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Seth Godin, speaker

Seth Godin

    • World’s Foremost Marketing Provocateur
    • Author of 19 Bestselling Books
    • Entrepreneur, Blogger, and most of all, a Teacher
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Your Job is to Make Art - Seth Godin at ConvertKit Craft & Commerce 2017

Your Job is to Make Art - Seth Godin at ConvertKit Craft & Commerce 2017

Seth Godin | How to FIX Your Broken Business Model (Behind the Brand)

Seth Godin | How to FIX Your Broken Business Model (Behind the Brand)

Finding Your "Who" With Seth Godin (HubSpot Academy clip)

Finding Your "Who" With Seth Godin (HubSpot Academy clip)

Inbound Keynote 2015

Inbound Keynote 2015

Learning is bravery | Seth Godin (TED)

Learning is bravery | Seth Godin (TED)

The tribes we lead - Seth Godin (TedEd)

The tribes we lead - Seth Godin (TedEd)

Why innovation is about failing | Seth Godin | WOBI

Why innovation is about failing | Seth Godin | WOBI

TED: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

TED: How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

SETH GODIN is a world-renowned marketing expert, keynote speaker, author of 18 international bestselling books, and founder of Squidoo and Yoyodyne. As a thought leader in the marketing world, his writing focuses on everything from authenticity to harnessing your power to radical innovation. He also writes a daily blog expanding on ideas seen in his books and curating new viewpoints on topical happenings.

After selling his company Yoyodyne to Yahoo! in 1998, Godin joined their team as the VP of Marketing for two years before founding his second startup Squidoo. Once again, his company’s value was sought-after and he sold it to Hubpages in 2012. Now, Godin dedicates himself to spreading the knowledge he gathered from a lifetime as an entrepreneur and marketing guru.

He has taken the TED stage three times, twice ranking in the top 1% of speakers at the event. He has spoken to millions of people at public events, and at companies as diverse as Disney, Cadillac, eBay, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Adobe, American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, and hundreds of others.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame with only two other honorees reaching the same accolade. And in 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame, the only person in both.

Godin recently launched a four-book series on Kickstarter which reached its monetary goal within three hours, making it the most successful book launch via the funding platform.

His 19th book, THIS IS MARKETING came out in November 2018.

This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See

In this talk, Seth Godin shows you how to do work you're proud of, whether you're a tech startup founder, a small business owner, or part of a large corporation.

Great marketers don't use consumers to solve their company's problem; they use marketing to solve other people's problems. Their tactics rely on empathy, connection, and emotional labor instead of attention-stealing ads and spammy email funnels. No matter what your product or service, this Seth will help you reframe how it's presented to the world, in order to meaningfully connect with people who want it.  Seth employs his signature blend of insight, observation, and memorable examples to teach you:

* How to build trust and permission with your target market.
* The art of positioning--deciding not only who it's for, but who it's not for.
* Why the best way to achieve your goals is to help others become who they want to be.
* Why the old approaches to advertising and branding no longer work.  
* The surprising role of tension in any decision to buy (or not).
* How marketing is at its core about the stories we tell ourselves about our social status.

Invisible or Remarkable?

You're either a Purple Cow or you're not. You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice.

What do Apple, Starbucks, Dyson and Pret a Manger have in common? How do they achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and-true brands to gasp their last? The old checklist of P's used by marketers - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity - aren't working anymore. The golden age of advertising is over. It's time to add a new P - the Purple Cow.

"Purple Cow" describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat-out unbelievable. In his new bestseller, Seth Godin urges you to put a Purple Cow into everything you build, and everything you do, to create something truly noticeable. It's a manifesto for anyone who wants to help create products and services that are worth marketing in the first place.

TRIBES: We Need You To Lead Us

A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.

Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals—people just like you who have passion about something.

If you think leadership is for other people, think again—leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”—someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. 

Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It's not easy, but it's easier than you probably imagine.

How to Get Your Ideas to Spread

In this classic but relevant talk, Seth Godin draws on the example of the creation and initial marketing failure of sliced bread to illustrate the importance of spreading an idea in order to sell a product and explores the limitations placed on an idea, no matter how brilliant, when it does not have reach.

Using several real-world examples, Seth describes the importance of getting people to care about a product through marketing as it is not always about the product itself or the patent or its uses, but its cultural relevance. He defines the era we live in as a century of idea diffusion, in which there are too many options and too little time, which is why getting attention through effective marketing can make bad or bizarre ideas more successful than boring ones.


How to Win at Business Today

Based on Seth's bestselling book, All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works - and Why Authenticity Is The Best Marketing Of All, Seth 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?”

In this talk Seth dissects why marketers succeed when they tell us a story that fits our worldview, a story that we intuitively embrace and then share with our friends. 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.”

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success? But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe. The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. In this speech, Godin shows audiences how it’s possible and reveals why it’s essential.


Communication in the Age of Distraction

Will we ever be heard again? The internet has enabled anyone with a keyboard to speak up, and suddenly, everyone is, creating a maelstrom of spam, noise and hype. Bestselling author Seth Godin will challenge us to see things a little differently as we work to build effective communications that work. We're living in a revolution, and Seth is the perfect guide to help us figure out what's next.

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