xii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-266) and index.
The arc of the book -- Social failures and social solutions -- "Meet" platforms : eHarmony and Okcupid -- "Meet" platform : Twitter -- "Friend" platforms : Facebook and mixi -- "Meet" and "friend" platforms : LinkedIn & Friendster -- "Meet" and "friend" platform : MySpace -- Social strategies -- Low-cost "friend" social strategy at Zynga -- Low-cost "meet" social strategy at Yelp -- Social strategy at American Express -- Social strategy at Nike -- Building social strategy at XCard and Harvard Business Review -- Conclusions.
Drawing on his analysis of proprietary data from social media sites, Piskorski argues that the secret of successful ones is that they allow people to fulfill social needs that either can't be met offline or can be met only at much greater cost. This insight provides the key to how companies can leverage social platforms to create a sustainable competitive advantage. Companies need to help people interact with each other before they will promote products to their friends or help companies in other ways. Done right, a company's social media should benefit customers and the firm. Piskorski calls this "a social strategy," and he describes how companies such as Yelp and Zynga have done it, providing not only a story- and data-driven explanation for the explosion of social media but also an invaluable, concrete road map for any company that wants to tap the marketing potential of this remarkable phenomenon.
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