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VINE VOICEon 29 August 2004
I have an interest in innovation and this little book (183 pages) sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed. Seth Godin always has something interesting to say.
The "free prize" in the title refers to simple ideas which can differentiate a product from the competition. Note the "simple" - he advises against trying to come up with big ideas which are expensive and usually fail. He continues his attacks on traditional marketing and makes a persuasive argument against it. Instead of spending lots of money on mass marketing, he advocates that you concentrate on creating "remarkable" products. Not remarkable in the sense of being brilliant - simply worth talking about. He prefers "soft" innovation (simple, inexpensive) to "hard" innovation (driven by R&D) and argues that anyone can create soft innovations.
The sad bit is that most of the examples he provides are silly. Not silly in the sense that they won't work - they probably would - but silly in the sense that they don't actually add anything useful to the product/service - they simply make it stand-out from the crowd - which is probably what sells. Sad but true.
A good read and one I learnt from.
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on 7 November 2009
Seth Godin has some wonderful ideas, and some wonderful case studies and anecdotes to back them up, but this book could have been half as short and possibly have been more powerful without losing any content at all. The points can become a bit laboured, particularly as many of them seem totally obvious once they've been pointed out. But you're not reading the book for the writing, it's for the marketing concepts and those are absolutely fascinating.
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If your organization needs to jump-start its creative processes, this accessible book may be helpful. It's broad enough to apply to all industries and has enough examples to provoke some serious thinking. Yet, Seth Godin, also the author of other zippy marketing books, sometimes gets carried away with his own evangelism and coinages (e.g., "edgecraft" for finding innovative product additions at the fringes of your current offerings). Still, Godin's thesis that small improvements and "soft" innovations can reap big benefits rings true, as his many examples make clear. His discussion about why ideas need champions, and how to be one, is also powerful. So if you want your marketing or product development staffers to juice up their creativity, we say this light little book might inspire them to think differently.
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on 23 June 2014
Seth Godin’s books are always enlightening, and this one is no different – here, Godin explains how the classic idea of a free prize inside a box of cereal was often enough to make customers pick your brand over your competitors, even if that free prize was of a low value. According to Godin, you can make people feel the same way about your product or service, no matter what it is – he raises a good point, too.

The good thing about reading Seth Godin is that his style of writing is conversational and informative at the same time – it’s not hard to take in the lessons that he has to offer, and you can apply them to your own business straight away. You don’t even need to be running a business – with a bit of thought and experimentation, you could apply the same lessons to any of your endeavors. Perhaps even your book review site?

Godin calls the free gift “the next big marketing idea”, and I’m not too sure that that’s accurate – that said, this was first published ten years ago back in 2004, and a lot has changed since then. This might not be the next big thing, but it’s certainly a concept that’s here to stay and which you can apply straight away for immediate results.
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I love Seth Godin. He's a maverick marketer who is always right on the cutting edge of business, forging ahead, doing what other people only think about, and what's more, writing about it in an appealing, accessible and interesting way. His works are short, pithy and packed full of ideas. They're probably not for the faint hearted, but if you're interested in innovation and things that work then Seth is the man for you. This book focuses on teaching what Godin calls; Free Prize Thinking. This is the idea that it is not hte big technological advances that help make the most profit, it is the small value adds that give the customer something they won't get from anyone else. Brilliant.
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on 8 November 2013
Is the worst book about marketing that I have ever read and the only one that I haven't finished.
I was expecting a little bit more
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on 4 April 2015
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