Buzz: Harness the Power of Influence and Create Demand

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 25, 2003 - Business & Economics - 246 pages
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Praise for Buzz

"Buzz is ‘step-ahead marketing’ at its very best. No other book comes close to combining such fresh insights with compelling case studies on this crucially important marketing topic. It’s pure dynamite."
–Kevin Lane Keller
E. B. Osborn Professor of Marketing,
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

"As the authors so enthusiastically show, every marketer wishing to create a hot product today must first create a powerful wave of buzz. And as they do so authoritatively demonstrate, that buzz must be authentic–cultivated from the ground up via real experiences."
–B. Joseph Pine and James H. Gilmore
coauthors, The experience economy

"When Marian Salzman enters a room, she sucks out all the ennui, stagnation, and negative thinking–instantly replacing it with excitement, joy, and just plain buzz. If Marian’s spreading it, you need to catch it!"
–Seth Godin
Author, Purple Cow

"Here’s the buzz about this book: It’s smart, it’s timely, and it’s on target. If you want to apply the power of one of the oldest forms of marketing to some of the newest challenges in business, Buzz will show you how it’s done. Spread the word: This is a honey of a book!"
–Alan M. Webber
Founding Editor, Fast Company magazine

"All marketing practitioners are increasingly aware of the need to go well beyond the obvious in terms of communicating and building brands. This book caters admirably to that need, both in terms of the superb sweep of existing knowledge it puts together, as well as the insightful examples that the authors have pulled in from their own experience. As we make the transition to the 21st century, this is a must-read for all serious marketers."
–Anish Gupta
Director, Strategic Support Services, Reckitt Benckiser

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Buzz about Buzz Marketing Is Building
11
The Importance of Moving from A to Bee
31
Tapping into the Superconnectors
55
What Goes Up
69
Lessons from the Perennials
91
Silver Bullet Brands and Leaps of Faith
107
Shock Treatment
129
Media and Cyberspace
151
Buzzing Youth
169
Long Live the WORM
195
Notes
213
Glossary
231
Acknowledgments
235
Index
239
Copyright

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MARIAN SALZMAN is a seasoned advertising executive and one of the world’s leading trendspotters. Chief Strategy Officer at Euro RSCG Worldwide, she is also the coauthor, with Ira Matathia and Ann O’Reilly, of the international bestseller Next: Trends for the Near Future. A trailblazer who was awarded the first online market–research franchise on AOL, Salzman is widely considered to be the inventor of online focus groups.
IRA MATATHIA is the bestselling coauthor of Next. He is also the Managing Director at Euro RSCG, MVBMS Partners, and a former president of Chiat/Day in Canada and New York. He is a well–known speaker on the international circuit.
ANN O’REILLY is a writer and editor who has worked for agencies such as Chiat/Day and Young & Rubicam. She currently serves as Editorial Director of S.T.A.R. (Strategic Trendspotting and Research) at Euro RSCG, and is also coauthor of Next.

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