All Marketers are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works–and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All

The indispensable classic on advertising by the bestselling writer of Tribes and Purple Cow.

Legendary service writer Seth Godin has three essential questions for every single marketer:

" What's your tale?"

" Will the people who should hear this story think it?"

" Is it true?"

All marketing professionals inform stories. And also if they do it right, our company believe them. Our team believe that wine tastes much better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. Our company believe that an $80,000 Porsche is greatly above a $36,000 Volkswagen that's practically the very same car. Our team believe that $225 sneakers make our feet really feel much better– as well as look cooler– compared to a $25 brand. And believing it makes it real.

As Seth Godin has actually instructed numerous hundreds of marketing experts and also trainees all over the world, wonderful online marketers don't speak about attributes or perhaps benefits. Instead, they tell a story– a tale we intend to believe, whether it's factual or otherwise. In a globe where most individuals have an unlimited number of options as well as no time to earn them, every organization is a marketer, and also all advertising and marketing is about informing tales.

Marketing professionals prosper when they inform us a story that fits our worldview, a story that we without effort embrace and afterwards show to our buddies. Think about the Dyson hoover, or Fiji water, or the iPod.

But beware: If your tales are inauthentic, you go across the line from fib to scams. Marketing professionals fall short when they are selfish as well as scurrilous, when they abuse the tools of their profession and make the globe even worse. That's a lesson discovered by hand by telemarketers, cigarette firms, as well as base political leaders.

But for the rest of us, it's time to accept the power of the story. As Godin writes, "Stories make it simpler to understand the world. Stories are the only means we understand to spread out a suggestion. Marketing professionals really did not develop storytelling. They just improved it."