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The man Business Week calls "the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age" explains "Permission Marketing" - the groundbreaking concept that enables marketers to shape their message so that consumers will willingly accept it. Does every single marketing effort you create encourage a learning relationship with your customers? Does it invite customers to "raise their hands" and start communicating? Do you have a permission database? Do you track the number of people who have given you permission to communicate with them? If consumers gave you permission to talk to them would you have anything to say? Have you developed a marketing curriculum to teach people about your products? Instead of annoying potential customers by interrupting their most coveted commodity - time - Permission Marketing offers consumers incentives to accept advertising voluntarily. Godin demonstrates how marketers are already profiting from this key new approach in all forms of media.
©1999 by Seth Godin, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Good concepts but outdated examples

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. The concepts are good. However, the examples he uses are outdated. References to things like excite and the palm pilot leave me wishing the examples were more timely.

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Demystifies Selling

Whether you sell online or offline, have only one product or a catalogue, this audio makes the whole relationship between the seller and the buyer understandable, and equips you with the basic information necessary to begin forming relationships and turning those relationships into customers. Skip one of the basic components in this book and watch your sales suffer. Missing a critical step explained in this book? Fix it and watch your sales rise. Very cool stuff.

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Out Dated

AOL. Palm pilots and saying the internet will never be like TV. Need I say more? This books needs a 2.0 version, serious revisions and a drastic update. Not worth the 1 credit.

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  • Richard
  • Weaverville, NC, United States
  • 02-16-11

Sure, this is good, I guess.

Seth Godin is good at inventing new terms to label concepts that we might not otherwise have paid close enough attention to. I found this book to be disappointing in its lack of depth, but I am more aware of permission marketing, its importance, and how to implement it, so I would say, yes, it was worth the time and money.

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Good ideas

I liked it but a little vauge

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A Bit Dated, But Still Highly Recommended

You’ll hear references to companies that are no longer around. If you’re young in the tech world, you may not know or understand these companies and why they are being used (Excite, Starfish, and AOL are examples).

STILL, Seth Godin is a genius, and I recommend listening to EVERYTHING he’s ever produced. You WILL ALWAYS LEARN something from listening to Seth.

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Foundational for any level marketer!

Wow, I’ve been in social media marketing for 8 years and this book affirmed so much of what has built my success. Godin shares in a simple and structured way anyone can understand.

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Okay

the advise it gave was good but it was short and didnt have a lot to offer. i dont regret reading it, im just not sure if its worth recommending

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dated content

needs a revision with relevant examples to today. many of the concepts that the book refers to in internet marketing have evolved. although the premise of permission marketing is still relevant today this particular audiobook gives very dated examples.

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  • ADK
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  • 11-13-17

Very Dated, but Good Overview of the Topic

Probably should have avoided this one based on when it was originally published. A lot of examples and “myths” have since been debunked with the improvement of technology. I still love Seth Godin, but should have skipped this book.