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Seth Godin on smart marketing

Seth Godin teaches smart marketing, the power of storytelling, and purple cows

Seth Godin looks at the world and sees things differently than the most people. He also has a remarkable talent when it comes to communicating what he observes and concludes.

There are a whole bunch of very important and insightful statements that he makes in this video, which he gave speaking to Google in 2007. This 48 minute segment covers material from his book “All Marketers Are Liars”.

One of the crucial ideas he conveys here is that technology simply doesn’t matter as much as marketing. Smart marketing is what creates success.

Who do you tell your friends to go see? Who do you tell your colleagues to go to for help? Who do you recommend when someone needs something?

This is where you need to be.

Another question is do you deliver your messages to people who want it when they want it? This is the essence of his permission marketing.

Then the real meat of this presentation (and Seth is a vegetarian) is all about how successful marketers convince people to believe a story.

Stories convince people because they make people feel a certain way. This is the challenge of marketing — to deliver on the story.

Another idea he covers is how the goal of creating a purple cow, that amazing remark-able product, that is so incredible you share it with ten of your friends because it is just so cool.

One superb nugget he delivers is that he compare how a super successful company spends ten times the money they spend on marketing on the design of the product. The average company spends ten times the money they spend on design on marketing and advertising.

Which one is more remarkable?

I see the same thing with people who write books. In my situation, the best book is easier to achieve success with. Want to get lots of publicity? Write a good book.

Posted on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 at 6:03 pm In
asking questions, attitude, innovation, insights, product design, smart marketing, storytelling