The 4 Key Ingredients of a Killer Viral Video Sensation

westjet viral videoThough deep into the bosom of August, I thought todays Monday Marketing Masters session showcasing a 2013 Christmas campaign featuring Canadian airline WestJet would shake us out of our summer doldrums. Here you will see an example of viral video happiness so fabulous and heartwarming, so filled with generosity, shock and awe, that viewers can’t help but share. Hence a viral video ad campaign that as of today has been viewed over 36,000,000 times across multiple platforms. For a reason.

Granted, as a small business you might not have the massive ad dollars it would take to create a video of this sort, to publish spots on major channels, not to mention the costs of…well I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to watch; HOWEVER, there are some absolute take-away’s from this campaign that can be applied to a brand of any size.

WestJet continues to pump out innovative and out of the box videos, which since the success of the WestJet Christmas Miracle campaign, now command a much larger and viral following of their own, thanks primarily to the great success of this one.

See for yourself: [Read more...]

Let Me Walk In Your Shoes, TOMS

toms-one-for-oneLast week in mall:

Daughter: “every time you buy a pair of shoes from TOMS another pair is donated to children across the globe that can’t afford shoes”

Me: “True. And yet, still pretty pricey!”

Daughter: “Can I have 2 pairs? I really want to give”

Me: “ummmm….sure?”

TOMS Shoes was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, an entrepreneur from Arlington, Texas.  Inspired by a trip to Argentina (where Blake was competing on 2nd season of The Amazing Race with his sister), Blake returned a few years later to do some volunteering and was moved at the sight of so many shoeless children running around the streets just outside of Buenos Aires.

According to Wikipedia:

“Mycoskie had learned that the lack of shoes was a problem that had a serious impact upon these youth, threatening the ability of the children to go to school, prevent infection, and so forth.[10]

A new model of corporate social responsibility, aptly named “Cause Marketing” was born. And from that, TOMS “One for One” campaign, whereby for every pair of shoes sold, Toms would donate a pair to a child in need of a pair of shoes, came to be.

What is Cause Marketing? [Read more...]

Will It Blend, Viral Video Series Genius

blend-tec-will-it-blendThis campaign ties for first place in my book, tying with the Charmin Sit or Squat campaign that launched the Monday Marketing Masters (let’s just call it the MMM) series.

I’ve mentioned this campaign before because I am in such awe of it, but it is definitely worthy of its’ own blog dedication.

Presenting: The Blendtec “Will It Blend” video series: a brilliant and once more, highly entertaining viral video YouTube series starring CEO Tom Dickson as the “blend master and host”. Talk about content!

 

I talk about it here:

 

This campaign is a great example of how a more often than not accidental viral video campaign can catapult a company into the limelight and the black. The company’s  viral video series “Will It Blend” on YouTube, in which founder and CEO Tom Dickson blends everything from an iPad to a pool cue, boosted sales at the humble Utah blender-maker 700% in the space of months. [Read more...]

I’ll Have My Traffic Organic Vs. Pay-Per-Click, With Cream

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I hate paying for things that I could be getting for free. I’ve even been known to cut my own hair, much to my kids chagrin. And so it’s only fitting that I devote a vast amount of my workday and passions to the ever exciting, ever evolving, ever challenging game of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization. Wow. I really do need to get a life.

A short tutorial to the various methods of leading traffic to your website:

Plan A)

Paid Traffic Techniques

This is exactly what it sounds like. You will pay Google by bidding on the keywords you would like to “rank for” in a search, and whomever pays the higher price will end up closest to the top of the grayed in area’s along the very top of a Google search or down the right sidebar. The more competitive, or searched for keyword, the more you are going to pay to be placed up towards the top of the search engine. It’s called a whole slew of things, so you might recognize it as SEM (Search Engine Marketing), PPC (Pay per click), Paid Search, etc. Whatever, it’s all the same thing. [Read more...]

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