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Marketing Outrageously Redux: How to Increase Your Revenue by Staggering Amounts Paperback – Illustrated, February 16, 2011
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- Publisher : Bard Press; Revised ed. edition (February 16, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1885167733
- ISBN-13 : 978-1885167736
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.09 x 0.82 x 9.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In fact, I first ran into Jon when I ordered a copy of his thriller Red Chaser: A noir thriller of the 1950s, the Cold War and the Brooklyn Dodgers A heckuva deal on a great book. Amazingly, he offered it FREE, such an irresistible price that I felt guilty taking him up on it. So guilty in fact, that I shipped off to him a copy of my own book Postcards. Little Letters From Life as a thank you.
When I saw Marketing Outrageously Redux touted on the website of Roy Williams, who bills himself as the Wizard of Ads, and clearly deserves that title, I looked into this man Spoelstra and discovered that he is a legend in his own right. I am far from being a sports fan, but I have been on the creative side of the marketing and advertising business all my life and I know talent when I see it. This is it.
I rushed to buy his book.
Spoelstra has taken upside-down professional teams and put them on their feet and standing in the black. And he's turned good organizations to solid gold, all with ideas that would make the collective hair of typically "sensible" marketers stand on end.
I once walked into the office of the marketing director of a large bank whose name I won't mention. Behind him on the wall was a plaque that read, "What business needs is more General Pattons and fewer marketing chickens." Fred was well schooled, looked the part, but lived by the Law of Conventional Wisdom. He and his like-minded big bank were on the edge of going out of business. And this was when the economy was GOOD. Fred, as they say in Texas, was all hat and no cattle.
This bank didn't need unheeded mottoes, it badly needed Jon Spoelstra, who actually is one of those General Pattons. And his pearl handled revolvers are the "scary" ideas you'll read about in this wonderful book. Even the cover is a provocative hoot that will make you think about the stunning effect that unconventional, interruptive communications, promotions, policies, personnel practices, leadership, and unexpected organizational management style can evoke among the masses who are out there just waiting for somebody to surprise them.
Buy this book. Read it. Test your courage by answering some of the questions it asks -- and answers.It's 271 pages of sheer fun and terrific wisdom, particularly for business people longing for breakthroughs. If you've been wondering, "Is anybody out there listening?" you should probably be asking, "If I were them, why should they?"
Marketing Outrageously Redux will unscrew your thinking.
Following the tradition of his other works, Spoelstra mixes his unorthodox marketing philosophy with humorous anecdotes from his career. What Spoelstra proposes is not hard really, but taking the safe route is so engrained in marketing cultures whether in the sports world or anywhere else that it is often difficult to break out of the box. With his trademark anecdotes and can do spirit, Spoelstra almost wills even the non-marketer to market something.
My only question is whether we should really consider this marketing outrageously or marketing different?
As a sales and marketing professional, this book gave me a shot in the arm as to the exciting possibilities that an outrageous marketing approach will provide for both myself and my clients.
Jon Spoelstra is a very funny guy with a keen mind... a powerful and desirable combination.
This book reminded me that you can have a lot of fun writing ads and coming up with marketing strategies by thinking out of the box. Sales will go up and your customers and clients will enjoy the ride as well. Looking back on the ads and approaches that have been the most successful were the ones which had a watered down Spoelstra outrageous factor.
Thank you Jon... I am now motivated to turn up the outrageous dial for the extra laughs and to make more money for my clients.
Some snippets from the book that give you a taste of his style:
**If the idea doesn’t cause you to fall down laughing or groan-like-you-got-kidney-stones, then the idea probably isn’t of the breakthrough variety.
**Just humour me a bit here.
**The discussion wouldn’t be on why we couldn’t use the idea, but how we could shape it so that it would work.
**Two grand gets you first row, right there in the players’ armpits.
**Bribing the Stomach
**Like throwing my money into a tornado and hoping for the best.