From Publishers Weekly
The world is changing ever more rapidly, and the rules of marketing are no different, writes Godin, the field's reigning guru. The old ways-run-of-the-mill TV commercials, ads in the Wall Street Journal and so on-don't work like they used to, because such messages are so plentiful that consumers have tuned them out. This means you have to toss out everything you know and do something "remarkable" (the way a purple cow in a field of Guernseys would be remarkable) to have any effect at all, writes Godin (Permission Marketing; Unleashing the Ideavirus). He cites companies like HBO, Starbucks and JetBlue, all of which created new ways of doing old businesses and saw their brands sizzle as a result. Godin's style is punchy and irreverent, using short, sharp messages to drive his points home. As a result the book is fiery, but not entirely cohesive; at times it resembles a stream-of-consciousness monologue. Still, his wide-ranging advice-be outrageous, tell the truth, test the limits and never settle for just "very good"-is solid and timely.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Think outside the herd of normal cows: Promise more, deliver the unexpected, and, above all, be original. This encapsulates an energy-filled marketing and product development manifesto, in which intuitive marketer Seth Godin urges all of us to rethink, revamp, and reenergize our offering--product, service, or creative venture--with originality, verve, and fun. Zealous and even pleasantly overwrought, our reader/author guides us down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass to marketing nirvana, where we'd rather see a purple cow than be one. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine