Word of Mouth Rule #6: Brand Advocates are 5X More Influential than Paid Media

WOM_RulesWhy are Brand Advocates so influential? It boils down to two words: trust and reach. According to Forrester Research, 94% of consumers trust Word of Mouth recommendations. Only 14% trust online ads. (See below.)


Empowered by social technologies, Brand Advocates have massive reach. As we pointed out in WOM Rule #5, on average each Brand Advocate reaches a minimum of 150 people. A company with 100,000 Advocates can thus reach 15 million prospects with highly relevant, trusted messages.