Business Blog Book Tour: Seth Pinocchio Godin

There’s no question it’s a fib. Why? Because people don’t usually seek out business books. Because even if your ideas are terrific, if you don’t sell the package of the ideas, they won’t get read and they won’t get spread. Purple Cow is a two paragraph book, really. The rest of it… all the words, all the stories, the title… are there to help the idea move around. The reason that a book sells and spreads is that the core is worth spreading. No amount of hype will get you over that hump. Which makes it a fib. A fib is a lie that people are glad they believed, even (especially) once they discover the truth. A fraud is a lie that rips people off or takes when it should give.

2 – No fancy packaging this time, no free downloads, however you have launched a corresponding blog. Given the subject matter, I’m guessing that this was strategic rather than simply a buzz generation tool. What was your thinking here, and how does this relate to the “story” concept introduced in the book?

Well, the cover is a little fancy, but this isn’t a book about packaging, it’s a book about stories. Blogs are a great place to tell stories. I built a separate blog for it because I didn’t want current blog readers to feel alienated or distracted. What’s fascinating to me is that the Liars blog gets about 20% of the traffic of the other blog. Why should that be? I cross post a bit, and the topics are very complementary. Maybe it’ll change over time…

3 – In Purple Cow, the epiphany came while driving through France with your family. Did you have a eureka moment like that when you came up with the core concept of this book, if so, what was it?

I did. It was watching the Democrats lose the election. Watching Howard Dean get tarred and feathered. Watching Karl Rove doing his evil genius shtick. He’s a very, very good liar, and he understands how to tell a story that many people in the US really want to believe. Once I saw things through this lens, I saw it everywhere. I saw it in my town, in the supermarket, in world events. It was sort of scary how clearly it made everything appear.

4 – Permission Marketing asked for it,  Unleashing the ideavirus did, and Purple Cow was one. At first I thought that you had missed this step in All Marketers are Liars until I realized that the book itself creates a new worldview for the reader, thus explicitly proving one of its key concepts. Was this intentional, or am I just looking to deep?

Well, I’m trying for a lot here, so I’m flattered if you feel like it was deep. The mistake of LIARS is that I’m not playing to the existing worldview. By telling the truth as I see it instead of packaging it in a way that most of my potential readers see it, I’m taking a huge risk. That risk is that those people will reject this message out of hand because it isn’t clean, positive and simple, which is generally what sells a business book. BUT, since the idea came to me, liars and lying have become the buzz of the day. So it may very well be, after the fact, that my story matches an emerging worldview. That’s when hits really happen (the Beatles didn’t invent rock and roll, but they sure had good timing) and maybe I’ll get lucky again.

5 – By way of a case study; I love google, I’ve told myself a story about google, I’ve told myself, and others, that it’s a clean, simple, bare-bones, yet brilliant search engine. Now it seems that google is trying to get me to change my story. Clever or crazy?

Neither. Inevitable. As the brand grows and expectations increase, there’s just too much pressure to keep it simple. The question is this: can the market absorb the added complexity (as it did with cars–the Model T didn’t have a radio, didn’t have onstar, didn’t even have air conditioning) or will it reject it once the baggage gets to be too much (microwaves, for example, continue to be pretty simple appliances).

I think Google has a challenge as they try to get to the next level. They have to invent NEW stories that attract people with DIFFERENT worldviews while not jeopardizing their core. Not easy.

6- I mentioned in a review I wrote that I felt that this was your best book to date, definitely the most important. As I see it, it’s a prequel to your other books, it’s the one I would now tell people to read first in order to create the worldview that is required for them to better implement the practical stuff presented in your other books. How does this one rank for you in terms of personal pride? Is it the one Seth Godin book you should read if you could read only one?


Benefits of Belleville Auto Insurance

Auto insurance as we all know can be a very big benefit for anybody, especially when you encounter a very bad and traumatic accident. Auto insurance will be responsible for covering your medical expenses and car repair, and ensuring that you and other members that are involved in the accident are safe.

Belleville auto insurance has a lot of plans that can be of benefit to you and the passenger that you are riding with. Some insurance companies also offer very cheap and affordable plans, so that you will not have a problem with paying for the monthly or annual fees.

Here are the benefits of having auto insurance in Belleville:

  • It can save your life – as we all know, modern insurance is responsible for ensuring that you family has the protection that they need to survive a serious illness, an accident or an untimely death. It will be responsible for ensuring that your family will be covered in terms of financial support. The same goes for car insurance, it will be very useful especially when you get into a serious accident and you do not have the money to pay for the damage that you might have caused to the other driver and its possible passengers. It will also be responsible for covering for your medical expenses and the other person.

 

  • It is affordable – there are many auto insurance plans that you can get at a very low coverage. There are also plans that will allow you to pay on a monthly basis which is preferably better than paying annually which will cause you to take out a bigger amount of money. Some companies will also have normal insurance plans that have variables, which means that whatever you pay monthly, a percentage of the amount you pay for every month will go to the stocks that you purchase and will turn into savings and become your retirement fund.

 

  • It will cover lawsuits – some auto insurance coverage will also cover legal fees due to the accident that you either caused or have been a victim of. This is actually a good investment because you wont have to worry about paying for anything. If you also do not have money on hand and you don’t know how or where to get the money to pay for lawyers, your insurance will be in charge of covering for the fees that you have to pay.

 

  • It will pay for liabilities – there are a lot of insurance plans that have liability coverage that will really come in handy in time of an accident. The insurance company will be in-charge of paying the medical expenses for the person who is included in the accident along with you. This will be less headache for you, because you will not only have to worry about paying for the damage, but you also wont have to worry about having to shell out money. Insurance companies have good reasons for including these in their packages, because they know that not all people will be aware of what they need right after an accident, or know about their surroundings.

One man’s war on political correctness!

I originally thought that it would be enough for me simply to comment on this post, however, I’ve done that, but I can’t seem to get it out of my head.

It’s not the author’s post that gets to me; I believe she’s just throwing out food for thought, and from her tone, it doesn’t seem (to me) that she is really against the books as such. It was the comments that hit the nerve.

It seems to me that there’s a need by many American people to make sure that they suck the individuality out of absolutely everything by creating politically correctness in every aspect of their lives. The problem isn’t limited to the States though, it’s widespread. When will it stop? Do you not realise that the more people have to be careful about what they say, do, and write, the less they’ll eventually say for fear of ridicule? Now we’re applying it to business books! For goodness sake, is nothing sacred?

The solution is simple: if you don’t like the title of a book, don’t buy it; and If you’re unhappy about war, send a letter to your president.

But let me make my own decisions…!

I wanna go

I really wanna go (said in really whining 4 year old kid kinda tone). Every time E3 is running and I’m not there, it feels as though I’m missing a portion of my own life. If I have not gone to E3 at least once in the next 5 years I’ll, I’ll, um, do something really drastic or something. Looks as though it was a lot of fun.

Free what inside?

Well paint me red and call me Susan! I very nearly hit the floor when I saw this book in the business section of our national bookseller today. With all the blogging about this book lately, I am truly surprised that people haven’t said more (anything?) about the similarities.

Both are on marketing, both have the cereal reference, and both were released in the last 12 or so months. From the glance I give the “gift” book, it seems that the author is on an altogether different track to that of the “prize” one, but still, sheesh!

Anyway, my curiosity is piqued, expect a review over at 800-CEO-READ Blog in the next few weeks.

Bill on Blogs

Gates just said at the recent Microsoft CEO Summit that blogging is “a very interesting thing”. Nice to see that the big guys are starting to take notice of this “interesting thing” that is transforming the manner/speed that information is spread.

Anything better than Google?

I read at addict3d that a study had been done by a California research firm in which they state that after a total of 2000 adult web users were asked to try Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Microsoft’s MSN and Terra Lycos SA’s Lycos, that the results were just as good as Google’s. I followed the link from addict3d to the actual article and I have a few comments.

They don’t make any reference to the fact that Google’s interface doesn’t suck like the rest of them do. And they have two case-studies on some of the results, in the first one that they mention (they must have been very proud of) it shows a Google accuracy of 55% where as the others got between 52 and 54%. Wow BIG difference, but it still shows Google as better. Then, for the second case study, they report a Google accuracy of 76% as opposed to the other 64 to 75% accuracy – Still Google wins. WTF is this report trying to say? And it’s titled

Beemmer books

I’m guessing that most of you got around to watching the (pretty damn good) BMW films a few years ago. Well BMW’s back, this time with audio books (thanks treonauts). I guess you’ll need to stomach a lot of product placement, but hey, it’s free, so according to my scale, we’re good.

Still wouldn’t drive one though…!