SitePromotion Law: To new Sites, Salesmen come First

One of Murphy laws says that if you promote a website, the first to come will be the salesmen that try to sell you Website promotion tools.

My websites are mostly about SEO and Site Promotion, and they collect many inquiries from companies that sell exactly the same services, offering me to transfer my clients to them. Sites from clients receive all the time inquiries from suppliers, providers, web hosting and web promotion companies.
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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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Sell software online

Steps for Selling Software online

Selling software is an activity that quite obviously, needs to be done online. There are significant advantages of being able to do all these steps in a few minutes: find a useful software product, learn about it, download it, install it, test it, and reach for the credit card to buy it.
Paradoxically, many software programmers are unaware of the huge resources for selling software online, and do not even have a web site. Or they have a nice one, with plenty of Flash animations, and no elements for web ranking.

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Viral Marketing Products

When the average marketer starts reading about Viral Marketing, the first question that appears is: How can I do Viral Marketing in behalf of my product or service?

Let’s compare this situation with the offline Viral Marketing. You would go to a company specialized in advertising materials, like pens, baseball caps, T-shirts, car window stickers or paper pads. You would order to print your logo on them, and start giving them away to clients and friends. 

In the same way, when you want to start an Online Viral Marketing campaign, you would go to a site that offers all kinds of products, customizable with your logo, URL address and advertising message. Of course, the variety of digital products is huge, and there are more and more every day. It would be easy to pick up the wrong product and fail miserably after having spent a few thousand.

In our Ideotic.com site we are offering a large number of products or services that can carry your ad, with a strong chance of a fast and wide spread over the Internet. You can also see our Viral Marketing ebook with proposals for campaigns based on many different sites, softwares, videos, CDs or other formats.

Contact us for a customized budget for Viral Marketing campaigns, based on our existing products or other that could be developed specially for your product, service or brand.

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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Why I have 2 accounts in each of these 80 social networks

I want to be able to test every social network for its promoting power for my stories. Some of them are going to be more receptive than others, depending on its size, difficulty, subject and to the importance they give to old, reliable accounts.

Social networks give a value to each user, sometimes called ‘karma’, and that value is useful for promotion of stories, either the own user stories or stories from ‘friends’ and strangers.

I am sticking to 2 accounts per network because it is well known that they detect some features that could point to spam, namely IP. Of course, IP can be defeated by using a navigation proxy, but that needs information, expertise and a potentially self-destructive desire to spam the sites. The second account is used if the first one loses value, or to start polemic discussions that are often followed with more attention.

I read about a “snowball” effect while promoting stories in the Digg-like sites, started from a minor network, where it should be easier to get noticed, and bringing users/friends/voters to the other sites. It would be useful if the home of your stories included the links pointing to the other social networks where the visitor can vote you. For that, I included a couple of plugins in my WordPress blog.

Stories are improved by user feedback and testing as they pass thru networks.

I am starting to test the power of this promotion technique, not too fast because I need my accounts to be mature enough. An account is mature when it had some time and healthy activity in the networks. As in real life networks, you cannot arrive, post your story and expect everyone admire you.

It is also good if your stories refer to the same subject, and if you develop virtual ‘friends’ that show their trust in you. It is important to complete a profile and include a photo.

This is the partial list of the networks where I am now. If this story gets enough Diggs, Propellers, Reddits, and so on, I plan to add the age, votes and karma of all the accounts, to help value them.  Continue reading “Why I have 2 accounts in each of these 80 social networks”

Viral Business Proposal: Complaint boards as means to enforce website service quality

The original idea was a “CompanyBoard” business, in which I would run a Complaint Book for my clients. This Book would have been a forum system hosted in my server, where customers could complain or endorse the company.

The owner of the Complaint Book would supply a link in to the forum in my domain. My hosting the forum would prevent the owner from doctoring the results.

However, I found some complexities related to judge posting quality. Company enemies ccould be negative in public or paid supporters could be over positive.

I still think the business is feasible, but I would not use a forum, but a Digg-like News Aggregator. I am running one named Business-ideas.com.ar, expecting that the best business ideas will climb to the top. I am also running one for political ideas in Argentina: Ideaspol.com.ar.

The news aggregators have a sophisticated voting system that would allow users to write reports about a company, and the community would vote about quality of the report.

The users develop ‘karma’, a quality related to credibility. Karma is automatically managed by a hidden algorithm in the system.

The pligg module will be modified to improve the quality of the complaints, preventing fraud or manipulation.

The companies will be offered a free or paid service. The paid service will have many more features.

This idea is ready to be launched. Today, Oct. 22-2007, I need a partner bringing U$D 6000, for 40% of the business.

I am listening…