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About Spike Jones

Spike Jones is a results-proven communications professional, specializing in digital and offline word of mouth marketing. With more than 15 years of experience, the career path goes something like this: Baylor University; a decade at Brains on Fire; SVP of the Customer Experience team at Fleishman-Hillard; Group Director, Engagement at WCG; and now SVP, Managing Director SW Region at Edelman Digital. Spike is also a co-author of the book Brains on Fire: Igniting Powerful, Sustainable, Word of Mouth Movements.

How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe…

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WOM Tip #378: Make a physical reminder for word of mouth

Some word of mouth topics are harder to spread than others. For example, the issue of hunger in Rhode Island is a difficult one for many people to comprehend. So to make their message more tangible, one food bank created empty cans branded as “Nothing.” Photo from Nail. The cans of “Nothing” were designed a…

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Video: How UnitedHealth Group meets their customers where conversations are happening

One fundamental word of mouth tip: Go where your customers are talking about you. That can mean attending local events, hopping on discussion forums — or if you’re UnitedHealth Group, getting involved on Twitter. But for a regulated industry like healthcare, that’s easier said than done. UnitedHealth Group’s Senior Manager of Communications, Rachel Medina, describes…

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8 word of mouth topics to write about

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] Blogs, newsletters, and other types of content are fundamental word of mouth tools. The problem: What the heck do you write about? It’s an…

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WOM Tip #457: Turn problem solving into a word of mouth opportunity

Feedly, an RSS feed reader, dedicated the first ten days of March to fixing ten bugs in their system. They called it “Fix It March: 10 bugs in 10 days,” and blogged about eh experience along the way. Photo from Feedly. Feedly is probably already tackling issues and improving their product every day, not just…

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Video: How AT&T helps their employees become social advocates

Did you know that 77 percent of people are more likely to buy a product if they hear about it from someone they trust? With the potential to have over 80,000 employees active in their social media program, that’s a lot of people who can spread the word about AT&T. The problem: Only about eight…

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3 digital designs that earn word of mouth

[Welcome back to our Word of Mouth Marketing Lessons newsletter. This is text from the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using this handy form.] We don’t always share techie examples of word of mouth marketing, because word of mouth shouldn’t rely on digital or social media to work….

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WOM Tip #441: Make your packaging your word of mouth story

Sony sells their waterproof Walkman headphones submersed in a water bottle. With one glance, you can immediately tell what makes their product remarkable. They don’t need clever copy or flashy design — they just put their headphones in a water bottle in a vending machine. Photo from The Dieline. The best word of mouth stories…

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Download: “The Difference Map” by Bernadette Jiwa

We’re big fans of author of The Fortune Cookie Principle and TEDx speaker Bernadette Jiwa, who says that good marketing…

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The first chapter of “The Social Media Side Door” by Ian Greenleigh

Ian reveals the best ways to earn the attention of influential people using social media channels.

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9 Things to Share That Start Conversations

Use the examples in this guide to help inspire ways to make your message more portable and shareable.

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3 Must-Use Word of Mouth Marketing Tools

These tools will help you kick off any word of mouth campaign no matter what topic, industry, or budget.

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The Top Four Tips for Multiplying Your Word of Mouth

These tips can help you get your marketing to do more work without a lot of extra effort.

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10 Ways to Turn Around Negative Word of Mouth

The most effective ways to stop negative WOM with examples from Zappos, FedEx, Dell, and more.

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