Truth in Marketing: What we can learn from the Tour de France
Ian Lurie Jul 1 2006
I am a huge cycling fan. On Thursday I was chagrined to hear that the top 4 or 5 riders were removed from their team rosters for this year’s Tour. Why? They were linked with an ongoing investigation of performance-enhancing drugs and doping.
They might come back, someday, but they’ll have asterisks next to their names, forever.
The same is true in internet marketing: You can try to bring people to your site under false pretenses. You can try to fool folks into opening an e-mail message. And you can try to offer a service or product that isn’t quite as advertised.
It might work for a while. But once folks find you out, you won’t be able to clear your reputation. It’s not worth the long-term risk.
Note: Jan Ullrich and the other racers haven’t been proven guilty yet. I sincerely hope they’re innocent. But several riders, including Tyler Hamilton, can’t get away from the fact that they cheated, and all their achievements are sullied because of it. Marketing holds the same lesson. Ever hear of Enron?…
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