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80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More Paperback – August 13, 2013
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-Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling Author, The $100 Startup
Perry Marshall is the Gene Schwartz of the 21st century. Schwartz's book, Breakthrough Advertising, is every bit as current as the first day it rolled off the press in 1966. Perry's work is like that. Perry has consulted with the best marketers on the planet for over a decade. He combines the attributes of the most calculated engineer with the artistry of a poet. He delivers the deepest dive into the “80/20 Principle” you’ve ever taken, as it applies to copywriting, buying traffic, scaling traffic, dominating markets, and sales conversion. 80/20 is not a rule of thumb; it’s a law of nature and a way of life. If you are not following Perry’s formula, you are leaving millions on the table.
-Brian Kurtz, Executive Vice President, Boardroom Inc.
Perry has been THE go-to wizard for using Google Adwords as the mega-valuable tool for entrepreneurs it was meant to be, and I recommend his materials without hesitation. Without his insights and advice on pay-per-click, I can't even imagine where many successful online business owners (in literally hundreds of industries) would be right now. Deservedly, Perry's now stepped into the mainstream and is no longer the best-kept secret of niche entrepreneurs. The unique tools in this book are game-changers for anyone looking to take their business to the next level.
-John Carlton, Legendary Copywriter and President, Marketing Rebel Inc.
Perry Marshall's teaching on 80/20 was so riveting I cancelled my appointments for the afternoon and read the entire manuscript. It is a gold mine in insight and depth. I am still processing it!
-Lance Wallnau, President, Lance Learning Group
Very often, the most powerful ideas in the world are laying around in plain sight unappreciated, poorly understood, and unused. One such idea was Google's AdWords system. It may be hard to believe now, but for many long months after it was released, this ingenious new approach to advertising —which now amounts to about about 90% of Google's prodigious income —was dismissed by the pay-per-click advertising experts of the time. The Pareto Principle is another idea that contains incredible, but largely untapped power. Many have heard of it, usually as the 80/20 Rule, but until recent years it was one of those ‘so what?’ factoids that most people fail to appreciate let alone do anything with. Amazingly, the same guy who first sorted out how to use Google AdWord's profitably, is the very same guy who has breathed fresh life into this most productive of mathematical insights. If you are a marketer or business owner, or anyone who wants to be more successful in this world, wrapping your head about the 80/20 Rule as it is explained by Perry Marshall will be the single most effective thing you can do all year, any year. -Ken McCarthy, CEO, Amacord, and Founder,The System Seminar for Internet Marketing
Every once in a while, a book arrives that seems to speak the right message at the perfect time. 80/20 Sales and Marketing is one of those books, and one that will prove to be a milestone in the marketing canon. I hadn't finished the first few pages before I knew beyond doubt that I was reading something that would be extremely significant for my business, and my life. I barely blinked before I was halfway through! Perry Marshall has delivered a work of simple genius. He reveals a pattern that is so woven into natural law that, when you open your eyes to it, you'll see it all around you. Leaving no stone unturned, he then takes you by the hand through a complete business master class, covering marketing, personal effectiveness, time management, advertising, cash flow, hiring, firing, loving the work you do, and making a real difference. I can safely guarantee that 20% of this book will take your success to the next level, and within that just a few gems will skyrocket you to another place completely.
-Ben Hunt, Author, Convert!: Designing Web Sites to Increase Traffic and Conversion
Perry's 80/20 course was of those pesky life-changing experiences. Now I’m heading off to go do it.
-Randall Ingermanson, Author, Writing Fiction for Dummies
You will be stunned how scary accurate the Marketing DNA Test is.
- Brad Richdale, Legendary Writer, Director, Producer, and Direct Marketer
We have started using the DNA test on all candidates we interview, and it seems to be remarkably accurate and insightful. I say this with some qualification, having taken assessments by DIVINE and a DISC profile not too long ago. MarketingDNA stands with the big boys!
-Hans Riemer, President, Market Vantage, LLC
When I was a kid, my favorite board game was Chutes and Ladders. I loved it when I landed at the foot of a ladder and could take a short cut to victory. Reading 80/20 Sales and Marketing gives me the same feeling. Though Perry and the rest of us look at the same world, he sees the hidden order of things—the ladders to success that almost nobody recognizes. He's taken the 80/20 Principle farther than it's ever been taken before, and shares tools so powerful that I challenge anyone to implement these insights and not quintuple their business within two years. -Howard Jacobson, Author, Google AdWords for Dummies
There are a lot of smart marketing gurus out there. At one time or another, I've been on most of their email lists and spent five figures on their products. But, if I had to choose just one to listen to, it'd be Perry. If you only pay attention to Perry Marshall when it comes to AdWords, you are missing the boat. From copywriting to conversions to email auto responders and much more, Perry has proven himself to be one of the most astute direct marketers and business strategists, online or offline, around today.
-Adam Kreitman, Words That Click, CrazyEgg.com
The fact that I have my own TV show in Poland is directly connected with Perry Marshall's 80/20 Productivity Express. -Gregory Mogilevsky, TV Host, "Biznes w Sieci" ("Business in the Net") on TVN CNBC in Poland, Warszawa, Poland I took Perry’s 80/20 course last year and had the most productive year of my life. No exaggeration.
-Michael Arnold, President,The Natural Fertility Experts Ltd, London, UK
As of today for 2013, my client base is down 23%; revenue is up 43%. It’s like I was in second gear for a year, and now I’m in fourth. More speed, less RPM. -Adam Libman, Libman Tax Strategy
I bought the Perry Marshall marketing system quite a few years back, his book, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, white papers course, and a few other very useful courses and seminars and implemented them. I went from working all the time and killing myself to all of a sudden making more money, starting a second and third business and having a huge amount of time off when I wanted to! I still do a lot of work, but on my terms now.
-Jade Sullivan, Access Trading
I’m a productivity junkie, and I’ve done just about every book, training, or system, from Stephen Covey to David Allen. Perry’s course has been some of the best teaching on this subject I’ve ever experienced. In the first session, I reclaimed an extra hour per day; by the third session, I totally revolutionized how I run my business. I was too busy to take it. Ha ha—I took it anyway. Cut my average workweek by about 20 hours and more than doubled, almost tripled, my income. Brought on two major, six-figure clients. Have two more knocking at my door right now. Literally booked solid. Fully on track to clear $1 million in revenue for this year. Made room for me to become a major contributor in my church, but not the way you think. Yes, we give money, but what I'm speaking about is the fact that I've been free to lead financial peace classes and be available in other ways, for my church. Stopped doing things that I was good at, but that were not the highest use of my time— a major leverage point.
-Ray Edwards, Founder & CEO, Ray Edwards International, Inc.
From the Author
Are You Tired of the "New Bag Of Tricks" Treadmill Yet?
Forbes Magazine said "96% Of What You Do Is A Waste" in Eric Wagner's review of this book. It's true. If you've been marketing online for any length of time, you've gotten daily pitches about all the ways to get web traffic....
Search Engine Optimization, 999 variations on Social Media; Building Co-Registration Email Lists, Banner Ads, Inbound Links, Pay Per Click, Popups... Some Crazy Viral Marketing Scheme That You Hope Will Work...
How many of those things do you think you can master? Is your head hurting yet? Mine is.
You can buy at least a dozen books that promise you to teach you some technique that is going to make you rich.
Well, my friend, I got tired of the Technique-Of-The-Month club a LONG time ago. I'm not on that bandwagon anymore.
The 80/20 Principle is THE most powerful lever in business. It is the ultimate simplifier because 95% of this stuff is a waste of time. It's literally the first thing any sales or marketing professional should master. It's not merely a rule of thumb, it's a law of nature. Most people have no idea how many layers of selling power it contains. That's why I wrote 8020 Sales and Marketing.
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My headline does not do justice to Marshall's book because he shows how the entrepreneur can effect real change in the world as well as exponentially ramping up his own life - financially as well as personally.
He identifies the real world business applications of the 80/20 principle and demonstrates, with an engineer's precision, why the principle works as it is grounded in nature itself. Though the application of the mathematical principle is utilitarian in arcing your business accomplishments yet he warns against its Darwinian implications. Perry Marshall not only loves humanity he also loves real people. That's why he wrote it: for real people like you and me.
Perry's style is no nonsense, and highly actionable. He even touches on the tools to gain greater leverage once you uncover the 20% of what you do that drives 80% of the results, or the 4% of what you do that drives 96% of the results (seriously, read it and the math will boggle your mind).
Only read it if you'd prefer to make more, while working less, and reducing your stress.
I've always been a big fan of leverage. But this book has trained me to see through 80/20 goggles. And he really drives home the point that the real power isn't in understanding 80/20, but 80/20 multiplied. The top 20% of the top 20% and so on, 80/20 multiplied until you're focusing on the exponential leverage - the top 1% of things that will have massive impact on your business and life.
For that reason alone I highly recommend this book.
But 80/20 applies to learning too - and if you're in sales and marketing, there are MASSIVE insights here into what Perry is focusing on in his own business. My initial skepticism was that "80/20" is a great hook for a business book - and I wasn't wrong. It has wide appeal - but it delivers. It also gives you plenty of reasons to dig deeper into Perry's funnel, although the book delivers heaps of value, you'll find yourself wanting to go further down the rabbit hole, and Perry provides plenty of (free) opportunities to do so.
If you watch closely Perry is "racking the shotgun". He's automating his funnel. He's rapidly disqualifying. He's practicing exactly what he preaches - and he does so in a way that doesn't take any value away from the book. There are a TON of great marketing lessons in here, both explicit and implicit - and they're equally valuable if you pay attention to them.
I titled this "80/20 Is A Double-Edged Sword" because while it's powerful, it's also easy to fall into the trap of always pursuing a faster/easier way of doing things, and in the process never accomplishing anything. I see people do that all the time. But this provides a great roadmap into focusing on the areas you can leverage for massive results. Just be sure to ACT on the advice and not falling into the trap of thinking you have to reach the point of 100% leverage before you take action.
If you spend $100 on this book, take the lessons to heart and never pay attention to Perry again, your money would be well spent. Fair warning though - if you're the kind of person who appreciates these kinds of strategies, you're most likely going to find yourself immersed in Perry's world long after this book...
...Which is fine. You can ignore the tools and bonuses, digest the book and walk away, you'll get much more than your moneys worth. Or you'll find yourself sucked in to Perry's funnel - which whether you decide to buy from or not you'll get a front-row seat to an 80/20 sales and marketing education done right.
Final Thoughts: Judging the book alone. Pay attention to what he teaches - pay just as much attention to what he does. Do that alone and this could easily be the most valuable sales and marketing education you'll find anywhere. I highly recommend this - that includes close friends and family. If you're involved in sales, marketing or entrepreneurship, I highly suggest grabbing it right now and reading it today.
Not only is Perry a brilliant marketer with a ton of immediately actionable insights but you'll also get the added benefit of really understanding how you influence and persuade best so you'll know how to sell more with fewer resources.
This book is essential if you ever sell anything to anyone.