What is Viral Marketing and Advantages
In the era of digital marketing, it is impossible to not hear about viral marketing. You may have come across this term more than once. But what is it exactly? How is it done?
Viral Marketing is a trending new type of digital marketing that uses the concept of word-of-mouth publicity. By this method, common people are inspired to share the marketing content of your firm. It can be anything from a viral video to a message that people find extremely amusing so that they share it repeatedly. When the content is shared, the marketing of the brand happens with it automatically.
Done properly, viral marketing can create exponential growth in business. It can also foster brand awareness and can increase its reach many folds. But if something goes wrong, the name of the brand can get dragged through the dirt.
How does something become viral?
Many contents go viral by accident. There is no explanation of how it got so much reach and what actually triggered it. But when it comes to marketing, most viral contents are created deliberately to promote the brand.
Exhaustive and careful research into what gets shared and what not is the first step in viral marketing. Creating engrossing content which appeals to a wide audience is the second. Sharing the content on social media platforms where it is easily noticed by people is the final step. If people find it interesting, they market the content by sharing it with their friends which starts off a chain sharing that makes it viral.
What are the factors affecting viral marketing?
There are three main factors in viral marketing: Message, messenger, and environment. Each aspect has to be perfectly leveraged to make a successful viral marketing campaign. A number of tools like videos, images, games, socially relevant content, text messages, emails, and so on can be used for the campaign.
There are two types of dispersion strategies in viral marketing: Concealed or shown. In the latter people know they are watching the advertisement of a brand. But in the former, they are unaware of the branding which is only revealed later. If not done properly the concealed method can backfire as people may feel cheated.