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Contagious Audiobook

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Social Dynamics Group, LLC (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Dr A 09-14-13
    Dr A 09-14-13

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    "Smart, but painfully verbose"

    The author’s advice on marketing makes sense, but I found his audiobook a stressful listen, as his endless stories, spelled out in a host petty details really distracted from the message. It would have benefited from a much tighter re-write.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13
    Nathan OAKLAND, CA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent on all fronts."
    What other book might you compare Contagious to and why?

    The Tipping Point. It's like the sequel to the Tipping Point, which I also enjoyed.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Social Currency. I love that expression.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration blends very well with the content to the point the narrator sounds like he is the author. The book is a collection of lessons framed in stories that have practical application for just about any business. This is the first book that anyone of ambition should read or listen to. I've listened to it twice and will listen to it again in the future I'm sure.

    Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ben 04-27-17
    ben 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great book"

    Must read for anyone looking run a business. This book touches great topics and discussions.

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    E. Dyer 03-13-17
    E. Dyer 03-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Read For Any Business Owner"

    This book is a great read for any business owner. Learn how to create relevant marketing that makes your brand memorable.

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    melissa 03-10-17
    melissa 03-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "First audible and Keith gave a good experience"

    Lots of amazing points and definitely a good book to read on buzz marketing! Highly recommend !

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    Amazon Customer 03-05-17
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    "Great book"

    Nice read. Good book to boost marketing. I hope following the 6 key elements will make my objectives go viral :)

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    Joshua Marrufo Reeds Spring, MO 03-02-17
    Joshua Marrufo Reeds Spring, MO 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book! Great for all businesses!"

    Great for all businesses, especially those that don't have much of a marketing budget. Good too see what is behind some marketing campaigns and what really works and what doesnt.

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    Rebecca E Haas 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "phenomenal book helps make brands contagious"

    Having worked in real estate since 2003, it's always been an interesting task to try and make an old industry feel fresh. Listening to this book has given me a number of great ideas which I am excited to begin using in my business!

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    stephen joseph whitten 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "valuable information"

    If you have a product or business idea you are trying to create, this book will give you great inspiration and information.

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    Daniel 02-20-17
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    "Very informative!"

    Everything was well explained. Better yet, there was more than one story behind every step to making an idea or product "Contagious". Definitely a good read!

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  • Shah
    3/10/17
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    "Excellent read on the recipe for virality"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to two entrepreneurs and a friend working in marketing as the techniques can be applied to a significant range of businesses. The added benefit is that the examples chosen to demonstrate these techniques are real world scenarios which many people can relate to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Have you listened to any of Keith Nobbs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Keith's other performances. Keith is a talented narrator. These type of books have a vast amount of great content but could be difficult to deliver. Keith was highly engaging and kept me wanting more.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile. I looked back at my past and could count numerous times that I have been a subject of contagious content.


    Any additional comments?

    If like me, you've wondered how a video has got so viral or why the same story has been shared by multiple people. then this audiobook may help to answer some of those questions, in a very engaging way.

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  • Matthew
    1/29/17
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    "I usually hate business books but...."

    I usually hate business books but this was far more practical and useful than any other.

    It almost gives you a list of reasons why products will take off. Granted most of the principles apply to branding but I do actually believe it offers a lot to people choosing product selection.

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  • GOH
    12/20/16
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    "Good explanation with excellent examples"

    This is a great book filled with real life examples of things going viral and the author's well thought out explanation of how they went viral.

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  • Przemek
    11/18/16
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    "Essential for EVERY adman and entrepreneur!"

    The reseaech here is cutting edge. This should be in every advertising degree compulsory curriculum

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  • M. Millward
    9/5/16
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    "Amazing - worth x100 the price"

    Essential must have for any business owner, whether you have a product, person, information or anything else - this book is a must sell

    It is the bible for virality

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  • patrice
    6/20/16
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    "Insightful, inspiring and priceless"

    The best book I've read in about 10 years! Absolutely amazing, a real game changer!

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  • Stephen Lowrey
    6/2/16
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    "Don't buy this book! It's my secret weapon..."

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Many new ideas and reinforcement of many suspicions one has in how people react. Great stories backed up with facts and figures, easy to understand and I can't wait to put some of this into practice.

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  • J. Scudamore
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    5/24/16
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    "Worth the time and money"

    Good examples of proving the theory and entertaining. The next level would be for the author to have used the techniques on his own projects and would of made them more practical.

    Also some products don't easily fit into the technique categories so advice on that would of improved the book.

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  • Abhishek
    5/21/16
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    "Getting viral gracefully!"

    explains very clearly what gets viral and how to have directed approach to get it.

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  • Ashley Peat
    5/4/16
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    "Top Class book on contagious marketing"
    What made the experience of listening to Contagious the most enjoyable?

    it was informative, i learned things that i can implement


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contagious?

    it has many interesting a relevant case studies


    Any additional comments?

    buy it u won't regret

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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