Why do certain products and ideas go viral? Dynamic young Wharton professor Jonah Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious.
Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective.
Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.
Contagious is filled with fascinating information drawn from Berger's research. You will be surprised to learn, for example, just how little word of mouth is generated online versus elsewhere. Already praised by Dan Ariely and Dan Gilbert, and sold in nine countries, this book is a must-listen for people who want their projects and ideas to succeed.
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Nothing about the books content was groundbreaking or super insightful. Book simply provides observations and examples of commonalities among viral word of mouth events without explaining HOW to GENERATE or REPRODUCE those elements. Think book could've been 1/3 the length. Content could've been condensed into a 12 slide PowerPoint. Author filled in a lot of the pages with stories and sentences that were not substantive.
Overall, pretty disappointed. Wish there's a book out there with more tactical advice on how to generate word of mouth virality rather than simply pointing out themes/elements/features that are common among successful campaigns.
The narrator was engaging and I felt like he was right in the room telling a story with all his heart.
The concepts in this book were easy to understand and the examples were laid out very well. Each story made it really easy to understand what I needed to take away.
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