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Meatball Sundae Is Your Marketing out of Sync?



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Gotta get me some of that New Marketing. Bring me blogs, e-mail, YouTube videos, MySpace pages, Google AdWords . . . I donít care, as long as itís shiny and new.Ē Wait. According to bestselling author Seth Godin, all these tactics are like the toppings at an ice cream parlor. If you start with ice cream, adding cherries and hot fudge and whipped cream will make it taste great. But if you start with a bowl of meatballs . . . yuck! As traditional marketing fades away, the new tools seem irresistible. But they donít work as well for boring brands (meatballsĒ) that might still be profitable but donít attract word of mouth, such as Cheerios, Ford trucks, Barbie dolls, or Budweiser. When Anheuser-Busch spends $40 million on an online network called BudTV, thatís a meatball sundae. It leads to no new Bud drinkers, just a bad case of indigestion. Meatball Sundaeis the definitive guide to the fourteen trends no marketer can afford to ignore. It explains what to do about the increasing power of stories, not facts; about shorter and shorter attention spans; and about the new math that says five thousand people who want to hear your message are more valuable than five million who donít. The winners arenít just annoying start-ups run by three teenagers who never had a real job. Youíll also meet older companies that have adapted brilliantly, such as Blendtec, a thirty-year-old blender maker. It now produces Will it blend?Ē videos that demolish golf balls, Coke cans, iPhones, and much more. For a few hundred dollars, Blendtec reached more than ten million eager viewers on YouTube. Godin doesnít pretend that itís easy to get your products, marketing messages, and internal systems in sync. But heíll convince you that itís worth the effort.

Author Biography

Seth Godin is the author of nine international bestsellers, most recently the New York Times bestseller The Dip. His other books include Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus, Purple Cow, Free Prize Inside!, All Marketers Are Liars, and Small Is the New Big. He is also the founder and CEO of Squidoo, and one of the most popular business bloggers in the world (

Table of Contents

Thinking About the Meatball Sundaep. 1
The Fourteen Trendsp. 49
Direct Communication and Commerce Between Producers and Consumersp. 51
Amplification of the Voice of the Consumer and Independent Authoritiesp. 71
Need for an Authentic Story as the Number of Sources Increasesp. 87
Extremely Short Attention Spans Due to Clutterp. 96
The Long Tailp. 102
Outsourcingp. 113
Google and the Dicing of Everythingp. 119
Infinite Channels of Communicationp. 125
Direct Communication and Commerce Between Consumers and Consumersp. 133
The Shifts in Scarcity and Abundancep. 139
The Triumph of Big Ideasp. 151
The Shift from "How Many" to "Who"p. 158
The Wealthy Are Like Usp. 163
New Gatekeepers, No Gatekeepersp. 169
Putting It Togetherp. 177
Case Studiesp. 195
Conclusion: It's Not an Organization, It's a Movementp. 229
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