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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 remarkable stories create great 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.] Stories are amazing word of mouth tools. They’re natural ways for people to talk to one another, they’re memorable, and they’re everywhere. Every business…

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WOM Tip #445: Try the not-so-noisy spaces

People perusing the Missed Connections listings in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia recently might have seen posts like “Cute Dress Girl at Franklin Mortgage – m4w” or “Bright red lips w/ wrist tattoo at big star – m4w.” But these aren’t from love struck guys on Craigslist, these are from Swarovski — the crystal…

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Video: How Cabela’s joined their customers’ conversations in social media

According to Adam Buchanan, Cabela’s Social Media Manager, your customers’ content is better than yours. What does he mean by that? The photos they share, the stories they tell, and their feedback is so much more authentic and remarkable than anything an agency could try to recreate with your stuff. The problem: Cabela’s didn’t have…

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3 ways to use the “me” motivation for 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.] One of the biggest motivators for word of mouth is all about “me.” People don’t want to talk about your company — they want…

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WOM Tip #218: Art brings big groups of talkers together

TD Bank turned their New York storefronts into art galleries by displaying works from local artists in their windows and in Grand Central Station. They also brought together ten artists to create something from recyclable material. The proceeds from the art goes to four different environmental organizations in the city, but TD Bank is also…

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Video: How Olive Garden made their social media presence about their customers — not marketing

For a lot of people, social media is a direct line to a company’s customer service. But what happens when that company uses social media as just another place to advertise? According to Justin Sikora, Olive Garden’s Director of Brand Building and Public Relations, that promotion-focused strategy was leaving their customers ignored and upset. To…

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Boring word of mouth lessons

[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.] Word of mouth marketing only works when it’s the opposite of boring. But sometimes, you can take advantage of boring to create something remarkable….

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WOM Tip #152: Ask people to help you tell your story

Austin Pets Alive! doesn’t have any spare cash to pay people to write bios and blog posts, take photos, and make videos featuring their adoptable animals. But the more content they have to tell their story, the more people they reach. That means more interest in adopting stray cats and dogs and more donations to…

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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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