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Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable | [Seth Godin]

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.
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Publisher's Summary

You're either a Purple Cow or you're not. You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice. What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last?

Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few -aren't working anymore. There's an exceptionally important P that has to be added to the list. It's Purple Cow. Cows, after you've seen one, or two, or 10, are boring. A Purple Cow, though...now that would be something.

Purple Cow describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat-out unbelievable. Every day, consumers come face to face with a lot of boring stuff - a lot of brown cows - but you can bet they won't forget a Purple Cow. And it's not a marketing function that you can slap on to your product or service. Purple Cow is inherent. It's built right in, or it's not there. Period.

In Purple Cow, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It's a manifesto for marketers.

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What the Critics Say

"Take Leo Burnett,David Oglivy, Bill Bernbach and Mark Twain. Combine their brains and shave their heads. What's left? Seth Godin." (Jay Levinson, author of Guerrilla Marketing)
"Godin's style is punchy and irreverent, using short, sharp messages to drive his points home. ....[H]is wide-ranging advice - be outrageous, tell the truth, test the limits and never settle for just 'very good' - is solid and timely." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sunny Cedar City, UT, USA 05-07-10
    Sunny Cedar City, UT, USA 05-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    I found this book so informative and interesting, that I listened to it twice. It is easy to listen to, and full of insight. I highly recommend this book to anyone in any line of work, especially small business owners.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Derek New Market, MD, United States 12-21-09
    Derek New Market, MD, United States 12-21-09
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    "A must read for all entrepreneurs"

    If there is a required reading list for entrepreneurs, this book should be at the top.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 06-25-12
    Phillip 06-25-12
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    "!!!! Good !!!!! Should be a chapter, not book!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would and have recommended to friends, only because I agree with the concept; the delivery was long winded way of saying 'make your products unique' so that your talked about and remembered.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ren Altona Gate, VIC, Australia 04-09-10
    Ren Altona Gate, VIC, Australia 04-09-10
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    "Classic Seth Godin"

    I've become a big fan of Seth Godin in recent months, and this audiobook didn't disappoint. The Purple Cow is the truly unique and remarkable product, service, benefit or feature that can make your brand stand apart from the countless boring - and floundering - brands out there.

    Godin's very good at weaving together his advice, anecdotes and theories, and I came away from Purple Cow feeling newly energized with creative and innovative ideas. The man himself is a living demonstration of the power of creative brand-building, and I hope his ideas keep flowing freely for a long time yet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Tapping, Australia 12-29-09
    Daryl Tapping, Australia 12-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Possibly Seth's best work to date"

    I am a big fan of Seth Godin. I am on Tribes on Ning, I have interviewed him in my blog, and I read most things he posts or publishes.

    And for me, this is probably his best work to date. The entire concept of the purple cow is simple - be remarkable. But as always he supports this with many layers of examples, tactics and case studies.

    I am a consultant and for me this book has helped a heck of a lot.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Parkdale, Australia 08-28-09
    Matt Parkdale, Australia 08-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Delightful, Engaging and Insightful"

    I love this guy's work. It's not just that he's a marketing visionary - he's a brilliant communicator too.

    I'm amazed at how well the book works in the audio medium. It's almost as if he wrote it with audio in mind.

    Strongly recommended. Very, very useful if you have your own business.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 12-21-09
    Michael 12-21-09
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    "Makes you rethink your marketing"

    Seth provides many great examples and ideas about how one could go about making themselves or their product/service remarkable. I found the statements around making a product remarkable from inception to be really enlightening.

    I'm seriously rethinking how I'm running my business and marketing my services. I'm playing it way too safe (which makes me much less successful than I could be) if Seth is right and I suspect he is.

    I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ola Vea Oslo, Norway 07-31-12
    Ola Vea Oslo, Norway 07-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book about marketing"
    If you could sum up Purple Cow in three words, what would they be?

    Great book about marketing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Make insanely great products, base your marketing on that


    What does Seth Godin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He believes.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did listen to it in one sitting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arnold Miami, FL, United States 10-24-10
    Arnold Miami, FL, United States 10-24-10
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    "Excellent Book"

    I have wanted to read this for sometime now. Glad I was able to download it and listen to this short book. Godin presents theories and concepts in different ways than most think about. Highly recommended!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jfhn 11-25-09
    jfhn 11-25-09
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    "Kinda like the Blue Ocean"

    i liked the examples shown in the books which explains how the tips have been applied to reality, also clarifies that safe is risky in a way that sticks. It overfills with information at certain times but overall is good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Ruari
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    "Purple Cow"

    The title initially made me dubious but I was sold by what the book was offering. This book is a MUST HAVE for every small business and larger businesses could also learn from this. The best read I have had in years and every sentence has had me thinking, reviewing and processing my own business. I wish I had found this book a few years back. Hoping Seth has more for us to learn from. Thank you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Jane
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    "Must read"

    This is a must read for anyone in business - get this, you need this!

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