Dan talks with an old Smith Publicity friend, Pete McCarthy. Pete, a renowned and widely respected publishing industry thought leader, discusses a fascinating and important aspect of publishing that every author and publisher should know – data. He explains elements of book marketing and promotion many don’t consider such as using industry metrics and book buying data to create pinpoint campaigns that can propel book sales and author brands. He offers insights into audience-centric, data-informed technical and creative book promotion that you won’t hear anywhere else!
Other topics covered include author and publisher social media tactics, how the pandemic has changed the publishing industry and why every author and publisher should know the premise of the movie “Moneyball.”
Pete is Director Consumer Insights at Ingram Content Group where he is responsible for software and services that help publishers reach consumers. He has over twenty-five years of publishing experience, ranging from executive positions with Penguin and Random House to consulting and co-founding a marketing start-up, which was acquired by Ingram in 2018. He brings a strategic and technical approach to marketing and selling content and books at scale.
About Ingram Content Group
The world is reading. Ingram helps connect our world with the books they want—print and digital—when they need them, in the simplest ways. To better serve an increasingly connected global community of readers we are transforming the book industry for the better: through smart leadership, cutting-edge technology, and revolutionary innovations in the manufacture and distribution of books. Providing comprehensive services for publishers, retailers, libraries and educators, Ingram makes these services seamless and accessible through technology, innovation and creativity.
With an expansive global network of offices and facilities, Ingram’s services include digital and physical book distribution, print on demand, and digital learning. Ingram Content Group is a part of Ingram Industries Inc. and includes Ingram Book Group LLC, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Library Services LLC, and Tennessee Book Company LLC.