Case Studies

Video: How Grainger makes their customers the heroes

Grainger supplies the stuff that helps businesses run: from janitorial supplies and fire extinguishers, to Lipton tea bags and labware. It’s the kind of stuff you probably don’t notice that often (and you probably don’t think about where it comes from either). But Grainger didn’t become one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” by being invisible…

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Video: How Humana builds fan relationships by focusing on their goals

For health insurance companies, it’s hard to start conversations with your fans when things like negative industry perceptions stand in the way. But Humana broke through this wall by making their social strategy all about their fans’ goals — and how their community can support them. In his presentation at SocialMedia.org’s BlogWell conference in Chicago,…

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Video: How Moen inspires word of mouth through influencer outreach

Sometimes the best way to start word of mouth conversation is to know what your fans are talking about already. But, where do you find these conversations in the first place? For Moen, it was all about realizing their audience wasn’t talking about faucets, they were talking about entire kitchen and bathroom remodels. In her…

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Video: How American Eagle Outfitters turned their customers into their marketing

The companies that start the most word of mouth conversations are the ones that offer something truly remarkable — the ones that stand out from their competitors. So, when American Eagle Outfitters took a look at their prospective market and realized they were facing “a sea of sameness,” they turned to their customers to help…

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Video: How “Don’t Mess With Texas” became one of the most talked about ad campaigns of all time

In 1985, Texans were paying millions for litter cleanup along highways, and the cost was getting bigger every year. The nation as a whole was facing a similar issue and putting out public service announcements, like the crying Native American and “Give a hoot, don’t pollute.” But according to Tim McClure, co-founder of ad agency…

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Video: How Raytheon got people talking about one of their top secret events

Sometimes the people that will talk about you the most aren’t the ones buying your stuff, but they’re still great advocates for your brand. These people are called your talkers and for Raytheon, they’re people like military families, veterans, aviation enthusiasts, and staffers — not the military generals actually signing the contract. That’s why, when…

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Video: What General Mills looks for in community managers

Aaron Miller shares how they’re building a new team of community managers to act as the voice of their brands.

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Video: How Life Technologies encouraged employees to engage in online word of mouth

Just because an employee isn’t on your social media team doesn’t mean he or she can’t participate and add value to your online conversations. But many of them hesitate to take part because they’re afraid of doing it wrong. Instead of missing out on this great resource, why not give them the training and the…

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

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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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