All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why Authenticity Is The Best by Seth GodinAll Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why Authenticity Is The Best by Seth Godin

All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why…

bySeth Godin

Paperback | April 24, 2012

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The indispensable classic on marketing by the bestselling author of Tribes and Purple Cow.

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

“What’s your story?”

“Will the people who need to hear this story believe it?”

“Is it true?”

All marketers tell stories. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche is vastly superior to a $36,000 Volkswagen that’s virtually the same car. We believe that $225 sneakers make our feet feel better—and look cooler—than a $25 brand. And believing it makes it true.

As Seth Godin has taught hundreds of thousands of marketers and students around the world, great marketers don’t talk about features or even benefits. Instead, they tell a story—a story we want to believe, whether it’s factual or not. In a world where most people have an infinite number of choices and no time to make them, every organization is a marketer, and all marketing is about telling stories.

Marketers succeed when they tell us a story that fits our worldview, a story that we intuitively embrace and then share with our friends. Think of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, or Fiji water, or the iPod.

But beware: If your stories are inauthentic, you cross the line from fib to fraud. Marketers fail when they are selfish and scurrilous, when they abuse the tools of their trade and make the world worse. That’s a lesson learned the hard way by telemarketers, cigarette companies, and sleazy politicians.

But for the rest of us, it’s time to embrace the power of the story. As Godin writes, “Stories make it easier to understand the world. Stories are the only way we know to spread an idea. Marketers didn’t invent storytelling. They just perfected it.”
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's an entrepreneur, the founder of several successful busines...
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Title:All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works--and Why…Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.97 × 5.01 × 0.42 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would say this good is bad... but I'd be a liar! Second book I've read from Mr. Godin. Once again a great read! Really makes you think outside the box and look at things from a different perspective.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marketing Gold If you're in marketing (or business), you need to read Seth Godin. Period.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nas I find it very authentic
Date published: 2014-01-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Seth Godin: "Godin...is uniquely respected for his understanding of the Internet, and his essays and opinions are widely read and quoted on and off." —Forbes "It's easy to see why people pay to hear what he has to say." —Time "If Seth Godin didn't exist we'd need to invent him." —Alan Webber, founder, Fast Company "If your idea, or issue, or candidate, or product isn't catching on, you haven't been reading Seth Godin." —Micah Sifry, cofounder, Personal Democracy Forum "Godin is endlessly curious, opinionated, and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects. He is a relentless marketer…and also a clear-eyed visionary."—Miami HeraldFrom the Hardcover edition.