social amplification

Slideshare – Social Amplification Blows Up the Good, Bad, and Ugly

“Before you do ‘trial-and-error’ social media marketing, you’d better plan ahead and be ready for it to blow up – good OR bad. The opportunity for marketers is to leverage social amplification instead of sticking ads in social media sites.” – Augustine Fou
Social Amplification Blows Up the Good, Bad, and Ugly
View more presentations from Augustine Fou

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Power of Social Media Illustrated Has Over 50,000 Views in 4 Days on Slideshare

Power of Social Media Illustrated – the power of consumers expressed through social media caused swift action by big companies.

March 2012 – Starbucks Frap Flap, using ground up bugs to color strawberry frappucinos

March 2012 – Kroger and Safeway pulled all “pink slime” beef products from shelves

power of social media to change companies' actions

 

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Two recent beneficiaries of social amplification

from zero to 3 million unique visitors in 8 months – groupon.com

Lady Gaga has achieved sustained search volume in about 2 years

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 SEO 1 Comment

How to manufacture a viral video sensation and make viral profits – Post 2 of 2

Related: The JKWeddingDance video was real; the viral effect was MANUFACTURED – Post 1 of 2

It was originally discovered and reported that while the jkwedding dance video was real, the viral effect was manufactured by Chris Brown and Sony’s marketing and public relations poeple.

Chris Brown and Sony PR made an unconventional, but really really good, decision to promote a home video on YouTube to drive massive increase in sales and also polish Chris Brown’s tarnished image in the process.

See ReadWriteWeb’s initial article — http://bit.ly/KA3HI

The video of JKWeddingDance was funny and it used Chris Brown’s “Forever” song. Instead of suing them and issuing a take-down order, Sony’s PR department promoted it instead and added an overlay ad to purchase the single from Amazon MP3 or iTunes.


jkwedding-video-ad-overlay-itunes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

jkwedding-video-ad-overlay-amazon

This case reads like a how-to guide to create a successful viral video that drives sales.  They (Chris Brown) did everything right.

By promoting the video (instead of suing to get it taken down), they got the video past the first tipping point of  X thousand views, after which the video remained on the front page of YouTube which gets about 30 million unique users in a day.  Most people don’t look through the ocean of videos on YouTube. Instead, they start with the ones listed on the front page as “most popular, top favorited, or most viewed.”

Then real people continued to amplify the snowball effect — social amplification — and passed along to their friends. This added a viral halo on top of the original promoted views. The viral halo is low to no cost to the advertiser so any profits derived from it is pure viral profit.

For a step-by-step guide to creating a viral video, see

http://go-digital.net/blog/2009/08/how-to-make-a-viral-video-a-5-step-guide

Viral hits can be manufactured. A group which has done this successfully and reproducibly is ImprovEverywhere (see their YouTube channel below). They have MANY YouTube videos which have hundreds of thousands of views, and their latest hit — No Pants Subway Ride – achieved 8 million views in 3 months.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ImprovEverywhere

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 digital 4 Comments

The ROI of Social Media is ZERO

What is the ROI (define) for social media? It’s zero. That’s because there’s no such thing as “social media.”

People’s conversations are not media; they can’t be purchased as such by advertisers. In other words, people don’t talk whenever advertisers want them to and they won’t say whatever advertisers tell them to — so it isn’t “media” like TV, print, and radio.

If you treat people’s conversations as media, you’d be doing it wrong. Social marketing done right means asking for and respecting people’s conversations and giving them a public place to talk so others can hear. If the advertiser’s product is already great, much of the conversation will be positive. But even if it isn’t the advertiser will have the benefit of free “product research” because people will give them ideas for improvement.

twitturly1

Untargetables are hard to reach. Unreachables are not reachable by traditional advertising media or channels.

read more about the ROI of social media on ClickZ … http://www.clickz.com/3633341

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, April 10th, 2009 integrated marketing No Comments

social amplification

in a budget-constrained environment, the best thing an advertiser can do is shift more attention (notice, I didn’t say money) to social marketing and stimulate social actions among target users and customers. While paid media used to just get people to some place (like a website), social marketing is about stimulating social actions — so the people actually do something — share, rate, comment, recommend, etc. These actions lead to an accumulation of value over time such that future visitors will get the benefit of all of the actions that went before (e.g. I only watch the highest rated or most viewed videos on YouTube; I don’t have to wade through and find the good stuff myself). Furthermore, social actions are free to the advertiser — think “advocacy.” When real people carry the message forward to their friends, it is free amplification for the advertiser — social amplification.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, February 5th, 2009 digital No Comments

Dr. Augustine Fou is Digital Consigliere to marketing executives, advising them on digital strategy and Unified Marketing(tm). Dr Fou has over 17 years of in-the-trenches, hands-on experience, which enables him to provide objective, in-depth assessments of their current marketing programs and recommendations for improving business impact and ROI using digital insights.

Augustine Fou portrait
http://twitter.com/acfou
Send Tips: tips@go-digital.net
Digital Strategy Consulting
Dr. Augustine Fou LinkedIn Bio
Digital Marketing Slideshares
The Grand Unified Theory of Marketing