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'...[Jaffe's] fresh outlook on the changes facing the marketing environment provide an insightful read...' (, July 2010).

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When you consider customer acquisition for your business, think about this question for a moment: how much of your sales come from repeat business versus first-time customers? Now contrast that against how much money you spend against each segment. If you are embarrassed by the gaping disconnect, don't worry; you are not alone. But what if you did something about it? What if you turned everything on its head and instead of ending with a customer purchase, you began with it? What if you focused the lion's share of your effort, energy, and budget on keeping customers versus attracting them? What if you could correct this imbalance and, in doing so, not only get your customers to keep coming back for more, but tell others to do so as well?

Joseph Jaffe loves to take on such sacred cows in business practice, turning them on their heads and shaking them up to see what falls out. Building on what this prolific thought leader started in Life After the 30-Second Spot and Join the Conversation, Flip the Funnel brings you a radically new, radically common sense look at customer experience as the key to business success.

Get ready to do a 180 on everything you thought you knew about marketing as Flip the Funnel:

  • Explains how to cut your marketing budget and grow sales by focusing on what really matters— your customers and employees

  • Outlines the real role of social media

  • Reveals the hidden potential of influencers and evangelists

  • Illustrates practical ways to use existing customers to reach out to new prospects

  • Shows how retention can be the new acquisition

  • Demonstrates key ideas with rich, real-life examples including Comcast, Apple, the Obama campaign, Dell, Panasonic, American Airlines, Zappos, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and many, many more

Using his newly introduced "flipped funnel" model (A.D.I.A.), together with a set of new rules of customer service (customer service 2.0) and a revolutionary customer referral and activation process, you'll learn how to transform your existing customers into your best salespeople, discover how to strategically differentiate your brand, save money, and forge lasting customer relationships along the way.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470487852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470487853
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My corporate website is at if you'd like to take the conversation "offline"

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Chritton on January 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Marketing consultant and blogger Joseph Jaffe was the keynote speaker at the MarketingSherpa Email Summit in January 2010. Each member of the audience received a copy of Flip the Funnel courtesy of the event's sponsor. I've just returned from the conference and read the book on the trip home.

As is common in business books, Jaffe synthesizes a few new facts and concepts, with back-to-the-basics common sense, a collection of case studies into a strongly presented New World View. Jaffe's main point is compelling. The funnel that gets flipped in the book's title is the new business acquisition sales funnel of AIDA: Awareness, Interest, Desire, and Action.

Jaffe asserts that in today's new media environment - fueled by new social media connections - companies should instead focus on customer retention by having the highest quality customer experience. By focusing on the funnel that begins with a customer's first purchase, delighted customers can then be activated to become evangelists for the company. Thus, the company will grow it's customer base through a powerful word of mouth effect.

Jaffe's new flipped funnel is ADIA: Acknowledgement, Dialogue, Incentivization, and Activation.

As a Marketing Director who is developing a new social media strategy, Flip the Funnel has caused me to view our plans with a new perspective. On Monday, I will be taking the concepts from his keynote and the book to my colleagues at MCH, and I will be incorporating some of the ideas into my strategic plan.

That said, the book isn't perfect. It would have benefited from sticking closer to its most important concepts. Also, some of its case studies and examples aren't fresh. The YouTube PR horror stories of Domino's Pizza and United Airlines have already made the rounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Donlin on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: It's more profitable to grow your business by convincing current clients to buy more often and refer others, rather than spending most of your time and money chasing new clients. The subtitle says it all: How to use existing customers to gain new ones.

By creating a more memorable customer experience and acknowledging your clients, you set the stage for increased customer loyalty -- and profits.

Like Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, this book has a timely message. Anything you do to build loyalty and word-of-mouth with your existing clients in a recession will pay you back in spades.

Three takeaways:

1. Flip the funnel

Traditional marketing dumps many prospects in at the wide top, to get out a small number of customers at the bottom, where the process ends. This is time-consuming and costly.

By flipping the funnel, you can start with the first purchase and turn a small number of existing customers into many new ones. This can be faster and less expensive, because you are building from a base of people who already trust you -- your customers.

2. Deliver a memorable customer experience

The customer experience is the sum of all contacts, transactions, and encounters between customers and your company, your brand, your people, and your products and services.

Companies like Apple, USAA Insurance, Virgin America, Zappos, and others put serving the customer ahead of profits in the NOW, when customer service happens. This has made them highly successful -- and profitable -- over the months, quarters, and years that follow.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John C. on December 27, 2010
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As a consumer, I sure do like Jaffe's ideas, unfortunately, Jaffe, like pretty much everyone else endorsing similar ideas, fails to address the fact that customer service costs money. Like another reviewer mentioned about Jaffe's airline experience, treating customers to full refunds, discounted flights when inconvenienced, and other measures is simply not a feasible strategy when most flights barely make a few dollars profit per customer.

The real problem Jaffe and similar authors ignore, is the fact that in the vast majority of mature markets, price is a primary factor for most customers and customer service costs money. Even something as simple as employees speaking to customers in a "nice" way when dealing with complaints costs have to train those same employees on handling customer complaints more effectively. Nearly every single aspect of improving a customer's experience costs money, and when the market clearly declares that it would rather have ill-tempered employees or limited interaction with the company than price increases, Jaffe's entire model breaks down.

Another practice Jaffe indicts are company websites without contact info (other than support request forms). I own a web marketing company and we also do web development and design. More than 90% of the customer support issues we have are user error. I've spoken with others in the software business and I'd venture to guess they'd all have similar stories. We currently service those customers, but we've had to move to a premium support model where we charge hourly for support after the first month because we would have to significantly raise prices in order to service all those requests.
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