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Organizations are facing an engagement crisis. Regardless if they are customers, employees, patients, students, citizens, stakeholders, organizations struggle to meaningfully engage their key constituent groups who have a precious and limited resource: their time. Not surprisingly, these stakeholders have developed deflector shields to protect themselves. Only a privileged few organizations are allowed to penetrate the shield, and even less will meaningfully engage. To penetrate the shield and engage the audience, organizations need an edge.

Gamification has emerged as a way to gain that edge and organizations are beginning to see it as a key tool in their digital engagement strategy. While gamification has tremendous potential to break through, most companies will get it wrong. Gartner predicts that by 2014, 80% of current gamified applications will fail to meet business objectives primarily due to poor design. As a trend, gamification is at the peak of the hype cycle; it has been oversold and it is broadly misunderstood. We are heading for the inevitable fall. Too many organizations have been led to believe that gamification is a magic elixir for indoctrinating the masses and manipulating them to do their bidding. These organizations are mistaking people for puppets, and these transparently cynical efforts are doomed to fail.

This audiobook goes beyond the hype and focuses on the 20% that are getting it right. We have spoken to hundreds of leaders in organizations around the world about their gamification strategies and we have seen some spectacular successes. The book examines some of these successes and identifies the common characteristics of these initiatives to define the solution space for success. It is a guide written for leaders of gamification initiatives to help them avoid the pitfalls and employ the best practices, to ensure they join the 20% that gets it right.

©2014 Brian Burke (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"Gamify provides valuable information about what to consider in projects so as to deliver effective solutions for our players. It lays out key concepts for proper player-centric design to make your project a success, allowing you to get closer to being one of the 20% of projects that work, instead of the 80 % that do not." (Sergio Jiménez, creator of Gamification Model Canvas, founder of Game On! Lab, and co-founder of Gamification World Congress)

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Its about gamifying in the corporate environment

Its ok if you are looking for some references into how to apply gamification on a corporate environment. It's not that much about the basic principles of gamification.

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a junior high school term paper

really bad. just worthless. i have no idea why it was published. waste of rime.

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Uninspired. 'Gamify' is said nearly 1000 times

ugh. I am in love with the concept, but this was completely unimaginative without delving deeply enough to be academic

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Great introduction to Gamify my classroom

I will have to listen to this again. Every time I listened I would get caught up thinking about how I could apply this to my classroom. Though not the focus of this book it has many far reaching applications.