Of Mythology and Marketing
Ian Lurie Oct 23 2008
There’s a difference between mythology and marketing.
Mythology is what makes people say “I don’t know why, but I just need a web site”. Or “We should add some social media stuff to our site”. Marketing is what makes people say “We have a national audience. A web site will help us reach them”. Or “Our customers want to talk to each other. Let’s add a comments feature.”
Mythology makes blogs seems like their own unique place on the web. Marketing means applying blogs as a unique way to manage content (which is really all they are).
Mythology makes people go hunting for the definition of ‘web 2.0’. Using the phrase only makes marketing sense if you’re trying to boost your stock price.
I’m spending this week writing the last bit of my portion of Web Marketing for Dummies. So my posts are a bit sparse. But I’m pondering a lot, so it’ll lead to posts like these.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More