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Network Challenge (Chapter 14), The: Leveraging Customer Networks

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Network Challenge (Chapter 14), The: Leveraging Customer Networks

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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-702473-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-702473-5

Social networks and word-of-mouth marketing are increasingly important, yet few current practices are based on a deep understanding of how the structure of networks can affect customer behavior and marketing outcomes. This chapter offers some critical observations on current word-of-mouth marketing practices and identifies four key questions that managers need to ask themselves before engaging in campaigns designed to leverage customer networks: Can we be confident that interpersonal influence or social contagion is really important? Why exactly would social contagion occur? Should we target key influentials? Can we identify and target those influentials? The answers to these questions cannot be taken for granted.

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Rising Interest in Social Networks

Why Marketers (Should) Care About Social Networks

Toward a More Rigorous Approach to Word-of-Mouth Marketing




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