What is a word of mouth marketing activation

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Recently somebody asked me to define the word “activation” as it relates to word of mouth marketing. It’s a word I use routinely but I thought I would step back and talk about activations today. In our world where many traditional forms of marketing are in decline, we must rely on people […]


My biggest word of mouth marketing influences

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Someone said I should write about who has influenced me. I enjoy reading about other people’s business influences – who helped them get to where they are today. So I thought it would be fun to add my voice to the dialogue. Drum roll please . . . . . I heart […]


Three organizational requirements for successful word of mouth marketing

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I’ve discussed word of mouth marketing with hundreds of companies and there are certainly patterns you can see where it works and where it doesn’t. Here are the three ideal organizational requirements for successful word of mouth marketing: 1. Openness to innovation You have to like to try to do new things. […]


Fizz has joined the Marketing Rebellion

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright My friend Mark Schaefer has written an epic book called Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins. You should go buy it. Once you buy it, you will want to thank me, but there is really no need to thank me. Any way, Mark sets forth a visionary manifesto of the future […]


Why I’m passionate about word of mouth marketing

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I could have gone a lot of different ways in my career, but I wanted to talk a little today about why I have devoted my professional life to the craft of word of mouth marketing. Bottom line … It’s just so cool! I think people are very interesting, and I think […]


Co-creating the word of mouth marketing agency relationship

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright The best client/agency relationships start with the client doing enough research to know what an agency does and what they are great it then making sure that matches corporate goals and culture. So many times brands think that the word of mouth marketing agency relationship should be determined alone. It’s the very […]


Influencers who take short-cuts should raise red flags

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright On a long trip to Oman I had a chance to catch up with the news and read about the college entry scandal. An article by Ashely Reece chronicled the social media journey of influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of actress Lori Laughlin. A few findings: Red flags Olivia was already the […]


Why Word of Mouth Marketing is like discovering Pluto

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Today is the birthday of Pluto and I thought it would be fun to explain why the foundational principles of word of mouth marketing are exactly like discovering a planet. Not the Disney dog, although he is sort of cool too. The existence of an unknown ninth planet was first proposed by […]


Word of mouth marketing failures: The two fatal flaws

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Many companies try to create word of mouth marketing efforts on their own, and they should. As I describe in my book, Fizz, with focus, discipline and a little practice, a word of mouth marketing strategy is within reach of almost any business willing to commit to the effort. But when WOMM […]


How emotional connection ignites Word of Mouth Marketing

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I have true admiration for Gwyneth Paltrow. I am deeply in love with how she is using her advocate personality to create an authentic and trusted business. Gwyneth is building her company goop based on her ability to share things she loves. And we pay attention to her because we have this […]


Three traits of influencers normally overlooked by influencer marketers

By Ted Wright

I know what you’re thinking,  “Who are these elusive Influencers everyone’s always talking about anyway?  What makes them special? How do you know one when you see one?”  And most importantly, “How can I get them interested in my cause?” “Influencer” is a term bandied about a little too loosely these days. In this short video, Ted […]


Emerging presidential candidates will depend on word of mouth marketing

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright At the core of Word of Mouth Marketing is the crafting of the story that you’d like each of or brand advocates to share with their friends. Over the last 18 years of focusing only on Word of Mouth, we’ve found that a story has to have three components to be shared […]


How does purchase price influence word or mouth marketing impact?

By Ted Wright

In this short video, Ted Wright discusses the efficacy of word of mouth marketing as a strategy on low-value items versus high value items. How would word of mouth marketing impact the purchase of a bottle of water? Of a college education? An interesting view of purchase price as a factor in the word of […]


Why Word of Mouth Is A Timeless Marketing Strategy

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Like the Roman colosseum, Word of Mouth is a timeless marketing strategy that will remain solid through the years. Word of Mouth Marketing may not always be glamorous, but it’s stable and unbreakable. Defining Word of Mouth Marketing Word of Mouth Marketing has come to mean something broad for many people, so […]


Why Word of Mouth Marketing Is The Best Form of Storytelling

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I’ve never met a business leader who told me they had too much money for storytelling or marketing. Luckily, smart leaders using Word of Mouth Marketing can depend on influencers to cost-effectively carry their story. Word of Mouth Marketing is all about sparking conversations, and most companies already have marketing materials that […]


How To Get Started With a Word of Mouth Marketing Process

By Ted Wright

If your company has been following a traditional marketing path for awhile, getting started with a Word of Mouth Marketing process may take an adjustment of your mindset. There is no such thing as a grassroots change of a company culture. Most companies like sticking with the playbook they’re used to, because, let’s face it, […]


How many word of mouth conversations are face to face?

By Ted Wright

Ted Wright talks about the percentage of WOMM conversations that take place  face-to-face versus online and he probes us to think about what distinguishes a campaign from a movement. [vimeo 22943018] Brand tattoos? Why people get excited about word of mouth marketing ideas! Illustration courtesy Unsplash.com


Why Should Marketers Care About Word of Mouth Marketing?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright While trust in companies and advertising is on the decline, trust in friends, experts, and entrepreneurs is up. People trust people. If Word of Mouth Marketing has always worked so well, why aren’t more business professionals using it? Simple because Word of Mouth Marketing is hard work. More time. More effort. It’s also […]


For an effective word of mouth marketing story, accuracy helps

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright For a story to be shared widely by brand advocates (aka “real Influencers”) the experience that the advocate has with the brand has to match the story. The following is an example of when that doesn’t happen: Story: Adidas is taking plastic waste, hand-harvested from ocean trash, melting it down then spinning […]


How Word of Mouth Marketing Helps Grow Your Business

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright As times change, company strategies should too. Many have adopted social media marketing in recent years, but Word of Mouth Marketing, when done right, is one strategy every company has access to, and should experiment with. If you’re looking for a guaranteed overnight spike in business, you may want to find another […]


Marketing Strategy or Halloween Costume?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright It’s official, Influencer Marketing is dead. When Urban Outfitters makes fun of the marketing strategy you sold just six months ago as “The NEW New Thing,” you have problems. Debate me in the comments if you’d like, but I don’t want to be the person on stage when the SVP of Marketing […]


How Do You Encourage Word of Mouth Marketing?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright As you’ve heard me say many times before, Word of Mouth Marketing at it’s core is all about sharing stories. The more people share your story, the larger the impact it can make. Also at its core, Word of Mouth marketing is about people organically sharing stories. So, without being pushy, how […]


The clue to word of mouth marketing was in Cluetrain Manifesto

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright In 1999, a few friends were chatting online about the inevitable destiny of business and the internet. They believed that companies would have to humble themselves and show a more human face to the world to survive in this new space driven by human conversations. The friendly conversation turned into a blog […]


Word of Mouth Marketing: What Makes Your Brand Talkable?

By Ted Wright

Appreciating Word of Mouth Marketing may take a re-set of your view of how business works. I love sharing this example of what Word of Mouth Marketing looks like “in the wild.” Earlier this year, I was at a break in a meeting when a friend turned to me and asked me if I had […]


Are You Sharing Your Brand Story With the Right People?

By Ted Wright

If you’ve been paying attention, you not only know who influencers are, and why they’re so essential to Word of Mouth Marketing, but you know what motivates them to share stories and how to encourage them to support your message. Since Word of Mouth Marketing is all about sharing stories, it’s important to find the […]


Word of Mouth Marketing: Sharing Is Not Salesmanship

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright If you’ve been reading previous posts, you should know that Word of Mouth Marketing is all about sharing stories. Word of Mouth Marketing is about trying to get your story out to people who are really going to care about it and do it in such a way that they’ll organically come […]


This Is What Effective Word of Mouth Marketing Looks Like

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright If Word of Mouth Marketing has always worked so well, why aren’t more business professionals using it? Because it’s hard work. More time. More effort. It’s also not as flashy as a Super Bowl commercial, or as glamorous as being on the set with a celebrity. It’s easy to pay for an […]


What is the Reach of An Influencer?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright If you’ve been paying attention, you not only know who influencers are, you know what motivates them to share stories and how to encourage them to support your message. But what is the word of an Influencer really worth? A single influencer, according to Procter & Gamble, is worth one million brand-specific […]


Word of Mouth Marketing: Campaign vs Movement

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright At Fizz, when we talk about influencers, we always say, the more passionate, the better. There are lots of brands that we’ve worked with where we’ve discovered people love the brands so much that they want to be part of their story and their movement. Some have even gotten tattoos. I’m not […]


Influencers vs Influencer Marketing: What’s The Difference?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Word of Mouth Marketing is all about sharing stories. “Influencers” are great at sharing stories. “Influencer marketing” is one of the hottest terms around today. The idea seems to be everywhere, and business leaders are all trying to figure out how to get in on the action. When I say “influencer,” you […]