If you have a need for personal promotion or promotion of your brand, the internet is a medium that offers many creative and effective ways to achieve this. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more challenge-wise viral marketing examples in the future, because I can’t think of any other one with an impact such as this one, although the examples below were very good too, but the fact that this one had people actually acting, participating and creating viral content is what made it huge.
Datta (2005:72) mengutip pendapat Robin Cleland (2000) menyatakan ”viral marketing refers to marketing techniques that seek to exploit pre-existing social networks to produce exponensial increases in brand awareness, through processes similar to the spread of an epidemic.
Wikipedia mengemukakan definisi yang hampir sama, viral marketing refers to marketing techniques that use pre-existing social networks to produce increases in brand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives (such as product sales) through self-replicating viral processes, analogous to the spread of pathological and computer viruses.
The primary goal of viral marketing should not be to achieve a pre-determined number of hits, views or retweets but to create something with nearly unlimited potential to resonate with people – whether on an emotional, pragmatic or ideological level – so that its reach exceeds ordinary expectations.
These days many enterprises are looking at using the audio-visual possibilities of the internet to promote goods and services, and the holy grail of this marketing enterprise is to produce a video that will ‘go viral’ and garner millions of views and shares and, of course, massive positive exposure for the product.