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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.

Download: The first chapter of “Chief Customer Officer 2.0″ by Jeanne Bliss

With over 30 years as a Chief Customer Officer and training executives in customer experience, Jeanne Bliss knows a thing or two about how companies earn extreme customer love. But, she says that kind of love, the kind that grows your business, isn’t just about customer service. In this 2.0 version of her book Chief…

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Video: How Cisco gives their sales reps the tools to build relationships with customers

At Cisco, sales reps use LinkedIn to build relationships with potential customers, inspire word of mouth, and earn trust. According to Jennifer Roberts, Cisco’s Marketing Manager, it’s helped them build better networks and reach more customers. But they didn’t get there without some training and lessons learned along the way. Check out Jennifer’s case study on social selling in this presentation at SocialMedia.org’s Member Meeting.

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3 ways companies can work together to earn word of mouth

Farmers and media companies, breweries and yoga studios, roller derby leagues and event security: These unlikely partnerships have helped each business start more conversations, get more visibility, and earn more customers.

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WOM Tip #230: Even boring products can throw parties

Most mattress stores stick to the usual promotions and sales to get people in the door. But mattress company Casper invited people to something much more remarkable and trendy. Learn how Casper used naps, waffles, and pillowcases to earn word of mouth.

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Video: How Old Navy celebrated their fans on their 20th birthday

What’s more remarkable: An anniversary sale or a 20-foot wall of balloons that inflates portraits of people’s faces? That’s the idea behind Old Navy’s 20th anniversary campaign that brought their fans’ online selfies to the real world in Times Square and Hollywood. When people tweeted #selfiebration with their photo and a birthday wish for themselves,…

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How TOMS, Patagonia, and Volvo earn word of mouth with cause marketing

[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.] Product benefits and deliverables only get you so far in word of mouth marketing. Maybe your stuff is boring, or, after a while, everyone…

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WOM Tip #223: Owning your mistakes is just as remarkable as fixing them

Blue Bell Ice Cream has had a rough year with food contamination and massive recalls. But what has been unique about this company’s misfortune is the outpouring of support from Blue Bell fans and employees. People really love this company. And Blue Bell has made it easy to see why with their open and authentic…

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Video: How Toyota turned around word of mouth about their “boring” Camry

Like vanilla ice cream, popular stuff often gets a reputation for being boring, and as the top sedan in the U.S. for 13 years in a row, Camry was facing the same reputation problem. People saw buying a Camry as a rational, economic decision — not necessarily an exciting experience you’d tell a friend about….

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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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