How should a blogger promote a book? With Rohit Bhargava, one way is by turning to his community of fellow bloggers in both a self-serving and altruistic act (which is, at the heart of it, what blogging’s all about): he’s giving bloggers exclusive interviews and some link love and publicity on his own blog in return for the PR they’re giving him. Given how much a fan I’ve been of Rohit’s ever since I first heard him speak at the first Search Insider Summit two years ago, I’m just excited to have one more reason to catch up with him.
Below’s the interview, which I had a good time with, and I think you’ll appreciate it even if you don’t plan on reading the book (I haven’t read it yet but will post a review when I do).
One request: if you do enjoy the interview, head to his blog Monday and vote for this blog to win ‘best interview’; I love autographed books, and the recognition’s always a plus.
The Exclusive Q&A with Rohit Bhargava
DB: You populate your book with a slew of real-world examples [evident from the book’s introduction available for download]. What’s one
that especially fascinated you and tends to be a real eye-opener for
people when you share it?RB: There are two. The first is a story of Manga and the
death of Superman that I have in the book which I think is particularly
interesting. The second is Boeing because a lot of people find it
unexpected to see a big brand like that used as an example.
DB: How much has writing your blog informed your book and has writing your book informed your blog?
terms of research and finding great stories to share it has helped a
lot. If you also think of writing as a skill that you need to keep up
to date in order to do effectively, it has also helped me because I am
used to writing my thoughts quickly. The one thing it didn’t help with
that I thought it would have was content. Aside from my one SMO [social media optimization] post
near the end of the book, I really wasn’t able to repurpose ANY of my
blog content for the book.
DB: Artists always need to ‘kill their babies.’ Is there anything you wish
you could have included but didn’t, whether it’s because of the length,
the flow, or some other reason why it just didn’t work? Why did you
wind up axing it?
RB: Of course, how did you know? There is actually a list
of brands that I wanted to get into the book but just couldn’t because
there wasn’t a perfect fit in terms of flow. A few of those brands
include Sun, Threadless and Etsy. Luckily I will be launching a blog
around the book this week called Personality Matters and will likely
have a "BIWIM" section (Brands I Wish I Mentioned).
DB: If someone absolutely loves your book, what are the next three
books he or she should read to dive deeper, expand their horizons, find
other viewpoints, or otherwise make themselves a little smarter?
RB: Great question. Actually, rather than just provide a short answer,
I’d rather point you and your readers to an online bookstore that I
created several months ago to benefit DonorsChoose.org (a charity that
helps teachers get funds for projects to help their classrooms). The
site is called the Ultimate Marketing Bookstore and is at www.ultimatemarketingbookstore
DB: What kind of person did you have in mind as the audience when you wrote
this book? Who were you writing it for? And, who else would appreciate
it even if you weren’t initially writing it for them?
RB: My main audience as I was writing it was a
combination of Entrepreneurs, marketers, people working in large
corporations (but not the boss), executives, and agency people. Other
audiences that I think could get something great out of the book are
people who are running their own businesses but don’t consider
themselves either marketers or businesspeople (eg – a dentist or a
Check his blog Monday to vote on your favorite interview (quite a few of my favorite bloggers are taking part, so it won’t be an easy choice for me).