Meatball Sundae

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Author: Seth Godin

Category: Business & management , Economics , Finance

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Piatkus

ISBN: 9780349439839

RRP: $24.99

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How to match the right marketing approach to your product, by legendary business thinker Seth Godin.

The shiny new marketing technique isn’t necessarily the right one to use. According to bestselling author Seth Godin, these new-fangled tactics can be like the toppings at an ice cream parlour. If you start with ice cream, adding cherries and hot fudge and whipped cream will make it taste great. But if you start with a bowl of meatballs . . . yuck!

As traditional marketing fades away, the new tools seem irresistible. But they don’t work as well for boring brands (meatballs?) that might still be profitable but don’t attract word of mouth, such as Cheerios, Ford trucks, Barbie dolls or Budweiser. When Anheuser-Busch spends $40 million on an online network called BudTV, that’s a meatball sundae. It leads to no new Bud drinkers, just a bad case of indigestion.

Meatball Sundae is the definitive guide to the fourteen trends no marketer can afford to ignore. It explains what to do about the increasing power of stories, not facts; about shorter and shorter attention spans; and about the new math that says five thousand people who want to hear your message are more valuable than five million who don’t.

The winners aren’t just annoying start-ups run by three teenagers who never had a real job. You’ll also meet older companies that have adapted brilliantly, such as Blendtec, a thirty-year-old blender maker. It now produces ‘Will it blend?’ videos that demolish golf balls, Coke cans, iPhones and much more. For a few hundred dollars, Blendtec reached more than ten million eager viewers on YouTube.

Godin doesn’t pretend that it’s easy to get your products, marketing messages and internal systems in sync. But he’ll convince you that it’s worth the effort.

Seth Godin has walked this walk. He’s started successful companies, taught millions of people and left his mark on our creative culture. He is the author of 19 international bestsellers translated into more than 35 languages, including Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. He writes daily at Seths.blog, which is one of the most popular blogs in the world. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

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