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Spin: How Politics Has the Power to Turn Marketing on Its Head

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Clive Veroni’s Spin is a fascinating investigation of how the techniques of political strategists are being applied to the world of consumer marketing. In the early twentieth century political operatives did their work in the backroom, a shady place of secret deals and dark arts. ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 23rd 2014 by House of Anansi Press (first published February 8th 2014)
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Alanna King
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Clive Veroni is a masterful writer and this is a timely book. Not until most of the way through this book does he reveal that his degree in English literature has served him well in the world of marketing...and it has also served him well as a writer. This 295 page book is tightly edited to emphasize the organization of Veroni's argument and and the marvelous flow of his ideas. Although it is largely a retrospective on politics and marketing in order to show cause and effect relationships, Veron ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed reading Spin. Veroni makes strong connections between political tactics and marketing, with plenty of fascinating examples from both arenas to illustrate his ideas. I particularly liked his points about appealing to a passionate minority instead of a safe middle group, taking creative risks in marketing campaigns and the importance of speed (think Oreo and the Super Bowl). A good read!
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. Veroni presented the facts in an easy to understand way. Super interesting and I can't recommend it enough
Vinayak Malik
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book for the digital
Suresh Thalur
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read.
Few books have altered the way I see the world - this is one of them.
Amazing that he wrote it before 2016 American election and I read it before 2016 too and this served as a template for me to see why things turned out the way they did.
It's a shame that this book isn't that popular. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to widen their perspective on the world we live in.
Tom Jarmyn
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that looks at new techniques from politics as they apply to advertising. However, it tends to over emphasize how much of a difference technology makes in modern politics and branding.

I tend to believe that the core objectives and methods are largely the same and these are just new tools of execution. Most telling is that as I was reading the section on branding, discussing Chipotle, for the second week in three Chipotle was on the cover of Businessweek - the headline [Outbreak]
Iza October
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clive Veroni’s Spin is a riveting examination of the overlap between politics and marketing. Consumers have gone from passively receiving marketing messages to actively transmitting and promoting them. In cases where both marketers and politicians capture the imagination of the masses, whether it’s the Apple versus Mac ads or Obama’s Hope campaign, those masses do much of the advertising work previously relegated to television advertisements, billboards, and news spots. This book is essential re ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this in preparation for an in class interview with the author. Was an easy read which doesn't bog down the reader with too much statistics and such. Many good points and valid arguments.
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Clive Veroni is a leading marketing strategist. He is a consultant on brand positioning, marketing strategies, new product development and advertising to a wide variety blue-chip clients across North America. He founded Leap Consulting in 1999. Prior to that he had a successful advertising career, including several years as partner and president of Stringer Veroni Ketchum Advertising before sellin ...more

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