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Bottom Up Marketing Paperback – May 2 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (May 2 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452264189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452264182
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #662,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can learn a lot of insights from this book. It teaches us how to make a plan at another angle. Unlike the traditional top down approach that decide what to do (strategy) and then how to do it (tactics), Trout and Ries suggest that tactics dictate strategies, which is "Bottom up marketing".
As bottom up managers first find a tactic that will work in the mind and then build it into a strategy (they work from the specific to the general), it is easier for them to exploit new opportunities, which is different from the top down managers that they are limited in the existing market. But remember to focus on only one tactic! Do better with less!
Bottom up marketing also emphasizes on change in the organization so as to find new opportunities in the market. Unless there is change in name, product, service, price but not mind or market, any strategy is unlikely to be successful.
Throughout the book, examples are widely used to show us the success of organizations that conduct bottom up marketing and the failure of those who conduct top down marketing, making it easier to understand.
Read it and try to plan at another angle!
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Unlike "The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing", Bottom Up Marketing is not merely a re-hash of "Focus" and "Positioning".
The core focus of this book is the distinction made between strategy and tactics in marketing. A grand strategy is often created that is perfect and executed flawlessly - in the minds of those who create it - The details (tactics) will of course fall into place. This, contend the authors, is how many a marketing campaign is carried out, often without the smashing success expected.
Bottom-Up Marketing is just that, developing a marketing strategy from the bottom up. A successful strategy can be crafted only after the needs, wants, and minds of the consumers are understood. Once the opportunity is identified, tactics are developed to satisfy the need, focus and refine the actions of the company. Once a realistic picture emerges, a strategy can be created such that the entire organization can take the correct actions and take advantage of opportunities that actually exist.
Intelligence about the marketplace and opportunities presented within must come directly from the source, those on the front lines in touch with consumers. Strategy and resource allocation comes from the top.
It's a good book with a clear simple message, combined with a dash of Trout and Ries' humor.
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This book has only a couple of new ideas. The rest come from "Positioning". The concept of bottom-up is nice but I am not sure if that's a new concept or a redefinition on tactic and strategy. Obviously, either of tactic and strategy must work. Otherway, something is wrong. The idea of bottom-up could be stated as a redefinition of tactic (as the key competing concept) and strategy (as the modeling of the organization to be able to run and follow the tactic). If so, the flow is down-up. On the other hand, authors are too much focused on the mental positiong concept. Tactics (or strategies if you prefer) could arise from many other sources. I recommend reading "the mind of strategist" as another way of looking for competing striking concepts. All in all, this book is nice and easy to read and some ideas can be got from it. I specially enjoy its saying as "the road to a disaster is paved with improvements" or "most of the guys in the exciting fire line fall, while the others remain" (by the way, where do you prefer to be?). They comprise usefull advises for surviving within a company, or do you have a different goal?.
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If you or your spouse is going into their own business, then this is the book to read. It breaks down a lot of the self-deception and wishful thinking that most people engage in before they step into the harsh reality of owning their own business. I would have been skeptical about their "20-20 vision of hindsight" but for the fact that their assertions so closely matched the experiences I had in my own start-up. It was like as if they did a thesis on all the mistakes I personally had made.
If you're thinking about (1)your own business or (2 driving a great idea up through your place of work, then you need to read this. If you don't get all of in on the first sweep, read it a second time. If your spouse is going into business and if they refuse to read it, then YOU read it, and grill them with questions. For your sake. For their sake. I'm eating my way through Al Ries' books right now. I only wish I had done it 5 years ago. Yes, we all have to make our own mistakes, but how come he knew all mine before I made them?
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