Keeping a finger on the pulse of social media is a must, so it's little wonder that there's such a buzz around the launch of four social media magazines:
The Big G & Business (Google)
FB & Business (Facebook)
Tweeting & Business (Twitter)
LI & Business (Linkedin)
The overwhelming response boils down to "It's about time."
I anticipated one big social media magazine though. They may find it difficult to fill four with quality, current content. However, the staff has proven that they habitually reach for excellence in whatever they do, and there is some print experience there. I'm sure there will be lots of web writers who would like to pick up some print credentials as well. It will be interesting to watch how it comes together.
The magazine is available in eight formats, including iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet, BlackBerry, Kindle, multimedia and print. $179 print subscriptions are insane, in my opinion, but the electronic edition was originally priced at a reasonable $7.95. Now it's FREE, courtesy of Office Depot, EFactor and The Pro2Pro Network.
Combine 'free' with some major buzz, and you get a launch boasting a circulation of 13.8 million. More on that in the press release below.
I believe there's great potential for an excellent, useful publication here. You can sign up for all four free e-magazines at once on the Social Media Mag's site. Bonus: My subscription confirmation included a surprise electronic copy of the book, The New Entrepreneurs Survival Guide.
NEW YORK (September 7, 2011) – With social media’s influence growing at a rapid pace, entrepreneurs are embracing it to stay ahead of the curve – and their competition. And now social media’s first magazines – set to debut in October 2011 – are partnering with professional communities EFactor.com and The Pro2Pro Network to expand their business circulation to 13.8 million at launch. This circulation surpasses previous business circulation leader, Wall Street Journal, with 2.1 million subscribers.
EFactor is the world’s largest entrepreneurial community, with members spanning 180 countries. They are a social network and one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, providing them with free resources such as access to funding and savings through exclusively negotiated member discounts.
The Pro2Pro Network is the largest professional-to-professional referral network in North America. Pro2Pro is where doctors and professionals go for referrals. Their network of entrepreneurs, doctors, attorneys and other professionals is like Match.com for professionals, bringing together like minded geo-targeted professionals who want to establish mutually beneficial referral relationships.
Associate Publisher and best-selling author Eric Yaverbaum says these partnerships reflect the mission of the social media magazines. “These networks really walk the walk of serving their members. By providing our four social media magazines to their constituents for free, they are allowing their members to play the social media game as an informed player. Without this kind of instruction they would find it more difficult to attract customers, translating into lower visibility and lost sales.”
“The influence and power of social media is critical for entrepreneurs,” says founder of EFactor Adrie Reinders. “Our partnership with the four Social Media Magazines is an excellent example of how we provide the most up-to-date information on how entrepreneurs can engage with their customers and increase their profits.”
The four social media magazines, FB & Business (Facebook), Tweeting & Business (Twitter), LI & Business (Linkedin), and The Big G & Business (Google) include a team of the nation’s most influential social media and business minds. The magazines are designed to help businesses and executives leverage the power of the four leading social media platforms, services that are immensely important for entrepreneurs to master.
“Prior to partnering with EFactor & The Pro2Pro Network we already had millions of readers through our exclusive distribution partnership with Office Depot,” says Larry Genkin, GSG WorldMedia’s founder, publisher and CEO. “Now each of our four publications will launch with a higher circulation than the previous business category leaders, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Businessweek and Fortune combined.”
“The combination of EFactor.com and Pro2Pro Network’s vision, with our experts’ knowledge allows us to give 13.8 million entrepreneurs and business people access to the best minds in social media today and for free. As an added bonus, the print publications will also be available in digital format at no cost,” adds Genkin.
Further solidifying the magazines as the “go-to” resource on social media for entrepreneurs and business executives, the publications have signed top experts to contribute editorially. Such masters include entrepreneur and NFL great Fran Tarkenton; Guerrilla Marketing author Jay Conrad Levinson; Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, who Forbes named one of the world’s top 15 most influential business thinkers; Robert Scoble, who gained fame as Microsoft’s “Geek” blogger; Yanik Silver, known as the “godfather of Internet marketing;” and behavioral economist and the best-selling author of the business classic Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely.
About EFactor: EFactor.com was founded by a team of successful serial entrepreneurs. At EFactor.com, entrepreneurs exchange ideas with experts, receive exclusive discounts on business tools, interact with potential partners or clients, and discover funding for their startups. EFactor offers a unique mix of online and offline events in the US and internationally. Members join EFactor to make relevant connections, taking their businesses to the next level.
About Pro2Pro Network: Provides strategic business-building marketing solutions for doctors and professionals by scheduling pre-screened, pre-qualified mutually beneficial meetings for professionals with other local professionals who want to establish referral relationships.
About Social Media Magazines: The four social medial publications include FB & Business (Facebook), Tweeting & Business (Twitter), LI & Business (Linkedin), and The Big G & Business (Google), and will be available at launch in 8 formats, including iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet, BlackBerry, Kindle, multimedia and print. All digital subscriptions are free, courtesy of Office Depot, EFactor and The Pro2Pro Network, with a subscription to the monthly print edition, priced at $179 per year per magazine. Free digital subscriptions are available online at www.socialmediamags.com.
Photo: GSG WorldMedia