Marketer bookshelf: Katherine Nguyen’s five must-read books

Acer marketing director Katherine Nguyen shares her list of books every marketer should read.

We’re avid readers, and there are certain books that can make a lasting impression on our personal and professional outlooks and, ultimately, careers and lives. So each time we interview a marketing leader for our marketer profile section, we ask them to nominate a selection of books – and not just marketing books – they recommend every marketer should read.

Full of captivating stories, Katherine Nguyen is transforming Acer Australia and New Zealand as its head of marketing, with her energetic and fun approach to serious, number-driven business innovation. Nguyen is widely known for her different ways of approaching innovation. Read more in our full profile on Katherine Nguyen by Michelle Herbison.

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Marketing Warfare marketwar

By Al Ries and Jack Trout

Sharply written, with clear advice and minimum jargon, Ries and Trout provides a marketing book with a difference.






The Power of Simplicity power simple

By Jack Trout

Trout places particular emphasis on simplifying processes and through a series of case studies and interviews, shows managers how to cut through jargon, articulate their vision, and regain control of the vital elements of their business in order to make it thrive.




Blue Ocean Strategy blue ocean

By W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

A book that really challenges everything you thought you knew about what it takes to achieve strategic success. With fantastic insights, it’s no wonder Blue Ocean Strategy has been embraced by organizations and industries across the world.






The Culture Code culture

By Clotaire Rapaille

Marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies for the first time.






The Art of War art war

By Sun Tzu

With enduring popularity, The Art Of War, is a classic study of strategy and how to shape your tactics to cope with an ever-evolving situation. A must read for all marketers.