The power of social media is undeniable and today we spend, on average, 1 hour and 40 minutes browsing the networks that have become so synonymous with everyday life (The Telegraph 2015). Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can either make or break reputations, almost overnight and it can take only a humble, single share to help your company name travel around the world.
Yet viral marketing is far from a straight forward task. Despite the significant amount of time consumers spend on social media, it’s still incredibly difficult to craft content that not only engages, but that inspires enough for consumers to hit that share button. In this article, we'll take a look at just what it is that makes content go viral and five simple steps that you can take towards viral marketing success.
Dove – Real women
The Dove ‘Real Women’ campaign has seen success at all levels, not least because of its fresh approach to what it means to be beautiful. Their latest campaign has been the Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches" campaign which involves an inspiring video contrasting how women see themselves, against how others see them. This video gained 114 million views in its first month after launch.
Lay’s/Walker’s – Do Us a Flavour
A lot of the viral content that we see gains its success by being interactive, Walker’s is a great exampled of this (or Lay’s as they’re known within the US). A recent campaign asked consumers to create their own crisp flavour. And there were some weird ones including Cajun Squirrel... mmm!
GoPro – Fireman saves a kitten
The heroic fireman - a well-respected profession and when put together with the internet’s favourite cute icon (a kitten – what else?) then you have some super share-friendly content.
Going beyond these 3 core elements, are the following tips that should help you in beginning to craft a viral marketing, content strategy.
Forget about what you know in relation to your consumers and your product or service. Think again about what your clients' biggest concerns are outside of what you’re selling. Work backwards from this point to try and find common ground between the problem you solve with your product or service and the concerns of your market.
Positive, viral content receives far more success than content that takes a negative line; the key to understanding this is that the average consumer shares content in the hope that their social standing will be raised in addition to secondly helping others (Kissmetrics 2015).
Viral content is successful because consumers are inspired to share, yet it doesn’t hurt to provide a little impetus for sharing your content. As we’ve seen with Walkers, a competition can be the stuff of share friendly pixie dust, so consider working a competition, or perhaps even a discount, into your viral campaign.
We've looked at some successful campaigns from large commercial businesses but without the million pound budget and the high profile, what hope does a smaller business have? The companies mentioned above have worked hard with the support from a team of experts, to create a strong online presence and following. After all, it's all very well having one post that goes viral but what happens after that? How do you maintain that profile?
With a strong social media and online presence you are on your way to engaging users with your brand. Formation have seen companies double and even triple their turnover through digital marketing. Contact us to find out how we can create and manage your online presence to transform your business.