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Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  23,862 Ratings  ·  810 Reviews
The acclaimed Wall Street Journal and Business Week Bestseller.

You're either a Purple Cow or you're not. You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice.

What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving b
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 12th 2003 by Portfolio Hardcover (first published 2003)
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Catherine
Feb 28, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
I'm being kind with a 4 star rating. While it's a well written book, and I believe most of what Seth says to be true, I was hoping for a guidebook. Instead, he affirmed what I already knew-marketing isn't as effective as it was 10 years ago, marketing doesn't guarantee you'll get noticed, and all of the normal avenues of marketing are no longer the powerhouses. It's not even print vs. digital. It's the remarkable vs. the unremarkable.

After reading The Dip (also by Seth Godin), I thought this one
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Shreerang
Jul 28, 2013 Shreerang rated it did not like it
Now I know that making my business a purple cow is important. It's critical. My future and the future of the world depends on it. Nothing matters more. I get it.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how.

And that in a nutshell, is this book's problem. It keeps telling you "be excellent and be memorable" in so many different ways. I could have figured that out myself. Without a step-by-step plan customized to my particular situation that tells me *how* I can be excellent and unique, merely telling me to b
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Ahmad
Dec 11, 2010 Ahmad rated it it was amazing
This book is really a Purple Cow :) !

In a "remarkable" way, Seth sending a message that: if you don't convert your business into a Purple Cow (being Remarkable), most probably you'll not succeed.

He clarifies how the world of business have changed & how marketing of old days doesn't work anymore.

A LOT of good advices with evidence and study cases in this book.

I totally recommend it for people interested in business, sales and marketing.
Aaron Maurer
Jul 16, 2013 Aaron Maurer added it
Shelves: 2013
This post started out as a book review for Seth Godin's book Purple Cow, but morphed into something much more. If you have read Purple Cow, then this post will resonate. If you have not read Purple Cow, then read this post and then go read the book.

This book is over 10 years old and yet it still speaks to me on many levels. Like all the other marketing business books I have read this summer I read the material through the lens of education. Instead of worrying about how to make money, I read the
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ReD
May 13, 2013 ReD rated it did not like it
An unremarkable and dated book. A quick read, but I don't feel like I came away from this book with anything.

Let me summerize the book in a few sentences:

MARKETING IS WRONG, ADVERTISEMENTS ARE DYING.
FOR STUFF TO SELL IT HAS TO BE AWESOME.
IF YOUR STUFF IS AWESOME AND IT SELLS DONT SAVE ALL THAT MONEY, SPEND IT ON MAKING SOMETHING MORE AWESOME.
YOU WILL FAIL.
KEEP TRYING.

Which is all fine and dandy, but I'm not entirely sure who the hell this book is supposed to help.
Foad Ansari
Mar 11, 2017 Foad Ansari rated it it was ok
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Now I know that making my business a purple cow is important. It's critical. My future and the future of the world depends on it. Nothing matters more. I get it.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how.

An
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David Yeo
Aug 23, 2007 David Yeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purple Cow tells how the traditional 4-Ps of marketing is lacking to move consumers in current day's media noisy market place. Marketing Guru and author, Seth Godin defines a new ' P ' that stands for 'PURPLE COW'. He coined the term PURPLE COW to mean a product or service having achieve huge differentiation, innovative and scores high on wow factor. On this point, Seth describes that the PURPLE COW will first attract the early adopters who will then take it through into the masses. He reasons t ...more
Zacharia
Jul 07, 2013 Zacharia rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Seth Godin and, I must say, I'm definitely eager to read more.

As an advocate of inbound marketing, I was thoroughly impressed by Godin's observations of the direction that marketing was heading in 2003. He knew that more and more people were demanding transparency, that they no longer listened the outbound advertising strategies that dominated marketing budgets in the second half of the twentieth century. Ten years ago, Godin's understanding was leap and bound
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Gisela Hausmann
Jun 14, 2015 Gisela Hausmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marketing
Seth Godin’s book “Purple Cow” is still as much fun as it was when I read it first. And with that Godin proves the his “Purple Cow” is a purple cow in itself. Marketing books are supposed to talk about campaigns, analyze data, show proven ways. Godin does the opposite. He invites the reader to go for the unknown, the things that have not been done before. The most important factors being, “don’t try to target everyone. - - The mass market is dead. - -The mass product is unremarkable. - - Nobody ...more
Scott Haraburda
Mar 02, 2013 Scott Haraburda rated it liked it
This was an interesting book that many people I know recommended to me. It has an interesting cover, with a remarkable background of a purple and white cow design. The author states that most products today are boring, quickly forgotten by customers. What we need is a product that people remember and will talk about it. As implied by the title of this book, when you see a Purple Cow (a remarkable product or idea), you won’t forget it. That’s because products are like cows; they’re either remarka ...more
Micah Elliott
Jan 05, 2009 Micah Elliott rated it it was amazing
At the heart of this book is the notion of "Moore's idea diffusion curve". It's just a bell-curve that shows innovators (sneezers), early adopters, early/late majority, and laggards. The central theme of the book is that you need to target the front of that curve by appealing your "remarkable" product to them as a niche, and treat them very specially.

Contrary to the most popular review here (quite negative) calling this book an unnecessarily expanded essay, I would argue that Godin covers a lot
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Lynn
Oct 27, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, business
I have literally had this book on my book shelf for years, and I'm glad to finally be able to say that I read it! If you are looking for the "how" behind making a Purple Cow, you may be disappointed. This book only introduces the idea and explains the "why" behind it. Looking briefly through the reviews here, I feel the people that found the book unsatisfying were looking for a how to guide. I plan to read Free Prize Inside soon, which boasts on the cover that it will tell you "How to make a Pur ...more
Alain Burrese
Dec 09, 2014 Alain Burrese rated it really liked it
I really liked “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable” by Seth Godin. It's a simple book with a powerful message supported by examples. Godin is right on the money with trying to get people to change the way they think about business and marketing. That's the key to this book, it gets you to think a different way. The tried and true marketing strategies of years gone by just don't work like they once did. If you really want your business to thrive, you must discover your own Pu ...more
Amanda Young
Jan 07, 2013 Amanda Young rated it liked it
I'd probably give this 3.5 stars. Good business book, some wonderful points, and definite food for thought for any entrepreneur. Main idea: Even being a "very good" business is bad - businesses/products have to be REMARKABLE to succeed.

My main complaint is that in the author's attempt to drive key points home there were parts of the book that just felt like they were going in circles. The whole book could probably be condensed to about 5-10 solid pages (a long essay?) and have made the same amo
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Nicholas
Jul 17, 2008 Nicholas rated it liked it
Shelves: marketing
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Devika
Dec 11, 2015 Devika rated it did not like it
Godin is rambling on and on till page 30 about the same thing- how marketing doesn't work too well anymore and one might has well create a product that itself has a talking point (hence the purple cow). He literally need two pages for that, considering that 1.5 out of these 2 pages could have been short examples.

Horribly written and a true test of patience. Godin could hire a better writer to do his bidding instead. He surely lacks the purple cow-esque writing talent.
د.أمجد الجنباز
كتاب في منتهى الروعة يتحدث عن كيفية جذب انتباه الناس تجاه منتجك أو خدمتك
قد يخيل لك للوهلة الأولى ان الكتاب يتحدث عن التسويق
لكنه ليس كذلك
فهو يتحدث عن طرق تحسين المنتج ليكون ملفتا للانتباه، وعندها سيقوم المنتج نفسه بتسويق نفسه

في الكتاب الكثير من الطرق والوسائل الابداعية المفيدة للتطبيق في مختلف مناحي الحياة
Tarek Amr
Nov 02, 2013 Tarek Amr rated it it was ok
I like Seth's blog and books, this one too is not bad, but very repetitive. I got a bit bored reading it. May be I am too late to read it now, hence, the boredom. The book itself and its message are not a purple cow to me anymore.
Peep Laja
Jun 03, 2007 Peep Laja rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: marketing people
THE marketing book out there, I think. Main message is that in order to win clients and enjoy success, you have to be extraordinary, different and most of all remarkable.
Patrick
Feb 02, 2017 Patrick rated it really liked it
Seth Godin gives good, clear, concise advice - mostly related to marketing and business. I've read several of his other books and enjoyed them - they are 101's to anyone interested in running a business.

The Purple Cow - we live in a world with lots of people, but also lots of competition. He argues that today (written in 2003 but really more applicable now), the best way to create a successful business is to create something remarkable. Remarkable ideas are unique, provide high value, and stand
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David Galloway
Mar 01, 2017 David Galloway rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook of Purple Cow after having read The Dip a few weeks beforehand.

The basic idea of Purple Cow is exploring how a unique or exceptional product helps with branding and marketing. This book was written in 2009 and it already shows a bit of aging, but there's still a lot of worthwhile content.

I really liked how Seth broke down how traditional MadMen marketing campaigns where a narrative was built over a captive TV/Radio/magazine audience that helped consumers buy the pro
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Runwright
Mar 12, 2017 Runwright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This small book includes lots of tips that could be applied to every business, every entrepreneur and every job seeker who wants to stand out in their industry. I found a lot here that I can include in my life.
The book was originally published in 2002 so some of the business models are a little out of date but I think we can still learn from all the success stories as well as all the misses.
I read the 2009 edition which included blog posts that some readers had submitted where they saw busines
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Fermin Quant
Oct 16, 2016 Fermin Quant rated it really liked it
A good book, basically telling you to be different to call attention to you, thus a purple cow.
Loy Machedo
Jun 17, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it liked it
Loy Machedo’s Book Review - Purple Cow by Seth Godin

I have ardently become a fan of Seth Godin. It may his brash style of writing, his unique branding strategy of being the Rebel Marketing Guru or his bald head and over-sized glasses (I also purchased a pair) that has made me a fan of his. So that made me purchase ‘Purple Cow’.

The strange fact of the matter is this – I had seen the book many a times while shopping for new books. But I never thought I would ever want to read it. I mean, I picked
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TarasProkopyuk
Автор приводит множество аргументов в пользу того чтобы владельцы и руководство компаний по другому посмотрели на маркетинговую политику и существенно выделили свои продукты, услуги или сервис. Отсюда и название данной книги.

Годин предлагает сделать вашим конкурентным преимуществом яркое выделение среди множества ваших конкурентов. Конечно же автором приведено десятки фактов и кейсов с опыта многих других компаний мира. Среди них не только компании корпорации и крупный бизнес, но также и средний
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Zoubir
Jan 01, 2015 Zoubir rated it it was amazing
Shelves: seth-godin, marketing
كالعادة سيث غودن يبدع.
الكتاب يتحدث عن موت التسويق الأعمى (أو القصف العشوائي) اللذي كان يستهدف الجميع عبر الوسائط التقليدية مثل التلفاز, و الذي كانت من خلاله الشركات تحاول صنع منتوجات تعجب الجميع. أصبحنا اليوم (لم يتغيّر الكثير منذ كتابة الكتاب في 2003 سوى ترتيب الشركات حسب قيمتها التي استشهد بها الكاتب) لا نبالي بمشاهدة الاعلانات و لا حتى التلفزيون (مثلا لا أشاهد التلفزيون منذ 11 سنة) , فهي مزعجة و في أغلب الاحيان لا تههمنا, تماما مثل البقرة البنية التي لا نلتفت لنراها, و لكن (كما في عنوان الكتا
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Satyaki Mitra
This book provides a lot of valuable insights into the changing dynamics of modern marketing, the central idea of this book is premised on two main concepts, one is creating remarkable products instead of wasting millions of bucks on conventional forms of advertising, and the other is integrating design with marketing, the conjunction of both the author believes can lead to a path of sustainable growth for a company and it's products. The author has termed such path-breaking and remarkable produ ...more
Mohammad Jaber
Mar 20, 2015 Mohammad Jaber rated it it was amazing

الفكرة الأساسية مستوحاه من اسم الكتاب، البقرة البنفسجية .. بحكيلك أن أي بقرة لونها أسود وأبيض ممكن تشوفها ما رح تلفت انتباهك، لأنها شيء عادي، واعتيادي، ومما اعتاد الناس على رؤيته، وما فيها شيء يُميزها .. ولكن عندما ترى بقرة لونها بنفسجي؟ ستترك أثرها ليبقى مخلداً عندك طيلة حياتك، مما سيجعلها شيء remarkable .. غير تقيليدي، ما فيه منه!

الكتاب كُتب في الـ Business، والإسقاط الأساسي للفكرة يكون على الـ Products الريادية .. وكيف تعمل product يكون remarkable .. وذلك حتى يسوّق نفسه بنفسه بدون الحاجة إلى
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Filipe Lemos
Seth Godin never disappoints me.

Seth Godin is a marketing guru. One of his strong points is that he writes a book every year (I mean every single year). And he's been doing this since 1999!!!

He says it doesn't matter if the book is great or just ok, as long has he keeps writing, he will eventually find something to WOW us: he's own purple cow.

In my humble opinion, I believe he did that with Linchpin. But it's fun to look back and see how he master theory evolved.

Purple cow is vintage Godin: stra
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Mark Valentine
Jan 17, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it liked it
Short, pithy wisdom about succeeding in the Internet Age, Rodin's amended classic has been updated with testimonials in the final pages. I liked this line: "It's not about being weird. It's about being irresistable to a tiny group of easily reached sneezers [his term for those who spread 'ideaviruses'] with otaku [the Japanese term for something more than a hobby but less than an obsession]" (p. 140).

I think this slim volume should be a handbook for anyone interested in making any kind of impres
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Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change.

Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world, and he is also a renowned speaker. He was recently chosen as one of 21 Speakers for the Next Century by Successful Meetings and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses.

Seth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne, the indust
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