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Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies Hardcover – 1 May 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 2008 edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422125009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422125007
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Every leader needs to read this book and make sure that his/her employees read it, too.
-- Børsen, Denmark, June 6, 2008

Readable and clearly argued ...Any organisation thinking of taking advantage of social networking will find plenty of food for thought.
-- IT Week, May 9, 2008

This business strategy book is set to help people see UGC not as a threat, but an opportunity to communicate. -- Putting People First - Experientia blog, May 4, 2008

'entertaining, well- written and mercifully free from techy details'
-- Financial Times, June 4th, 2008

Best Book in Marketing Category, Best Business Books 2008
-- Strategy and Business, December 2008

For any businesses that have not yet ventured into the world of social media, Groundswell is an excellent guide. -- ILM Edge magazine, September 2008

This book is a must-read for anyone getting to grips with the impact of Web 2.0 on business.
-- Information Age, August 7th 2008

`for Groundswell's intended audience ... the emphasis on data and analytics is not a bug - it's a feature.'
-- Financial Times, 21 May 2008

From the Back Cover

Corporate executives are struggling with a new trend: people using online social technologies (blogs, social networking sites, YouTube, podcasts) to discuss products and companies, write their own news, and find their own deals. This groundswell is global, it's unstoppable, it affects every industry and it's utterly foreign to the powerful companies running things now.

When consumers you've never met are rating your company's products in public forums with which you have no experience or influence, your company is vulnerable. In Groundswell, Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff of Forrester, Inc. explain how to turn this threat into an opportunity.

Using tools and data straight from Forrester, you'll learn how to:

  • Evaluate new social technologies as they emerge
  • Determine how different groups of consumers are participating in social technology arenas
  • Apply a four-step process for formulating your future strategy
  • Build social technologies into your business including monitoring your brand value, talking with the groundswell through marketing and PR campaigns, and energizing your best customers to recruit their peers

Timely and insightful, this book is required reading for executives seeking to protect and strengthen their company's public image.

"Groundswell is jammed with big ideas, useful stories, and quotable stats. This is the new industrial revolution. Are you on board?"
-Seth Godin, author, Meatball Sundae

"This book will rock your world, if social technology hasn't rocked it already. It's a tsunami of unstoppable force. Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Facebook, Google, and Dell are profiting from the crest of the wave. Are you? Li and Bernoff are the apostles of the tsunami. This book will be your bible."
-Scott Cook, Founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit

"Groundswell provides practical advice on how to stay nimble and flexible in an ever-morphing digital world. Enabling your company to respond to change quickly especially when talking to and supporting your consumers is essential for business success."
-Cathie Black, President, Hearst Magazines

"The first phase of the Internet was about getting everyone connected. In this next phase, which changes the way we work, live, play, and learn, we re starting to realize the value of those connections as well as the new communications and experiences those interactions lead to the human network. Groundswell effectively documents this shift and underscores the opportunities available to all from this major market transition."
-John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco

"Heed the Groundswell! It's critical reading and helped us master the new dynamics of social media."
-Christina Norman, President, MTV

"Groundswell is a comprehensive look at the tidal wave of change engulfing marketers. Nobody should attempt to engage the newly empowered and emboldened consumer without first hearing what Li and Bernoff have to say on the subject."
-Clark Kokich, CEO, Avenue A | Razorfish

"Social technologies and the groundswell impact every business and organization worldwide. Li and Bernoff have written an insightful book that takes a refreshing research-driven approach to helping businesses transform themselves and successfully navigate this new dynamic landscape."
-Steve Rubel, Senior Vice President, Edelman Digital, and columnist for Advertising Age

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