All Marketers are Liars

The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All

Author: Seth Godin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101184547

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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The indispensable classic on marketing by the bestselling author of Tribes and Purple Cow. Legendary business writer Seth Godin has three essential questions for every marketer: “What’s your story?” “Will the people who need to hear this story believe it?” “Is it true?” All marketers tell stories. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche is vastly superior to a $36,000 Volkswagen that’s virtually the same car. We believe that $225 sneakers make our feet feel better—and look cooler—than a $25 brand. And believing it makes it true. As Seth Godin has taught hundreds of thousands of marketers and students around the world, great marketers don’t talk about features or even benefits. Instead, they tell a story—a story we want to believe, whether it’s factual or not. In a world where most people have an infinite number of choices and no time to make them, every organization is a marketer, and all marketing is about telling stories. Marketers succeed when they tell us a story that fits our worldview, a story that we intuitively embrace and then share with our friends. Think of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, or Fiji water, or the iPod. But beware: If your stories are inauthentic, you cross the line from fib to fraud. Marketers fail when they are selfish and scurrilous, when they abuse the tools of their trade and make the world worse. That’s a lesson learned the hard way by telemarketers, cigarette companies, and sleazy politicians. But for the rest of us, it’s time to embrace the power of the story. As Godin writes, “Stories make it easier to understand the world. Stories are the only way we know to spread an idea. Marketers didn’t invent storytelling. They just perfected it.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Rise of the DEO

Leadership by Design

Author: Maria Giudice,Christopher Ireland

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0133441318

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

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The majority of companies, their employees and their leaders navigate a space where competitors appear overnight, customers demand innovations monthly, business plans rarely last a full year and career ladders have been replaced by trampolines. This environment of constant change will only accelerate in the future and traditional business leaders are ill equipped to deal with it. Just as we took our cues from MBAs and the military in casting the ideal CEO of the 20th century, we can look to design - in its broadest form - to model our future leader, the DEO. These leaders possess characteristics, behaviors and mindsets that allow them to excel in unpredictable, fast-moving and value-charged conditions. They are catalysts for transformation and agents of change. A hybrid of strategic business executive and creative problem-solver, the DEO is willing to take on anything as an object of design and looks at ALL problems as design challenges. Readers will learn not only why this form of leadership is essential to the success of modern organizations, but also what characteristics are best suited to this role. Through intimate conversations with leading DEOs, we explore the mindsets, communities, processes and practices common to creative business leaders. The book lays out—graphically and through example—how DEOs run their companies and why this approach makes sense now. We help readers identify these skills in themselves and their colleagues, and we guide them in using these skills to build, revive or reinvent the next generation of great companies and organization.
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Summary and Analysis of Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Based on the Book by Jonah Berger

Author: Worth Books

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504044738

Category: Study Aids

Page: 30

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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Contagious tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Jonah Berger’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Contagious includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Contagious by Jonah Berger: Contagious: Why Things Catch On examines why certain media goes viral—videos, articles, memes—and others never get shared at all. By looking at popular culture, Wharton professor Jonah Berger analyzes what makes an idea take off. Based on his own research and the insights gleaned from 15 years of studying marketing, Berger’s New York Times–bestselling book teaches readers why popular content is popular, and how they can make their own ideas and products truly contagious. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
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How to Market Books

Author: Alison Baverstock,Susannah Bowen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429944667

Category: Social Science

Page: 482

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Over five editions, How to Market Books has established itself as the standard text on marketing for both the publishing industry and the wider creative economy. Industry professionals and students of Publishing Studies rely on the techniques and tactics in this invaluable book. With the publishing industry changing fast, and the marketing and selling of content now delivered worldwide through technology, this much needed guide highlights the critical role of the marketeer, and the strategies and techniques at their disposal. The book’s approach is logical and calming; beginning with marketing theory and moving into how this works in practice. Readers benefit from a blend of practical advice on how to organise and deliver marketing plans – and an objectivity which supports their future management of issues not yet on the horizon. Thoroughly updated, this 6th edition maintains the book’s popular, accessible and supportive style, and now offers: A fully international perspective for today’s global industry New case studies to illustrate changing industry issues and application Completely updated coverage of digital and social marketing and GDPR Topical updates, more case studies and tips on getting work in publishing on a companion website Detailed coverage of individual market segments, bringing relevance to every area of publishing
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Sell with a Story

How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale

Author: Paul Smith

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 0814437125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 6875

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Despite all the high-tech tools available to salespeople, the most personal method still works best. Storytelling packs the emotional punch to turn routine presentations into productive relationships. It explains products or services in ways that resonate; it connects people and creates momentum. Stories speak to the part of the brain where decisions are made. Paul Smith, author of the acclaimed Lead with a Story, shifts his best-selling formula to the sales arena. In Sell with a Story, he identifies the ingredients of the most effective sales stories and reveals how to: Select the right story Craft a compelling and memorable narrative Incorporate challenge, conflict, and resolution Use stories to introduce yourself, build rapport, address objections, add value, bring data to life, create a sense of urgency, and more Complete with model stories, skill-building exercises, and enlightening examples from Microsoft, Costco, Xerox, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hewlett Packard, and other top companies, this powerful and practical guide gives you the tools you need to turn your experiences into stories that sell.
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