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The Marketing Paradox

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Differentiation vs Amplification

Smart Insights share Seth Godin’s Circles of Marketing blog post because of the simplicity of the message, the focus on the fundamentals, Seth’s strength.

Jeff Seaver produced a slicker PDF version here .


The Marketing Paradox

Seth has described something of a modern marketing paradox and  here it has been expanded and illustrated it further. Believing that the marketing paradox that we face is Differentiation and Longevity vs Amplification and Speed.

Does the marketer seek genuine differentiation or does he or she chase an opportunity to measurably amplify the brand?

The latter is realistically faster, it’s what’s expected, and just maybe you get a bit of luck or already have a great product, in which case amplification can then work for sure.

Yet the inner rings are defensible, considered, harder and longer lasting.

They’re also the base to upon which you can amplify and unfortunately they’re increasingly out of the direct control of many marketers, driven by other stake-holders or business directors.

Inspired by Seth Godin

Seth recommends moving one circle inwards when your marketing isn’t working, it seems obvious, so why do we see even experienced marketers stuck in the outer rings?

Seth reckons it’s amateur marketers, maybe. We could deliberate for days on why, but we feel that it’s quite simply fear.

A fear of changing from “what’s always worked”?

Maybe there’s a pressure from upstairs for marketers to deliver short-term results forcing short-term thinking to demonstrate some form of ROI sooner rather than later?

You have the choice.

Hopefully this  interpretation adds to the original and helps prompts different thinking

Note:  The marketing circles were tweaked slightly from Seth’s, that ‘Story’ and ‘Community’ really warranted their own place.


By Danyl Bosomworth.

Seth's Circles Of Marketing [PDF]


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