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? 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 Contagious, 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. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheesesteak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the most boring products there is: a blender.
Contagious provides specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and content 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What makes one idea spread like wildfire, while similar concepts die on the vine? Marketing professor Jonah Berger’s thought-provoking book spotlights the factors that make us remember and share new ideas and products. Berger doesn’t shy away from academic jargon—prepare to learn about terms like “social currency.” But his case studies use relatable real-world examples of ad campaigns that provoked mass emotional responses, including a much-discussed 2013 cereal commercial portraying an interracial family. Keith Nobbs’ enthusiastic, fast-paced narration keeps things lively and easy to retain.
Well organized, great examples, easy to absorb
The great read for any marketer out there. In the book, Berger explains why his six step marketing strategy works by sharing real-life examples along with research figures and case studies. A valuable read!
Contagious Why Things Catch On
Excellent read for small and aspiring business owners. The six STEPPS are a good checklist to measure against your product or service. Personally, it was rather eye opening. I especially enjoyed the stories and analogies.
100% worth it info