Seth Godin once again examines the underlying reality that affects all marketing. In this book he focuses on the stories we tell and the stories that people tell themselves about the products and marketing they come across. Great topic that is profound enough to have deep implications on how you market your products or services if you understand it. Great Job, Seth is a very aware of the mechanics of how marketing works. Highly recommended. I also recommend "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath, they touch on the power of storytelling also.
I found the most interesting part of the audiobook were the anecdotes that Seth Godin tells about real-life companies. The Riedel wine glass story that opens the book is hilarious. As a marketer, I learned a lot from this book, even if it was, at times, a little dry.
I really liked the message, the honest, the relevance and the practicality. This is my first exposure to Seth Godin and I'm very impressed with what I heard. I work in a commodity business as a marketer and I'm eager to try some of the things Seth has suggested. In addition, I'm ready for the next Godin book.
When the author is so egotistical that he has to read his own work you know you've made a purchasing mistake. If you can understand his slured words and make it past his "toung too big for mouth" way of speech, you will find that Seth Godin wastes this book (and your time) to push his political views of the world. By the end of the book you all you really learn is he doesn't like Bush, wants Hillary to win in '08 and basically has nothing new to say about marketing (but must have needed some money so he wrote another book anyway). He may have done well with "purple cow" but is now just trying to ride the wave as long as he can. Seth, it's about to crush you. No one should have to sit through the agonizing self indulging hours of this book. It will do you no good to listen to this book. Buy something else that will be of better use to you in business and personal growth.
This and The Purple Cow are MUST reads/listens to every serious marketer and entrepreneur.
I bought this book expecting some insights into marketing and at first it seemed to be delivering until the author got on his liberal soapbox and started preaching. I didn't necessarily disagree with everything he said it just wasn't the correct venue for this dialogue
I'm sorry, but I found this whole book extremely boring and dry. I run a small business and Seth claims that his book is geared towards companies large and small. WRONG! I could've summed up the book in a paragraph.
I guess I've gotten used to reading books by direct marketers who apply their techniques in the real world to increase sales. I'm not sure who exactly would find value in this book unless you are running the ad dept. at some big fortune 500 company. Branding is out by the way.
Avid fan of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but still enjoy other forms of literature.
The book has a simple but good idea that it fails to properly flesh out, leaving you with nothing but lots of fluff. Reads more like a motivational book than a marketing technique book. The author failed to realize the potential behind the concept fully. The book is not totally useless, it just does not contain enough actual material to constitute a book, it could have been better written as report.