Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World: Combining Principles and Profit to Create the World We Want

Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World: Combining Principles and Profit to Create the World We Want


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Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World: Combining Principles and Profit to Create the World We Want by Jay Conrad Levinson, Shel Horowitz

Create a Better World Through the Power of Profit!

Imagine your business making a big impact solving problems like hunger, poverty, war, violence, and catastrophic climate change while making a healthy profit. Guess what: you don’t have to just imagine; you can make it real.

"Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World" shows dozens of practical examples of successful companies doing well by doing good---from solopreneurs to Fortune 100 global corporations. You’ll discover dozens of ways business can heal the world---and gain the practical marketing savvy to turn your values into business success. Learn how to:

Create projects (and products) that accomplish social change, profitability, and cost reduction all at once

Green your company in ways that save money and make money

Gain enormous positive reputation as a visionary company worth supporting

Expand successfully into totally new markets through strategic thinking, powerful partnerships, and commitment to core principles

Turn marketing from a cost to a revenue stream

Embrace abundance and transformation---and stop worrying about market share

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630476588
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 1,228,008
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jay Conrad Levinson created the Guerrilla Marketing brand in 1984, after an advertising career including such iconic campaigns as the Energizer Bunny, United’s Friendly Skies, and even the Marlboro Man. His 60+ books have sold more than 20 million copies.

Award-winning author of nine previous books including the long-running category bestseller "Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green", Shel Horowitz helps green and socially conscious businesses profit by going greener and by addressing hunger, poverty, war, and catastrophic climate change. His consulting, writing, and speaking practice has spread to six continents so far. Shel has braided together careers as both an activist and a marketer since the 1970s; he’s especially proud of starting a successful movement to save the Mount Holyoke Range in Massachusetts.

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They love your niche. They read all the trade magazines, follow the websites, attend the conferences. . .They can cite comparative statistics on product performance, name the key people in your industry, and go head-to-head about which configuration is better, and why. Get them on your side, and they’ll be not just fans but champions, ambassadors, even evangelists for you. But anger or even disappoint them, and they’ll quickly become your sworn enemies.

They may or may not know your company, but they certainly know your top competitors.

Shel deliberately targeted this group when he wrote an article called “Cognoscenti vs. Hoi Polloi”:

Yeah, the big words in the headline are on purpose. . .and very relevant. Cognoscenti are those in the know, the experts, connoisseurs (same route word, I believe---but French origin, rather than Italian). The secret society, if you will.

Hoi polloi are the rest of us, the masses. What Edward Bulwer-Lytton called “the great unwashed.”

Sometimes you want to market to one, sometimes the other. There’s actually a lot to be said for marketing to an in-group, especially if you don’t have to pay to reach those not in your target audience. When you make your prospects feel special, they’re more likely not only to do business with you, but tomaintain an ongoing business relationship. You make them feel appreciated, you talk to them on their own level. Just as with my headline, I’m identifying you, my reader, as someone sophisticated enough to be curious about the headline and to read the article. After all, I could have said “snobs vs. the masses” or “the elite vs. the common people.” But those are so. . . ordinary! You get no satisfaction from conquering those molehills.

When you write for the masses, make your language as accessible as possible. But when you’re seeking a much more select audience, jargon and “secrets” have their place, if not done to excess. Not only does your audience feel like you’re talking directly to them,they feel like you’re one of them.

I was inspired to write this after reading copywriterIvan Levison’s critique of an adwith the headline, "Can a grid leave a mark but not a footprint?"

Levison wrote, “It seems to me that this is less a headline than a secret message that needs decoding, andmake no mistake. Writing an ambiguous headline like this can destroy readership of an ad, email, Web page, brochure, you name it.”

Now, I’ve been involved at least a bit with energy and environmental issues all the way back to the 1970s, and to me, this headline made perfect sense. The grid is the infrastructure that transmits the nation’s electricity. The footprint, of course, is a carbon footprint: the impact on our environment, and specifically on climate change.

Levison is right that the headline needs decoding---but he’s wrong in seeing it as ineffective. Those who grapple daily with issues of climate change and CO2 in electricity transmission will be immediately clued in that this ad is for them.

The Interested:

They like the idea of what you do, but they’re fuzzy on the details. They have no strong commitment, but if you can show that you’re the best alternative, they’ll come on over to your side.

The Indifferent Or Hostile:

They either don’t care about you, your product, or your company, or even your niche---or worse, they actively oppose your agenda. They do care about releasing a pain point or achieving a goal. Even if they hate you at the beginning, you can win them over, slowly, if you solve their problems and ease their way.

In the green world, let’s call these types of buyers:

Obsessed: Committed Deep Greens (focused on improving the planet)

Interested: Lazy, or Light Greens (will do the right thing if it’s not too much trouble)

Indifferent or Hostile: Non-Greens/Anti-Greens (this includes everything from people who’ve never paid attention to the environment on up to full-blown climate-change deniers)

How Do You Market To Each?

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Because People Matter

Chapter 2: Basic Concepts

Chapter 3: Advantages of Doing the Right Thing


Chapter 4: The New Marketing Matrix

Chapter 5: Abundance versus Scarcity

Chapter 6: Build Powerful Alliances With Competitors, Too

Chapter 7: Why the Abundance Paradigm Eliminates the Need to Worry about Market Share

Chapter 8: Exceptions: Are There Zero-Sum, Win-Lose Situations?


Chapter 9: Becoming a Green Company

Chapter 10: Marketing Green

Chapter 11: Making Green Sexy Across All Demographics and Industries

Chapter 12: Language, Greenwashing, and Truth

Chapter 13: Three Kinds Of Customers: Are You Reaching Them All?


Chapter 14: Advanced Copywriting

Chapter 15: Give the People What They Want

Chapter 16: Running a Global Company


Chapter 17: Marketing As Social Change, and Social Change As Marketing

Chapter 18: Community-Focused and Charity/Social Change Marketing

Chapter 19: Taking the Concept Beyond Marketing: Abundance and Sustainability in Businesses and in Society

Chapter 20: Exponential Thinking from Three Practical Visionaries

Chapter 21: Profit by Helping the World

Chapter 22: Impossible is a Dare: Business For a Better World

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