Viral Marketing Campaigns

Viral marketing depends on a high pass-along rate from receiver to amplifier. If a high percentage of recipients forward something to a large number of friends, the overall growth quickly increases. If the pass-along figures get too low, the overall growth quickly diminishes.

Main features of the viral marketing actions:

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What does Demi Moore butt have that my ebook does not?

Recently Demi’s husband took a shot of her behind, while bending over in panties. He later posted the photo in Twitter and challenged the CNN news chain to reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers before him.

Of course she still is very attractive at 46, but the picture is not enough for normal viewers to permanently subscribe to Ashton Kutcher’s pointless ramblings in Twitter.

Demi Moore photographed by her husband

However, more than a million non-normal viewers subscribed to his Twitt and he won the challenge.

This is exactly what drives me to the issue of how difficult it is for a non-celebrity to spread ideas �no matter how good� across the Web.

Publishing an idea by itself is usually pointless. Most news publishing sites receive 100 postings per minute, and the good ones are quickly covered by the immense amount of bad ones. I only obtained a limited success by resorting to very specialized and expensive techniques, like SEO or gray hat Google ranking methods.

Websites, ideas, photos, articles, press releases and ebooks share similar difficulties for getting known and reaching their intended audience. We website promoters use different techniques, some routine and some creative to get the message across.

Being creative is very important. We’ve always heard that if a dog bites a person it is no big news. But if a person bites a dog, it is. In other words, improbable facts are more newsworthy than regular ones.

Back to Demi�s back, it is improbable for a loving husband to take advantage of his wife celebrity status to show her intimate parts to the world. And Demi is not only cute but gentle, because she took it lightly. If I dared to show my skinny wife’s parts to the world I would sleep in the doghouse for a month. Or worse.

I cannot stop thinking about why this particular picture became so widely famous among men everywhere. What would have happened if the sneaky Ashton would have pictured another part of Demi�s anatomy? This is an important philosophical issue for me. A view of her groin would have been too daring and easily attributed to anyone else. Her boobs are not so distinctive after surgery. I vote for the butt, the ultimate male intrusion.

Demi breasts

What if Demi were posing for the photo? It would not have been the same. She posed for a million photos so far, some available on the web if you search for an image under �Demi Moore (before breast implants)�.

Following this line of thinking I appointed a model to pose naked as illustrations for my ebook on Naked Business Proposals, and it was not enough to bring the huge amount of audience I expected. Of course this made me extremely angry. Why is it that the ignorant, superficial, celebrity suckers, lusty guys of this world would rather watch Demi’s butt than read the insightful book (my opinion) that took me such pains to write?

Maybe Ashton succeeded because he did not need to. He probably will never have to work again in his life, even if he divorces Demi and hires very bad lawyers.

Maybe the photo got famous because it was pointless, while most of my marketing actions try to sell something, and the readers immediately sense it and turn away.

Maybe the idea of a competition between a pointless photo and the CNN giant motivated the public to support David against Goliath.

Maybe stupid things are more prone to become news than smart ones.

Maybe her butt is just too good.

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Technology Transfer by means of SEO, Web 2.0 and conventional web tools

The author is completing a methodology to be sold to Universities as part of a Technology Transfer Program.

There will be a Consulting Marketplace, with all possible categories to help classify the offers and demands, and to allow efficient matching of problem posers and problem solvers. Both companies looking for solutions and individuals offering services can find each other and become partners.
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Top Diggers have potential for Top Businessmen or Top Politicians

The social networks are the biggest thing in the Web these days. The large amount of garbage that the web accumulates every day needed a cleanup mechanism, and Digg and the others succeeded at selecting the good and burying the bad.

People who are opinion leaders in Real or Virtual life share some positive qualities: smell for value and potential, balance, information, focus and native leadership.

Then, if the Digg model model works for news, it should also work for political views and business ideas. If many qualified voters digg up a political idea, the idea is closer to be imposed by the upcoming politicians. Moreover, if you are a Top-100 Digg.com User, you probably have a smell for good news and ideas, and you can BE a good politician. After all, your views are followed by a large community.

Thus, I implemented 2 social networks using a Digg-like system called Pligg: one is http://business-ideas.com.ar . Its focus is on business ideas that can be pushed up if they are good, or buried if they are bad or merely shy. The other is oriented to political ideas, for now in my home country: http://ideaspoliticas.com.ar. I seeded some ideas of my own, and I expect the public and the Top Diggers will tell me if they are good or not. Of course, both systems are open to anyone’s ideas or proposals.

What comes first? A story being Top 100 because Top 100 Diggers liked it? Or a Digger reaching the Top 100 because he diggs Top 100 stories? Both seem to be true. As in real life, once trend-setters start setting trends, they continue doing so for whatever the do. In business, that is the Midas touch. It also applies to the stock exchange and real estate markets. If Donald Trump or Bill Gates buy, you better buy. If they sell, do as they do. Or you will be stuck with unvaluable land or an Apple II relic.

Now, if you are a Top Digger, you will recognize your own status as Idea Judge, and my recognition to your recognition, and you will Digg Up this story!