Viral Marketing is the art of being able to get other people to promote your ideas, products, and services to their friends. Look at how powerful crowdfunding has become or crowdsourcing, which is getting lots of people to create content or do work on a project. All of these things work because people love the feeling of sharing their thoughts and ideas and other people's thoughts and ideas – including yours.
Ever wonder what makes some Facebook posts, videos, or blogs “go viral,” while yours are lucky to have 7 shares and two comments? While it might seem like some well-kept secret, the truth is it’s easy enough to create shareable content, if you put some thought and creativity into your efforts.
Viral Marketing Tip 1: Everyone Loves Infographics
Whether you want to know more about how coffee is grown, or you’re looking for ways to boost your blog traffic, you’ll find a variety of infographics to fill you in.
These colorful, easy-to-read graphics share vast amounts of data while still entertaining an audience. By condensing numbers and stats down to easily digestible bite-sized pieces, you can make valuable information highly understandable for any audience. Even better, your market will be happy to share (and share and share).
If you’re not artistic, or don’t have the skills required to create your own, you can hire designers from Fiverr and other job sites, or use a tool such as Piktochart to quickly make infographics your audience will love.
**Pro tip: create an embeddable link for your infographic, and encourage other blog owners to share it on their sites. You’ll automatically drive traffic from every site that posts your content.
Viral Marketing Tip 2: Create Valuable Posts
Writing a blog post? Don’t just skim the surface of a topic. Dig deep. Provide as much information as you can on the topic.
While some bloggers will tell you that shorter is better, the truth is, posts of 3,000 words are more likely to be shared than their shorter cousins. So don’t worry about attention spans. Readers have proven they want good info, and they don’t mind digging into a long post to find it.
Viral Marketing Tip 3: Let Your Personality Shine
What will your audience happily share with their friends and fans—personality-driven pieces that aren’t afraid to take a stand.
When you read a great personality-driven piece you have that feeling of knowing that what you see is exactly what you get. Nothing is hidden; there’s no “corporate speak” to be found.
It’s easy to form a connection with someone like that because you feel like you know them personally. And what do you do with your friend’s content? You share it, of course!
It doesn’t take much to be shareable. Just be yourself, be transparent, and be valuable. In short, just do what you’re already doing, only with a little bit more oomph!
Want to see some great shareable content? Check out our Facebook page – We share great content and I would love for you to share your great content too.