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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071782826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071782821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Goodson is the founder of the pacesetting global marketing/advertising agency, StrawberryFrog. He has built some of the world’s most iconic brands, lectured at Cambridge University, Columbia Business School, and addressed marketing and communications conferences around the world. Follow him @ScottFrog.


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A good, fascinating read with lots of case studies.
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I have 6 pages of notes in my journal, as well as a few pages marked up in the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.L. Mershon on February 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The dominant marketing philosophies have remained unchanged for many decades. If an organization has a product they must first determine what feature sets the product apart from its competitors. Next they build a thirty second commercial whose sole purpose is to highlight that one feature of the product which sets it apart. The last step is to purchase the best slot on primetime television they can afford and hope the product sells. However with the information age now well beyond its adolescence and with the plethora of social media outlets out there, the marketing game has changed. What has been difficult for me is truly nailing down that change. I know that the "message" distribution methods are different than before and I know that customer feedback can happen at the speed of light, but how does this affect my marketing strategy?

Uprising by Scott Goodson answers these questions and goes one step further by providing multiple case studies and methods for changing our marketing culture.

This book is made up of 8 chapters that I would personally divide into two parts. Part 1 would be the first two and the final chapters. In these chapters the author pitches the big idea which is; the best marketing method for todays social and media landscape is to spark a "cultural movement". He then goes on to list the key differences between sparking a movement and the old forms of advertising.

* Instead of marketing and advertising being focused on "the individual", as they have been for decades, we're entering new territory in which marketers must learn to understand and relate to people in interconnected groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeePee on April 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I finished this book in a day as I couldn't put it down. Being someone that is working on my own start-up in Asia, I found this to be an informative book with precise tips on how to move my business forward in a very positive way. The case studies scattered throughout the book are great examples of how these "cultural movements" have been successful (and unsuccessful) and are to-the-point. Recommended not only to people in advertising/marketing but particularly to those who wish to do their own start-up or transform/update their existing business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara Alemany, Aleweb Social Marketing on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm in the midst of getting ready to launch my own book in a few more months, so I've been doing a lot of research on how to get publicity, attract the media's attention, etc. Ideally every author hopes that their book, their baby, will reach a best seller list somewhere. It doesn't really even matter if it's the NYT or the Estonia Gazette!

So, when I was offered the opportunity to review Uprising, my first thought was, I don't have time for this! But the subtitle caught my attention. The book I co-authored is definitely intended to change the world. So, maybe, just maybe, there's some useful information in this book.

I can tell you that I'm exceedingly grateful that I decided to make the time to reach this book. It flips the old publicity paradigm on its head. Instead of making your brand relevant to an existing, trending topic, the focus here is on understanding the needs of the people who will benefit from what your brand does (or in our case, what our book is about), and sparking a movement that meets those needs.

It's a new marketing model that is in harmony with what consumers have been saying for years now. No more bullhorns! You want to sell to me, get to know me! Be part of my tribe! Care about the same things I care about, and I'll buy from you. But you have to come along side me first.

It can be a hard shift to make, but it's an essential one that businesses had better take note of. And Scott's book will help you to fine-tune the process that will help you make that transition. Oh! And if you'd like to read the review I ultimately wrote, you can check it out at [...]

Best wishes for changing your little part of the world!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mikebayfield on April 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
George Orwell famously referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick in a swill bucket." Many other subsequent commentators have not even been as kind. Advertising and marketing are often seen as cynical ploys, to sell people stuff they don't need, that won't make them happy and will harm the environment in the process. Not entirely without justification.
What this book does brilliantly, is first help to change perceptions of the advertising industry, by positioning it as a force for good; wIth real evidence to prove it, using some fascinating case studies. Then, with the passion of an evangelist, Scott Goodson demonstrates how others not only can follow his lead, but must.
Modern brands have so much power, which if channelled into positive causes, will benefit society and the brands themselves. But this is not simply the latest marketing fad, it is becoming a marketing necessity.
With the exponential growth of online communications and social media, brands have become totally transparent. Everything they do is scrutinised and analysed. Consumers now expect brands to make positive contributions to society. If they don't the consumers will vote with their feet, and wallets.
This book very skillfully shows how brands, and organisations can help people share ideas and start movements, to the advantage of everybody. A revolutionary and inspiring read that is helping to change the face of advertising, and society, for the better.
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