Many marketers will love to take a lot of your money before they are motivated enough to teach you a single useful thing. But Seth Godin, the marketing guru of Internet age, is different. You don’t need to spend a dime to learn all his philosophy and insights through his generously shared free ebooks, videos, essays and an excellent blog.
This webpage (squidoo.com/seth) page summarizes all Seth Godin work on one page. This includes:
- Seth’s best blog posts from the last 2 years.
- Hot posts from 2009
- Video and books including free ebooks
- Seth’s entire philosophy in 8 line.
Below I am copying all 8 lines of his philosophy for your quick reading:
- For fifty years, advertising (and the pre-packaged, one-way stories that make good advertising] drove our economy. Then media exploded. We went from three channels to 500 hundred, from no web pages to a billion. At the same time, the number of choices mushroomed. There are more than 100 brands of nationally advertised water. There are dozens of car companies, selling thousands of combinations. Starbucks offers 19,000,000 different ways to order a beverage, and Oreo cookies come in more than nineteen flavors.
In the face of all this choice and clutter, consumers realized that they have quite a bit of power. So advertising stopped working.
- One insight is that marketing with permission works better than spam. In other words, delivering anticipated, personal and relevant ads to the people who want to get them is always more effective than yelling loudly at strangers. PERMISSION MARKETING addresses this issue.
- Once an idea is in the hands of people who care about its success, it may be lucky enough to benefit from digitally augmented word of mouth. I call this an ideavirus. Modern ideas spread online and off, and this is faster and more effective than the old-fashioned centralized way of selling. UNLEASHING THE IDEAVIRUS is the most successful ebook of all time and you can buy the paperback for about $10. Feel free to look for the ebook online as well. It’s free.
- It’s remarkable products that get remarked on. That seems obvious, but it flies in the face of the way most goods and services and business items are created and marketed. Boring is invisible. PURPLE COW is all about this.
- The thing that makes something remarkable isn’t usually directly related to the original purpose of the product or service. It’s the FREE PRIZE INSIDE, the extra stuff, the stylish bonus, the design or the remarkable service or pricing that makes people talk about it and spread the word.
- The controversial ALL MARKETERS ARE LIARS isn’t about lying at all. It’s about telling stories that people want to believe. It’s about the fact that people want bottled water, not tap, iPod Nanos, not Rios, and politicians who talk straight, regardless of the consequences… But most of all, it’s about authenticity.
- Marketing is now called leadership. You can lead a tribe of people, connect them, commit to them and create a movement.
- Most of all, Godin believes that it’s possible to enjoy your job, to do the right thing, to be transparent, to give more than you get and to be successful, all at the same time. In fact, that’s sort of the definition of success, isn’t it?
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