Viral Marketing 101


This is one virtue a site must possess to lead the race in the ruthless competition in the Internet based business. With so much competition and rivalry going on, every method of marketing must be employed and utilized.

It doesnt matter if you have a killer product, if people dont know that you exist, it doesnt matter, and you are not going to make it big. Worse of all, your business could just fail.

While there are many methods and schemes used by e-commerce sites today, there are still some of those that can help you. One of these is the so called Viral Marketing.

Wile the term Viral easily depicts a virus, a word very dreaded by all computer owners, it is not what it seems. You do not use a computer virus to spread your business. Everyone has had enough of all those pop up ads and spywares.

Viral Marketing Overview

Viral Marketing also known otherwise as Viral Advertising is a marketing technique used to build the public awareness of ones product or company. They use many forms of media to reach out to the public without actually promoting the product by riding on in other forms of addictive means that could get a person hooked and be obliged or amused to actually pass it on, with the product or company advertisement along with it.

Companies bank on the idea that if people like the content of a media they will pass it on to their friends and family. They sponsor the certain media, such as a cool flash game, funny video, amusing story and such, which one may pass on to another with the company brand or logo or the products description to help promote the company or its product.

Viral marketing has become a popular means of advertising and marketing because it is a relatively low cost. To avoid being tagged as spam mail, viral marketing counts on the eagerness of one person to pass on the product. If a person sees the name of the person they know as the sender, they wont block it and normally open it as well.

Many companies offer incentives such as discounts when they get help in spreading their viral marketing. They rely on the number of recipients a viral marketing campaign gets from one person in determining the amount or number of incentives they can be attributed with.

Using Viral Marketing to your advantage

The main advantage of viral marketing is that you get a lot of publicity and public awareness about your site and your company. You get to generate a flow of traffic that are potential customers. With a little imagination, plus some incentives or prizes, you can reach out to a great number of people and announce your existence.

Many internet sites are catching on to the effectivity of Viral Marketing and Advertising. Not using it could kill your business. Along with other schemes and methods in promoting your site, like Search Engine Optimization and such, viral marketing could easily push you ahead in the rating games.

Viral Marketing could be a way to get people to know about you and your company. You get them to pass your advertisement along. They are also obtained at a very low cost so that not investing in it could be downright business failure. All it takes is a great idea, a good addicting game, a funny story……. many ideas are still out there. Create a gossip or a buzz, many movies are promoted by using scandals and gossips to make them moir popular. Remember the movie The Blair Witch Project?

Many big companies have tried viral marketing and have had success stories with it. A classic example is Microsofts Hotmail. They were the first known big company to utilize the scheme and it has worked wonders for them.

Now its your turn to use viral marketing to work wonders. Act now and reap the benefits Viral Marketing will provide for you and your sales figures.

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Image by USFWS Mountain Prairie
One in a series of seven photos:

The National Elk Refuge’s Outdoor Recreation Planner witnessed a spectacular standoff between two juvenile mountain lions and five coyotes. The coyotes let the cats know they weren’t welcome in the area. The mountain lions sought safety on a buck and rail fence for over an hour while the coyotes lurked in the background.

Now, two of the five coyotes can be seen in the background as one of the mountain lions looks anxiously behind.

Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS

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Update: For those of you concerned about the welfare of the lions, check out our follow-up post that indicated that the cubs were spotted, alive and well, with their mother the following day: on.fb.me/1vlwQgM.

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