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July: On the Books

Despite the forfeiture of our commutes — the loss of which gets no sympathy from anyone who has ever tried to get into the Bellevue Central Business District for an 8 a.m. meeting — this “new normal” we find ourselves in somehow seems to provide less time with which to enjoy the little things, like a good book. Our advice? Pick up an audiobook from the King County Library System’s digital catalog (or your preferred audiobook app), and listen to one of these marketing and communication reads during your morning workout or while you wash the never-ending mountain of dishes in the sink.

No FilterNo Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

Inside that smartphone app, behind the selfies and the food pics, and before the influencers, Instagram went from a small 13-person company to what would become “the most culturally defining app of the decade.” In No Filter, award-winning journalist Sarah Frier draws on interviews from the company’s founders, employees, competitors, fashionistas, top influencers, and more to learn about how one app can not only alter the way consumers spend, but also can command an almost impossible desire for perfection.

Simon & Schuster | $28


ContagiousContagious: Why Things Catch on

No, we’re not talking about COVID-19 here, rather the social transmission and word of mouth movements that influence consumers to take a brand, movement, or product and spread it like wildfire. Contagious author and University of Pennsylvania marketing professor Jonah Berger presents case studies of businesses that have done this successfully, while concurrently delivering advice for small, medium, and large business marketing professionals to help boost their brand’s awareness.

Simon & Schuster | $9.83


United Breaks GuitarsUnited Breaks Guitars: The Power of One Voice in the Age of Social Media

Singer and songwriter Dave Carroll disembarked from a United Airlines flight in the late aughts to discover his prized guitar had been broken in transit. Eight months later and still uncompensated for the loss, Carroll wrote a song about the entire ordeal and, within four days, the musician’s YouTube video broke 1 million views and sent the airline’s stock into a nosedive. Carroll’s book has since become a primer for marketers and customer service professionals about how social media can act as the spark that lights the fire.

Hay House, Inc. | $19.95


The Gen Z FrequencyThe Gen Z Frequency: How Brands Tune in & Build Credibility

We know that millennials have long been held as the target consumer demographic, due to the cohort’s size and spending patterns; however, the rising generation is quickly making up that ground. Gen Z — individuals born between 1995 and 2010 — have now eclipsed the prior generation and account for 40 percent of consumer spending. So how does one attract this new group? Authors Gregg L. Witt and Derek E. Baird pull from careers in youth marketing and digital strategy to deliver actionable strategies to gain the trust of a skeptical generation.

Kogan Page | $29.95


Covers courtesy their respective publishers