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Carlos Gil

Humanizing Your Brand in the Age of Social Media and AI

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The End of Marketing by Carlos Gil is a thought-provoking book that challenges traditional marketing practices in a world dominated by social media. Gil argues for a more authentic, human approach to engaging customers and building brand loyalty.

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    In the new era of social media, traditional marketing is dead.

    Marketing is everywhere. Turn on the TV, browse the internet – everywhere you go, you’ll see ads, paid for by marketing budgets. But when was the last time you saw an ad for something, and actually decided to buy it?

    Now think about this. When was the last time you bought something – like a song, some clothes, or a holiday – because it was recommended to you by friends or people you follow online?

    Chances are, it was pretty recently. And if brands haven’t noticed this trend already, they need to start doing it right now.

    The key message here is: In the new era of social media, traditional marketing is dead.

    OK, so you want to sell your product – a pair of sneakers, say. The obvious, traditional approach is to make a load of ads, in print and online, which forcefully tell people to “Buy it now.” But that sort of aggressive messaging turns people off: nobody likes a hard sell.

    What that means is, your goal shouldn’t be to “market.” It should be to get people talking to each other about your brand. The truth is, people buy from other people. And social media is an unbelievably good way to get them to do this.

    The author Carlos Gil says that being sold to – at least, if it’s done right – can be a thing of beauty. Some of the best marketers he’s come across are people who follow him on multiple social media platforms, from LinkedIn to Twitter to Facebook. These marketers interact with him, get to know him, become a part of his life – and they only try to sell him stuff when they know the time is right.

    Say he asks for recommendations for a fitness class. Then – and only then – one of these marketers might slip him a direct message – a ‘DM’ – about their own class. And, coming from someone he knows, that’ll be a message that’s very hard to ignore.

    Social media marketing needs that personal touch, that element of real human connection. It’s not about having millions of followers – especially not on Facebook, where only around 1 percent of the people who “like” a business’s page will see a post organically. Rather, it’s about engaging people, getting them talking, getting to know them.

    Traditional marketing is always talking, never listening. Social media can be more effective because it’s more flexible, more personal – in essence, more social, as the name suggests.

    But only if you do it well! We’ll explore this in the next blink.

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    What is The End of Marketing about?

    The End of Marketing (2020) is a guide to how brands should use social media. In an age when traditional marketing is no more, businesses must find ways to give their brands a human face, to capture the attention of social media users and win their trust.

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    The End of Marketing (2019) by Carlos Gil is an eye-opening exploration of how traditional marketing methods are becoming obsolete in today's digital age. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With real-world examples and practical tips, it offers a refreshing perspective on how to navigate the ever-changing marketing landscape.
    • By addressing the shift in consumer behavior and the rise of social media, it provides valuable insights on how to reach and engage with modern audiences.
    • Through its straightforward and conversational tone, it manages to make complex marketing concepts both accessible and interesting.

    Who should read The End of Marketing?

    • Businesspeople who are unsure how to use social media
    • Traditional marketers catching up with the changing marketplace
    • Digital marketers who are looking to hone their strategies

    About the Author

    Carlos Gil is a digital storyteller with many years of experience developing social media strategies for leading brands such as LinkedIn, Winn-Dixie, Save-A-lot and BMC Software. He is CEO and founder of the LA-based Gil Media Co. The End of Marketing is his first book.


    © Carlos Gil, 2020. This Summary of The End of Marketing is published by arrangement with Kogan Page.

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