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Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History

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Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History

David Meerman Scott, Brian Halligan

ISBN: 978-0-470-94093-8 July 2010 192 Pages

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The Grateful Dead-rock legends, marketing pioneers

The Grateful Dead broke almost every rule in the music industry book. They encouraged their fans to record shows and trade tapes; they built a mailing list and sold concert tickets directly to fans; and they built their business model on live concerts, not album sales. By cultivating a dedicated, active community, collaborating with their audience to co-create the Deadhead lifestyle, and giving away "freemium" content, the Dead pioneered many social media and inbound marketing concepts successfully used by businesses across all industries today.

Written by marketing gurus and lifelong Deadheads David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead gives you key innovations from the Dead's approach you can apply to your business. Find out how to make your fans equal partners in your journey, "lose control" to win, create passionate loyalty, and experience the kind of marketing gains that will not fade away!

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

Part One The Band 1

Chapter 1 Create a Unique Business Model 3

Chapter 2 Choose Memorable Brand (and Band) Names 13

Chapter 3 Build a Diverse Team 21

Chapter 4 Be Yourself 29

Chapter 5 Experiment, Experiment, Experiment 37

Chapter 6 Embrace Technology 45

Chapter 7 Establish a New Category 53

Part Two The Fans 59

Chapter 8 Encourage Eccentricity 61

Chapter 9 Bring People on an Odyssey 69

Chapter 10 Put Fans in the Front Row 79

Chapter 11 Build a Following 87

Part Three The Business 95

Chapter 12 Cut Out the Middleman 97

Chapter 13 Free Your Content 105

Chapter 14 Be Spreadable 113

Chapter 15 Upgrade to Premium 119

Chapter 16 Loosen Up Your Brand 127

Chapter 17 Partner with Entrepreneurs 135

Chapter 18 Give Back 143

Chapter 19 Do What You Love 151

Acknowledgments 157

“Furthur” Reading 159

About the Photographs 161

About the Illustrations 161

About the Authors 163

"Like all the best teachers, this book inspires you to do your own thinking.... I found it enlightening and liberating." (Financial Times, August 2010)

"...a short but inspiring book which will give every business person pause for thought and some good ideas." (TheBookBag.co.uk, August 2010)

"...fits four decades' worth of guitar solos and weed smoking into the context of recent American marketing." (The Guardian.co.uk, September 2010)

"...there's certainly much to be taken away from this book." (Business Life, October 2010)

"...a well-written and sprightly little book...they may just be on to something." (Management Today, Octobe 2010)

"...offers advice to marketing executives across a broader range of industries." (Director, October 2010)

Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll and ground-breaking marketing communications, what more could you ask?’  (Marketing.ie, April 2011).

The origins of the book are not in the field of cultural economics. However, it raises

 

some very interesting issues about the area and also of the general relationships

 

between the disciplines of marketing and economics, even perhaps about the nature

 

of American culture.

"The origins of the book are not in the field of cultural economics. However, it raises some very interesting issues about the area and also of the general relationships between the disciplines of marketing and economics, even perhaps about the nature of American culture." (Journal of cultural economics 2015)



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