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Seth Godin (born July 10, 1960) is an American entrepreneur, author and public speaker. Godin popularized the topic of permission marketing. he blogs extensively and we are showcasing some relevant blogs here on www.businessgyan.com

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It’s certainly possible. But it’s unlikely you could learn to ride a bike by watching a lot of videos about it. Or teach a toddler to walk. In fact, it’s unlikely that you could learn to sell, to design useful objects or to solve interesting problems either. You can try to learn without doing. But […]   
We all say that to ourselves. The question is: when do you say it? Do you say it when you're being rejected, failing, stuck, panicked, overwhelmed or alone? Or do you say it when you're engaged, winning, changing things and in the groove? Because the more you rehearse this feeling, the more it's going to […]     
When you see someone walking down the street with new sunglasses on, do you stare at them? Really stare at them, from every angle? If you're fortunate enough to have a selfie with President Obama, with Bono or with Sarah Jones, what do you look at when you look at the picture? Do you focus […]       
Culture is changed by design, and design by culture. There are things that look ‘right’, and others that don’t. We notice the mistyped word, the straight quote, the lousy kerning. But then, the paradigm shifts. An illuminated manuscript and a dime-store novel are both books, but neither would look right to someone accustomed to
We find knowledge (and express it) by dividing the world into grids and segments, and explaining how this organization works. The periodic table is a useful construct. Useful constructs are replicable and they’re predictive. If I tell you the rules needed to organize the elements, you’ll come up with the same table as every other [
In the traditional world, most things are organized so you can find them when you’re looking for them. That’s why you keep your tools in your tool chest and the forks in the silverware drawer. That’s why books are stored in alphabetical order, by author. But in the digital world, finding is easy. Type what […]  

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She's not a myth. Some marketers generate ten times (or a hundred times) as much value as a typical marketing person. How come? The 10x marketer understands that the job isn't to do marketing the way the person before you...       
My friend Lisa is fascinated by the self-cleaning oven. In principle, it takes care of itself, an ongoing cycle of productivity. One button gets it dirty, then another button cleans it right up. Even better, consider the camera that
Leadership is a choice. This is apparently controversial, but more than any other element I can track, leadership occurs when someone decides it's important that they lead. The challenge, then, is in making the choice to lead. I'd like to...       
If you frequently run last-minute sales, don't be surprised if your customers stop buying things in advance. You're training them to wait. If you announce things six or seven times, getting louder each time, don't be surprised if your customers...       
Customer service used to be a great divide. Well-off companies would heavily invest in taking care of customers, others would do the minimum (or a bit less). Of course, back then, organizations couldn't possibly give you all the service you...       
Reactive customer service waits until something is broken. We leave it up to the annoyed customer to go to the trouble of finding us, contacting us, and then, in real time, advocating for themselves until we finally manage to make...       

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You don't apply. You don't get a salary. No one picks you. Bragging about how much money you've raised or what your valuation is a form of job thinking. Entrepreneurship is a chance to trade a solution to someone who...       
When your timeline is an hour or a day, it's easy to get in the tactical groove. But repeat that hour after hour, day after day, and all you're making is a mess. This is bureaucracy run amok. This is...       
On the twentieth anniversary of Permission Marketing, the EU has decided to write the basic principles of that book into law. There are two ways to look at this. Lawyers and yield-maximizers can find ways to use fine print and...       
[There’s a lesson here for all marketers—legacy brands have clouded our understanding of what marketing can do today…] US prohibition ended in 1933. After that, there was a gold rush that led to the creation of dozens of billion dollar brands. 80 years later, the prohibition against pot is ending in various places throughout
Raising too little. And raising too much. The typical go-go small business goes out and raises $200,000 or $400,000 in equity, usually from friends, family and amateur investors. Maybe a bit more or less. This is a danger zone. This is funding for your expenses and your salary and it will rarely pay off for […]      
Road 1: I can learn from you and make things better Road 2: You’re an important customer and I can bring empathy and care to this moment to strengthen our relationship Road 3: I can teach you something and make things better Road 4: Go away Now it begins to make sense. For example, if […]