Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics

Jackie Huba. Portfolio/Penguin, $24.95 (206p) ISBN 978-1-59184-650-5
In this instructional tome, Huba (Creating Customer Evangelists, Citizen Marketers) examines the methods entertainer Lady Gaga has used to build one of the most passionate fan bases around. The book is broken down into seven key lessons for businesses to focus on their one-percenters, lead with values, build community, give fans a name, embrace shared symbols, make fans feel like rock stars, and generate something to talk about. Huba deconstructs Gaga’s strategies and offers advice on how to Gaga-ize any business. Perhaps the most important lesson is how to build community, which Gaga masterfully does using her Web site and social media accounts, giving her “Little Monsters” front-row seats to every aspect of her life, whether she’s advocating for LGBT causes or simply feeling nervous about a hometown concert. In turn, those fans turn to her not only for music, but for life advice. A thought-provoking, well-executed look at one of the biggest music sensations of this generation. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/11/2013
Release date: 05/02/2013
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