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A bit is gold

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on February 24, 2014

In the super terrific web series Comedians in cars getting coffee, Jerry Seinfeld (the host) was asked what he thinks has more value in comedy:

A funny story which is suitable for talk show

or

A small bit more suited to a stand up session

Jerry had an unequivocal answer. He said; ‘A bit is gold’. He went on to say it was superior in every way to a longer piece that requires more explanation, and that’s why you leave long stories for the talk show. The gold bits need to be left for the stage – where it really matters. It’s in this episode we can hear Jerry tell the tale.

It’s the same when it comes to marketing copy or web copy or pitching for a startup. There’s a temptation to not want to leave anything important out. To give all the details so the person can work out the important bit about the project. In some ways it is a form of justification of what we’re doing. A basic fear of the simple. Almost as if we are short changing the audience if we give them less. The ironic thing is that we almost always want less. When it comes to branding and marketing, just like comedy – sound bites are gold. They are customer winning, they are pitch winning and they are life winning. The longer story is inferior.

The added beauty of the soundbite is that the receiver creates the longer version. So soundbites work harder with more people. They tell themselves whatever story they want to from there. They add the layers they want according to their perception.  The sound bite is the seed, and the recipient is the soil.

Organise the worlds information

Change the world 140 characters at a time

A computer on every desk in every home

Yes we can

If people can remember our soundbites, that’s all they need to know.

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  1. LaunchBox said, on February 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Well said.

    -Amy Howe

  2. Ben Rowe (@benhyphenrowe) said, on February 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Unfortunately politicians have caught onto this, and I fear that it has dumbed down the voting public. A la “Stop the boats”.


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