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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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    Ryan 05-06-16
    Ryan 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Started off good but..."

    The first couple chapters were fairly interesting. However, the rest seemed like regurgitated, general, obvious, useless information. Very simple concepts drawn out far beyond necessary. Alot of filler, waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 05-02-16
    Robert 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A great 6 concepts overview of contagious content"

    Narrator: the voice and style was very far from the generic one I've found in titles similar to this. Much more engaging.

    My background going into the book:
    I've read "Thinking, fast and slow", but no books on marketing or virality.

    I love that the book starts out by introducing a simple acronym, and devotes a chapter to explaining each concept in detail.
    Filled with good examples and good at reusing earlier concepts and phrases.

    Of the 6 concepts, the last 2 were a little light on theory and mostly explained with examples.

    A very good and memorable introduction to virality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr A 09-14-13
    Dr A 09-14-13

    A reader of biographies, history, and other non-fiction

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Danny 09-28-16
    Danny 09-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved how the book was put together. Great examples used of each key point. Easy listen for anyone looking to gain insight.

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    Sandeep Mohan Jha USA 09-26-16
    Sandeep Mohan Jha USA 09-26-16

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    "awesome"

    this is a must read for folks spending millions on marketing. Helps u understand what really works .

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    Amazon Customer TX USA 09-14-16
    Amazon Customer TX USA 09-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Remarkable read"

    A must read for any marketing professional.
    Truly makes you think and rush off to apply.

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    Yony morales 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Contagious, great book!"

    Jonah explains it right on! Great read if you'd like to learn more about getting your product or service to buzz.

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    Jason Gomez West Covina, CA 09-09-16
    Jason Gomez West Covina, CA 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "most concise read about spreading ideas"

    I needed a clear guide on how to further develop a branding message for my company. This book helped me more than any singular book to help craft a message that will resonate. I hiiiiiighly recommend it for marketers or designers looking to create more focused brands to earn more money!

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    loves deals Minneapolis, MN 08-30-16
    loves deals Minneapolis, MN 08-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "NowI really want to go to Wharton !"

    Jonah Berger is the brilliant professor who put out a brilliant book one of the greatest I have ever read

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    Andrea Murray honolulu, HI 08-29-16
    Andrea Murray honolulu, HI 08-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not boring or pedantic...listen at 1.25x"

    This book was ACTUALLY interesting, useful and applicable, not "salesie" or sleazy like most books about marketing. The narration is slow af so listen at 1.25x the speed!!!

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  • Russell tolliday
    6/14/15
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    "Amazing! Essential for entrepreneurs!"

    This book is incredible, if you're running your own business or trying to promote anything you HAVE to read this book.

    It starts with laying the terminology that will be used in the book and then builds and builds with examples that you can apply to your project straight away.

    Also it's so enjoyable and interesting, I listened effortlessly and enjoyed every second. A must must read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Francis West
    2/26/16
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    "Brilliant"

    So much learning in this book. Recommend it to all IT company owners. A must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • finch76
    9/30/15
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    "Practical"

    Liked that the examples are practical.
    Easy to follow. Very interesting, that they are memorable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jermaine
    8/11/15
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    "GREAT!"

    some very insightful information, would definitely recommend for any one who is attempting to generate exposure Dorset their products.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    4/1/15
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    "Few points made"

    although seemingly interesting throughout listening, in hindsight very few points are really highlighted, and of those most are not original insights

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex M
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    4/16/15
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    "Refreshing"

    Contagious stood out for me. I've read a tonne of books, often left disappointed with the rehashed content. Contagious has modern and interesting examples and gives a practical recipe for giving your idea every chance of success, all whilst keeping it simple. Well worth the money. Enjoy!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Scudamore
    Manchester
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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