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? Read more...
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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 groundbreaking 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Before something can go viral, it must be contagious. Drawing upon his numerous academic publications and the work of others in a variety of fields, Berger explores the essential elements of how ideas, products, and organizations become very popular very quickly—and unlike other authors, his answers don’t necessarily point to social media. Keith Nobbs narrates in a youthful, slightly nasal voice—and this makes his performance all the more effective, as a youthful voice, rather than an older one, is better suited to explain the dynamics of popularity. Nobbs’s reading is nuanced and will help listeners navigate the author’s anecdotes and research. On its own, the author’s prose is engaging, but with Nobbs’s narration, the audiobook feels almost conversational, making Berger’s book even more accessible. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (March)