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Review of Godin's Tribes

  1. 1. Tribes & While you weren’t Watching Two Social Media Benchmarks Melissa Louis MKTG 6900 Fall 2009
  2. 2. Tribes - Overview <ul><li>Any person with an idea that he feels passionate about can start a tribe </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The qualities required by a leader of a tribe are only drive and strong belief in your idea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You do not need to have a 100+ followers to have successfully started a tribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More people need to start tribes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is a tribe? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A group of people who are connected to one another and share a leader and an interest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why start a tribe?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working in stuff that you believe in is so much more satisfying than not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methods of communications make it incredibly easy to start one </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Tribes – Key Arguments <ul><li>Most organizations spend their time marketing to a crowd </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart organizations focus their efforts and assemble the crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A true fan is a member of a tribe who cares deeply about you and your work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You only need a few true fans, because a true fan will spread (likely glorify) the word and expand the tribe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Most people are passionate about something- one of the key factors that restricts their ability to start a tribe is fear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to think your way out of fear and understand that fear of failure is overrated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>True leaders are generous, their drive is what motivates them, not monetary benefit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True leaders don’t care about credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagination is more important than knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Tribes – Review and Suggestions <ul><li>Interesting , inspiring book </li></ul><ul><li>The non-traditional approach to being a leader was the most valuable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages being different from the norm - you can be a unicorn (the rebel, the extraordinaire) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t need a huge tribe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can be a leader within you own community, all you need is a few members that share your passion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are infinite boundaries to the limits of your tribe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certain sections of the book were a little repetitive, however every reiterated point had new, insightful examples, and made connections to other sections of the book </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of the evidence was interesting and very inspiring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The author used real world examples constantly </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. While you were watching - Overview <ul><li>The face of the media environment has changed with a shift in power from the media to the consumer, particularly the young consumer </li></ul><ul><li>The young consumer has 5 objectives that they want fulfilled by companies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with their lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give them control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given them the ability to reach out and touch the brand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow them to be involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertain them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Companies need to change their marketing strategies and find a crucial balance between information and entertainment </li></ul>
  6. 6. While you were watching – Key Arguments <ul><li>Tribalist – Interestingly enough, this book refers to the tribalist as well </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to ‘Tribes’, the tribalist is able to experience a sense of empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Empowering and educating yourself with the numerous information that is out there </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self Marketers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amateurs and professionals now have a level playing field </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Media – Intellectually Stimulating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The complexity of T.V shows, video games etc. have significantly increased (24, World of Warcraft) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reality T.V and Celebrity Commercials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connects you the audiences to being a star </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who’s Leading Who? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Younger people are starting to influence their parents and their adoption of products </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. While you weren’t watching – Review and Suggestions <ul><li>Interesting book, quick read with catchy phrases, and ‘cool’ examples </li></ul><ul><li>Message of the book came out loud and clear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies need to change their marketing strategies in light of the new media environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They need to cater to the needs of the younger crowds who are digitally driven and want to be noticed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The book uses pictures and catchy phrases which keep the reader intrigued </li></ul><ul><li>Could have provided more information on certain material, although that may not have been the objective behind the book </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of the evidence was almost enlightening </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implicit consequences of social media marketing were raised and discussed </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Social Media Marketing Focused Takeaways <ul><li>Ripple affect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You only need to get your message across to a few people well, and it will spread, gather more ideas and spread even more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Media Marketing doesn’t necessarily have to be digital </li></ul><ul><ul><li>any setting where a group of people collaborate about a certain cause or opinion can be considered social media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital can be the most effective tool since you can reach vast numbers of people in a short time period </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Definition – A group of people, sharing a passion, that come together under the leadership of an initiative taker, but flourish under the efforts of the members – has no set structure </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media Marketing cannot be controlled </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery Methods for Social Media are the internet (blogs, twitter, wikki etc.), radio & television discussions, in person meetings </li></ul>
  9. 9. Social Media Marketing Takeaways <ul><li>The internet is likely one of the most powerful social media marketing tools, although with the least amount of control in the hands of the marketer </li></ul><ul><li>Marketers need to find ways to connect with their consumers, using the internet </li></ul><ul><li>A strategy for a marketer could be to start a tribe through a blog, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>get consumers passionate about voicing their opinions, good or bad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>take the bad feedback and make improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt to channel the direction of the tribe and then let it flourish </li></ul></ul>
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