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The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing
"The relationship between brands and consumers is one of great conflict, according to Serazio. This former journalist and assistant professor in the department of communication at Fairfield University uses the term 'guerilla' as a war metaphor to describe marketing’s new attempt at virtual invisibility... Serazio enlists Che Guevara, Michel Foucault, the Frankfurt School, and a variety of media studies theorists to fight for his cause... [T]he book attempts to resolve the mystery of whether power really has shifted from brands to consumers in the new media, word-of-mouth, consumer-generated, self-publishing promotional environment. Are new audience members 'empowered' to choose their brand exposure? Or are marketers using us? The book ends on a cautionary note, with a warning that, despite the concerns of the ad men and women, they still have the upper hand in this newest fight for hearts and minds."
"Serazio gets as much value out of the [McLuhan's ideas] as seems humanly possible by adapting it to the contrast between the old-school 'hot' ad campaign—with its clear, strong message that you should buy Acme brand whatchamacallits, and here’s why—and a variety of newer, 'cooler' approaches that are more seductive, self-effacing, or canny about dealing with widespread cynicism about corporate hype."
—Inside Higher Ed
"Serazio (Fairfield Univ.) provides a well-written, extensively referenced and footnoted book that is reminiscent of, yet more ethically neutral than, texts by Stuart Ewen, Michael Schudson, Thomas Frank, and James Twitchell. In addition to scholarly sources, Serazio's broad reliance on trade and the popular press supports many detailed examples that emphasize his arguments and enhance readability. The numerous insightful and extended quotes sprinkled throughout the text were drawn from 46 semistructured, in-depth telephone interviews with prominent practitioners, creatives, executives, trade journalists, and other relevant professionals who are knowledgeable about guerrilla marketing campaigns. Chapters 4 and 5 will be particularly interesting to practitioners in this field. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, students at all levels, researchers, faculty, and professionals."
"This book covers a lot of ground in its 200 some pages, but with relevant examples and a well-thought out structure, it is accessible to a wide audience. And since, as Serazio points out, the whole point of guerrilla marketing is to become invisible, this book is a must read for anyone engaging in media literacy education. It is a valuable addition to the field of media studies."
—Journal of Popular Culture
"These chapters do a good job of chronicling the various ways marketers have used the guerrilla techniques in the recent past. . .It does offer many timely observations on recent efforts by marketers to use unconventional methods to sell their products and services to consumers."
—Journal of American Culture
"Come 2013, not only is it hard to think of 'rebellious cool' without a major brand sponsorship: just about all markets of rebellion and authenticity are being actively co-opted into the media-marketing-lifestyle complex. It requires a masterful scalpel to prise apart the self-sealing seams of 'culture for sale' today, and former journalist and current academic Michael Serazio rises to the challenge magnificently...As a book that mixes real case studies from the trenches of new media promotion with critical theory, Your Ad Here is as welcome for scholars of advertising as it is timely.”
—Media International Australia
"Michael Serazio has produced an extremely important and engaging book: well researched and highly readable, it provides a detailed and compelling account of the mechanisms of consumer governance at work in the digital age. It deserves a wide readership among scholars and students alike."
—Liz Moor, Goldsmiths, University of London
"It is a truism that, in media, everyone knows they are being sold something all the time. It is exactly because of this that we become blind to the subtle seductions of contemporary commercial culture—and Michael Serazio is here to open our eyes."
—Mark Deuze, author of Media Life and Media Work
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