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Read “Can’t Buy Me Like” for Insights About The Relationship Era

Can't Buy Me Like book [1]Is it really possible that more people love Satan than Dow Chemical? Well, according to the trusty Google search conducted by Bob Garfield and Doug Levy – yes. When you type in the words “I love Satan” you get 293,000 hits, and when you type in “I love Dow Chemical” you get just 3.

And so begins “Can’t Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results [2].”  The book is a tale of what it takes to woo customers these days.  The narrative is skillfully woven by Bob Garfield (@onthemedia [3]), Host of NPR’s “On the Media” and Doug Levy (@douglevy1 [4]), the Founder of CEO of MEplusYOU, a leading strategic and creative agency that believes authentic relationships fuel astonishing brands.

I received a review copy of this book just this week and couldn’t wait to tell you about it as soon as I finished reading it. I think it contains vital mind-shifting information for every business; large and small.

Top Down Telling and Convincing is Dead 

According to the authors, we’re evolving into the relationship era. If you remember any marketing class you’ve ever had or marketing book you’ve ever read, you’ll recall this timeline:

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It’s not enough to say that things are changing. You already know that. What “Can’t Buy Me Like” does is get to the root of what triggered the change. It’s also about why you need to have a firm grasp of these events so that you can make the necessary changes and run your business better.

You may be tempted to write all of this off as a passing fad or some kind of social media-driven drivel. This would be a huge mistake. The concepts of “authenticity” and “customer connections” may have started out that way, but they have become the DNA of successful and profitable businesses.

The book goes into detail of companies that were simply going through the motions of top-down marketing campaigns. Example: McDonald’s — it created a mess by asking for authentic customer stories without building the required trust and engagement from their customers to pull it off. Or United Airlines — it destroyed 25 years and billions of dollars of Gershwin ads when over 12 million people viewed the “United Breaks Guitars [5]” YouTube video from a dissatisfied customer.

The lessons in this book are clear and lasting.  You have to pay to play in today’s likeability arena. And paying means paying attention.  It means paying attention to the core values of your company and actually living those values beyond the posters and ads that you put out in the marketplace.

You’ll read about how companies that have put their values where their ad dollars are have come to reap the rewards:

What Will “Can’t Buy Me Like” Do for Your Business?

If you get anything from this book, it’s that the days of “corporate speak” and top-down message control are over. The good news here is that this frees you up to really build a profitable business around your true commitments and the reasons that you started your business in the first place.

When I talk to my clients, I often have the impression that they think they have to be “professional” and they have to do things “the right way.” It finally dawned on me, after reading this book. Much of that mindset comes from the now obsolete ways of top-down marketing.

I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that your marketing has to be a true reflection of who you are and what you are committed to. When you try to put a face on your brand that is anything less than that, you will either go broke trying or fail.

If you’ve been looking for the right way to inject your true values and personality into your marketing, then you have to read “Can’t Buy Me Like.” You’ll walk away with a whole new outlook and future for the life of your business, and for the business of your life.