Marketing Right Now e-book

Marketing Right Now was originally an 8-part blog series that appeared on the Cre8asite Flow blog in the fall of 2008.

It now has been updated and brought together in one place in an e-book (PDF file).  Here are more details on the Marketing Right Now e-book.  The aim is to help entrepreneurs and SOHO (small office, home office) workers start their business in the right way and then grow it successfully.  It covers all aspects of this in a concise 55 pages.

It is intended as a work book, which is the reason for presenting this as an e-book.  It discusses throughout what are the success keys of business and in an Annex presents these keys to success in a single page work sheet.  It does suggest ways of doing extra reading, but the action-oriented entrepreneur will find the essential first steps are covered so that the action plan can start quickly.

Three Key Factors

Why is this book different from all the others that appear so frequently?  The major difference is that this is geared for rapid action rather than slow and leisurely planning.

There are also three important principles that influence how actions should be taken:

  • Internet mindset
    The Internet creates greater openness and changes the balance of power between buyers and sellers
  • Customer-centric
    Unless you see things the way the customer does, you may be surprised when they are cool about what you thought might be good for them.
  • Time Is Job One 
    Time is valued by customers much more than companies acknowledge.  Offering attractive time-related services to your customers will give a competitive advantage.

Why Pay For An E-book

One reaction to an e-book may be to question why it is not free.  There are so many things written on the Internet that are free.  Why would someone not explore those? 

Well of course they can but their own time must be factored into the equation.  It is the principle that Chris Anderson discusses in his book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price.  In this case you can see a good part of the information in the blog posts mentioned earlier and very little has changed since then.  However if your time is valuable, then you may feel it is an equitable arrangement to pay the author a modest contribution so that you have the content in a more usable format that will save your time.

The advantage of an e-book is that you know exactly what you are paying for.  Many sources of marketing information are put behind walls and you must pay a monthly entry fee to have access. One cannot be sure exactly what is the ROI for such more hefty investments, but usually there are a few glowing customer references to encourage you to enter the door. 

If you want to get a better appreciation of such ‘closed gardens’, Chris Garrett wrote a description of how he Built His Authority Blogger Member Site.  As he says there  is a good deal of interest in Teaching Sells and membership sites in general, so he wanted to set out how you can easily create your own membership site using WordPress.

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Membership sites are certainly one possibility if you think you will have the time and dedication (and money) to follow all that they have to offer and then take the necessary actions.  If you are not sure about what is in that ‘brown paper bag’, then a more appropriate way to go may be a modestly priced e-book that covers all you need.

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FREE from Chris Anderson

Your Time Is Important To Us

I find Chris Anderson often has very thought-provoking ideas. He is the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and author of “The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More”. That Long Tail concept helps explain why so many surprising Internet businesses work. He honed the ideas for many months before the book came out through his Long Tail blog.

He now is following the same path for his next book which will be FREE. You can learn more about it in an ITConversation on FREE: The Economics of Abundance and the Price of Zero. Here is some of the introductory text:

From free scoops of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to the business model where razors are given away to sell the blades, there’s a whole gift economy at work that competes with the commercial economy. We think of free as scary and radical but this economy has always existed. Previously not dignified as an economy, its currency is not money: It is reputation, attention, respect, fame, fun or money from a superior service after giving away something inferior for free.

You can build whole businesses around giving stuff away for free. He puts his money where his mouth is. He’s giving away the audio version of his upcoming book, “Free: the Economics of Giving Stuff Away”.

He homes in on an important piece of the puzzle in a recent post on The big lie about free. The key is towards the end:

In a recent post, we listed dozens of business model built on free. All of them are based on the notion that free stuff does have value and the way we measure that is in the time people spend with them. Do I actually need to remind Wall Street analysts that time is money?

Time is an important currency. If we give someone minutes of our time, we give them something of great value. We only have each minute once. If an advertiser tries to grab that minute, then we may well be offended. If on the other hand we are so intrigued by that advertiser’s YouTube video, that we watch from start to finish, then we freely give those minutes. The advertiser has earned those minutes and had a real opportunity to communicate with us. I think once more Chris Anderson is on to a winner.

Related: Time is Critical

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