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SES San Jose: Igniting Viral Campaigns

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 18th, 2008     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

Igniting a Viral Campaign

Viral makes you think of something horrible, right? Like an outbreak of a virus taking over the world’s population and turning us all into zombies? Well, trust me, when it comes to online promotions and link building, “viral” means “success”.

During the session this morning, we heard a lot of fantastic tips for how to create and promote viral campaigns. Fionn Downhill of Elixir Interactive gave some fantastic statistics about the use of social media for viral marketing purposes and how to leverage that to gain buzz for your product.

Lee Odden

You Make Me Sick – Viral Video Response

Lee Odden on Feb 4th, 2008     Online Marketing

[Minor edit: Be sure to read the comment thread below for a response from the agency CEO.] An employee of an  Interactive agency sent out pitches to a number of bloggers this morning promoting a “viral video” that I wanted to share. Mind you, I’m not going to share the actual video because it’s sick, racist and violent. “Man makes racist insults, gets asphyxiated and beaten to death by young Asian girls and their parents while another man obliviously chats on his Bluetooth headset nearby.” If you’re into that sort of thing you can find it on your own.

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What I AM sharing is the pitch email and a few screen shots. I get so many pitches each day even though there’s nothing on our contact form to indicated we’re interested in being pitched. It’s so easy to just click delete and move on to the day’s work.

Jolina Pettice

SES Session: Igniting Viral Campaigns

Jolina Pettice on Dec 3rd, 2007     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Social Media

A slew of SES Chicago attendees sat in on the session – Igniting Viral Campaigns – to learn how they just might create the next Burger King Chicken Campaign, in which Burger King was able to increase chicken sandwich sales with a website and a subservient chicken.

Maybe we’re not all looking to sell more chicken sandwiches, but we are looking to take a message and make it viral.

Each panelist provided insight on what they believe to be the keys to making content buzzworthy.

Bill Hanekamp at SES Chicago Bill Hanekamp, CEO, The Well hammered home the importance of relevancy to session attendees.

According to Bill, we all need to ask ourselves the following question:
1. With all the content on our websites, does anyone care?

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Session: Link Baiting – Viral Search Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 22nd, 2007     Link Building, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

Link Baiting & Viral Search Success

Day 3 at SES San Jose found me assigned to cover the session “Link Baiting & Viral Search Success.”

Those who’ve read my previous posts should find it as no surprise that my level of excitement for this session superseded any residual aches and pains left over from last night’s “decadence based in relevance” superbash Google Dance.

(Personal Note: None of the stories you’ve heard regarding the TopRank team at this event are accurate. Except the one about how we met up with AC/DC’s tour bus afterwords and partied with them all night – that one’s true**)

This session, moderated by SES co-chair Chris Sherman included on its panel:

  • Chris Boggs, Search Strategist, Avenue A
  • Jennifer Laycock, Editor-In-Chief, Search Engine Guide
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Viral Marketing

TopRank Online Marketing on Aug 17th, 2007     Online Marketing

So what is the coolest new viral campaign online and why? Check out www.ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com and then come back here.

There isn’t anything on the page, is there?

Certainly not that photo of Aaron Eckhart that can be found by removing “too” from the URL: www.ibelieveinharveydent.com

There’s simply a message saying “Page Not Found”.

Do you feel like me the first time you viewed this site, thinking that you must have missed part of an exciting new campaign for the upcoming Batman epic “The Dark Knight”, of which Harvey Dent, Gotham’s DA and future criminal mastermind “Two Face” would, surely play an integral role? Do you feel compelled, like I did, to search out a forum for more?

Lee Odden

One Super Proposal

Lee Odden on Nov 28th, 2006     Blogging, Online Marketing

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One of the blogs I’ve recently added to my blog roll is Joe Morin’s Travels and I noticed a post he made about some kind of marriage proposal during the Super Bowl he’s going to be promoting. Don’t worry ladies, Joe’s not the one doing the proposing. (800,000 women sigh relief)

What he’s doing, or promoting at least, is along the lines of the Million Dollar Home Page and the One Red Paperclip promotions where a site, or in this case, the My Super Proposal blog, is asking for donations big and small for a good cause. Except this viral marketing promotion is being used to finance a commercial for the Super Bowl in which a fellow named “JP” will propose marriage to his girlfriend. According to the blog the goal is to raise $2.5 million. That’s a very, very big goal but it looks like $73k has been raised so far.

Lee Odden

Viral Marketing or Linkbaiting?

Lee Odden on Nov 27th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Link Building, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

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SEO is constantly changing, but at the same time, the more things change the more they seem to stay the same.¬† Yesterday’s viral marketing becomes today’s linkbaiting. Despite changes in SEO tactics and nomenclature, the fundamentals stay the same: content and links. In order to keep up with these kinds of changes, smart online marketers are continuously revising tactics and execution to provide companies with a competitive advantage.

One of those tactics focuses on both content and links by promoting unique content that propagates virally through social news, blogs and network sites. This viral online marketing tactic is more commonly called “linkbaiting”. Regardless of what you call it, companies are starting to allocate marketing dollars to these tactics and search marketers are responding with new services.

Lee Odden

Marketing with Widgets – Interview with Lawrence Coburn

Lee Odden on Nov 27th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Interactive Marketing, Interviews, Online Marketing, Social Media, Spotlight on Search

Spotlight on Search Interview with Lawrence Coburn

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I first met Lawrence Coburn when we presented together on a Public Relations panel during a WebmasterWorld Pubcon conference in Boston. Lawrence told a great story about being at the right place at the right time and taking proper advantage to build publicity for his web site, RateItAll.com.

At the recent Pubcon conference in Las Vegas, Lawrence presented on a panel about viral marketing where he focused on using widgets as a way to drive traffic and links. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this session since I was presentingon a different panel at the same time, but Karen and Jolina did and they came back with excellent feedback. Multiple people mentioned this session to me actually, including Rand Fishkin in this video interview.

Lee Odden

The Power of the Link

Lee Odden on May 12th, 2006     Link Building, Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Bookmarking, Yahoo

Last night a PR manager from the New Yorker emailed me about the Terry Semel interview, so I watched it and put up a link to the actual video. I emailed a few SEO related bloggers about it and thought nothing more. (other than the interview being great insight into Yahoo).

While the bloggers I emailed did not mention the video, a few other sites did link to the blog post I put up about it including Digg.com (front page right now) and the Financial Times.

While I’ve had other things hit Digg and grow traffic as part of a SEO program, this was 100% natural. There was no suggested email to a large network of friends with digg accounts or anything like that. Not that I would ever do THAT.

Lee Odden

SEO and Interactive Marketing

Lee Odden on Mar 3rd, 2006     Blog Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Link Building, SEO

“Why Media Buyers Must Understand SEO” by Tessa Wegert over at ClickZ addresses how blogs and viral marketing are effective linking tactics and therefore important for search marketing.

Increasingly, I am seeing the creative aspect of search marketing growing in importance. SEO grew out of IT because so many technical issues existed causing sites not to rank well. Now search engines are better at indexing a wider array of file formats and more sophisticaed urls. Off page factors such as links are just as or more important as technical SEO.

Viral marketing and link bait are pretty much the same thing and it’s the creative side of search marketing that will generate the most value as the industry matures. Great content is the best linking strategy whether that content exists on your site or somewhere else and links back to you.

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