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Written by Clive Veroni

  • 328 Pages
  • 9781770893177
  • 8.5" x 5.5"
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Advertising & Promotion
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General



Publication Date August 23, 2014

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.

Short-listed for the National Business Book Award 2015


Clive Veroni
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 of blue-chip clients across North America. In 1999, he founded Leap Consulting, and prior to that he had a successful advertising career that included working on the launch of the IBM PS2 and the launch of the Apple “Think Different” campaign in Canada. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


"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)

"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

"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

"Whether you're looking to win votes or customers in our digital age, Spin is well worth a read." Hamilton Spectator

"Delightfully captivating and riveting, this is a must-read for marketers and political strategists and is highly recommended for all consumers." Publishers Weekly

"Veroni’s thesis is timely and apt." National Post

". . . interesting and thought-provoking." Globe and Mail

". . . elegantly written, smart, and substantive." The Hill Times