Small Is the New Big: And 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas


As one of today’s most influential business thinkers, Seth Godin helps his army of fans stay focused, stay connected, and stay dissatisfied with the status quo, the ordinary, the boring. His books, blog posts, magazine articles, and speeches have inspired countless entrepreneurs, marketing people, innovators, and managers around the world.

Now, for the first time, Godin has collected the most provocative short pieces from his pioneering blog—ranked #70 by Feedster (out of ...

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As one of today’s most influential business thinkers, Seth Godin helps his army of fans stay focused, stay connected, and stay dissatisfied with the status quo, the ordinary, the boring. His books, blog posts, magazine articles, and speeches have inspired countless entrepreneurs, marketing people, innovators, and managers around the world.

Now, for the first time, Godin has collected the most provocative short pieces from his pioneering blog—ranked #70 by Feedster (out of millions published) in worldwide readership. This book also includes his most popular columns from Fast Company magazine, and several of the short e-books he has written in the last few years.

A sample:

  • Bon Jovi And The Pirates
  • Christmas Card Spam
  • Clinging To Your Job Title?
  • How Much Would You Pay to Be on Oprah’s Show?
  • The Persistence of Really Bad Ideas
  • The Seduction of “Good Enough”
  • What Happens When It's All on Tape?
  • Would You Buy Life Insurance at a Rock Concert?

Small is the New Big is a huge bowl of inspiration that you can gobble in one sitting or dip into at any time. As Godin writes in his introduction: “I guarantee that you'll find some ideas that don’t work for you. But I’m certain that you're smart enough to see the stuff you’ve always wanted to do, buried deep inside one of these riffs. And I’m betting that once inspired, you’ll actually make something happen.”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In what's likely to be the next in a string of bestselling marketing guides (after Purple Cow), Godin compiles entries from his popular blog. Many are only a few paragraphs long, though he also adds longer entries, from his Fast Company column, to the mix. The pieces are arranged alphabetically by title rather than chronologically, leading to occasional choppiness, but Godin's ability to hone in on key issues remains intact. Following up on the themes of his earlier books, he reminds readers that the first key to successful marketing is to produce something remarkable and let it grow. "If your idea is great, people will find you," he advises. "[I]f your target audience isn't listening, it's not their fault, it's yours." He urges people to take control of their creative lives by taking responsibility for tough decisions and pushing themselves to make bolder choices. (His advice to McDonald's, for example, includes free wireless Web access at every restaurant.) The appendix contains two lengthy essays on Web design and blogs that were previously distributed as e-books. These are a more polished than the casual main entries, but still exhibit the spontaneous energy that has earned Godin so many loyal fans. (Aug. 17) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
From the author of The Purple Cow comes a collection of short pieces from his well-read blog, as well as pieces that he has written for other publications. Godin tackles the issue that "big" in the business world isn't always better, sprinkling in other business ideas and a collection of personal musings of a highly entertaining value. Small Is the New Big can be read in one sitting, or a little at a time, making it a valuable tool. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591841265
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/17/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 820,792
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a sought-after lecturer, a monthly columnist for Fast Company, and an all-around business gadfly. He’s the bestselling author of Permission Marketing, Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Big Red Fez, Survival Is Not Enough, and Purple Cow.

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Table of Contents

Small Is the New Big Warning New Rules, New Winners Introduction: You're Smarter Than They Think

AAA Auto Parts Accountability Acorns, Infected Artists Care About The Art Atkins Benchmarks = Mediocrity Billboards That Change Bluegrass And The Cello Player Bon Jovi And The Pirates Branding Is Dead; Long Live Branding Brand My Car, Brand Me A Brief History Of Hard Work, Adjusted For Risk Burgerville Camp, Mickey Rooney, And Your Marketing Problem Carly Never Had a Chance CEO Blogs Change Junkies Check This Box China (All That Tea!)
Christmas Card Spam Clean Fire Trucks Cliff Climbing (Please Don't Fall Off)
Cliffsnotes Clinging To Your Job Title?
Clown, Are You A?
Clueless, We Are All CMO, The Plight of The Cogs Commissions (How To Invest Them)
Competence Cookies And The Technical Ignorance of Joe Surfer Cookies (The Other Kind Of Cookie)
Cover, Judging A Book By Its Criticism Cuff Links Cursive Versus Typing Customer Service, A Modest Proposal For Daylight Saving Time Digital Divide, The New Ding Disrespect Do Less Don't Go To Business School Doughnuts Echo Chamber Egomaniac Enthusiasts Fear Of Loss, Desire For Gain Feedback, How To Get Feedback, How To Give Fifty States, Flamethrowers, And Sticky Traditions Flack, As In PR Flack Flipping The Funnel Fluffernutter Fog City Chocolate Free Prize Functionality The Future Isn't What It Used To Be Gmail Grandmothers Understand The Net Now, Even Grass (No, Not That Kind)
Guillotine Or Rack?
Heinlein Hershey (No Kisses)
Hotels And The Cheap Fortune Cookie I Changed My Mind Yesterday Jetblue Jobs For Purple Cows A Job Strategy That Makes You A Loser Journalists Justin And Ashley Later Is Not An Option Local Max, How To Avoid The Local Max, How The New Marketing Changes The McDonald's Cocktail Party
Mail, The Check Is In The
"Maybe," Getting People Not To Say Maybe-Proofing Your Organization Measurement Increases Speed Mediocrity Minnesota Isn't Akron Mission Monopolies And The Death Of Scarcity Mouse Flavor Myths Naming Naming, The New Rules Of The Needle, The Vise . . . And The Baby Rattle Never, Do The No!
No Such Thing As Side Effects Only Open Big Oprah's Show?, How Much Would You Pay To Be On Optimism Opt-In Ostrich Oxymorons, Just About Painfully Simple Parsley Permission Pez And Lithuanian Language Records Pigeons, Superstitious Placebo Affect, The Palne, There Are Two Ways To Catch A Please Don't Make Me Feel So Stupid Pledge Week Podcast, Why I Don't Have A Poilâne, Remembered Polka Progress?
Promotions Prostitution Provincetown Helmet Insight Proximity Effect, The Purple Quality Question, The Wrong Recipe?, Did You Forget The Reinforcement Relax . . . , I Mean, Work On The Difficult Respect And The Fuller Brush Man Rifting Right Thing, Doing The Ringtones RSS Rules, Playing By The Safe Is Risky Sales Salinger Knew Better Satin Pillow, Visualizing The Scarcity, There's A Shortage Of Secrets To Success Selfish Wifi, Razor Blades and Halloween Sharp Needle, Big Haystack Shortcuts Short Words And The KMart Shoppers Small Is The Big New Small Is The New Big!
Socks Soda (They Even Make Mashed-Potato Flavor)
Souvenirs—Real Compared To What?
Soy Luck Club Spectrum—Is It Ours Or Theirs?
Stagnation Start Now—Hurry!
Subscriptions Talking Rabbit . . . So, A Rabbi, A Priest, And A Technorati Television Is The New Normal They Don't Care, They Don't Have To Thinking Big Torchbearers Tradition!
Trust And Respect, Courage And Leadership The Two Obvious Secrets Of Every Service Business Ubiquity Ugly, The Web Is USPS's Yellow Jersey Verbs (Gerunds, Actually)
Video? Do You Act Differently When You're On Viral?, What Makes An Idea Waffles Are Always On The Menu Wake-up Calls, A Wake-up Call About Walls, Cliffs, And Bricks Web Designers What Did You Do During The 2000s?
What Then?
Who's Who?
Who You Know Doesn't Matter Why (Ask Why?) And The Edge Words Working Class Wrappers Yak Shaving You Are Your References Your Very Own Printing Press Zebra Cake, Famous

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Tidbits and insights from best-selling author Seth Godin

    These collected entries that best-selling marketing author Seth Godin gleaned from his blog offer a variety of world-of-work musings, from the reasons benchmarking can boost employee performance to the nature of hard work and the challenge of change. Godin himself warns that this is not a dense, researched report, but a compilation of bright ideas, inspirations and tales from the work of business. His fairly random assortment of observations includes some that are interesting, clever and useful, though perhaps not independently book-worthy (or they would be books), and others that are a bit breezy and insubstantial. He suggests reading a few pages until you find a juicy segment and coming back another day for a new sip. getAbstract thinks that's just the right recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Everything You Need to Know

    Hi, I am a Bzzagent. This means I get to try new things and then give my opinion of it to others. My recent assignment was to read 'Small is the New Big' by Seth Godin. I really have enjoyed reading his insights into everyday things. Most of it is common sense and you will catch youself shaking your head 'yes' as you read it. Hope you enjoy his rants as much as I have.

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