Ask Seth Godin absolutely anything

Posted by: Emily McManus

Today, TEDTalks star Seth Godin will answer your questions — on absolutely anything! Post your questions in the comments here on the TED Blog, or email them to contact@ted.com. We’ll select our five favorites from the bunch and post Seth’s responses on the TED Blog.

A marketing guru with eclectic interests and insights, Seth is game for questions on ANY topic you can think of. Be creative!

Comments (16)

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  • Trivia Questions commented on Jul 14 2009

    This guy is alot of fun to listen to. He has alot of great info and random information. Thanks for another great video Seth.

    Ashely :)

  • Adam Krzyminski commented on May 12 2009

    I guess technically he DID in fact post a question………..

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  • Adam Krzyminski commented on May 12 2009

    I want to hear a crazy, hair-brained idea from you. An off-the-wall, “Holy cow, this would never work in a million years….but oh man, could you imagine if it did!” idea.

    What is that one idea you have hiding in the back of your mind that would either prove you to be the greatest marketing mind who ever lived… or a total nut job!?

    To give you an example…
    I have always drawn inspiration from the ImprovEverywhere people and thought a simultaneous, massive, coordinated marketing message would be amazing. Involving not just one street corner, but hundreds…and not just 100 people, but tens of thousands. Something on a scale that in minutes Youtube would become bogged down as thousands upon thousands of people upload videos with their cellphones. Hyper-Viral meets real life?

    I can dream, can’t I? Thanks for inspiring me Seth Godin!

  • James Lytle commented on May 11 2009

    Seth, in the attempt to equip people for powerful, cascading change, do you believe its more beneficial to focus on goal-oriented outcomes and compelling pinnacles of success or the do-ability of simple, baby-step actions? I know its most likely a ratio between big picture vs. details. What ratio and envisioning strategy do you find works best?

  • Tyler Hayes commented on May 11 2009

    Where do you see the idea of Tribes being in 50-100 years? Thanks for blogging daily and being such a leader. Keep up the great work!

  • Tina Marie commented on May 11 2009

    Aloha, Seth! Here’s a couple to choose from: What are your thoughts on walk-on actors for websites? What direction/advice can you offer a fellow consultant in the Marketing field that desires to take it to the next level? What niches can you think of that could *mutually* benefit from exploration? Mahalo! :)

  • Casey Butler commented on May 11 2009

    Where do you find all of those funny photos!? Do you have a tribe of people that find them for you? If so, let us know so we can send in any cool pics we find- “presentation ammo”.

  • Brian McKenzie commented on May 11 2009

    I work with a national non-profit that supports leaders of other non-profits. How do you see the tribal mindset moving through highly relational areas such as philanthropy, compassion, and even religious circles – say the Christian church in America?

  • Rebecca Thorman commented on May 11 2009

    What are some strategies to begin to assemble tribes around a product or service that hasn’t launched yet? Thank you!

  • Tiffany Monhollon commented on May 11 2009

    Among my blogging peers in the marketing/pr/social media niche, I often hear people toss around comments like “he’s the next Seth Godin,” or, “My goal is to be the next Seth Godin.”

    Given that I was introduced to you by your work on the Ideavirus, I’m curious what your advice would be to the next generation of emerging thought leaders – especially the ones eyeing your particular seat.

  • Matt SF commented on May 11 2009

    Great talk! One of the greatest benefits of creating a large tribe, at least to me, is the ability to use crowdsourcing to find the best workable solution/idea.

    As an expert in the field of online networking and collaboration, what would be your best guess why the mega-multinational companies are hesitant to adopt such a powerful problem solving technique when the technology is already in place?

    Could it be a fear of changing the status quo since they help create it and enjoy it’s predictability?

  • Kevin Hillstrom commented on May 11 2009

    Many of my clients are catalog clients, folks who are seeing titanic shifts in customer behavior because of the internet. Part of the problem catalogers deal with is generational … age 55-75 rural customers shop catalogs, while younger folks shop online. Part of the problem is the fault of catalogers, renting lists for decades resulted in customers being turned off when a catalog arrives in the mailbox from a company the customer does not have a relationship with.

    Most catalogers understand the need to shift from paper to e-commerce, and most catalogers understand that they need to shift away from rented lists, toward permission-based marketing.

    Most catalogers also understand that this shift will have a devastating impact on sales. A $50,000,000 cataloger could see sales drop to $25,000,000 as they go through this transition.

    What advice would you give to a cataloger with a heritage in paper/lists? How might the catalog transition to tribes/permission to grow sales?

  • Michael Latulippe commented on May 11 2009

    In context of the theory of information foraging from Peter Pirolli and Stuart K. Card that suggests we are like wild beasts surfing the Internet, do you think that the tribalism you describe on the Web in your talk could potentially lead to a less tolerant society? One with more extremes?

  • Luke Freeman commented on May 11 2009

    You’re a champion of real world networking online. Do you think that opening up online tools and making them more efficient is an important step to collaborating on the worlds problems and saving governments/NGOs from constantly reinventing the wheel? Do you think this will happen? If so, what steps should we all take?