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by Keith Nobbs,Jonah Berger

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  • ISBN 1442359374
  • ISBN13 978-1442359376
  • Language English
  • Author Keith Nobbs,Jonah Berger
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (March 5, 2013)
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  • Category Business
  • Subcategory Marketing and Sales
  • Size ePub 1656 kb
  • Size Fb2 1838 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
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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-read for people who want their projects and ideas to succeed.

Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products. I'll admit that I enjoyed reading Jonah Berger's "Contagious: Why Things Catch O. As I read it, however, it quickly became quite ironic how similar the concepts and ideas presented were nearly identical to those laid out by the late Everett "Ev" Rogers in his seminal work "Diffusion of Innovations," which was first published in 1962 and is still in print.

by Jonah Berger (Author), Keith Nobbs (Narrator). Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst. He’s a world-renowned expert on social influence, word of mouth, and why products, ideas, and behaviors catch on and has published over 50 papers in top-tier academic journals.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ― E. M. Forster. Contagious: Why Things Catch On. 266 Pages·2013·131. 57 MB·7,502 Downloads·New!. 220 Pages·2013·1. 63 MB·642 Downloads·New!. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products.

About Jonah Berger Notes Index. To my mother, father, and grandmother. This book explains what makes content contagious. By content, I mean stories, news, and information

Why do some things become popular?. Which is more important, the message or the messenger?. About Jonah Berger Notes Index. For always believing in me. Introduction: Why Things Catch On. By the time Howard Wein moved to Philadelphia in March 2004, he already had lots of experience in the hospitality industry. By content, I mean stories, news, and information.

Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go vi. 6 94 5 Forfatter: Jonah Berger Innleser: Keith Nobbs. The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. Jonah Berger knows more about what makes information ‘go viral’ than anyone in the world. Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness 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?

Berger explains that regardless of how plain or boring a product or idea may seem, there are ways to make it contagious .

You might have thought it was just random why some things catch on, that certain products and ideas jus. KNOW THIS - Word of mouth is 10X more effective than traditional advertising at getting something to catch on, and it’s the main factor behind 20–50% of purchasing decisions.

Say those words to children under the age of eight and just wait for their excited screams. More than 18 million people from all over the world visit the Orlando, Florida, theme park annually. Older kids love the frightening plummet down Space Mountain and the Tower of Terror.

It might have been a news article, video, or story

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I'll admit that I enjoyed reading Jonah Berger's "Contagious: Why Things Catch On." As I read it, however, it quickly became quite ironic how similar the concepts and ideas presented were nearly identical to those laid out by the late Everett "Ev" Rogers in his seminal work "Diffusion of Innovations," which was first published in 1962 and is still in print. It seemed that entire chunks of Rogers' work was lifted and repackaged by Berger with contemporary experiments, examples, and a renaming of concepts (e.g., Rogers uses the term Observability, while Berger uses Public). When I reviewed the sources in the Notes section of Berger's "Contagious" book, a citation to Rogers' work was absent.

Interestingly, Berger's academic work cites Rogers' work. In addition, a podcast interview with Berger posted on notes that one of Berger's "favorite five" is the book "Diffusion of Innovations." In another interview posted on, Berger states that "'Diffusion of Innovations' was one of the first books to examine the question of why some products succeed while others fail. The author looked at everything from hybrid corn to new computer technologies." The syllabus for the course taught by Berger for The Great Courses (How Ideas Spread) includes suggested readings; none other than Everett Rogers and his "Diffusion of Innovations" appears on the list.

I earned a PhD in marketing from the University of Washington and my dissertation focused on innovation adoption and diffusion. Before entering academia, I briefly worked as a consultant. I was fortunate enough to have worked along with Rogers on one of my consulting projects with a major packaged foods company. There are simply so many things stated in Berger's book that mirror concepts that Rogers wrote about and talked about in his own work. While "Contagious" is obviously a well written book, anyone interested in the topics Berger presents must read "Diffusion of Innovations," which is far more comprehensive (and interesting) than Berger's work. "Contagious," I believe, is nothing more than a "dumbed-down" version of Rogers' work presented in a way to sell to the masses. Other than the concept of persistence, nearly everything covered by Berger was written by Rogers in 1962.
Jonah Berger is a professor at the Wharton School of Business. He dropped two books last year, about a month apart, with this one I'm reviewing and Invisible Influence. His work reminds me a little of Malcolm Gladwell and he even references The Tipping Point early in the book.

These kind of books, where the author presents anecdotal evidence and real life stories to illustrate points, are fun to read for me as I enjoy when the author helps you relate with the "stories" presented to validate a point.

Jonah writes to inform us of why things catch on. We see this quite a bit with things going "viral" with social media, but he goes deeper than just the social media aspect of contagiousness.

He provides an easy to follow acronym for outlining what items can help something catch on. This acronym is STEPPS and the books is divided into 6 chapters describing each of the elements. They are as follows:

Social Currency - Being "in-the-know" on something and wanting to share it with others.

Triggers - How one thing will instantly trigger a thought of something else. Peanut butter makes you think of jelly. Coffee and donuts go together, etc.

Emotion - When something inspires us and evokes emotion, we are often inspired to share. Some feelings are more prone to sharing like humor, awe, excitement, and on the negative side, anger and anxiety.

Public - Summed up as social proof. Two restaurants with same cuisine and one has a line out the door and the other one is practically empty. Where would you like dine?

Practical Value - Information that is useful is far more likely to be shared.

Stories - When a good story is told, it will often suck us in, evoke emotion, and prompt us to want to share.

Amazon reviewers give this one a 4.5 after 676 reviews. Goodreads gives it a 3.87 after 11,603 ratings and 1,090 reviews. I thought the book was entertaining but didn't really feel like there was anything revolutionary about the content. Still, if you enjoy psychology and social behaviors along the same lines as Malcolm Gladwell, then you might want to pick it up.
Do you ever wonder why some advertisements are so annoying and corny? Many of us imagine that ad writers lack our higher level of taste. How is it that some important news stories are ignored, while a video of a grandmother dancing drunk on the table gets millions of views? In his award-winning, New York Times best seller Contagious Why Things Catch On, author Jonah Berger gives countless real-life examples of the mysterious methods employed to capture the logic defying attention of the masses. The chapter on social currency describes how you can yoke your product to your customers desire to improve their image making word-of-mouth, and web, your best form of marketing. Next he explains how subconscious triggers lead to surprising results. One example is the horrible book review that leads to thousands more copies sold. Directly manipulating the emotions is another strategy. What sells more, happy emotions or sad? The answer is according to Contagious is both, as long as it is emotional arousal, anxiety, anger, or bright joy. The chapter on the public is all about how to make people show your logo everywhere. Good old-fashioned practical value is also described as we love to share those genuine life hacks with our friends and family. If we believe we can help others save time or money, we will spread the word. Finally we learn the power of narrative. If we can tie a product or service to a good story, then we ride the waves of idle chatter. The author peppers his lessons with juicy examples that are surprising and interesting. Overall the book will change the way you see viral marketing and communication in our modern age and is genuinely fun to read.