VIDEO: Virality and the Canadian National "Canthem"

Posted on Tue,Jul 17, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Molson filmed five musicians performing "O Canada" using nothing but instruments made from Molson Canadian bottles and cans. Word of mouth marketing expert Andy Sernovitz explains on his blog why this is the type of video that could and should go viral:
  • It's a company marketing video but it doesn't try to "sell".
  • It's fun (i.e. you don't have to be edgy).
  • It taps into something bigger than the brand.

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Tags: Video, Word of Mouth Marketing, Viral, Viral Marketing

Making Your Content Go Viral

Posted on Thu,Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Fast spreading "viral" content can build backlinks and website traffic in a short amount of time, and with little effort. But only a tiny amount of web content goes viral. Some would argue that making "viralness" the goal of a piece of content is a fool's errand. And yet, we can analyze content that has already gone viral for clues to its popularity. A.J. Kumar on has done that. Here are his six suggestions for creating content with the potential to spread quickly. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees of "virality".

Many viral videos involve silly or absurd characters (honey badger, Marcel the Shell). A unique, appealing, charming character can greatly increase traffic and brand recognition. But too many failed attempts could damage your brand.

Emerging Trends
Fresh, timely content on a new trend can give you a first mover advantage and attract attention. New content is more likely to be shared. Google gives preferential treatment to timely content.

Content as a Sound Bite
A catchphrase is easy to remember and repeat. Evaluate your headline or opening paragraph as if you were reading it on a newscast. Is a small snippet of your content enough to drive further interest in learning more? If not, continue editing it.

"Visually appealing infographics are among some of the most frequently shared types of online content as most people would rather learn through engaging imagery than long paragraphs of text." Pull data from recent studies, then recombine it in new and distinctive ways.

Influencer Clout
An endorsement from an authority in your industry could help make your content go viral. You'll need to have already built relationships with industry thought leaders. Ask them to share your best content.

Offer Value
Provide exceptional value in your article or video. Go above and beyond what your competitors offer.

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Tags: Content Marketing, Word of Mouth Marketing, Thought Leadership, Viral

INFOGRAPHIC: Viral Content Marketing

Posted on Wed,Feb 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Why does some content go viral? From Problogger and Voltier Digital, here's an infographic that tries to answer that question and gives tip on how to make content more likely to go viral.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Viral Content Marketing

Posted on Wed,Dec 14, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Most content will never get widespread attention, but some content manages to find a big audience. The reasons for content "going viral" are mysterious, but research from indicates certain patterns. From and Voltier Digital, here's an infographic about why content becomes viral.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Viral Marketing Cheatsheet

Posted on Mon,Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

A "viral" campaign is really nothing more than inspiring other people to spread your message. From KISSmetrics, here's an infographic guide to creating a successful viral campaign.

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Tags: Marketing Strategy, Word of Mouth Marketing, Infographic, Viral

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