Meatball Sundaes Are Delicious

Seth Godin’s latest zany title, Meatball Sundae was everything we have come to expect from the Godin marketing machine. Here are some of the most memorable ideas from the book and my interpretations.

New Marketing Favors Some Approaches Over Others
Seth describes organizations who are used to cranking out meatballs, or commodity products who then try to throw some new marketing on top of their previously successful traditional marketing. If organizations want to adapt to the new world customers live in then they should fundamentally change their organization to align with the new environment.

Mass marketers can no longer ignore the individual consumer as they have for the past hundred years.

Jeff Jarvis’ Dell Hell rant showed a few influential people can use new media to wreck havoc on a brand.

Companies waste billions of dollars interrupting strangers, instead of building a permission asset. used every tactic they could find, even sock puppets to interupt people who didn’t want to hear from them. has hundreds of thousands who willingly hear their message in return for useful email newsletters on style. Making noise does not provide the highest returns.

Things that used to be scarce like manual labor, airtime, and shelf space are now abundant. Things that used to be abundant like spare time, attention, and trust are now scarce.
The world changing means the way people allocate their time and resources have changed. Marketers must also change their organizations if they want to thrive.

A big idea can spread so far and fast that the market leader cannot stop it.
New media has exponentially accelerated how fast ideas can spread through the population. In the old marketing system, manufacturing and distribution could give the leader an advantage for decades. Today an big idea, like Dell Hell can threaten Dell’s market power immediately.

4 thoughts on “Meatball Sundaes Are Delicious”

  1. Well, thank you for the summary, but I don’t find anything new, anyway. Could Godin be repeating the same messages in new publications? mm…

  2. New media has definitely changed the landscape of marketing. The key now is to anticipate the next big thing.

  3. Tedel,

    Thanks for commenting! I agree that Seth applied a lot of his themes from previous books. I am biased because I am a fan of Godin, but I liked how he showed how his previous ideas fit in with the new marketing landscape created by new media.

  4. Chris,

    Thanks for your insight. I think that whoever adapts the best to the next big shift, will be in good shape.

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