Hug Your Haters

  • by Jay Baer
  • Narrated by Jay Baer
  • 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Technology has evaporated the barriers of complaint. With smartphones and always-on Internet access, consumers complain more often and across more channels, many of them public. This requires a completely new system for instantly finding, evaluating, and addressing these complaints.
Jay Baer and Edison Research conducted a landmark study of more than 2,000 consumers and found that not all complainers ("haters") are created equal. In fact, there are two vastly different categories of haters: Offstage Haters and Onstage Haters. The book includes The Hatrix, a detailed examination of the differences between these Offstage and Onstage haters. The book reveals:


How, where, and why people complain (by demographic and by channel)
How and when consumers expect a response when they complain
The advocacy impact of answering (or ignoring) a customer
Differences in complaint type and expectations by industry

Supported by dozens of interviews with large and small companies, social networks and review websites, psychiatrists, and legal experts, Hug Your Haters gives listeners a step-by-step process to magnify the impact of happy customer interactions and to minimize the impact of haters and complainers. Customers expect more from businesses than ever before, and the importance of real-time customer service has never been greater. Hug Your Haters explains this new reality and shows listeners how to embrace complaints and turn bad news into good.

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Customer Reviews

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Such a waste of time

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Whole book can be summarized in one small essay, not to say a paragraph. The title and prefix looks appealing, and he keeps promising you for more in depth analysis and examples. But, I wasted more than 5 hours listening and I know no more than only a few sentences that were kept repeating for the whole 5 hours. Actually, he did a very good job making an empty paragraph to so many words called a book. This should be a lesson for me to not to waste my time in future reading or listening cheap books like this one.

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- hadi maghsoudi

Social Media & Customer Service Stories with hugs

Where does Hug Your Haters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it! I would rank it in the top 10 of business type nonfiction audiobooks I've listened to and have recommended to friends.


What does Jay Baer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, while I like reading books in theory, I can't sit still that long, so audiobooks are the way to go.Jay Baer is a great narrator


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Yelping isn't always Helping


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I really liked the audiobook version of Hug Your Haters. I just started social media company that primarily works with small local businesses, and this was a great and easy listen that really addressed how social media is about customer service. The examples were engaging and entertaining and Jay Baer is a great narrator. Really enjoyed it and came away with lots of info I can use.

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- Kendra Arnold

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2016
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC