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. By the middle of the century, the politicos were heading to Madison Avenue to learn the techniques of mass communication and persuasion. Today, they have moved from the dim light of the backroom to the bright lights of the war room, the central command for political campaigns. And along the way the pupil has surpassed the teacher.
Aided by masses of data, sophisticated computer modelling, and smart manipulation of social media, political strategists are reshaping the way voters think. And act. Forward-thinking marketers are now adopting these techniques to convince consumers to buy their products. The strategies being used to influence our choices at the ballot box will soon be used to influence our choices in the grocery store.
Drawing on political and marketing stories from North America, Europe, and beyond, Spin gives readers an insider’s view of this stunning turnaround. The book will focus on well-known characters from the worlds of politics and marketing and reveal how all of us will be affected by the surprising new ways in which companies will try to persuade us to vote for their brands.
About the author
CLIVE VERONI is a leading marketing strategist and political commentator. He is a consultant on branding, marketing and advertising to a wide variety of blue-chip clients across North America. He is also a sought-after public speaker and a frequent political analyst on radio and television. His writing has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Hill Times, and the Literary Review of Canada. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
- Short-listed, National Business Book Award
Delightfully captivating and riveting, this is a must-read for marketers and political strategists and is highly recommended for all consumers.
Whether you're looking to win votes or customers in our digital age, Spin is well worth a read.
. . . elegantly written, smart, and substantive.
The Hill Times
Veroni’s thesis is timely and apt.
Years ago, backroom political hacks embraced modern consumer marketing techniques and promptly changed the face of politics for ever. In Spin, Clive Veroni brilliantly illuminates how marketers have now turned to political operatives to learn how moving minds can also move products. Chock full of real life case studies, Veroni’s thoughtful and flawless prose tells a powerful story. This is a must-read for marketers.
Terry Fallis, author of Best Laid Plans and No Relation
. . . interesting and thought-provoking.
Globe and Mail
Clive Veroni recasts the rules for marketing and branding in the digital age — a smart, entertaining romp lush with insight and example. Read it and reap.
William Thorsell, Editor in chief, Globe and Mail 1989–1999
In an approachable, entertaining, highly readable manner Clive Veroni takes us into the world of tribal consumers, big data, open branding, permission marketing, and the rise of individualized targeting. As such he takes us into the world of the future in political and commercial marketing campaigns. Enjoy the read, but ponder the implications!
Dr. Alan C. Middleton, Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)