…”In this corner we have the defending self replicating champ Viral Marketing. In the other corner we have the word of mouth up and coming challenger Social Media Marketing”….
Viral Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing, whats there to fight about? They are the same thing right?
Wrong! (ding ding ding)
Well, to be fair they seem like the same thing and find themselves in that “grey area” of marketing. I am just saying it really easy to get the two of them confused, I can easily see how it can happen. So what is the difference between the two? Lets break it down in list form, people like lists.
-Simply relies on the audience to distribute the objective
-Uses social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin, Twitter to help achieve an objective…i.e sales, brand awareness, etc
- This objective is obtained by a “Viral Action”. This action is people passing on the content such as video, picture, an application, banner, heck even just word of mouth.
-Sometimes people don’t even realize they are passing on a viral marketing message. I did it earlier this year with this video, I did not know it was from Gatorade. I totally fell for it did you? Here lies the big difference between Viral and Social Media Marketing, Viral is sneaky and sometimes you don’t even know your passing on a marketing message.
Bottom Line:Viral relies on the audience to spread the message with little or no interaction. Its a one time interaction.
Social Media Marketing
- SM Marketing relies on the audience to distribute and engage in the dialogue and sometimes the creation of additional content.
-Its about engaging,communicating via a dialogue and interacting with people. More so customers.
-Increasing traffic to a site by links, brand awareness and well attention.
-You pay attention to what your customer/user wants and needs! You do this by listening, interacting, chatting.
- One does this by having a presence on social networking sites and channels. We are talking about Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Digg and others. The brand interacts and engages with the community, customer or even potential customer.
Bottom Line: SM Marketing uses good content to start a conversation with the goal of the relationship to grow, get deeper and keep it going
Both Viral Marketing and Social Media Marketing have the same goal, getting the word out about a brand. Yes, we are talking Word Of Mouth Marketing, which is passing information on.
Thanks to John Avilla for letting me bounce ideas of him for this post and helping me break it down.