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Description - Buzzmarketing by Mark Hughes

As VP of marketing at online retailer Half.com, Mark Hughes didn't have a huge budget for advertising. Yet he helped drive the number of Half.com users from zero to eight million in just three years. His secret? Making the company a magnet for media attention and word-of-mouth, by any means necessary. Most notoriously, he persuaded the town of Halfway, Oregon, to rename itself Half.com - called one of the greatest publicity coups in history by Time. In this breakthrough book, Hughes offers a practical guide to the art of successful buzz marketing - which many people talk about these days but few truly understand. He draws on real-world examples of companies that got people to talk about their stuff - from Miller Lite during the Tastes Great - Less Filling era, to American Idol's stunning use of buzz to become a global phenomenon, to current companies that find creative ways to break through the ad-glutted marketplace.

Buzzmarketing explores the six secrets of great word-of-mouth campaigns and shows how any company can thrive by pursuing a buzz-driven strategy rather than just hoping for a lucky break. Readers who have enjoyed books like The Tipping Point and Purple Cow will find Buzzmarketing to be the ideal guide to applying buzz to their real-world business needs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781591842132
ISBN-10: 1591842131
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 139mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Portfolio
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes is currently the CEO of the consulting firm Buzzmarketing and a guest lecturer on creative marketing at business schools such as NYU and Wharton. A former executive at Half.com, Pep Boys, and Pizza Hut, he lives in Philadelphia.

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