Wizard - Harry Potter's Brand Magic - Stephen Brown new softcover book
Harry Potter's brand magic
by STEPHEN BROWN
Small, new softcover book, 191 pages
From the publisher's website: The marketing story behind the greatest storyteller of our time and one of the most successful brands of recent times.
Itâ€™s the old, old rags-to-riches story familiar from countless soap operas, chick flicks and fairy tales. A struggling single mother manages to write a literary masterpiece in a cafÃ© over coffee while her baby gently sleeps. The book goes unnoticed by perfidious publishers; rejection slips pour in. Just as she is about to admit defeat and return to her McJob, an astute agent spots the gleam of gold in his tottering slush pile. Leaping into action, he brokers a deal with a prestigious publishing house, and the book is duly issued without a sniff of pre-publicity or Sunday-supplement hoopla. But the public loves it, word gets round, sales take off and it climbs to the top of the charts. The once impoverished author goes on to even greater success and lives happily ever after.
Such a scenario, if pitched at a Hollywood producer, would doubtless be dismissed as too stereotyped, too schmaltzy, too Walt Disney for words. Yet that is exactly what happened to J.K.Rowling, the giga-selling author of the Harry Potter books. Or so the story goes. The real story of the Harry Potter brand â€“ and it is a brand â€“ is even more compelling than the fairy taleâ€¦
â€œIntelligent, well-informed, easy to read and relevant to the marketing community. Read this and some of its magic may rub off on you and your brand.â€
Elen Lewis, editor, Brand Strategy magazine
This book is neither authorized nor approved, much less recommended, by J.K Rowling or Warner Bros Entertainment Inc.
STEPHEN BROWN is the treat you can read between deals without ruining your marketing strategy. He can be contacted via his website: www.sfxbrown.com
(If you really want to know, his day job is Professor of Marketing Research at the University of Ulster)
In stock-ready to post on Tuesday