given for any successful business, but Gary Vaynercheck, author of Crush it!, outlines how to make your passions come to life  with hard work. Finally, The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web gives step by step advice and tips for optimizing your social presence.

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