- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio; New edition (November 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591843170
- ISBN-13: 978-1591843177
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 496 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Seth Godin says that the key to success is to find a way to stand out—to be the purple cow in a field of monochrome Holsteins. Godin himself may be the best example of how this theory works: The marketing expert is a demigod on the Web, bestselling author, highly sought-after lecturer, successful entrepreneur, respected pundit, and high-profile blogger. He is uniquely respected for his understanding of the Internet, and his essays and opinions are widely read and quoted online and off.”—Forbes.com
“Seth Godin alters the way people think about marketing, change, and work.”—Selling Power
“I love this book! Part wake-up call, part action plan, Purple Cow shows organizations how to add distinction—and avoid extinction.”—Tom Kelley, author of The Art of Innovation
“Godin is endlessly curious, opinionated, and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. He is a relentless marketer…and also a clear-eyed visionary with strong and sensible ideas.”—Miami Herald
“Seth Godin may be the best intuitive marketer alive today. He’s in that tiny subset of the niche within the microcommunity of people who simply get it.”—Randall Rothenberg, columnist for Advertising Age
“Take Leo Burnett, David Ogilvy, Bill Bernbach, and Mark Twain. Combine their brains and shave their heads. What’s left? Seth Godin.”—Jay Levinson, author of Guerilla Marketing
About the Author
Seth Godin is the author of more than a dozen bestsellers that have changed the way people think about marketing, leadership, and change, including Permission Marketing, Purple Cow, All Marketers Are Liars, Small is the New Big, The Dip, Tribes, Linchpin, and Poke the Box. He is also the founder and CEO of Squidoo.com and a very popular lecturer. He writes one of the most influential business blogs in the world at sethgodin.com.
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The glaring problem that there seems to be at least one or two very obvious typos on every page. Whether it is the misspelling of a word, a space before a question mark, or a period missing at the end of the paragraph, it makes the text harder to read.
The simple mistakes in this book are ridiculous. It almost looks like it was never edited before it was put into a Kindle book. As a writer myself, I know that if I’m going to publish something for sale, I damn well better have a second set of eyes go through a manuscript before I actually take it to market. It’s a bit offensive that they charged $15 for this, when they clearly didn’t spend any money on editing.
The analysis on the Wall Street Journal's advertising style is worth the price of the book alone. Very highly recommended.
The alternative strategy is simply to do something remarkable in your ad campaigns and in your product. He provides great examples from big corporations (like the Target `big box' store) to the doctor practicing medicine that invests extra because he GENUINELY CARES for his patience. Being remarkable provides a referable product or service that the consumer can't wait to tell others about. It does require creativity to succeed, and a little good fortune to be sure.
Being remarkable targets one's audience and drives a sellable differentiation. There are many ways to get there, and there is risk involved. He elaborates on this issue and provides a realistic expectation, as well as a clear time when this approach is worth the risk.
The book is so relevant to this age of the internet, and provides a practical alternative to shotgun approaches to marketing: REMARKABILITY!
Who is watching TV anyway? I have not watched more than 1 hour TV in the last months, why should I, I get what I want, when I want it online on the Internet. I might not be the typical consumer, but it is a trend that is not to be ignored. Seth points out with brutal honesty that what worked for over 50 years is not or only little working anymore.
Product, Pricing, Promotion, Positioning, Publicity, Packaging, Pass-along and Permission are things from the Past (uh, another "P" word). You need a "P"urple Cow, which you can promote to the early adopters, "sneezers" and Innovators to get your marketing message through to the masses who stopped listen to you and your untargeted and often intrusive Ads.
It sounds harsh, but life isn't fair. The earlier you start adjusting to the changing market, the better it will be for your future, unless you want to be the captain of a ship with a leak that can not be closed and looking forward to its certain end at the bottom of the ocean. The first life boats are already gone.
You better get the next one and start working on your own purple cow. :)