Tag Archives: word of mouth

WOM Tip #501: Get someone else to tell your story

Imagine this: You’re making polite conversation with your taxi driver when he starts telling you about his only daughter who ran off to marry a man in a different country. He says he just discovered her husband is abusing her and that he’s packing his stuff to go kill her husband. That’s pretty dramatic. But…

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WOM Tip #405: Make fixing your mistakes a big deal

Negative feedback isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it presents a great opportunity to do something remarkable for your customers. For example, when Chef Boyardee got rid of their cans with pop-top lids to save a little money, they didn’t realize it would be such a disappointment to their fans. But after bringing back the…

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Video: How Microsoft uses storytelling to earn word of mouth

“Welcome to Nobody Cares, population: six billion.” That’s Microsoft Social Media Manager Rob Wolf explaining one of the reasons why it’s difficult to get customers to share your message: If you don’t know what they find interesting, you’re not going to get their attention. How does Microsoft get them to care? Storytelling — because Microsoft…

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WOM Tip #376: Inexpensive tools can carry word of mouth messages for more expensive stuff

Homage, a retro-sports-inspired clothing company, includes packages of old baseball cards with their customers’ orders. They’re not worth anything to a serious baseball card trader — but that’s not the point. They’re nostalgic, they’re a cool way to surprise and delight customers, and most importantly, they’re a word of mouth carrier. When Homage sends these…

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Video: How Southwest Airlines’ employees start meaningful word of mouth conversations

If you fly with Southwest Airlines, you might not be surprised to see singing flight attendants or a cookie cake when your flight arrives. In fact, you may have already seen this viral video of a flight attendant firing off jokes during her entire safety briefing. Southwest Airlines is known for fun and friendly stunts…

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WOM Tip #399: Your talkers can say it better with a gift

Tonx is a subscription coffee service that delivers high-quality roasted beans to their customers’ doors (and we think they were channeling Dollar Shave Club with this video). Tonx encourages subscribers to tell friends about them by giving them a discount code to share. If you give your customers a chance to do something nice for…

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Video: How Kaiser Permanente writes their own word of mouth stories

“If you don’t like the news, go out and make your own.” That famous quote by Wes “Scoop” Nisker fits nicely with the word of mouth fundamental, “give people something to talk about.” According to Kaiser Permanente’s VP of Brand Communication, Holly Potter, that quote also inspires their goal to tell their own stories online….

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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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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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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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