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Contagious

Why Things Catch on
Berger, Jonah (Book - 2013)
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Wharton professor Jonah Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious. What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don't listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He's studied why New York Times articles make the paper's own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Contagious combines research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you've wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread--for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you're a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.
Authors: Berger, Jonah
Statement of Responsibility: Jonah Berger
Title: Contagious
why things catch on
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
Characteristics: viii, 244 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-233) and index
Contents: Why things catch on
Social currency
Triggers
Emotion
Public
Practical value
Stories
Summary: Wharton professor Jonah Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious.
What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don't listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He's studied why New York Times articles make the paper's own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Contagious combines research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you've wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread--for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you're a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.
Subject Headings: New products Consumer behavior Popularity Economic aspects
Topical Term: New products
Consumer behavior
Popularity
LCCN: 2012034583
ISBN: 9781451686579
1451686579
Branch Call Number: 658.8342 B
Research Call Number: *R-SIBL HF5415.153 .B463 2013
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Jul 17, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Easy to read and filled with actionable principles for individuals or organizations trying to successfully share their message. I love the examples provided throughout the book.

Mar 11, 2014
  • susankent rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Learn why word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool. How to harness it? Berger breaks it down int 6 easy steps. A fast read with an excellent bibliography if you want to follow up.

Very well written book with useful insights. Six factors to consider in making any message effective:

Social Currency: We share things that make us look good. Blenders that crushes marbles.

Triggers: Top of mind, top of tongue. NASA's Mars rover increased the eponymous candy sales.

Emotion: When we care, we share. High arousal emotions ( excitement, awe, humor, anger , anxiety) leads to more sharing , compared to sadness and contentment.

Public: Showing in public, leads to more growth. Why anti-drug commercial may end up increasing drug abuse.

Practical Value: Usefulness can be viral.

Stories: Stores have been the vessel for centuries to convey information, moral, knowledge.

Jun 03, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jonah Berger packs his fascinating new book, "Contagious" with examples of viral campaigns, each explained using painstaking analysis into the science of social transmission. According to Berger, six essential factors contribute to contagious ideas; together they form a blueprint for creating ideas and messages that spread like wildfire.

"Social currency" means we share things that help us compare favorably to others; "triggers" are ideas that attach themselves to top of mind stories or occurrences; "emotion" boils down to caring = sharing; "public" describes the tendency for people to follow others' leads; "practical" taps into the human desire to give advice and offer tips; and "stories" act like vessels that carry brands and information.

This book offers plenty of advice to professional marketers but also clearly and interestingly explains to every reader how viral campaigns eschew overt marketing messages. They tap into consumer wants, desires and emotional needs, causing the consumer to share his/her experience. And this sharing ultimately reaches a much broader audience than any advertisement can.

May 27, 2013....had this one on my to read list for a while, and finally getting to it. First 10 pages show promise!......May 31, just finished this book, and I would say it was very thought provoking and possibly even useful. I will refer back to it in the future. Also a very easy read, although a little repetitive but I guess, that's understandable to get across some points. It's worth a gander for sure.

May 23, 2013
  • tscasserley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to learn about how to make an idea go viral.

May 16, 2013
  • DellaV rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Not all that informative. Not exactly Gladwell.

May 16, 2013
  • JCLKimG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read for professionals or business book clubs about how to make your product/idea/service catch on. If you liked this, check out Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcom Gladwell.

Apr 28, 2013
  • bette108 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Research made simple: this book simplifies a professor's research into why some ideas, products, and services go "viral."

Like a big magazine article.

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