Book Review: 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

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This week I reviewed the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout. It’s a book that I think every marketer should read. A lot of the stuff they talk about, we already kind of know. The way they present it though, allows you to understand how marketing works, at it’s core.

The big takeaway I got from this book is that much, if not all of marketing is about perception. In business, perception is everything. There are a number of factors, or “laws” that explain why consumers, perceive businesses the way they do.

Each one of these laws are carefully, but clearly laid out in this book. I’ve read books where authors dance hypothetically around obscure ideas. Reis and Trout sound like they know their shit, and make it very easy for you to grasp their message. No bullshit.

Published in 1993, many of the examples they use are something a millennial may have to rack their brains to remember (if they’re like me). The lessons behind the examples however, are as relevant today as they were then.

Give it a read. If you already have, what did you think?

Learn more:  The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! [Amazon Affil]

Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

I’ve wanted to start doing book reviews for a while, so I’m just going to kick it off with this one.  I just finished reading this book, but have been running barefoot since I was about halfway through it a couple weeks ago (I know I’m a slow reader).

I just got back from a 6 mile run on the beach, barefoot, and needed to let you guys know about this book.  I have some serious knee issues and haven’t been able to run more than 2 miles without going through a lot of pain…until I read this book.

Check out the review, and if you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it.

I will always be completely honest about the books I read.  I’ll give each book a 1-10 rating at the end. I hope that you’ll find the quick reviews helpful…

Amazon (affil): Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen