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11 ways to fail at word of mouth marketing

Great research from Sean Moffitt at Agent Wildfire.

Being inauthentic   70.7%
Not creating two-way dialogue  51.2%
Lieing about identity i.e. fake blogging 51.2%
Not measuring what happens  46.3%
Not having a strategy   43.9%
No links to achieving business objectives 26.8%
Not changing company practice as a result of it 22.0%
Losing the brand message  14.6%
Not taking enough risk    9.8%
Not spending enough on it    9.8%
Not building it over time    7.3%

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  1. Alanna July 22, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    It misses one biggie – having a lousy product. Word of mouth depends on being good enough to be worth talking about.

  2. Sean Moffitt July 22, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    Thanks for the link, Alanna is right in the comment above, unfortunately a lot of marketers have lost control of what the product is to truly affect that sin.

  3. Daniel July 23, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    Perhaps if a marketer feels they can’t effectively market a product or service, for whatever reason — passion being a big contributor — they shouldn’t take the job in the first place.
    I’m talking about agencies knowing when to pass on a client and client-side marketers knowing when to give up on a gig they know they can’t do well.
    Then again, everyone loves maxing out those billable hours…

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