Turns Out Just Saying A Marketing Campaign Is Viral Doesn't Make It So

from the who-knew? dept

In case you hadn't realized it, a new research report (that I'm sure you can buy for plenty of money) says that it's not so easy to make a viral marketing campaign actually be viral. Who knew? Well, probably everyone but some marketers. Viral campaigns are nice if you can get them to work, but betting an entire strategy on a viral campaign is pretty dangerous, no matter how much the media pretends that there's some secret magical formula to make products viral.


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    Rekrul, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 4:31am

    For "viral" marketing to work, it has to be entertaining, If people don't want to watch it, it's not going to get passed around. Also, in my opinion, for viral marketing to work, it has to have an air of mystery around it. The best example of this is the "River Tam Sessions" that were circulated before the release of the movie Serenity. When they first showed up, nobody was sure who was behind them, if they were excerpts from the film, if they were extras that were going to be used later, etc. They were mysterious and cool. So they got passed around.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 5:23am

    Rule One for creating a viral marketing campaign: Don't let the lawyers get involved.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 6:21am

    I don't know why everyone is linking to this article, it doesn't really say much of anything...

     

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    chris (profile), Jul 10th, 2008 @ 6:35am

    viral is the peoples' decision, not yours

    the problem with viral marketing is that most of the promoting is done by people, not the media. people are unpredictable.

    it's really quite risky when you think about it: you have to create something that will be entertaining, which probably means a fair amount of expense. then you have to not explicitly promote it, and trust that people on the internet will pick up on it and run with it. that seems pretty counter intuitive for a marketing campaign.

    the two latest books by william gibson (pattern recognition and spook country) feature an uber sleazy marketing firm that specializes in viral marketing. the firm pretty much spends tons of its clients money on frivolous research projects into strange internet phenomena.

     

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    JS Beckerist (profile), Jul 10th, 2008 @ 7:40am

    Re:

    www.ilovebees.com :-)

    Halo 4 PLEEEEEASEEE!!!! :-P

     

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    Joe, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 8:04am

    If someone is really interested in this

    If you are interested in viral marketing and interesting ideas for giong about doing a viral campaign you should read "Pattern Recognition" I think the author is William Gibson, but it had some interesting points and was all about viral marketing in one form or another.

    One interesting thing brough up was hiring attractive people to "talk" about certain things when out at bars and clubs to ingrain that conversation/product/whatever in the minds of people looking to meet/date other people. Then those people learn about the subject and start talking about it to the other people they are hitting on, and it goes from there...obviously doesn't work for all products but in this world what does?

     

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    Cyn, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 11:16am

    Marketing is just deception

    Most marketing is just deception anyway. Selling you something you neither need, nor want, and convincing you its better than it is.

    Or do your McDonald's hamburgers look like the ones on TV and are served by smiling, happy people? I've never been to a fast food restaurant where the food looked like it does on TV, and I've never been served by someone happy to be there.

     

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    Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy!, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 12:04pm

    Kelly's hollywood Meeting

    I love viral campaigns. Because when your goal is to make a viral campaign, it fails. FAILS FAILS FAILS. No amount of money spent to create a viral campaign.

    How it's perceived:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ASaYAA7oo

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 12:41pm

    I don't see how designing a viral campaign should automatically be difficult there have even been a few good examples, like the LYNX/AXE deodorant ads. Some TV ads would transfer virally.

     

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    Elohssa, Jul 10th, 2008 @ 3:38pm

    Wait a minute...

    ...you mean Emperor Norton wasn't actually the ruler of San Francisco?

    I just assumed he was because he said so.

     

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    pinny, Jul 11th, 2008 @ 5:39am

    viral magic

    It drives me crazy attending conferences that deliver this crap that there is a magic formula and bring examples of successful campaigns people have done. The problem is everyone uses the same ones and every book out there tries to create the magic formula for WOM. I just love that someone out there is calling a spade a spade

     

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    Elle, Jul 11th, 2008 @ 6:30am

    Re: Kelly's hollywood Meeting

    "...Because when your goal is to make a viral campaign, it fails. FAILS FAILS FAILS. No amount of money spent to create a viral campaign." I disagree with this. An example of a viral campaign that worked: NIN's Year Zero.

     

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    Elle, Jul 11th, 2008 @ 6:32am

    Re: Wait a minute...

    Actually, Emperor Norton was Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. He just ruled from San Francisco. And yes, he was because he said so.

     

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    Elle, Jul 11th, 2008 @ 6:39am

    Re: If someone is really interested in this

    Creepy; viral marketing should be considered an STD.

     

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    Sagive, Apr 26th, 2010 @ 8:33pm

    all the eggs in the basket?

    i think no matter what kind of strategy you pick
    you should never invest your whole going down one road..

    besides.. as far as i c it.. a viral campaign needs
    a lot of luck in order to check on. cant trust that.

     

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