A friend today asked me for a good book on marketing as if I would know, but I then remembered the impact Kevin Kelly’s essay “1,000 True Fans,” had on me some years ago and suggested to my friend he starts his research reading it.
As I myself went back to re-read “1,000 True Fans,” it now struck me as one of the sanest and best approaches to reaching people, e.g., marketing, especially if you are starting out, like my friend says. Kelly’s essay is perhaps the ultimate anti-branding approach to branding.
In looking around the web, I see the essay has found champions such as Tim Ferriss, who has included it in his latest work, “The Tools Of Titans” (another fantastic read for all things life-hacking, to not say life-changing) and dovetails with the spirit of people like Seth Godin who advocate the idea of starting out by marketing to one or two people and taking it from there; a super condensed notion of 1,000 true fans.
I’m not a marketer but I would not start any new venture – business, artistic or otherwise – without becoming real close to 1,000 True Fans.
Keep Doing Goodness,
Originally posted at http://carlkruse.org/2017/02/03/find-1000-true-fans/