College/Education Bashing Marketing - Should We All believe the Pitch and become Dropouts?
Most of you are college educated here or perhaps all of you from results on the recent forum polls. Before that, let me start by saying I hate school. Yes, I hate school. I thought it was a waste of time and I slept through most classes or skipped them. In grad school, I spent more time kayaking on the Lake by the campus than I ever did in the lab or classroom. My learning style isn't suitable for a classroom setting and I do much better working on projects not studying for mid-terms or final exams.
School/Alumni network does afford everyone here the opportunity to have a shot at WallSt. Good luck without the paper for the future Gekko aspiring.
In recent times, there has been an overtone of college and education bashing. Lots of angry people with degrees and no jobs makes it really easy for these marketers to take advantage of this angst and make a name for themselves. Here are some of the prominent traditional education hating heroes of our times.
Let me first introduce fictional VC Peter Gregory from the hit HBO Series Silicon Valley. Here is his infamous TED Talk on the subject:
Peter hates college; you would be better off working at Burger King (which he conveniently forgot later on in the series...)
Then we have someone who loves to hear himself talk, Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary dropped out of college and now makes a lot of FB, IG, YT, etc videos hating on college and how starting your own business is the de facto route to go in life.
Next we have my favorite candidate Mr.Tai Lopez aka "Here in my Garage." He's all about that:
Let's first hear his words of wisdom bestowed upon us lowly apes in his elegant TEDx Talk:
This is his famous "knowledge" and "wisdom" on "fuel units" utilized to find "mentors" in his profound video:
Remember apes... KNOWLEDGE!!! Screw knowledge man, I'd rather take a warehouse full of those Lambos and sell it to some unsuspecting folks in the Hollywood Hills.
Finally, we have a new kid on the block spending a ton of money advertising on Facebook. His name? Billy Gene is Marketing, Inc. (BGIM)
3.5 years as of JAN17 and sub 75,000 views on YouTube with the average view per video below 100... I'm wondering if his propaganda holds water.
My favorite Billy Gene promo video:
Lovely Video Testimonials. He should have paid his actors a little more to look authentic:
Apparently, according to BGIM, we've all been scammed for those of us who are going to or have gone to college. Our high costs and feeble minds cannot come up with a marketing strategy that can rival that of the great Billy Gene. Dammit! With how people are so uptight about their salaries and income, I am shocked that these "students" cough, cough, stage actors, #socialexperimentsarereal, #itsaprankmanitsaprank so readily disclose their debt load. BIGM also forgot his lines in his promo video and said the wrong number, oops!
Who would win in a HBO PPV Live Marketing duel if we squared off some of these fine individuals?
I would want to see at minimum:
- Gary V vs. Billy Gene
- Gary V vs. Peter Gregory
- Gary V vs. Tai Lopez
- Billy Gene vs. Peter Gregory
- Peter Gregory vs. Tai Lopez