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22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Exposed and Explained by the World's Two Paperback – 27 April 1994
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Al Ries and his daughter and business partner Laura Ries are two of the world's best-known marketing consultants, and their firm, Ries & Ries, works with many Fortune 500 companies. They are the authors of The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding and The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR, which was a Wall Street Journal and a BusinessWeek bestseller, and, most recently, The Origin of Brands. Al was recently named one of the Top 10 Business Gurus by the Marketing Executives Networking Group. Laura is a frequent television commentator and has appeared on the Fox News and Fox Business Channels, CNN, CNBC, PBS, ABC, CBS, and others. Their Web site (Ries.com) has some simple tests that will help you determine whether you are a left brainer or a right brainer.
Authors Al Ries and Jack Trout are probably the world's best-known marketing strategists. Their books, including Marketing Warfare, Bottom-Up Marketing, Horse Sense, and Positioning have been published in more than fifteen languages and their consulting work has taken them into many of the world's largest corporations in North America, South America, and the Far East.
- Publisher : Harper Business (27 April 1994)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0887306667
- ISBN-13 : 978-0887306662
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 0.91 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 238,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By about the 5th law, I got the feeling the book is designed for large organisations and not really useful for smaller businesses. This was confirmed by the last law “The Law of Resources”. It states you will need 5k-20k per month on marketing.
If you work in marketing as part of a large organistion, this book could be very useful but for everyone, I would not recommend this book.
As mentioned in other reviews that the companies used as examples are a little outdated, the concepts within are, I feel, even more relevant to today's marketing strategies that should be being applied, given the rise of marketing becoming more about creating something meaningful rather than trying to bulldoze people in to buying a product just because it is manufactured by an established brand or because we're told it's the next big thing which is dying out as fast as the dinosaurs did.
The face of business and providing what the customer actually wants is a trend that is gathering speed, the consumer has discovered their ability to decide what works for them and put their hard earned cash in to a company that can 'speak' directly to them as individuals rather than as the faceless masses.
People are tired of and also becoming savvy to the fact they are being 'sold' to. A lot of the laws break down these tactics and highlight the ever changing face of marketing and sales.
There has been a revolution in the world of marketing taking place, lead by the likes of Seth Godin and Bernadette Jiwa on how to build brands, no matter how big or small, that consumers are welcoming in to their hearts and homes and this book is a great accompaniment to those authors and their ideas.
The 22 laws is in many ways superb, but it could be criticised on three counts
First, it seems quite opinionated. Who is Ries to say that things are this way and not another way? Interestingly, basic books on marketing will cut the cake both ways, saying 'you can do this, or you can do that...'. Top marketing books, though, written by the gurus that people in the know want to hear from, are much more in agreement. What Ries is saying may not be original, but it fairly represents the balance of opinion at the top table.
Second, the book is quite dated. It was written in 1994, and, in many ways, we're in a different world now. On the other hand, this is no bad thing: you can look at the brands that Ries said would not prosper unless they changed their marketing, and compare them with what did prosper. Eight times out of ten Ries was right. The other two times fit perfectly with his law of unpredictability.
Third, the book is actually pretty much the same as the 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, by the same author. I've got both books, and I don't begrudge Al Ries the money. The emphasis is a little different, and the one reinforces the other.
Ultimately, marketing is about distilling a distinctive promise to the consumer and then promoting it aggressively. This book is mainly about the distinctive promise and its distillation. It talks about the kinds of campaigns that this leads to, but it isn't a how-to book for doing your first city-wide outdoor advertising campaign. There are lots of other books out there that do that -- but, be warned: many of them fall into the frequent traps that Ries warns us about.
For my money, this is a book well worth heeding.