What makes content go viral?

“The internet affords a level of relationship with consumers hitherto unfathomable.”

Lucas Donat

Viral content: The gold standard for successful digital marketing – at least, according to marketing clients. And, probably the bane of every digital marketer’s existence, who’s had to manage expectations of viral content being a norm rather than the exception.

The advent of social media has leveled the playing field, and fame and fortune are no longer an elusive enigma, reserved for an elite few. Every fame-hungry TikToker, influencer, YouTuber, and brand out there know they could be one click away from producing that magic piece of content that could garner enough views and shares to catapult them into the realms of instant stardom. And, if you’re in the business of digital marketing, so do your clients.

In the world of social media and digital marketing, everybody’s looking to trend. To do so requires cleverly crafted content with enough wit and smarts to make it go viral. Simple? Not so, according to marketing experts.

So, what does it take for content to go viral? Is there a magic formula or strategy? Does it happen by chance, or through the carefully thought-out efforts of a high-cost marketing strategy?

There is no magic formula for content virality. Viral content is so rare that most marketers agree that even the most carefully crafted, big-budget promotion cannot guarantee it – although it can go a long way to increasing your chances.

Viral content takes a dexterous mixture of deliberate planning, good strategy, clever targeting, and, wait for it…a whole lot of luck! Content virality is, after all, a game of being at the right place, at the right time.

However, if your business is not yet in a position to spend on a high-cost digital campaign, there are certain elements you can incorporate into your content to increase your chances of hitting that ever-elusive viral content jackpot! The most common elements include:

Lists and GIFs: These, according to research, are the most shared types of content on social media. So, if you can craft yourself a catchy Top 10… list, or create a punchy GIF, you’re well on your way to going viral.

Tapping into the ego: Besides lists and GIFs, social media research also suggests most of us have a little “inner-narcissist” that draws us to content we think makes us look good or clever. If your content appeals to people’s egos, they’re likely to share and make it go viral.

Emotional triggers: Content that triggers positive emotions, entertainment or amusement tends to get more shares than negative content. Humanizing your content is a great way to connect with an audience.

Shock factor: Something unexpected to shock and amaze.

Tips and hints: When people find your information useful, they’re more inclined to share with others. It taps into the ego factor, where they feel it makes them look good.

Offers: Everybody loves a freebie! If you’re giving away freebies, you can almost be assured to get a sharp increase in likes and shares.

Influencers: If you can get a good one to notice your content, go for it!

It’s important to remember that you cannot force your content or campaign to go viral, for content to truly spread beyond just your target audience and get shared by others it needs to happen organically. Keep your focus on creating good content that fits your brand and targets your audience, if it has the right mix of ingredients it might just go viral.

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When should your business consider a rebrand?

“Your brand must communicate the value that you bring to a working relationship.”

Idowu Koyenikan

When should you/your business consider a rebrand?

Like fashion, most brand identities eventually reach their sell-by-dates. Trends, styles, and cultures are constantly evolving – what was hot in the ’90s is probably not relevant today. Similarly, what may have been considered a slick, well-crafted image then, may well be seen as outdated and out of touch with modern culture. When your audience can no longer identify with what your brand represents, you know you’re overdue for a much-needed revamp.

Below are a few compelling reasons to help you decide if it’s time to shake off the old image and update your look.

New direction, new you:  Changing public perception

Most of us are familiar with the adage ‘it takes 30 seconds to make a good first impression’. Well, according to Forbes, you can cut that number down to seven seconds. You heard right – people’s impression of your business is almost cast in stone within the first seven seconds of their interaction with your brand! Your branding acts as that first seven seconds that determines whether you’re seen as an authority or follower in your industry. So, if you feel you’ve reached the proverbial glass ceiling with regards to your pricing, or might not be attracting the kind of talent you deem worthy of your brand, it may be that the image you’re putting out there, is not aligned with the image you have of your brand and business. Time to change perceptions.

You want to attract a new “fan base”

Fortunately, the need to rebrand is not always the result of some crisis or urgent need to shake off a sudden dose of negative association. Sometimes rebranding is the result of what Millennials refer to, as nice life problems. A good example being, your business doing exceptionally well, to a point where it starts to outgrow its initial audience, raising the need to expand to new demographics. Dazzling your new target audience, will require a change in thinking, and adapting your engagement to a “language” that appeals to your new audience. A “language” that can shape their perception to help them identify with your new, evolved brand, and win them over.

Your values have shifted

People change, ideas change, and so do our values. What may have worked in the past, may not work today. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and if your current branding no longer reflects your new outlook, it justifies the need to rebrand. To echo Ashley Friedlein, “Your brand is the sum total of how someone perceives your organization.” If your audience no longer identifies with the outdated values communicated by your brand, it’s time for an upgrade.

You’ve become a dime a dozen – you’re blending in with your competition

Lastly, if your industry is saturated with competitors, revamping your image may be just what the doctor has ordered to help give your business the edge it needs to stand out from its competitors and reposition itself as an industry leader.

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Do I need a logo for my personal brand?

Personal Branding is not about pretending to be a perfect person. It’s being real to the world with your flaws and fortes.

– Bernard Kelvin Clive

To answer the question of whether a personal brand needs a logo it’s best to start with a question.

Why do you think your personal brand needs a logo?

A common answer here is, “ because I need an Identity “, “ it’ll make me look credible, especially for social media ”. And while the primary function of a logo is to identity, there is a difference between a logo used by business brands, to differentiate and create separate identities for their products and services, and one representing a personal brand and reputation.

To get a logo for your personal brand just because, would not be a good reason. A personal brand can survive and succeed without a logo.

However, there is a case to be made for having a logo for the right reasons. A personal brand is a combination of your unique style, values, and beliefs, and the logo you choose to use should attract and remind audiences of your style and values. A logo forms part of your personal brand identity, it shouldn’t be what defines it.

A logo also helps you stamp your expertise in your specific niche, enhance your marketability, and through your logo design aids in helping people build an affinity towards your personal brand and you as a professional.

So, what makes a good logo? There are a few elements that determine if a logo is good or not.

Is it simple? Simple logos are quicker and easier for people to recognize. Limit the colors, fonts, and wording you use to keep the design clean and simple.

Is it relevant? Not just to your niche but to the market and time. This is why we see companies rebrand and reposition themselves over the years.

Is it unique and memorable? Your logo should grab attention while showing off your uniqueness. Having a well-designed memorable logo is a way for people to instantly connect and associate with you and your personal brand.

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