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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.

Ask an artist to help you start conversations

[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.] You’ve got a lot of competition when it comes to starting conversations. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to help you get above your…

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WOM Tip #372: Remarkable customer service shouldn’t stop at the front desk

As a savvy word of mouth marketer, you know that customer service is everyone’s job. It’s not just up to the person behind the welcome desk to make people feel welcome, and it’s not just the help center’s job to make things right when a customer’s upset. But a remarkable customer experience also doesn’t stop…

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Video: How BMW turns fans into brand advocates

Have you ever had a fan wear so much of your branded clothing that it looks like they work for your company? What about a fan that could tell what year your product was made by its smell? BMW does. And they decided to do something for these fans that would turn them into loyal…

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

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

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

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