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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.

Word of Mouth Tip #35: Recognize and reward your biggest fans

Big fans deserve big acknowledgment. Your recognition not only shows them some well-earned appreciation, but it also gives all your other fans something to strive for. How a word of mouth supergenius does it: Steven Luch really, really loves White Castle. He has a White Castle tattoo on his arm, which he sometimes uses to…

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Upcoming GasPedal events

2/16 BlogWell San Diego: Starbucks, Clorox, USAA, TurboTax, Avery Dennison, Community Medical Centers, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Navy share case studies on corporate social media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program phenomenal. (Public event) Click here 2/19 SMBC: Building social media to scale (Private…

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Word of Mouth Tip #38: Support existing fan communities

If you’re lucky enough to have fans building their own active, vibrant communities, sometimes your job as a word of mouth marketer is simply to not screw it up. Support these existing communities by reaching out to group leaders, offering support, and exploring ways to help them continue what is already working so well. How…

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Social media case study from Andy Sernovitz of GasPedal and the SMBC

Come to BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media on February 16 in San Diego to hear Starbucks, Clorox, Intuit, Avery Dennison, USAA, Community Medical Centers, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Navy share case studies in corporate social media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program…

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Social media case study from Yann Gourvennec of Orange Business Services

Come to BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media on February 16 in San Diego to hear Starbucks, Clorox, Intuit, Avery Dennison, USAA, Community Medical Centers, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Navy share case studies in corporate social media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program…

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Share this great chapter from Emanuel Rosen’s revised book

Check out the great ideas from this chapter and then share it with a friend! “Active Seeding” — Chapter 14 from Emanuel Rosen’s newly revised book, The Anatomy of Buzz Revisited: Real-life Lessons in Word-of-Mouth Marketing In this chapter, Emanuel explains how to transform a good marketing campaign into an incredible one through controlled releases…

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Word of Mouth Tip #27: Send great thank you notes

Mom was right: Sending great thank you notes is important. And while friendly emails are nice, they typically don’t generate the same type of communal sharing as some other forms of correspondence. That’s why we’re generally fans of old-fashioned, hand-written notes that are easy to pass around, pin on the wall, and share with everyone….

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Social media case study from Valeria Maltoni of SunGard

Come to BlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media on February 16 in San Diego to hear Starbucks, Clorox, Intuit, Avery Dennison, USAA, Community Medical Centers, State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Navy share case studies in corporate social media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program…

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Featured Downloads

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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