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A little bit of marketing history repeating: The effect of word of mouth marketing in social networks

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

The effect of ‘word of mouth’ on publicising a product or service has achieved almost mythical status for marketers and marketing researchers alike. From the ‘sleeper hit’ of films such as The Shawshank Redemption to the rapid spread of successful brands of cigarettes or chocolate bars, everyone involved in understanding the how and the why of selling goods have been fascinated by a seemingly impenetrable phenomenon.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organisations.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Citation

(2015), "A little bit of marketing history repeating: The effect of word of mouth marketing in social networks", Strategic Direction, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 10-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/SD-01-2015-0015

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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