WOM Tips

WOM Tip #462: One simple change can refresh the conversation about your stuff

Like most well-known and well-liked products, burgers have a problem: You have to do something a little extra to make them worth talking about. But you don’t have to do a complete overhaul to inspire word of mouth about a product that people don’t talk much about. For example, to cause a stir, Burger King…

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WOM Tip #431: People talk about companies that treat their employees well

It’s a sad fact that not everyone expects retail employees to like their jobs. People say stuff like, “Well that’s working in retail for you.” So when people actually love their jobs in these industries, it’s something to talk about. And the word of mouth doesn’t just come from happy employees — outsiders take notice…

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WOM Tip #386: Everyone loves a hidden gem

You know that feeling you get when you discover some cool new restaurant? Or when you tell your friends about a shop they’ve never heard of? That feeling is a huge word of mouth motivator. People love to look cool and adventurous in front of their friends. So they love being the first to tell…

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WOM Tip #298: Make invisible stories visible

Amazing things happen in your store and at your company all the time. But it’s not always easy to spread those amazing stories to everyone else. One way to do it: Give those stories a visual cue. Put something on the wall that starts conversations. Here’s one inspiring example: At Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia,…

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WOM Tip #199: Put word of mouth tools in every package you send

The best thing you can do to help your customers remember to talk about you is to put something in their hands to share. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive — but it does have to be remarkable. For example, Sock It to Me places a funny…

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WOM Tip #145: Your influencers can show up in unexpected places

Sarah Horne, a children’s book illustrator in London, got IKEA’s attention when she shared her doodles superimposed over the company’s furniture catalogue in her portfolio. But instead of sending her cease and desist letters, IKEA hired her as their first-ever children’s illustrator in residence. It’s a cool story, so plenty of publications shared it. But…

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WOM Tip #216: Build sharing into a benefit

Book lovers have had complaints about e-readers like Kindles and Nooks for a long time now. It’s why these companies have introduced stuff like page-turning functions and note-taking capabilities that mimic the real thing. In fact, Kindle’s most recent update includes another analog benefit: sharing. The new software allows users to share their Amazon library…

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WOM Tip #143: Prove you’re that good

The word “best” gets thrown around a lot. Everyone likes to claim it, but it’s not always easy to prove. Why do the Allstars, a cover band in the Netherlands, say they’re the “world’s best cover band?” Because they can fool Shazam, the app you can use to identify songs and artists solely from the…

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