comments 05.06.2009 Paul Shuteyev @ General, Internet Marketing Strategies

Viral Marketing Techniques 2009: Humor Turns Anything Viral

viral marketing humor techniquesIt’s not a top-10-tricks or 3-steps-to-success article. No. Don’t even ask me ’bout that! All you can find here is a little “white hat” technique that really works. And not because I say so, but because each and every viral marketer uses it, and this trick still works.

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A study by Sharpe Partners, an interactive marketing agency, revealed that 89% of adult Internet users in America share content with others via e-mail. This is excellent news for those companies who use self-propelling word-of-mouse” e-mail techniques to sell their products.

The study generated some interesting results regarding the type of content that is most often forwarded, as well.  The most popular content is humorous material.

The second most popular category is news, followed by healthcare and medical information, religious and spiritual material, games, business and personal finance information and sports/hobbies… in that order. So it is easy to see that humor is the best content for your viral e-mail campaign.

Cartoons, jokes and funny video clips are among the things that can be added to an e-mail to insure that it will go viral. People will want to pass along something that makes them laugh.

They are a lot more likely to hit the forward button and send your email to their friends and relatives if it is an “advertainment” rather than an advertisement.

Not along ago, about 35 million people got an e-mail containing a picture taken in Disneyland. It took a minute to see it but there was Donald Duck lying prone in front of the famous Cinderella Castle.  The title of the picture was “Bird Flu has hit Disneyland”. It was a viral e-mail advertising Disneyland and used the edgy strategy of making light of what’s serious… and it works.

I’d guess that most people who own a computer have seen that picture… and thus the advertisement for Disneyland.  The bird flu epidemic is newsworthy and has the potential to attract an enormous amount of attention to any brand that might, for whatever reason, associate itself with it.

Remember that people are much more likely to share a joke or a funny picture than anything else so you would be well advised to include humor in your e-mail campaign.

Viral Marketing Techniques 2009: Humor Turns Anything Viral
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Written by: Paul Shuteyev

I am an internet-marketing specialist.


Responses (7) on "Viral Marketing Techniques 2009: Humor Turns Anything Viral"

  1. Humor was always great communication way. Nowadays viral marketing with humor techniques becomes more like – “lol, check this out” – emailed to all ppl from your list.

  2. This makes sense! I just didnt know abt numbers… nearly 90%, that’s big piece of pie, huh :)

  3. Isn’t viral marketing dead?

  4. Thanks for your support of humor based viral marketing. We’ve bin making a living doing pranks online for well over 10 years.

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