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Free Prize Inside!: The Next Big Marketing Idea Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 58 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 30, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028BHZCK
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Seth Godin. His books Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Idea Virus, Purple Cow, and The Big Red Fez continue impact me on an almost daily basis. One thing I love about Seth is that he persuasively argues that in today's economy thinking on-the-edge is far safer than maintaining the status quo.
In Purple Cow, Seth argued that businesses and nonprofits need to be remarkable in order to survive. Being remarkable means that people will tell their friends about your product or service. Purple Cow was a thought provoking book but was lacking in helping readers implement the ideas. Free Prize Inside takes it the next step and shows us how to market and create remarkable changes in our organizations.
Free Prize Inside is divided into three sections:
* Why You Need a Free Prize
* Selling the Idea
* Creating the Free Prize
A "free prize" is a soft innovation. Seth builds the case for the urgent need of people in all organizations, including nonprofits, to be championing soft innovations. Soft innovations are the "clever, insightful, useful small ideas that just about anyone in an organization can think up." A free prize may seem like a gimmick at first but it actually becomes an essential part of your product or service. We all know what our favorite cereal tastes like, but it becomes irresistible when we see we can get a free prize inside the box. To illustrate his point, Seth is selling the first printing of this book in a special-made cereal box! You can pre-order a copy at Amazon.com.
He's convinced that anyone can come up with a free prize inside. The problem comes when we share it with others. Seth says our co-workers or boss, ask three basic questions:
1. Is this idea doable?
2. Is it worth doing?
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Format: Hardcover
Godin's previous book, Purple Cow, presents examples of how to stand out from the herd. Free Prize Inside shows how to make that happen. It answers questions of "How do you create a Purple Cow?" "How do you make something sell itself?"
When we buy cereal, especially kiddie cereal, what's the best part? The free prizes inside, of course! That's the thinking behind the book.
Free prizes aren't just the stuff you find in cereal or Cracker Jack. Does your credit card offer free airline miles or money towards the next car you buy? That counts. What about an online store offering free shipping? What I remember the most about some tradeshows and expos are the drawings for free prizes, the goodies I received, and the shirts I still have.
This book has impeccable timing. As an editor of a newsletter, I have been struggling to find ideas to pep it up and draw in more subscribers since new subscriptions have slowed down. I cheat and go straight to page 131, the start of the list of "Edges" and look for a spark of creativity to create an "Edgecraft" (book's buzzword) to find a free prize. The goal is to find something to reel people in, to give them something they want like the previously mentioned examples.
I learn from examples and Godin lists plenty of them using Edgecraft in action. He is not saying you have to invent something new to make something happen. It's about taking what you already have going and how to make your product, service, head, blog, whatever worth talking about and watching the results.
With three kids, a spouse, two jobs, a house, and volunteer work, finding time to read a book is a challenge.
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Mr. Seth Godin's Free Prize Inside is about creating an innovation and then causing it to happen. His premise is that if you make your service or produce worth talking about (make it "remarkable") the word will spread. This is much more effective than advertising, what he refers to as interruption media. Mr. Godin sprinkles interesting observations throughout the book, like this gem - "Just because you have money doesn't mean you can trade it for attention by buying advertising. Consumers have learned how to ignore you."

He describes items included free with a purchase as a gimmick and uses the example of the prize in a Cracker Jack box. He recommends that companies should focus on unsatisfied customers vs. the satisfied customers because unsatisfied customers are the ones that really want a free prize. Gimmicks can work because we buy what we want - "Do we want the fortune cookie or the fortune?"

Because an organization's adoption of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with whether it's a good idea or not, Mr. Godin emphasizes that selling the idea of a soft innovation (the free prize) is as important as the innovation itself. So he tells you first HOW to sell the idea, then he explains ways to CREATE the free prize. He helps you champion innovations by listing 17 tactics that can be used to sell your idea. For example, he describes how to change the mind of a group of people - have the group see tangible proof that everyone else is changing their mind as well.

To find new ideas, he recommends NOT brainstorming but instead using a process that identifies the soft innovations that live on the edge of what already exists - Edgecraft. In his book, Mr. Godin gives 30 ways to apply Edgecraft with real-world examples for each.
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