Five essential things you need to know about Word of Mouth Marketing

By Ted Wright

Our own Sarah Neely had a chance to talk about the foundations of Word of Mouth Marketing at The Uprising, a small retreat for marketing thought leaders hosted by friend of Fizz, Mark Schaefer. Sarah led a discussion that covered five essential “big ideas” about WOMM. 1. An advocate is not the same an influencer […]


Influencer or Advocate, you make the call.

By Ted Wright

  Every marketer has influencers on their mind today. It appears to be an unavoidable conversation at any meeting or conference. But I think the term “influencer” is overly used to camouflage garden variety advertising. Same kind of messaging and effort. Differences are that the channel you are viewing it on and the people producing […]


Why you should own your own marketing home

By Ted Wright

  Digital business consultant Christopher S. Penn recently published a free research paper emphasizing that the most meaningful online engagement and conversations are happening in private groups like Slack, Facebook Groups, and even the gamer platform Discord. This is not necessarily new insight. We’ve all known that in the long term, it’s not wise to build our […]


Why Word of Mouth Marketing Is A Timeless Strategy

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Like the Roman colosseum, a good Word of Mouth Marketing strategy will stand the test of time. Word of Mouth Marketing may not always be as glamorous, but it’s solid and unbreakable. Defining Word of Mouth Marketing Word of Mouth Marketing has come to mean something broad for many people, so I […]


My favorite online resources for business and fun

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I thought I’d provide a peek at some of the daily reading I do when I get up every morning. Here are some of the most valuable publications out there. Ben Evans works at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley that invests in software companies. He taps his connections […]


Diaper stories: A tale about word of mouth marketing adoption

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I was just in the San Francisco airport lounge for Delta. In the men’s room this Dad is changing the diapers for his two year old son. The kid is just screaming up a storm. Now his diaper needs to be changed. It’s nasty. On some level, even the two year old […]


What is the link between online and offline conversations?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright We are so immersed in the digital world that it’s easy to assume that it is a mirror image of society – the same conversations must be taking place online versus offline. But a new study confirms what word of mouth marketers have known all along – the two channels must be […]


The business books that have influenced me the most

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I love peering into the minds of business leaders, especially when they discuss their greatest influences. I thought I would take a crack at that today. Here are the business books that helped direct my thinking on business, strategy, and word of mouth marketing. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable […]


Opening a word of mouth conversation with kindness

By Ted Wright

By Scott Jenson Recently, a word of mouth marketing conversation was saved with a bag of cookies. Today I want to show you how conversations and kindness go together. I’ve been working on a program to to raise awareness of the high quality made-to-order food at our client’s chain of convenience stores. Our target audience […]


You’re probably missing this huge word of mouth marketing opportunity

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright In Mark Schaefer’s excellent book Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins, he profiles the workout gear company Lululemon and documents how the retailer has turned their brick and mortar stores into a living world of mouth marketing opportunity. Lululemon has exploded on the scene and bucked almost every retail trend. They […]


Why word of mouth marketing is like great street art

By Ted Wright

I am a huge fan of great street art … you know the exuberant expressions found painted on the sides of buildings and empty concrete spaces in nearly every big city in the world. To me, it is an unbridled and authentic story somebody is expressing to the world. I love it so much, I […]


The skills I look for in word of mouth marketing talent

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright The most important thing we do at Fizz is finding ways to transmit customer stories in authentic, interesting, and relevant ways. And while the “what” behind the story is essential, the “who” in the delivery of that story is also critical to our success. So an essential part of our job is […]


The marketing tactic adoption cycle of life

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright My friend Mark Schaefer recently wrote “Marketers flock to the most popular idea until they ruin it.” He is correct, and it prompted me to articulate my Unified Theory of Marketing Tactic Adoption or “UTMSA” for those of you looking for a new conference to start. (To get this most out of […]


Offline and online word of mouth marketing are not the same

By Ted Wright

By Scott Jenson Online word of mouth online is a much different than offline. You know this, your board of directors knows this, and most certainly consumers know this. So why is there still such an emphasis on social media without an equivalent share of mind spent on offline conversations? It’s not the wrong choice […]


A word of mouth marketing success that made me go “WOW!”

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I’ve been immersed in the world of word of mouth marketing for more than 20 years. I’ve had a hand in many well-known case studies including Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Intel Inside, Fireball and AT&T’s move from 3G to 4G. But the one that really made me say “wow” was a project […]


The surprising truth about seasonality and word of mouth marketing

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I was asked, “Is there any seasonality factor with word of mouth marketing? Is there a better time of year to do activations?” There is no seasonality for word of mouth because people are always talking. In fact, they may be even talking more over holidays and down times. Holiday seasons can […]


Are Influencer Marketing and Word of Mouth Marketing The Same Thing?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright The short answer is… no. But you can’t have one without the other. Influencers like to share things and Word of Mouth Marketing is about sharing stories. Can see why they’re so closely connected? Everybody wants to compare Influencer Marketing vs Word of Mouth Marketing But you need to truly understand both in […]


How Big is Your Ranch?

By Ted Wright

  By Ted Wright I’m often asked was asked if there were any product categories that don’t really lend themselves to Word of Mouth Marketing. In our 20 years of focus on WOMM, we’ve found three notable ones that are the most difficult — personal finance, death, and erectile dysfunction. And all of those things […]


Build Your Own Word of Mouth Marketing Strategy

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright At its core, Word of Mouth marketing is about people organically sharing stories. So how do we encourage people to share your brand story in a real, natural way? Create a story worth talking about. A good brand story is at the core of building a Word of Mouth Marketing strategy This […]


Word of mouth marketing and the value of swag

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright One of the most all-time most popular marketing ideas is swag – you know those little gifts you hand out at a trade show booth, customer meeting, or industry conference. Today I’m going to save you a lot of time and money by telling you the truth about the value of swag […]


Are word of mouth influencers made or born?

By Ted Wright

  By Ted Wright First, let’s be clear on what we’re calling an influencer in this headline. When I say “influencer” you’re probably imagining a YouTube star selling energy drinks or Kim Kardashian pitching cosmetics. That’s not what I’m referring to here. I’m interested in natural, organic story-sharers that come from having a certain personality […]


Why word of mouth marketing is a long haul

By Ted Wright

By Scott Jenson We’ve all heard the cliché phrase “Rome was not built in a day.” Often used to call for reasonable expectations when something isn’t happening fast enough, and when used in marketing you can be sure that it is attached as an appeal to patience. This phrase is never more relevant than when […]


Should you outsource word of mouth marketing or keep it in-house?

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright Should you outsource word of mouth marketing or keep it within the walls of your organization? We see in the news that many types of marketing are coming back in-house these days, so I think an interesting topic is how this applies to word of mouth. Should this be an in-house competency, […]


A word of mouth marketing book for the ages

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright One of my proudest achievements is writing the word of mouth marketing book Fizz: Harness the Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth. Although it was written a few years ago, it stands the test of time because, in fact, the fundamentals of word of mouth marketing are timeless. […]


A great business lesson from Ronald Reagan

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright When Ronald Reagan came out of the Reykjavik Nuclear Arms Summit with Gorbachev, he said about the agreement, “We will trust, but we will verify.” I think that is a great business lesson, too. It’s a great rule for your employees, for your customers, for your marketing. Say you’re working with a […]


We’ve been very successful. Is word of mouth marketing necessary?

By Fizz

By Scott Jenson No, WOMM isn’t necessary for your brand or product to be wildly successful, but Word of Mouth is. Revisionist marketers who are in tune with modern consumer behavior understand that the greatest multiplier for brand awareness and equity is engaging advocates to tell your story, and ensuring that they have the story […]


Why Word of Mouth Marketing Is The Best Form of Advertisement

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I’ve never met a business leader who told me they had too much money for 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 point to […]


Fyre Fest and the evolution of social media “Influencer”

By Fizz

By Scott Jenson We’ve all heard the stories by now. A young entrepreneur named Billy McFarland planned on throwing the world’s most glamorous music festival on a private island in the Bahamas. The Fyre Festival was introduced to the world through videos and still shots of beautiful Instagram models and “influencers,” and a simple orange […]


How To Get Started With a Word of Mouth Marketing Process

By Ted Wright

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, […]


A favorite word of mouth marketing case study: Tito’s Handmade Vodka

By Ted Wright

By Ted Wright I love studying how word of mouth works in our world and one of my favorite case studies is Tito’s Handmade Vodka. It’s a brand that was created from the start by its ability to ignite conversations. What I love about the founder, Tito Beveridge, is that he recognized the importance of […]