Peter Blackshaw has led the charge in consumer generated media. A cofounder of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and the consumer advocacy website planetfeedback, Blackshaw is also a prolific writer who is contributes regularly to Ad Age, ClickZ and several blogs. He’s also the author of a new book, Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3000, in which he documents the multiplier effect of word-of-mouth communications.
And that’s in his spare time. Blackshaw is better known to many people is the executive vice president of Nielsen Online Digital Strategic Services, a group that helps companies develop online strategies. Branding in the age of conversation is nothing like it was in the days of one-way communications, he says. Today, brands are developed cooperatively in discussions with customers whose feedback needs to be seriously considered and incorporated into a company’s message. He talks with David and Paul about some of the more common mistakes marketers make and also who’s getting it right.
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