FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
171 AUTHORS TAKE THE ONLINE MARKETING CONVERSATION TO PRINT
Age of Conversation 3 Graduates from Social Media Theory
and Moves On to Full-Blown Social Media Practice
New York, NY (May 07, 2010)—Almost three years ago, an online conversation between two marketing pros
—an American and an Australian—evolved into a collaborative writing effort by more than 100 bloggers from
nine countries, and was aptly titled The Age of Conversation. Fast forward to today and the abstract
experiment is now a concrete treatise on the state of social media and marketing best practices as a whole.
With Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton still firmly at the helm, the third book in the Age of Conversation series
has become a veritable “who’s who” of the world’s leading marketing bloggers. Age of Conversation 3 (202
pages; hardcover; paperback; Kindle; ePub) was published by new digital publishing company Channel V Books
(www.ChannelVBooks.com), and is now available through all major online retailers, as a Kindle e-book, and
will soon be available as an ePub for other digital readers.
Age of Conversation 3 captures the distinct shift from social media as a hypothetical consumer loyalty tool, as
it was considered only a little more than a year ago, to its current state as a staple in the modern marketing
toolbox. Although the book covers more than just social media, the topic is ubiquitous among the book’s 10
sections: At the Coalface; Identities, Friends and Trusted Strangers; Conversational Branding; Measurement;
Corporate Conversations; In the Boardroom; Innovation and Execution; Influence; Getting to Work; and
Pitching Social Media.
“We have seen an incredible shift in the role of social media over the past three years. It has moved from an
outlier in the marketing mix to one of the strategic pillars of any corporate marketing or branding exercise,”
said Drew McLellan. “And it doesn’t end there,” adds Gavin Heaton. “As the many authors of this new book
explain, the focus may be on conversation, but you can’t participate in a conversation from the sidelines. It’s
all about participation. And this book provides you with 171 lessons in this new art”.
The genesis for the series itself has all the makings of a thrilling read: regular correspondence between people
around the world; a proactive collaboration between 15 countries; and two marketing professionals who have
never met each other face to face, scrambling to learn how to publish a book from the ground up.
It all started when McLellan blogged about a similar collaborative book effort and Heaton wrote to him to
suggest they get a few fellow bloggers to produce a marketing book in the same vain. Three emails later, and
they had named the book and set what they thought would be an impossible goal: 100 bloggers. Within seven
days they had commitments from 103. Back then, the marketing industry was abuzz about how citizen
marketers were changing the landscape, whereas the second two editions have revolved primarily around the
growing field of social media and how its methodologies have affected marketing as a whole. What all three
books have in common is that they each capture a uniquely global vantage point.
The first Age of Conversation raised nearly $15,000 for Variety, the international children's charity, and the
Age of Conversation 2 raised a further $10,000 for Variety. This year’s proceeds will be donated to an
international children’s charity of our authors’ choosing.
McLellan, who heads McLellan Marketing Group, a Des Moines, Iowa advertising agency, has been writing
DrewsMarketingMinute.com for several years. Heaton, who works for global software giant, SAP, writes
ServantofChaos.com from Sydney, Australia. McLellan and Heaton have used their blogs to promote each
book’s crop of contributors.
Needless to say, an ambitious online marketing book will be paired with an ambitious online marketing
campaign. All 171 bloggers will use their respective online platforms—their blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other
social media profiles, and websites—to promote their co-authors and book sales.
To request a review copy of Age of Conversation 3, please contact Gretel Going at firstname.lastname@example.org