Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today's world: a noisy environment where everyone reads what you write on screens. The average news story now gets only 36 seconds of attention. Unless you change how you write, your emails, reports, and Web copy don't stand a chance.
Mobile has reprogrammed your customers' brains. Your customers now turn to their smartphones for everything. What’s tomorrow’s weather? Is the flight on time? Where’s the nearest store, and is this product cheaper there? Whatever the question, the answer is on the phone. This Pavlovian response is the mobile mind shift - the expectation that I can get what I want, anytime, in my immediate context. Your new battleground for customers is this mobile moment - the instant in which your customer is seeking an answer.
"A shifted mind"
Corporate executives struggle to harness the power of social technologies. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube are where customers discuss products and companies, write their own news, and find their own deals but how do you integrate these activities into your broader marketing efforts? It's an unstoppable groundswell that affects every industry - yet it's still utterly foreign to most companies running things now. When consumers you've never met are rating your company's products in public forums with which you have no experience or influence, your company is vulnerable.
"Great usable knowledge"
Corporate executives struggle to harness the power of social technologies. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube are where customers discuss products and companies, write their own news, and find their own deals but how do you integrate these activities into your broader marketing efforts?
"Great book with loads of great advice"
Customers have turned out to be super-savvy when it comes to technology. It's common practice to check the product reviews of everything from restaurants to the new vacuum cleaner before anyone even considers buying something. Josh Bernoff wants companies to embrace this tech-friendly mentality; to think outside the box and ignore the job title. It may be the employee you least expect who comes up with the idea that keeps the good reviews coming in.
A groundswell is sweeping through your customers. Right now, they are writing about your products on blogs and recutting your commercials on YouTube. They're defining you on Wikipedia and ganging up on you in social networking sites like Facebook. These are all elements of a social phenomenon - the groundswell - that has created a permanent shift in the way the world works. Most companies see it as a threat. It's time to see it an opportunity.
"I tried...so help me I tried."
In Empowered, Forrester’s Josh Bernoff - coauthor of the pioneering book Groundswell - and Ted Schadler explain how to transform your company by unleashing the force of HEROes: highly empowered and resourceful operatives. Your company needs them because, in the age of twitter, iPhones, Facebook, YouTube, your customers now step up to the counter armed with more data and access than ever before - often overmatching your team.