If you’re struggling with exactly why you should improve your technical chops as a marketer, then this book is for you.
Coming from a traditional marketing background himself, Ryan Holiday tells his story of how one day he realized the tides of marketing were changing. Engineers by discipline, so called “growth hackers“ were behind the growth of now billion dollar companies such as Facebook, Twitter, AirBnb, and DropBox—all without using any of the classic marketing methods he’d been using for years.
This book is Ryan’s case for a new marketing mindset. While this book doesn’t get into the nitty gritty of what technical tools modern marketers should be using, that’s not the point.
As Ryan says, growth hackers may not share the same methods, but “…for all the technical differences, the strategic goal was the same: to reach people in an effective, scalable, and data-driven way.”
Ditch the old mindset
- Stop thinking there has to be a big launch, major media coverage, and a huge advertising budget.
- Gambling on these methods is no longer necessary; the tools we have available to us today (if we know what they are and how to use them) allow us to track, test, iterate, and improve how we attract and retain customers.
Make stuff people want
- The worst possible marketing decision you can make is simple: starting with a product nobody wants or needs.
- The best marketing decision you can make is to achieve Product Market Fit: having a product/business that fulfills a need for a well defined group of people. Do this no matter how much tweaking and refining it takes, and back it up with data.