• Meatball Sundae

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-27-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (223 ratings)

Regular price: $18.87

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Publisher's Summary

American Express could have become PayPal, but they watched the opportunity go by. FedEx uses technology to make shipping easier for the customer; UPS uses technology to make shipping easier for UPS. Who's winning? Google has broken the world into tiny bits. No one visits a Web site's home page anymore; they go in the back door, to just the place Google sent them. New Marketing, whose tools include things like MySpace, YouTube, Web sites, permission marketing, cable TV, and viral techniques, is reshaping our world. But many companies try to use the tools without first getting their organization and products in sync with them. The result: what Seth Godin calls a "meatball sundae". A big, ineffective mess.
In his trademark style - clear, accessible, jargon-free - and full of real-life examples, Godin reviews how marketing used to work and explains how to use the New Marketing to become a better organization: faster, more flexible, and even more fun.
©2007 Seth Godin (P)2007 HighBridge Company
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"His arresting conversational style is sure to once again set the business world talking." ( Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Oliver Nielsen on 09-11-08

Meatball Godin

Meatball Sundae is lots of obvious anecdotes about the fact that old school advertising is dead (duh) and has been for years. But Seth Godin still feels he is ultra upfront and hip. Yawn.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 02-14-09

Free Headache Inside

Godin manages to talk for four hours and say nothing. In the four hours that Godin listens to himself talk, he broaches trite anecdotes and makes it clear that he believes style trumps substance, as Godin apperantly has no use for any type of structure. He bounds from one half-coherent thought to another, like a pre-pubescent kid - laced up on sugar and a litre of Coffee - talking about what he thought of the newest installment of Hardy Boys vs. Predator. I have no doubt Godin has something to say, but in yet another installment of the Purple Cow, he tries once again to latch on to an irreverent theme instead of calling something as it is; a hoax.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Neil on 05-12-09


once you get over the author's faintly annoying tone and cadence the main premise of the book is interesting and worth a listen. However, as with most of these 'big idea' books (longtail, outliers, etc, etc) the gist of the book can be understood in 15 minutes and the rest is just re-emphasis.

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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-08-17

All Seth Godin is incredible

Whilst not my absolute favourite of his, ALL of his work is brilliant. If you are on a Seth Godin binge buy it now. If not get purple cow or tribes two of my favourite of his.

Brilliant mind and incredible human, I'd love to have a cup of tea with that man!

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5 out of 5 stars
By SheSells on 12-27-15

Understand the new world for marketers

What did you like best about this story?

This classic by Seth Godin explains the shifts in marketing strategy and tactics brought about by the internet and social media. Explained using plenty of case studies and relatable anecdotes, it helps to explain why traditional consumer brands have struggled to make the transition from mass advertising on television to finding dominance on the internet. There are plenty of great ideas and tips for both existing businesses and for startups.

Have you listened to any of Seth Godin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've also read "Poke the Box" by the same author. The books are on different topics, but were both worth reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have been listening to this book in chunks on my commutes to and from my day job. I like to listen to it in segments so that I can think about the ideas before reading more.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

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