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$15M For ALS, A Wet Bill Gates and Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket [video]

$15M For ALS, A Wet Bill Gates and Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket [video] | Marketing Revolution |
The success of the ALS challenge has other nonprofits hoping to capture the viral wave.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Amazing Viral "Challenge"
WOW, any disbelief about how social / mobile turns marketing into movements should be answered by the now ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is what we love about the challenge:

* Videos are amazing.
* Celebrities laying down a TIME based, money and activity challenge (dumping ice water on your head).
* Plays great on SOCIAL.

That last bullet is where the real win is. Just as ToughMudder's CEO said they are as much a SOCIAL phenomenon as race this "challenge" spreads because its EASY, FUN and by accepting a "challenge" we join the tribe of previous challengers.

Now the question is how do we dump the equivalent of cold water on curing cancer?

malek's curator insight, September 4, 2014 8:55 AM

Dr. Jonas Salk, who in 1955, after he created the first polio vaccine, was asked, So what’s next? Cancer? — as if a doctor finished with one disease could simply shift his attention to another. 

You probably can say the same about funding cancer after #ALS campaign, except for the fact that it's the complexity of cancer which makes it difficult to cure. Hope is our best ally for now.

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The Video Marketing Tsunami

The Video Marketing Tsunami | Marketing Revolution |

Online video picked up speed in 2013 and will continue to gain significant momentum in 2014. A simple Google search taps into a pile of data that underscores the importance of video in marketing collateral.


Intermediate/ Digest...

-- >  73% of B2B marketers say they will focus on video as a content marketing solution in 2014. In an industry saturated with whitepapers and e-books, the rise of online videos has come as a relief for B2B marketers, providing them with a new and exciting platform to market their products and services.

-- >  Choose HTML5 over Flash. Here’s why:

-- >  Optimizing and uploading videos on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, and embedding them on your website, boosts your search rank standing.

-- >  Some of the popular video distribution websites include:

     * TubeMogul

     * OneLoad

     * Vimeo

     * Viddler


Video's Unique Stone Skipping via Widgetization
Videos skip across the surface of the web thanks to easy SHARES via links and embed codes. Be sure to HOST some of your own videos since the only people you are making rich by using Vimeo or YouTube is THEM.

When you host your videos make sure you offer the same easy ratings (thumbs up or down), views feedback metrics and easy link or embed options made popular by YouTube and Vimeo.

This "stone skipping" nature of video makes it HIGHLY VIRAL. Video engagement can be HIGH too (if the video doesn't drive visitors away which many do). Keep your videos short and "Daisy Chain" them together  like TV episodes (hanging threads at the end with the promise of resolution in the next video on into infinity :). M

Via iNeoMarketing, Luis Costa
iNeoMarketing's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:06 PM

Some solid information in this piece that I wanted to pass along to you.

iNeoMarketing's curator insight, May 20, 2014 9:25 AM

Some solid information in this piece that I wanted to pass along to you.

Mike Power's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:19 AM

Interesting but "Marketing Collateral"?   Please cut the meaningless jargon! 

To make matters worse, the link doesn't work! 

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Mint Social Currency: 3 Insider Tips - Curatti

Mint Social Currency: 3 Insider Tips - Curatti | Marketing Revolution |

Why Contagious? You could read Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On as an update to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, but I wouldn’t (lol). 

Berger’s assertion that Gladwell is mostly wrong seems moot. The Tipping Point is philosophy. Berger’s book is ditch digging psychology based on his empirical research at Wharton.

Berger shares 3 key ideas to create viral marketing:

  • Find or Create Inner Remarkability.
  • Leverage Game Mechanics.
  • Make People Feel Like Insiders.

This post shares my favorite examples for each of Berger's Contagious traits including Red Bull for "Inner Remarkability", for leveraging game mechanics and Rue La La for making people feel like insiders.

Brian Yanish -'s curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:14 AM

Great post @Martin (Marty) Smith a must read for all marketers!

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Blue Dog Passing: Tips In Viral Marketing via @HaikuDeck

Blue Dog Passing: Tips In Viral Marketing via @HaikuDeck | Marketing Revolution |
Artist George Rodrigue painted his last iconic portrait last week, but his blue dog lives on and can teach Internet marketers how to create viral content.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Artist George Rodrigue painted his last iconic portrait last week, but his blue dog lives on. He lives on to teach lessons in how to create viral marketing for Internet marketers:

  • Arresting visual images help.
  • When you find the icon let it get GOOD to you.
  • Fun mixed with mystery and irony works well.
  • Good creation story is important.
  • When in doubt, paint it BLUE.
  • Let your icon become THEIR icon.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Turn a pattern on its head a little.

Use any 3 of those tips to increase chances of creating viral content for your website, blog or personal brand.  

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