At every one of my speeches, I say PR people are spammers. That gets everyone's attention so I have an opportunity to explain what I mean.
When I first started writing The New Rules of Marketing & PR there was significant debate about "new." Is this stuff really new or is the title just a hook? Yes, I admit that the book title was partly chosen to help position the book and generate interest. Brian Clark over at Copyblogger was one of the first to jump in. Many people such as Brian asked: "Does marketing and PR on the Web really require 'new' thinking?" More than ever, I am convinced the answer is "yes." Robert Scoble, in his terrific foreword to The New Rules of Marketing & PR suggests: "It's a new world you're about to enter... if you understand how to use it you can drive buzz, new product feedback, sales, and more." I couldn’t agree more, Robert.
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Amazon recently turned on Search Inside for The New Rules of Marketing & PR. I finished the manuscript for the book way back in December 2006 (about a decade in Internet time). As an author, some of the things that get surfaced by Search Inside jolt me. Did I write that? It’s like running into an old girlfriend after many years.
As readers of this blog know, I'm a fan of Chris Anderson and his book, The Long Tail, and I followed, via Anderson's blog, his groundbreaking ideas about the Web’s economic shift away from mainstream markets toward smaller niche products and services well before his book was published in July 2006. There is no doubt that Anderson's Long Tail thesis is critically important for marketers.
After getting tired of paying exorbitant fees to market and advertise his business, Grant D. Griffiths, a Kansas family and divorce lawyer, started his blog in March 2005. "Prior to starting the blog, I did lots of yellow page advertisements," Griffiths says. "The costs were too much and the results were not great."
Here is another fascinating case study that will appear in my upcoming book The New Rules of Marketing and PR.