While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Marketing your products or services in China can be baffling. Westerners and East Asians, including the Chinese, perceive reality differently from each other. This makes it difficult for Westerners to execute a campaign or commercial that hooks Chinese consumers. Messages that appeal to one group of consumption-oriented young Chinese will likely alienate another group. Shanghai-based consultant Mary Bergstrom expertly scrutinizes China’s young people, mapping their likes, dislikes, motivations and aspirations – everything Western firms must know to market to this vast audience. getAbstract recommends Bergstrom’s often surprising advice to those who want to sell in China or learn more about the moneyed youth of the Middle Kingdom.
About the Author
Mary Bergstrom heads The Bergstrom Group, a Shanghai-based consultancy that has developed a network of trend spotters and subject matter experts from across China.