WMTW 025: David Meerman Scott – NASA’s Biggest Mistake in Marketing The Moon [podcast]
Updated on March 2nd, 2015
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It was my great pleasure to have on the show one of our marketing heroes – David Meerman Scott.
David is author or co-author of ten books – including three international bestsellers. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, which is how we first heard of David, is now in its 4th edition, has been translated into 26 languages and sold over 300,000 copies. David is also a fantastic keynote speaker and travels all over the world to do so.
After we read New Rules of Marketing and PR, Adam and I then heard him give a presentation at a conference in Sydney via satellite. To me, David is the guy who finally gave us the language to describe what we felt was happening online. We connected and eventually collaborated to develop the Web Strategy Planning Template. He was also kind enough to write the foreword to our book Web Marketing That Works.
It was awesome to talk about the marketing lessons from his new book: Marketing The Moon.
Day in the life of David Meerman Scott
- Up early – exercise
- 2 breakfasts
- Dip into social frequently – 10x per day each a couple of minutes
- Twitter, Google News, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Does everything early.
How did Marketing The Moon get started?
- Child of the 60s
- Wanted to be an astronaut
- 10 years ago was caught back up in it
- Digging into the Apollo program they realised that it took 4% of the US’s budget + 2% of the US’s workforce for an entire decade!
- Realised it was a marketing thing too.
- Focussed on the contractors as well as NASA’s involvement in the marketing
- Is a collector of Apollo moon program artifacts – Apolloartifacts.com
Marketing Lessons from Marketing The Moon:
- the importance of live video to give people access to the moment when people stepped on the moon
- live video was not supported by everyone – expensive, heavy, technology development – took a huge effort to convince people that they needed to do it.
- We have to deliver this real time content to the constituents – we owe it to them.
- Delivering content that people will find interesting and share
- Tapped into the marketing and PR resources of the contractors
- The concept of partnering with others to achieve a common goal – rely on others to help you.
NASA’s big mistake:
- Sold the Moon landing as a quest – simply a goal to achieve
- It was like a product launch that had no follow up
- Didn’t do a good job as to why people should pay attention to their subsequent missions
- Lost support from taxpayers and congress to foot the bill
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