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    1. Marketing Management (12th Edition) (Marketing Management)
    by Philip Kotler, Kevin Lane Keller
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    Asin: 0131457578
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 7144
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I don't get it...
    True, previous acclaimed editions of this book have been used in MBA level courses on marketing, etc., etc.

    However, I read through this book and I noticed the relative absence of *practical content*. Tons of theory, though: 8 reasons for this, 12 reasons for that, but not enough on how to directly apply the principles to the real world.

    I think this book should be recommended for academics, people seeking advanced degrees in marketing. Those who are already in business, like me, might have a hard time extracting practical advice from it.

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    2. Marketing Management
    by Philip Kotler
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    Asin: 0130336297
    Catlog: Book (2002-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    This worldwide best-selling book highlights the most recent trends and developments in global marketing-with an emphasis on the importance of teamwork between marketing and all the other functions of the business. It introduces new perspectives in successful strategic market planning, and presents additional company examples of creative, market-focused, and customer-driven action.Coverage includes a focus on customer relationship management, partner relationship management, the Internet and its effects and uses, brand building and brand asset management, alternative go-to-market channels, and marketing around the globe. Chapter topics discuss building customer satisfaction, market-oriented strategic planning, analyzing consumer markets and buyer behavior, dealing with the competition, designing pricing strategies and programs, and managing the sales forceFor marketing managers who want to increase their understanding of the major issues of strategic, tactical, and administrative marketing-along with the opportunities and needs of the marketplace in the years ahead. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The "Bible" of Marketing
    Phillip Kotler's Marketing Management is the the classic MBA marketing text. It's comprehensive and encyclopedic--that means its not an easy read. Kotler's writing style could be described as a list of lists. Each topic is parsed into its elements and he then recites all possible attributes.

    The book has an enormous market share, which means it comes with every possible ancilliary product (for instructors who adopt the book) such as videos and power points. Because Prentice Hall sells so many of this book, they can afford to issue new editions on an accelerated, two-year cycle. The good news from this is it allows them to move with the times (in this edition, they've eliminated all the trivial "Did you know ...?" sidebars that detracted from the seriousness of the last "Millennial Edition." The bad news (from a student point of view) is that you may be forced to buy new, because used copies won't be correct.

    However, this is one book that you'll want to keep on your professional library shelves--it's as much a reference as a text. All other marketing texts either derive from Kotler or distance themselves from this book, so you might as well go to the source.

    4-0 out of 5 stars IT RAMIFIED EVERY ASPECT OF MARKETING
    Using a variety of case-study analyses, this "Marketing Management" elaborated on the principal concepts of 21st Century marketing. Post-graduate students, as well as practising professionals will find it useful. Its specialized chapters did their best in ramifying every aspect of marketing. Information is everywhere; although that its versatility led to the boring repetition of strategies.
    This book is simple and well-written. It is very good; but in comparison, the "Principles of Marketing", which is cheaper and comes with an attached CD-ROM, (and was written by Gary Armstrong and this same Philip Kotler) offers much more for less money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Marketing Management
    The eleventh edition of this bestselling marketing management text reflects the recent trends and developments in global marketing. It emphasizes the importance of teamwork between marketing and all other functions of the business.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For teaching
    Generally useful and apply to real life situation

    3-0 out of 5 stars Broad Focus
    Kotler is a name synonomous with marketing. I have several of his books and have enjoyed them very much. It is a broad focus though. It doesn't dig very deep into specific industries of course. If you happen to be looking for restaurant marketing specific book recommendations, there are several at the Quantified Marketing Group website at www.quantifiedmarketing.com. We have several complimentary restaurant marketing resources and book recommendations there. ... Read more


    3. SPIN Selling
    by NeilRackham
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    Asin: 0070511136
    Catlog: Book (1988-05-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute must read
    intially the Name "Spin Selling" came across to be as some cheesy and manipulative model being taught by the author.
    after reading various books and attending seminars and workshops i was consistently referred to this book.
    also i researched some of the high-performance Sales Professionals and most of them had training on SPIN Selling, so
    i finally decided to read Rackham's book "SPIN Selling" and
    i'm glad i did and yes this book i feel is the Foundation of all the Modern Sales Training out there.

    His Training is backed with extensive proof and facts and every single advice is backed by extensive research conducted by huthwaite. very impressed.

    "Situation - Problem - Implication and Need-Payoff", these are the four types of Questioning you will learn and the Value and relative importance of each and in what order to be used effectively.

    the biggest lesson for me is the Difference of a "Implied Need" compared to "Explicit Need" and how it all boils down to uncovering "Explicit Needs" and to communicate with customers about "Benefits". this book also clears a very common mistake a lot of us do, to look at a product or solution's advantages and convey that as Benefit to customer. As per the author a "Benefit" is one that solves a Customer's "Explicit Need".

    don't be discouraged by any review that writes off the book's style of writing to be research oriented, the book is around 190 Pages and it's worth the weight in gold.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book For The True Professional
    A breath of fresh air. The profession of Sales is plagued with all sorts of nonsense, most of it annecdotal at best. Little actual research has been done to identify good processes for sales professionals and consequently we get idiotic advice ranging from "Always Be Closing" and endless manipulative closing techniques for doing so, to recommendations on how to sell "anything to anybody." Such sales tactics are precisely the reason salespeople have been saddled with negative stereotypes.

    SPIN Selling is the result of extensive observation and analysis of sales calls by behavioral researcher Neil Rackham. His findings are both practical and useful, and are well presented in this book. As sellers, we might give some thought to how we would like to be treated as customers - something that should not be a revelation, but is. We should understand the customer's goals and objectives and help them be successful if we want to be successful. Forget your scripted sales pitch, leave your brochures in your briefcase, ask questions and listen to your customers to understand their needs BEFORE presenting your product. Surprisingly, this will actually shorten the selling cycle and will result in better long-term customer relationships. Rackham's concept of an "Advance" as an objective way to measure the progress of a sales call is, alone, worth the price of this book.

    As a sales professional with many years' experience, and now as sales training manager for a division of a Fortune 500 company, I highly recommend this book and the methodology Rackham describes. There are other good books for salespeople - but if I could only recommend one, this would be it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great methodology
    As a sales trainer, I found this book to present a wonderful methodology for both salespeople new to the business as well as seasoned salespeople. The SPIN principle (Situation, Problem, Implication, and Need-payoff) works in almost any sales environment whether you are selling big ticket items to large accounts or volumes of small ticket items.

    Overall, I found "SPIN Selling" to be a great book for addressing the strategic and tactical aspects of selling. In addition to this book, I highly recommend the book "Cognitive Selling: Proven Fundamentals and Techniques of the World's Most Effective Salespeople" by Todd Bermont. "Cognitive Selling" is the perfect complement to "SPIN Selling" as it provides a methodology for maintaining a winning attitude and frame-of-mind which is essential to succeed in selling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Neil Rackham gets it right
    SPIN Selling was the first sales book I ever read, back in the days when I sold copiers. Ten years later, as the owner of a sales training company, I still utilize those very principals of questioning Rackham taught me way back when. The key to sales is to have a process, a process within a process. Rackham adheres to this very foundation. This book is guaranteed to make you money!

    Todd Natenberg, Author of the book, "I just got a job in sales! Now what?" A Playbook for Skyrocketing Your Commissions (www.toddnatenberg.com) and President of TBN Sales Solutions

    3-0 out of 5 stars Definitly BUY THE BOOK ..Skip the audio
    I love SPIN Selling, the book and workbook. Also Major Account Sales Strategy. When I bought the CD I was thinking I could add a tool to my audio library and have more constant exposure to the concepts. But no

    This audio was worse than my grade school educational film series. The reader is dull, boring and almost put me to sleep in the car. This is GREAT material. Everyone that is considering any of the books I would heartily give them a 5 of 5 stars.

    I fast forwarded through the entire first cd, hoping that I would start hearing the same "meat" I read about in SPIN. What Iheard was a lot of "pre-program" dialog.

    If I could speak with Neil Rakham I would say, "Neil, this is an outstanding program. Please get a reader with more emotion". ... Read more


    4. International Marketing
    by Philip R. Cateora, John L. Graham
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    Asin: 0072941642
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
    Publisher: Irwin Professional Pub
    Sales Rank: 136422
    Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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    This text continues to dominate the field of International Marketing.Its long standing tradition as the market leader is strengthened in this edition with an increase in coverage of technology¿s impact on the international market arena and a more comprehensive website, helping to provide updates to text content in this continually changing field. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Overall International Marketing Text
    I am a Professor of International Marketing and have used this book and the previous editions for 10 semesters. Compared to the competition, this book is definitely the best in the field. It is well written and researched and gives the reader a solid foundation in the major topics of IM. The instructor support materials are excellent and I highly recommend them, particularly the video series. If you are a new professor teaching IM for the first time, the instructor's manual, powerpoint slides, test bank, and videos are a godsend! The Country Notebook described in the book is a great semester-long team project and really reinforces the content of each chapter. I will continue to use this book for a long time!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of information, but poorly written
    I'm a senior in college, and I have read many textbooks by many authors. Through all that studying, only a handful of books have ever stood out in my mind as "exceptionally good" or "exceptionally bad" for whatever reason.

    Well, I am sorry to say that this book more than any other has stood out as "exceptionally bad" because of 1) its horrendous, awkward phraseology, and 2) its unnecessarily lengthy explanations of most concepts. Because of these shortcomings, it routinely took me much too long to read even a few pages, and when I was finally finished, I disappointedly discovered that I hadn't even learned that much about international marketing. It's like reading an essay from a student who is just trying to fill up space or impress his professor with length, while compounding his error with poor style.

    On the other hand, there is a lot of good information in the text, for which it received a star. There are several charts, black and white pictures, and some supplementary material as well.

    2-0 out of 5 stars a good coverage, but...
    I used his book as an MBA student 15 or so years ago. Now as an adjunct professor, I am using this newest edition in my undergraduate classes. Although my observation may be biased, the book is a bit too encyclopedic, a bit superficial in coverage, and fails to excite the students. I wish it were more up-to-date.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A decent book, but its coverage is traditional and US-biased
    Newer editions don't seem to have capture current trends and perspectives well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Comprehensive Textbook
    This is a comprehensive college text on the subject of international marketing. It is excellent in that it covers all relevant subject areas in some depth. The text also offers guidelines for student development of a "country notebook" international marketing project. There are also quite a few provocative and relevant cases. The only negatives are that the writing is a bit over the heads of most undergraduates, and the country notebook lends itself toward development of a multidomestic plan rather than a global plan. I use the text to teach international marketing. I have found no other book on the subject that offers an acceptable combination of project, cases, and material to be learned in a single source. ... Read more


    5. The Little Red Book of Selling : 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness
    by Jeffrey Gitomer
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    Asin: 1885167601
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-25)
    Publisher: Bard Press
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    Salespeople hate to read.That's why The Little Red Book of Selling is short, sweet, and to the point.It's packed with answers that people are searching for in order to help them make sales for the moment--and the rest of their lives. ... Read more


    6. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell
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    Asin: 0316346624
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-07)
    Publisher: Back Bay Books
    Sales Rank: 266
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    "Why did crime in New York drop so suddenly in the mid-90s? How does an unknown novelist end up a bestselling author? Why is teenage smoking out of control, when everyone knows smoking kills? What makes TV shows like Sesame Street so good at teaching kids how to read? Why did Paul Revere succeed with his famous warning? In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in our society so often happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Ideas, behavior, messages, and products, he argues, often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    In The Tipping Point, Gladwell introduces us to the particular personality types who are natural pollinators of new ideas and trends, the people who create the phenomenon of word of mouth. He analyzes fashion trends, smoking, children's television, direct mail and the early days of the American Revolution for clues about making ideas infectious, and visits a religious commune, a successful high-tech company, and one of the world's greatest salesmen to show how to start and sustain social epidemics. The Tipping Point is an intellectual adventure story written with an infectious enthusiasm for the power and joy of new ideas. Most of all, it is a road map to change, with a profoundly hopeful message--that one imaginative person applying a well-placed lever can move the world." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Insights into Mass Behaviors
    Despite an earlier reviewer poo-pooing this book for shallow insights, I beg to differ. This book is a fascinating and original take on what makes people behave in a certain way en masse. Tying together Paul Revere, Hush Puppies and many other very accessible ideas makes this book, that is in some ways very academic, read like a thriller. I read it in three sittings. It has an impact on several levels. One, as a marketer, it gave me insights into how word-of-mouth really works. I'll be experimenting with these concepts for years. Second, as a member of society, I gained insight into why I am pulled this way and that by trends. If you enjoyed this, you'll also enjoy the groundbreaking book by Robert Cialdini called "Influence, the Psychology of Persuasion." It makes some of the same points. Finally, it makes me think that some savvy activists will find some ways to use these principles to start societal epidemics that will ultimately have a positive effect. I believe Gladwell has introduced a concept, "the Tipping Point," that will have a wide-ranging impact on how we view the world and human behavior.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bowled me over.
    This book is quite wonderful, and it doesn't surprise me at all that it's getting such solid reviews here. Gladwell writes wonderful pieces for the New Yorker (and elsewhere, no doubt), and the craft of the writing here combines with fascinating material to produce a book for the lively of mind.

    What is a "tipping point"? Gladwell shows us how concepts and perceptions derived from epidemiology can provide unexpected, but highly plausible explanations for the transformation of a minor phenomenon into a major trend. Gladwell's examples are diverse, drawn from such apparently disparate worlds as policing, fashion, and medical research, but they work well to create a sense that there's a logic at play in the crazes and fads we see turn into cultural trends.

    Obviously, this book would be a good read for anyone interested in forcasting consumer behaviour, and other business concerns. I read it, though, as a person interested in culture and the trends which form the fabric of our waking lives. I read it twice, in fact, because it's very well written, and because I used it to teach theories of information to university students, who also really "got" the book. I find that concepts drawn froom the book return to me in unlikely situations, and that's a true test of non-fiction.

    My only complaint? It's not long enough!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Esoterica
    This is a fun book to read, but the dots remain uncconected.
    ...
    I much prefer works that are more practical, and guide you directly to where you are going, instead of this very indirect analysis.
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    Some examples of this direct approach which are exceptionally well done include the CD "Voice Lessons to go" and the DVD "New Sex Now."
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    All of these are fun and enjoyable and will improve your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars does not disappoint
    I rarely pick up a book that holds my interest all the way. This book was exceptional though and I have recommended it to many of my friends. The book discusses what causes an epidemic- how one tiny product, tv show, event, etc influences so many. I was impressed by the number of case studies and research that Gladwell did to back up his point. I really enjoyed learning about the influence Sesame Street had on the literary rate of the children who watched it, while what causes problems like teen smoking and suicide. It was a very interesting read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Tiresome and Repetitive
    Tipping Point is a painful book to read, painful especially to contemplate the patchwork of fill that turns what at best is a pop magazine article into a poor excuse for a book. Gladwell stabs at any theme he can possibly use to support his by no means new theory of tipping points. He hits one, perhaps, when he covers Rudy Giuliani's results in the City of New York, buts the rest are paler attempts. His comparison of Paul Revere with Dawes is over-romantic and downright silly. There's something profoundly patronizing about his tone of writing and his lack of any kind of wit. ... Read more


    7. Contemporary Marketing
    by Louis E. Boone, David L. Kurtz
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    Asin: 0324185103
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-03)
    Publisher: South-Western College Pub
    Sales Rank: 18489
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Boone and Kurtz’s Contemporary Marketing has proved to be the premier introduction to marketing text and package, edition after edition. With each edition, this best selling author team builds and improves upon past innovations, creating the most technologically advanced, student friendly, instructor supported text available. The eleventh edition continues to provide the most current and up-to-date content by including coverage on the events over the past year, such as the recession, the terrorist attacks on America, and coverage on the ethical disasters such as the Enron scandal.Realizing that students need a solid understanding of how these events apply to marketing the authors integrate this content throughout the new edition.The changes to this edition are so significant, that this new edition is more like a new text than just a revision. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very relevant to current times
    A very recent book that explicitly relates recent important events to how to perform marketing of your products. Perhaps the most important is of course the terrorist attacks of September 2001, and the resultant war [wars?] on terrorism. Then too, there were the huge corporate scandals (Enron, Global Crossing...) that helped generate scepticism of large companies. How can you decide on a marketing campaign when such is the societal backdrop? Boone offers useful suggestions or strategies.

    One virtue of the book is that this analysis gives it a very practical ambience. You don't feel like you're thumbing through the pages of some abstract intellectual debate, or some fine nuance of accounting on pricing options, say.

    But an unavoidable side effect is that the book's very explicit invocation of recent events will make this edition VERY dated in just a few years. Well, perhaps Boone will issue new editions as the years go on.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon did not send right ISBN nuber to seller...watch out!
    I had ordered this book and Amazon sent the wrong information to the seller. I got the study guide which is a softcover. Now Amazon won't take responsibilty for their action. I'm screwed because I ordered this book for college and now have to reorder it so I can have it in time. This is the second time Amazon has not taken resposibility for their actions with me. I have little faith in them at this point. SO WATCH OUT!!! ... Read more


    8. MP Marketing with Student CD-ROM and PowerWeb
    by Roger A. Kerin, Eric N Berkowitz, Steven W. Hartley, WilliamRudelius, Roger Kerin, Eric Berkowitz, Steven Hartley, William Rudelius
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    Asin: 0072553391
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-02)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
    Sales Rank: 14245
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Marketing, 7e by Kerin, Berkowitz, Hartley, and Rudelius continues a tradition of leading the market with contemporary, cutting-edge content presented in a conversational student-oriented style, supported by the most comprehensive, innovative, and useful supplement package available. This text and package is designed to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of faculty—from the professor who just wants a good textbook and a few key supplements, to the professor who wants a top-notch fully integrated multimedia program. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Effective learning approach
    Great tutorial that helped me get a A on my final ezam. Amust have to review important concepts and terms.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Marketing text
    It's a great book because of it's extensiveness. ... Read more


    9. Advertising: Principles and Practice (6th Edition)
    by William D. Wells, John Burnett, Sandra Moriarty
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    Asin: 0130477222
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-29)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    The most exciting, practitioner-based introduction available to the field of advertising. Exceptionally real-world in focus—with examples, issues, and applications interlaced throughout—this best-selling introduction to both the theory and practice of advertising provides important insights into how advertising is done, who does it, and the critical questions that must be resolved. It provides a focus on what principles and practices make advertising effective—and the volume's rich and extensive support package make the teaching/learning process not only exciting, but more effective as well.The volume examines advertising foundations, environment, background, planning, and strategy, advertising media, creating advertising and marketing communication elements.For those interested in effective advertising. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice
    I got this book within two days, exactly when I needed it. It arrived on time and in good packaging. I would like to thank el felix for sending the book. I am anxious to use it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars easy guide for advertising students.
    Every step expains the advertising basic component. It can help you understand the advertising. ... Read more


    10. Principles of Marketing, 10th Edition
    by Philip Kotler, Gary Armstrong
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    Asin: 0131018612
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-03)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
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    11. Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work, Making a Difference
    by Quint Studer
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    Asin: 0974998605
    Catlog: Book (2004-03)
    Publisher: Fire Starter Publishing
    Sales Rank: 9166
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A "textbook with passion", Hardwiring Excellence offers a road map and practical how-to guide for creating and sustaining a culture of service and operational excellence.In this book, author Quint Studer, CEO of Studer Group, draws on his personal experience as a former hospital executive who led two organizations to the top 1% in patient satisfaction and his experience coaching hundreds of healthcare organizations since.

    Studer, a nationally acclaimed educator, coach, and thought leader in healthcare today, is a master storyteller, mixing "chicken soup style" stories with personal insight, simple tools, and in-depth recommendations on how good organizations can become great ones.

    Based on Studer Group’s Nine Principles SM, Quint Studer shows how to retain more employees; ensure better customer service; build strong leadership, align organizational values, goals, and results; increase communication; reward and recognize individual success while also requiring accountability; and move operational performance for better financials, market share, and growth.

    At the core of the journey, he says, is a sense of purpose, worthwhile work and making a difference.When organizations learn how to harness this passion in their employees, they create a success spiral with ever increasing momentum.

    In fact, Richard L. Clarke, FHFMA, President and CEO of Healthcare Financial Management Association says, "Quint Studer’s Nine Principles of service and operational excellence provide the missing link between people power and strong financials.It’s about courageous leadership." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Turning Passion into Performance
    This book has something for everyone - those just starting to create their culture of excellence AND those who are already quite good and looking for the "tweaks" to be even better. Personal stories make it easy-to-read and show how hardwiring a few specific actions can turn passion into performance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive textbook on excellence
    Quint Studer has been making a difference in healthcare for years. His nine principles have been proven successful many times over in organizations large and small throughout the nation. Hardwiring Excellence is a primer of how the nine principles can help an organization achieve excellence. It is a step by step guide that provides an entertaining combination of wonderful stories and practical information that works. You will read and re-read this book many times over, and it will take you on a journey to achieve excellence that you never thought possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "How-To" for Excellence
    Quint has an amazing way of always connecting, always reducing the complexity and showing the way to simplicity in the pursuit of excellence.
    His advice and coaching tips are real-world and real-time and shouldn't be thought of as exclusive to healthcare. It would be difficult to make it to the end without identifying one or two leadership-enhancing behaviors....ready to be put to use tomorrow.
    Having attended his speaking engagements, I can share that "Hardwiring Excellence" is like an extended conversation with Quint.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life Changing! If you are a burned out healthcare leader...
    You simply must read this book. This clearly demonstrates how to take complex situations and make them easy to understand by connecting to purpose, worthwhile work and making a difference. I now remember why I got into healthcare in the FIRST place. I am a better leader because of these Principles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changing Healthcare
    While applicable to most environments, Hardwiring Excellence gives specific tips for healthcare providers on creating a culture of operational excellence. If each reader implements three recommendations from the book, they will improve their chances of retaining their excellent employees. ... Read more


    12. Strategic Marketing Problems: Cases and Comments, 10th Edition
    by Roger Kerin, Robert Peterson
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    Asin: 0131421840
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 181279
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    This best-selling book is dedicated to the development of decision-making skills in marketing. It introduces concepts and tools useful in structuring and solving marketing problems, while extensive case studies provide an opportunity for those concepts and tools to be employed in practice.Consisting of 10 chapters and 43 cases that feature contemporary marketing perspectives and practices, this book covers the topics of marketing management: its foundations; financial aspects; decision-making and case analysis; opportunity analysis, market segmentation, and market targeting; product and service strategy andbrand management; integrated marketing communication strategy and management; pricing strategy and management; the control process; and comprehensive marketing programs.For marketing executives and professionals. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Strategic Marketing Problems... Not Solutions
    I was disappointed. The book does contain some interesting thoughts, but 90% of the content is a description of companies facing marketing problems (case studies with a lot of facts). The author doesn't offer the solutions and best practises that would help solve these problems. While reading this book, i felt i was eating a burger without meat. Something is missing...

    This is a good book for teachers who want case studies for their students to work on. It's a classroom book. It's not a good book if you want want to read marketing theory and best practises (if you're already in the management world).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great and comprehensive
    I am a MBA Candidate with a finance focus who had the pleasure to use this book. Never before had I imagined that marketing could have the amount of numerical focus that this book shows. There's a case for every type of industry and many world-famous companies in this book. What else is missing from an introduction to marketing text?!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book...
    I'm a MBA student in marketing. This book is good, but just that... good. I'm absolutely certain that somewhere has to be a book about strategic marketing that has a little more information (that's the problem, little theory and plenty of numbers) and not so expensive. Teresa M. Rodríguez ... Read more


    13. Marketing : An Introduction (7th Edition) (Marketing: An Introduction)
    by Gary Armstrong, Philip Kotler
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    Asin: 0131424106
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-18)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 42891
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    This accessible, streamlined introduction to marketing by two of today's best-selling marketing authors helps users master the basic principles and practices of modern marketing in an enjoyable and practical way.The new edition is an even more effective text than its predecessors: it is complete, easy to manage, and explains how marketing affects the big picture in business and influences specific company divisions like accounting, information technologies, finance, operations, and human resources. Updated to present the latest marketing thinking, it builds upon a framework which positions marketing as the art and science of creating value for customers in order to capture value from customers in return.An excellent resource and tool for those employed in the field of marketing and sales; especially helpful for employees of global companies. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great basic marketing text at a great price!
    I use this textbook to teach about 1,500 students per year in my courses. I find the book to be well-written and interesting. More importantly, *many* students tell me that enjoy reading the book. (I can tell you that it is rare to have students providing positive feedback on textbooks that are required reading). Armstrong and Kotler are leaders in the field, and their hardcover book holds the largest market share among U.S. universities. Books don't make it to the 10th edition (or 5th for paperback) w/o being good!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boring
    This book is easy to read, but there is so much waffle the basic principles are lost. I found the frequent interruption of the text by case studies very annoying. Don't waste your money.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Incomplete, Unclear, Old
    This book isn't clear on many topics. The ideas are old and stale unlike many other books which I've found in the same area. The pages are boring and do not make anyone want to learn more about marketing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete, clear and updated
    This book is very valuable even for those professionals with long experience in marketing. Either as reference work for the most modern marketing techniques or as case study of various companies (and its marketing problems and solutions), the book of Kotler and Armstrong is excellent. The dense appendixes reinforce the quality of the volume. In there it is possible to find some novelties as, for exemple, advices for those looking for careers in marketing. The practical exercises at the end of each chapter help to apply the contents in our diary lives. Colorful drawings, charts and ads samples make each page a delight for the eyes. This book allows learning with a touch of printing art.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for business students.
    Hi, my name is Banggajam Velayudham. Currently I am pursuing an ABE business management course. Last term when I sat for my marketing Exam,My lecturer Ms.Chua recommend this book to me and I used the "Introduction to Marketing" by Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong. This book is very good and act as a guide and has good notes and case stuides of the real business world with many pictures and particularly short notes on key points and it really helped me to get an A in my exam. I as student would highly recommed this book for ABE students. Thanks Mr.Kotler and Mr. Armstrong for coming out with such a wonderful boo,. ... Read more


    14. Persuasive Online Copywriting: How to Take Your Words to the Bank
    by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis
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    Asin: 0971476993
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-15)
    Publisher: Wizard Academy Press
    Sales Rank: 22487
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Writing for the web.Web word wizardry.Web writing that works.What does that mean?Your online copy must persuade - it’s integral to getting your visitors or readers to register, subscribe, qualify as leads, and yes, even buy from you.It’s writing that must earn its keep.And to effectively manage the quality of your online writing, you need to understand what works, why it works and how to make it work better for you. Whether you are the marketer responsible for the bottom line or the writer creating the copy,Persuasive Online Copywriting provides the tools you need to get results. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Draw in your customers
    Are you like me in buying every self-help or non-fiction book to bring in more business? One problem. When do we have the time to read them? This book simply won't let that happen with its short chapters, personable style, and valuable information on how to keep visitors clicking until they make the buy.

    This book is the how. How to take all the theories and whys discussed by other authors and make it happen. I have trouble with theories because they don't help me visualize the application of such theories. This book stays away from whys and shows you how.

    When I started reading the book, several big projects got thrown my way leading to late night reading being replaced by late night working. Every now and then, I took a break and breezed through this book reading many pages in a brief time while gaining new knowledge and a refresher in creative writing as it applies to online copy.

    Non-fiction is my thing when it comes to writing. Over time, I have forgotten creative techniques for adding spice to copy. The authors jolted memories of high school English classes where we learned about the different poetic styles (iambic pentameter, alliteration, meter, etc) and to avoid using passive verbs. Not only that, but also they cover how to write for different personalities.

    Already getting high traffic to your site? That means you know how to draw attention and interest. But, how are you doing in building desire so that they take action? Hmm... could that be the challenge? The authors drive toward long-term results by engaging your visitors and leading the way for them to get what they need and be satisfied with it.

    I'm familiar with a few techniques discussed in the book, but many may not be. It depends on what you do with regard to the Web site. I understand making a Web site usable and getting visitors to the site. My Web site's weakness is converting visitors into customers. Marketing pros may succeed with creating a desire, but have trouble with visitors taking action. The authors cover all the areas needed to persuade via the Internet from "notice me!" to "be happy with me!"

    Are you thinking, "More technology! We need more technology to make this work?" We've taken technology for granted, but all it can do is what human programmers program it to do. Technology doesn't know human nature. It doesn't know how to feel or need something. People do and can convey what they know with words. Words make the sale. Technology ensures the words get their say (by quickly loading the Web page and functioning the way it should) and to push the sale through the back-end process (taking the order, managing inventory, etc.). This is where conversion principles apply. The authors share simple processes for improving conversion rates.

    A splash page is the "introduction" page to a Web site. It's flashy, colorful, and cool. But it's a waste of time. It gets in the way of the core material. Customers don't care how good your designers are, they care about what you can give them and that comes through words and good online copy. It's time for the online world to get what print mastered many years ago. The authors' witty writing style makes the book enjoyable to read without sacrificing wisdom. They practice what they preach and it's no wonder that GrokDotCom.com, the site behind Future Now, Inc. is a success.

    Time has come to let go of what's in it for the company and think of what's in it for the customer. In time, you shall reap the rewards at the bank.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Read only one book on the Internet, make it this one.
    Internet Marketing is here to stay and it's getting better every day. And the authors of this book are a big part of the reason why.

    1998-2000: Money fell like rain from heaven and the streets were flooded with stories of teenage millionaires. These halcyon days were fueled by a mentality that "if you build it, they will come." Investors drunkenly bought into the Internet's promise of a "new economy" and billions of dollars were pumped into spec-tech and dotcoms, never to be seen again. But when the investors saw that the 'net's realities didn't quite match up to the glowing promises, investment capital dried up faster than alcohol on a summer sidewalk.

    There were fundamental problems with Internet marketing that could not be overcome with mere advances in technology. What Internet marketing needed was someone who truly understood the fundamentals of human persuasion and could apply them to the Internet."

    Today it is my extraordinary pleasure to announce that those people have been found.

    Jeff and Bryan Eisenberg were talking 'conversion' back when 'eyeballs' were the thing and conversion wasn't even in the lexicon. Their work was greatly accelerated when they added Lisa Davis to the team.

    Bryan, Jeffrey and Lisa graduated with honors from Wizard Academy and have since gone on to accomplish a number of internet marketing miracles. Consequently, they were chosen to become adjunct faculty at Wizard Academy, where they now teach a curriculum that has punched Internet ROI through the ceiling for every company that has sent a delegate. This book, for a [low price], contains an extremely important portion of what they teach.

    Prepare to be amazed.

    Roy H. Williams
    NY Times bestselling author of
    Secret Formulas of The Wizard of Ads

    2-0 out of 5 stars No Background In Copywriting? Find Another Book.
    I bought this book to try and gain more of an understanding on copywriting for the net. My honest opinion is that unless you have a background in professional writing or copywriting, this book won't be much of a help. The book makes references to things like Fraking, Poetic Meter, etc and then gives you a very short paragraph description on what they mean that doesn't give you an understanding of the term, but rather a definition. I was for lack of a better term, lost by the time I was 60 pages in.

    Maybe if you do have a background in copywriting, this book will be quite useful in helping you understand how to adapt regular copywriting to the web. But, if not, you won't get much of an "education" but rather a "how to adapt" approach that isn't very useful to someone who hasn't had a some form of formal education on the topic. I did give this book two stars because there was a "nugget" here or there that anyone could have gleaned, but overall I was disappointed by the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The GROK knows all
    This was my third of three copywriting books I read. While actually being the smallest, this book probably had the most content. The beautiful thing is that each topic is in its own small 2-3 page chapter which is very convincing, logical, and easily accesable for further usage.

    One of the better internet books on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will Open (and Blow) Your Mind - A Must Read
    This gem of a book offers the most comprehensive (and immediately useable) information on "how to make your website profitable" in the fewest amount of pages that I have yet seen.

    As a bonus, it is priced a fraction of most of the available information on this subject. I've paid hundreds of dollars for information that was not nearly as useable as this. (OK I admit I'm a marketing information junkie)

    I have purchased dozens of products (printed and ebooks) within the last year alone on this subject. Most of the others talk about search engine tricks, pop-ups, hard sell copy, and basically manipulating your site visitor into doing what you want.

    Manipulation may work a little in the short run, but is self defeating in the long run.

    This book is much smarter than that. It is in a whole different league.

    This book teaches what is really important to long term profits. That is, engaging your visitors and making sure your site is offering them exactly what THEY want.

    It shows you how to write extremely effective copy. It also tells you how to discover exactly what your customers are asking you to provide them by watching your stats and web logs.

    The basic premise of this book is that without a high conversion ratio, there is no point in buying more traffic. It is much more cost effective to use the techniques contained in this book to increase your conversions than to chase traffic. That comes later. They make a valid point that most folks are doing this backwards.

    This book is about way more than just copywriting, by the way. It does an excellent job of enlightening you to many useability factors that may be hurting your sales.

    I can't imagine anyone who manages a website and uses even a small percentage of the wisdom contained within not getting a hundred times their investment back.

    In conclusion, just buy it and read it. You can not go wrong with this book. ... Read more


    15. The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing: A Guide to Profitable Decision Making (3rd Edition)
    by Thomas T. Nagle, Reed K. Holden, Reed Holden
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    Asin: 013026248X
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 6578
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
    For anyone involved in business this book gives very practical advice on not only the methodology for pricing new products but also changing the strategy of one's existing pricing policy.

    Look for a sustainable competitive advantage, maximise contribution margin, concentrate on value and profitability and then market share will follow are some of the key philosophies contained in the text. Concerning the value of this book, it is worth the price alone just for the chapter on costings and formula for calculating what level of sales a company can afford to lose/must gain after a price increase/decrease in order to break even.

    A common complaint about business books is that they are all OK in theeory but contain little in the way of explanations of how to implement - this book however offers not only theory and case study examples but also practical instructions on what needs to be done to improve pricing strategy. Overall very, very impressive and a must read for anyone involved in finance, sales or marketing functions. As someone has already said these guys really know their stuff and it works!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb guide to pricing as business strategy
    Written with great clarity, "The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing" is a phenomenal book. It begins with an explanation of strategic pricing, and proceeds to cover competition in the market place, segmentation of buyers, pricing and the marketing mix for industrial and consumer goods, as well as the psychology of pricing. Also covered are models for determining price sensitivity, implications of sales staff price setting and negotiation, and finally, legal aspects of pricing.

    After reading this book, you will understand the pitfalls of pursuing market share at all costs and common mistakes businesses and sales people make when setting or negotiating price. You will view your current pricing structure and strategy in a new light, and be able to spot the weak spots. You'll have a better picture of how to attract the right buyers, those that can be served profitably.

    The book indirectly touches on topics covered in Co-opetition, and Thinking Strategically, as well as elements of the Theory of Constraints (see Eli Goldratt's "The Goal" and "It's Not Luck" or "Management Dilemmas" by Eli Schragenheim)

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. As for the other reader who states:

    "After reading this book, I was able to talk circles around the $20,000 "marketing consultant" we were considering."

    believe it, it's that valuable!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential !
    A must-have practical guide for any marketing executive, interested in improving his organization's performance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get into a new world of pricing strategy
    One of the most focused book I have read recently. If anyone wants to learn about the factors influencing pricing strategy or developing right value proposition for their pricing decisions, this is the book. A must read. If you're skipping it then I would say that you are missing something.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and comprehensive
    Strategy and Pricing is the comprehensive work on pricing, with hundreds of chapter sections dealing with academic and business elements of pricing. The scholarly nature of the book is exhaustive. Of the three major price works ("Strategy and Tactics", "Power Pricing" by Dolan, and
    "Winning the Profit Game. Smarter Pricing, Smarter Branding" by Docters, et al) I think Prof. Nagle has the definitive treatise. For those who like a more prescriptive discussion of price, and some leading edge ideas, "Winning the Profit Game" might be a better read. Power
    Pricing is perhaps better at organizational issues. The Docters book is the easiest read, with some humor along the way. ... Read more


    16. Services Marketing
    by ValarieZeithaml, Mary JoBitner, Dwayne D. Gremler
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    Asin: 0072471425
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-16)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
    Sales Rank: 180431
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    As a former student of Dr. Bitner, her course and this book made up the foundation that the Services Marketing and Management MBA program at Arizona State Uni. built from. It's an extensive review of how customers are the most important part to a service oriented business, and to neglect them at any touch point is a service failure.
    This book will outline the process by which any company, be it real or virtual, can develop world class service.
    This book and the SMM program at Arizona State University are highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    The book is very clear in the format and structure. It talks about the solutions of the problems arising in service marketing step by step. It first describes what service is and the increasing importance of service. Then, it puts much emphasis on people, the very important marketing mix in service. It focuses on customers: how customers perceive and expect service. Next, it focuses on providers: how companies know what customers expect; how they select the right service designs and standards; how they deliver service to standards and how they match performance to promising.

    It is also good to have a very detailed example (case) in the beginning of each chapter and the content will very often refer to that example, which make me easier to understand. But sometimes, I think it would be better if more different examples are used in the same chapter.

    Besides, the GLOBAL FEATURE, the TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT and the EXHIBIT make the book even more fruitful and let me know more about the related areas under that topic. Great!

    4-0 out of 5 stars this book may help you.
    First of all, I like the structure of this book because it uses Gap Model to connect the content of the whole book. At the begining of this book, it first introduces the importance and tools of service marketing. Then it chooses Gap Model to divide this book into different parts. Under different gap problem, the book shows the ways to close the gap. I believe this structure helps to understand more easily and relate what should be done under different problems.

    Secondly, many diagrams are used to describe the concept under service marketing. Service blueprint in the chapter 6 is a good example. It uses diagrams to explain how to draw, how to read and how to use the service blueprint. It is very clear and useful to explain in this way.

    However, there are still some drawbacks. For example, when talking about the different kinds of strategies used under service marketing, sometimes the explanation is too simple and not in depth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An important book for electronic marketers
    Essentially everything that marketers do over the Internet, from the ASP to the online retailer, is a service. Services marketers face unique challenges. Today's electronic marketer will find useful lessons in the services marketing literature. You will find either Valarie Zeithaml or Mary Jo Bitner in the byline of almost every important piece of research on services marketing published in the 1990s. Together, they have produced a textbook that is very much worthy of their reputations.

    This book is fairly comprehensive, although it does not include Bitner's most recent work on consumer response to self-service technologies. Still, as an electronic marketer reads through this book, they cannot help but find themselves asking new questions about their business and how they can make it better. The book is a relatively easy read, and it is not overly academic--the theories and frameworks presented are simply tools that lead to practical solutions to real problems. There are many examples in the text; often, the company is familiar but the business practices described here are not so well known.

    I strongly recommend this book to e-marketers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Customer as a competitor
    All in our life,there are competition which must be handled. I'm sure that whoever feel about customer position's as competitor, but they were not aware it. Your book tells about it. That's good. ... Read more


    17. Strategic Marketing for NonProfit Organizations (6th Edition)
    by Alan Andreasen, Philip Kotler
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    Asin: 013041977X
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-10)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 170422
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    Reflecting the most recent, relevant information in the field, this best-selling text forms a conceptual and practical foundation for marketing in nonprofit organizations.Its coverage encompasses the entire marketing process, providing valuable insights on strategic evaluations, positioning, market targeting, and more. ... Read more


    18. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
    by Seth Godin
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    Asin: 159184021X
    Catlog: Book (2003-05)
    Publisher: Portfolio
    Sales Rank: 1272
    Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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    You're either a Purple Cow or you're not. You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice.

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last?

    Face it, the checklist of tired 'P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed -Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few-aren't working anymore. There's an exceptionally important 'P' that has to be added to the list.It's Purple Cow.

    Cows, after you've seen one, or two, or ten, are boring. A Purple Cow, though...now that would be something. Purple Cow describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat out unbelievable. Every day, consumers come face to face with a lot of boring stuff-a lot of brown cows-but you can bet they won't forget a Purple Cow. And it's not a marketing function that you can slap on to your product or service. Purple Cow is inherent. It's built right in, or it's not there. Period.

    In Purple Cow, 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 marketers who want to help create products that are worth marketing in the first place.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Purple works...I've tried it!
    Seth Godin is the most astute marketer of the last 10 years. His latest book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable arrives at just the right time to save the corporate world from ruin.

    Hyperbole? Not at all.

    As an adjunct professor in a nearby university, I have the privilege of teaching the principles of direct marketing and advertising to the next generation of adcats and DM pros. I base a lot of my class lectures on both personal experience (I've been a direct marketing guru for nearly 15 years) and cutting edge books -- especially those from Seth Godin.

    What I like most about Seth Godin (in addition to his witty, insightful style of writing) is that he walks his talk...and doesn't bother to sugar coat what's going on in the world today. He tells it like it is. Or, more accurately, how it should be.

    Seth is right: This is the most challenging time in history to be part of the American workforce.

    Recent news reports reveal the unemployment rate (at 6.4%) to be the highest in nine years. But the fault doesn't lie with The White House.

    Companies these days are actually more interested in playing it safe than in reaching for the stars. Ditto for employees. Remarkable ones aren't getting hired any more. Ones that "fit in" are. (Remarkable ones are routinely shown the door.)

    The result is an endless parade of boring products, services, and employees.

    And let's not overlook Hollywood. Or the whiney music industry.

    Both churn out such bland tripe that they seem bent on drowning the world in a sea of mediocrity. So they have no one to blame but themselves if sales are down.

    Enter the Purple Cow.

    Seth's message is simple: BE REMARKABLE.

    That's it. He calls on companies to be unique and exciting. He calls on employees to be extraordinary, to think big thoughts, to stand out.

    Here's a personal example. I put the principles of Seth's book to work in my own advertising agency. When I started PurpleCrayon Direct earlier this year, I aimed for a target audience roughly the same as every other agency...and got literally zero reponse.

    So I stepped back, rethought my strategy, and relaunched PurpleCrayon Direct to a completely new and unique audience: Artists. We now work with painters, musicians, actors, writers, sculptors, dancers, poets -- anyone who makes his or her living (or would like to) as an Artist with a capital "A."

    And it worked. Big time. The buzz has been amazing.

    So I know from observing society (and talking to friends out of work and looking for jobs) that America is in trouble. Forced sameness is crippling the human spirit and destroying hope.

    But I know from personal experience what the answer is: BE REMARKABLE.

    Thanks to Seth Godin's latest book, I'm more excited than ever before about my professional life. I may still go down in flames with my agency. But at least I'll go down giving it my best shot, being true to myself and to my clients.

    I highly recommend Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.

    It worked for me. It'll work for you, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite simply you need this book - No question!!
    This is without a doubt simply the most awesome book I have ever read on the subject of marketing.

    Seth truly gets it and if you buy only one book this year to improve your business this is the one - the book is provoking, challenging and most importantly it will rock your world in the best way be cause if you read and get the message your company, business, job or life will change and change forever.

    If you really want to connect with Seth read all his other books and make sure that you get the new ebook that came out on the same day as this book its called 99 Cows and it goes further with the Purple Cow strategy by giving you examples all with links.

    But this book is the one and only marketing book the key to what Seth is saying is that business has to be remarkable if it is to cut through the static and make itself heard.

    I have one other thing to say BUY THIS BOOK! Then tell everyone you know to get a copy too as the good news always spreads the fastest.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    I feel suckered. Godin must be a clever marketer to have swindled me out of $15. There is nothing in this book that is remarkable. It's common sense: in order to be successful, you need a remarkable product. Well, duh.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I think I'm really, really dumb
    There is nothing remarkable about Godin's book on being remarkable. All the info in this book is basic business sense. I am an artist.. how can I possibly sign my name to a painting that I do not feel is original or remarkable?? Anyone who starts a business knows the info in this book. If you didn't think your product was better than others why on earth would you have launched it? Unless you are like really, really dumb.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You can apply these principles to anything
    I read an excerpt from this book in Fast Company and had to buy this and the accompanying "99 Cows". This is a great, eye- opening read because of its simplicity and brilliance. You can apply these principles to many things - I have been telling people about the "purple cow" principle as much as possible. If you want to be remarkable, this book has some good ideas to get you started or get you thinking about ways to apply the principles to your own situation. It's a fun read and very refreshing for a business-related publication. I highly recommend reading this and "99 cows". ... Read more


    19. The Sales Bible: The Ultimate Sales Resource, Revised Edition
    by JeffreyGitomer
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    Asin: 0471456292
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-08)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 2502
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Every once in a while ONE book defines a category."
    —Jack Covert, 800-CEO-READ

    One of "The Ten Books Every Sales Person Should Own and Read"
    –The Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage Program–

    Jeffrey Gitomer’s bestselling guide to the art of the sale has helped hundreds of thousands of people get ahead in the sales game. The Sales Bible offers the proven methods and techniques that lead to bigger sales and more loyal customers. Full of practical, hands-on information, it offers everything salespeople need to know to improve their results immediately.

    What do REAL salespeople think about The Sales Bible?

    "The Sales Bible has directed my sales successes from Sales Manager, to Sales Director, to Area Sales Director, to my current position of Vice President of Sales. Thank you, Jeffrey, for leading me up ‘ the corporate ladder.’ "
    –Bryan D. Moore, vp of Sales & Marketing, Targeted Golf Solutions

    "I have read many different books about selling, but Jeffrey’s book is the only one I keep on my night stand. I can look at it every night–reading only a few sentences as a refresher or whole chapters to enhance my skills."
    –James A. Wilton, Account Manager, AETEA Information Technology

    "I’d be a better Catholic if only the Holy Bible was this easy of a read."
    –Lance Cassidy, Sales Director, MAMSI Health Plans

    "The Sales Bible is a book of truth within the sales world. I only hope my competitors don’t see the light."
    –Jeff Williams, Vice President of Sales, Unishippers Cincinnati/Dayton

    "Wait! The material in this book is only priceless if you choose to apply it. Don’t even think of opening this book . . . until you’re ready to become a success."
    –Mike Tischer, New Business Development, Tailored Solutions, Inc.

    "This book should be shaped like a key. After reading it I unlocked my toughest market."
    –Joseph Andrade, Personal Financial Analyst, Primerica Financial Services ... Read more

    Reviews (41)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Packed with tips, in a quite unorganized fashion
    Being in search of basic sales knowledge, I figured the Sales Bible would do the trick.
    This book IS packed with lots of techniques, "standard" lines and useful tricks. But the delivery is quite confusing. This book has little to no structure (completely lacks a sales process for example). Some tips are repeated from one chapter to another. It feels like an aggregate of unrelated publications. The style is enjoyable to really funny, when it is not for the abusive usage of bold, italic and oversized fonts which only add to the confusion.
    However, it still deserves 3 stars for being a good reference on specific stages in the sale process. Gitomer knows his stuff and it does show in the content. You might want to check the Accidental Sales Person for a more structured approach.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the ultimate sales training boot camp in print.
    I've read them all. And as a sales trainer and speaker myself, I can say that this is the ultimate book for sales people in any industry no matter what skill level you are currently at. Plus it is very easy to read and understand. If all salespeople were to read this book, there would be no reason for sales trainers like me. If you want to do yourself and your career a huge favor, buy this book and read it. Then use the information in it to soar. I recommend it to the people I've had the opportunity to train.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
    as a memory development trainer and speaker myself, I can say that this is very good book for people interested in selling their knowledge. The most important is - that this book is easy to read and follow...
    If you dream about success- this is book for you. Just follow all instructions.
    Author knows what he is talking about.
    Also I would suggest to look for some Robert B. Cialdini books to read them at the same time.
    This is book for people who are seriously thinking about their career in selling. This is not important what you sell. If you know 'how to sell' you can sell everything!

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book sucks "DON'T BUY IT"
    This book sucks. I have not read many books on sales but I still say this book sucks. I can write this 300 page of crap in this review.
    Step one make a to do list
    Step two do what is on the to do list
    Three be honest
    Four be persistent
    I would like to know who gave this piece a good review. I wasted $12 bucks on it. Buy a different book this one is worthless.
    And another question; who would publish such a big pile of crap?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want it sooner that later? Read the Book!!!
    I got this book on my Birthday and I have to say happy birthday to me. This is the definitive sales text. Others might have their favorite books about different genres of selling but when its time to put a text book on the desk of a new class of salesman, this better be the book! It will shorten the learning curve and soften the hard road and focus you on the criteria and techniques, used by Mr. Gitomer, to become one of the best there is and to help you elevate your game. It's a must read for anyone who sells and wants success! God Bless you all! ... Read more


    20. Designing Brand Identity: A Complete Guide to Creating, Building, and Maintaining Strong Brands
    by Alina Wheeler
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    Asin: 0471213268
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-15)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 2867
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    From an interactive website to a business card, a brand must be recognizable, differentiated and help build customer loyalty. This indispensable resource presents brand identity fundamentals and a comprehensive dynamic process that help brands succeed. From researching the competition to translating the vision of the CEO to designing and implementing an integrated brand identity program, the meticulous development process is presented through a highly visible step by step approach in five phases: research and analysis, brand and identity strategy, brand identity design, brand identity applications and managing brandassets.

    From global corporate mergers through entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofit institutions, twenty-two case studies portray the brand identity process in action. They illustrate a range of challenges and methodologies and represent a select group of branding and multidisciplinary design firms.

    The scope of material includes history of identity design up to the latest information about online brand identity standards, naming and trademarking, with practical project management resources about decision making, and creating brand briefs.

    Alina Wheeler specializes in brand identity. She uses her strategic imagination to help build brands, create new identities, and design integrated brand identity programs for Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurial ventures, cities and foundations. Wheeler works closely with founders, CEO¹s and senior management to insure that their vision and their brand identity are communicated clearly to accelerate the success of their organizations. She has been the principal of several design firms as well as a consultant to some of America¹s largest business consulting groups. She is a former national board member of AIGA and was named an AIGA Fellow in 1998.

    Hallmark Features

    • Unlike most books that show identity programs, this book outlines a rigorous, complex and proven process from research and analysis through the design development of a new identity and online standards through launch and brand asset management.
    • Comprehensive, easy to understand guide that is organized by spreads bysubject for easy reference.
    • An indispensable reference for anyone with responsibility for brandidentity.
    • Meaningful and actionable information that will accelerate the success ofany brand identity project.
    • A toolkit for design firms and professionals, design students and designmanagers.
    • Presents the relationship between effective brand identity and creating,building and managing successful brands.
    • Presents case studies from Cingular, Amazon, Citibank, TAZO, Zoom, HarleyDavidson, FedEx and twenty others.
    ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for anyone interested in brand identity
    Too many books targeted to designers err on the side of a "showcase" presentation which exposes designers to the final solutions with little or no substance illuminating the process. This book will provide a comprehensive roadmap for designers and their clients.

    "Designing Brand Identity" provides the information and processes to empower designers to transition into a more valuable role as consultants on identity and branding, not just the creator of visual symbols and logotypes. It is a look behind the scenes at a process which others capable of addressing have chosen to protect as proprietary information. Thanks, Alina for sharing your wisdom and experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An essential tool for business leaders and strategists
    This author has tackled the vital topic of brand identity in a new way. In the beginning of the book Alina Wheeler says that she want to provide "an accessible resource that provides a road map to the process, explains some fundamental concepts, and showcases best practices." The book delivers on this promise!

    What differentiates it from other books on this topic is that Wheeler's book really IS accessible. This comes from the unique way in which it is organized. You can simply flip open the book to any spread and have a specific concept explained, illustrated, and illuminated by relevant quotations. This makes it an excellent reference work -- keep it by your desk to quickly look up any topic. For example, you might be advocating a particular course of action at your company that you just know is the right way to go. You can turn to Wheeler's book to marshall specific evidence and articulate rationales to make your case.

    In the beginning, she discusses 9 brand identity ideals: vision, meaning, authenticity, differentiation, sustainability, coherence, flexibility, commitment and value. Once you have reviewed each concept you understand how each plays a role in successful brand identities.

    However, this is not primarily a book of theory. Wheeler breaks down the practical steps involved and outlines each, from the legal process to signage design. Case studies of successful brand identities take up the final portion of the book.

    My one criticism is that book is not completely in color, as the topic demands. (There is a color insert showing many of the brands from the case studies.) No doubt this was a decision of the publisher!

    Professionals at agencies or design firms may think they have this material mastered, but this book gives you the distilled essentials that you'll find extremely useful. But the key audience, in my view, should be business students or leaders who seek to better understand that, as Wheeler says, "brand identity is an asset that needs to be managed, nourished, invested in, and leveraged."

    3-0 out of 5 stars The title of this book might mislead you
    When I put my hands on this book, I thought I would be adding one more point of view to my knowledge about brand identity, but this didn't quite happen.

    This book isn't really about designing brand identity itself, but mostly about materializing brand identity into the visual identity of a company, limiting its whole concept. Furthermore, it is known that mere visual identity doesn't make a brand any stronger, as the title suggests.

    Anybody with some previous brand identity knowledge in the marketing sense might get a little frustrated, had this person expected deep explanations about the creation of a brand identity plan (for that I would recommend Aaker's work).

    On the other hand, if you are a designer willing to understand how to develop a visual identity linked to a brand identity, this book could be very useful.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's about identity, but not about the brand process
    This *is* a great book when it comes to showing how to put together a coherent, soup-to-nuts identity program. But the title of the book is misleading - there's very little in this book about actually creating, building or maintaining strong brands per se. This wilfully confuses the logo for the company behind the logo. As Paul Rand once said of his logo for the ABC television network, it wasn't a matter of whether his logo lived up to the network, but whether the network lived up to the logo! The brand process involves a lot of non-graphical thought regarding the spirit or essence of what that organization is all about. "Is that an IBM thing to do?" The brand identity is, at best, only the surface expression: the brand is the idea of the company in its customers' minds. In that sense, creating and maintaining a strong brand is really about having clear direction, consistent policies and actions, and understanding that markets are conversations, not about whether the carpet matches the business cards and the Web site.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for EBusiness
    Most people who study ebusiness at universities either focus on website design, marketing/logistics of ebusiness, or systems/software. This book gets to the heart of conducting business over the internet - combining brand recognition with eye catching design and a quality/product or service. University programs and businesses looking to be successful in ecommerce should make this book required reading. ... Read more


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