- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781260026429
- ISBN-13: 978-1260026429
- ASIN: 1260026426
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
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Killing Marketing: How Innovative Businesses Are Turning Marketing Cost Into Profit Hardcover – September 13, 2017
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Joe Pulizzi is founder of the Content Marketing Institute, which Inc. magazine named the fastest-growing business media company in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He is the recipient of the Content Council’s John Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award for Content Marketing.
Robert Rose is Chief Strategy Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute. He has provided strategic marketing advice to some of the world’s most innovative companies, including Capital One, Dell, Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UPS.
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About the Author
Joe is the winner of the 2014 John Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award from the Content Council. Joe's third book, Epic Content Marketing was named one of "Five Must Read Business Books of the Year" by Fortune Magazine. His fourth book, Content Inc., has been a top direct marketing best-seller since September of 2015. Joe has also co-authored two other books, Get Content Get Customers and Managing Content Marketing. Joe has spoken at more than 400 locations in 16 countries advancing the practice of content marketing.
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The book isn’t suggesting that you abandon your core business model and become an organization that generates revenue the way a traditional media company does. Nor is it suggesting that you should abandon your paid and earned media efforts. For most organizations, there will always be a benefit to those channels.
But what the authors are suggesting is that businesses today also need a profit-generating owned media strategy that will give you an unfair competitive advantage.
The book goes on to outline how a traditional company, who has been marketing in more traditional ways, can turn their marketing focus/efforts on its side and come out with a model of generating revenue from their marketing efforts.
As with anything Joe and Robert do – I’m a fan. I think they’re insightful thinkers who have walked out what they teach (check out the Content Marketing Institute site) and continue to refine their viewpoint as things evolve.
Check out the book. Re-think your plan for 2018. Begin to build your channel and the equity it can bring your organization.
The book is overly repetitive with examples like Red Bull and Arrow, being mentioned over and over. I was actually quite surprised by the good reviews posted, all five stars!! No way... something fishy...
Save your time and money and just Google the subject to get the same general concept.
One of the central themes present throughout the book is the idea of content-driven marketing. Content-driven marketing is the idea of flipping marketing, and leading with the media strategy as opposed to the benefits and products offered. Another main argument presented throughout the book is the idea of audiences. The authors bring up the point that it may be more beneficial to aquire an audience, as opposed to building one. The book focuses on how companies are uses the changing times to their advantage and learning how to continue to appeal to the modern-day consumer. The emergence of the social media era and the changes in marketing that it brought along with it are also discussed throughout.
The authors provide numerable examples, and supporting evidence to back up the arguments they bring up throughout the book. They bring up the success story of company, “Arrow Electronics” to back up their claims regarding the effectiveness of content-driven marketing strategies. The company is described as running their marketing in a, “Editorially led strategy” (36), and that, “it is doing more than just focusing on describing the value of Arrow’s products” (36). Arrow is brought up again later on, to support the fact that content-driven marketing can produce just as much, or even more revenue compared to other marketing methods. Another example of the strong supporting claims often derived from the author's personal experiences would be their discussion of audiences. The book gives ample evidence in support of both sides of the argument. During the discussion in favor of an acquired audience, the authors provide a step by step guide on how to do so, with examples throughout. One claim they make is that acquisition of a content platform may be favorable for a conglomerate for the talent associated, not the platform itself. Overall, the authors do a great job of backing up all of the claims they make throughout the book.
The authors do succeed in getting their objectives of writing across throughout the book. One reason I believe they succeed in this is because of the amount of personalization the book has. They do not simply bring up examples that they researched just for the book, they points they bring up are from their own experiences from their careers in marketing. Both Pulizzi and Rose being prominent figures in the marketing world also contributes greatly to the effectiveness of the writing. Whenever there is an outside company like Arrow Technology for example, the authors provide quotes from an interview with the CEO, Victor Gao. Both writer's amount of influence, and industry connection goes to further strengthen the contents of the book.
Killing Marketing was a very insightful read, for many reasons. Its ability to bring up new ideas about reinventing and modernizing marketing and straying away from traditional practices was very interesting and was something I personally enjoyed reading about. I also came to the realization throughout reading that the book may be directed at someone farther along in their marketing experience, as some of the terminology was slightly confusing at times. However, this did not take away from my reading experience, it made it more interesting. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Killing Marketing, and I definitely see myself coming back to it again in the future.