The Power of Viral Marketing Through Videos

March 27, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz
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This is the strangest request for a paid review I’ve ever received. Instead of reviewing a website, blog, service, or even product, I’ll be reviewing a specific blog post.

The post in question is titled This is One Virus You NEED to Catch and is from the blog RyanShamus.com. It preaches and teaches the major benefits of viral marketing, specifically through online videos.

As the post explains, Wikipedia defines viral videos as: “video clip content which gains widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing, typically through email or IM messages, blogs and other media sharing websites”.

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It gives the following video as an example as it has received nearly 10 million views so far. Ah, the power of YouTube. I’ve certainly seen this video before, have you? Maybe it’s your first time? Either way, it just goes to prove the author of the post’s point of the power of viral marketing, since I’m showing it to you right now: viral marketing. (By the way, I never get tired of watching this):

The post goes on to explain that “videos don’t always have to be relevant to your business to help you to drive website traffic to your site“. It basically explains that even though the traffic may not be targeted to your niche, as long as you’re driving traffic to your site, some of those people will click on your ads, fill out a lead, or even buy a product.

The post is very thorough on the subject and provides links to many video-related resources. For example, it contains a list of 10 ways to maximize your videos effectiveness. I’ll list the first three ways here. If you want to read the rest of them, you know what to do… (hint):

1. Video clips are best when they are short – 3-5 minutes at the maximum. People tend to have short attention spans and when they are browsing through a site of millions of videos, you only have a few moments to grab their attention.

2. If you want your videos to have viral potential, they need to be provocative, entertaining, interesting and unique.

3. Avoid including a commercial effect as these types of videos are not generally viral in nature.

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The best part of the post, in my opinion, are all the video-related resources it shares. It contains links to sites for: video effects, online video converters, video creation programs, and sites to promote your video.

It also explains how you can monetize your videos, and of course gives links to programs and networks you can use to put ads on your videos.

I found out about a very interesting site from reading the post: Bubble Ply lets you take ANY video online, and allows you to instantly start editing it. You can add chat or think bubbles, put in images, and basically play around with it. What I love about BubblyPly is that it’s all instant. You don’t have to upload the video, make an account or anything. I think they are able to do this because they don’t actually edit the video, but simply create an overlay effect to superimpose over the video. It’s a simple but very smart idea.

Anyhow, check out the post. Again, it’s called This is One Virus You NEED to Catch and is from RyanShamus.com, and is a very resourceful post.

He is also trying to get the post on the front page of Digg, so if you found his post useful, help pay him back by Digging it.

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Posted: March 27th, 2008 under Paid Reviews  

10 Responses to “The Power of Viral Marketing Through Videos”

  1. That video is too funny! I like the idea of viral marketing through videos. My friend told me the other day that I should start making videos of the stuff we do at my house when friends come over and hang out…like make them some green juice, or some herbal medicine, or some freaky organic meal that they would never know how to cook. He said the people need to watch that kind of stuff to learn how to do it…

  2. Why are those chat icons having a group hug in his header? haha

    I think everybody has realized at this point though that viral videos are a great way to drive traffic, but alot of it that I have seen hasn’t been super relevant to the site it’s promoting, so I wonder how well it would convert . . .

  3. Phonecto says:

    The article was good, with some exceptions, like the ideea of cloning succesfull videos on Youtube with your own website adress. That’s crap.

  4. Chad says:

    Ultra Records is the record label that released that song in the US. They primarily release dance mixes and the like. Interestingly enough I was the project Architect for their new office last winter. The single for that song was the ONLY plaque they had in the office! Haha

    Anyway.. Your blog rocks Tyler!

  5. selma says:

    Didn’t I just see this on JohnChow.com? Get some original material….eek.

  6. Jim says:

    The one on John Chow was simply an attempt by himself to make a viral video. I don’t know why everyone over the past month is so obsessed with the topic, I think those videos are somewhat weird. Good paid plug, looking forward to more :)

  7. i tried youtube marketing myself and have had decent results in the past. i find you need to use some celeb names though to get the traffic. (paris hilton normally works best lol)

  8. travis says:

    Yeah, Bubble Ply is cool. Woody Maxim posted about that last year.

    http://www.woodymaxim.com/how-to-make-affiliate-commissions-with-other-peoples-videos

  9. Ruby says:

    Haha I watched that video sometime ago, really funny. IMO any video can go viral even the silliest one (have you heard of magibon!! just stare at your cam and get millions of views).

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