Tag Archives: word of mouth

WOM Tip #462: Need content inspiration? Just ask for it.

One of the best things you can do for word of mouth is share plenty of content for your fans to pass along. If you’re thinking that’s easier said than done, you’re not alone. Even big, well established companies struggle to come up with content people want to share. You know who has no problem…

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Video: Why passion sparks word of mouth

One key point on word of mouth marketing: “It’s about people, stupid,” says Brains on Fire President Robbin Phillips. The focus shouldn’t be on the product or the sales data. It should be on human beings and what they care about. In her book, The Passion Conversation, Robbin says you have to understand people’s passions…

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You need a smaller net

This is a guest post from Drew McLellan, CEO and Top Dog at McLellan Marketing Group. See the original post this is adapted from and more like it on his blog. Fear can make us take our eye off the ball and lose focus on what really matters. In marketing, that often translates to these…

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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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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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