O Marketing viral é também conhecido como palavra electrónico ou “word of mouse” o equivalente no digital ao word of mouth do marketing tradicional, é uma estratégia que permite propagar mensagens comerciais a um ritmo exponencial. Normalmente designada de comunicação comercial autopropagada. Um exemplo clássico de um caso de sucesso de viral marketing é o Hotmail. Um dos primeiros serviços gratuitos de web-mail que devido à simples frase que surgia em cada mensagem que cada utilizador enviava “Get your free and private e-mail at" nos primeiros seis meses após o seu lançamento atingiu um milhão de utilizadores e ao fim de um ano e meio 12 milhões de utilizadores, altura em que foi vendido à Microsoft por cerca de 400 milhões de dólares. A promoção do filme The Blair Witch Project é outro caso de sucesso de viral marketing, um filme com um orçamento extremamente reduzido que foi um dos filmes mais rentáveis e mais vistos de sempre, devido à divulgação online, sugerindo que o filme (de terror) era um documentário (retratando eventos reais) e à propagação exponencial dessa mensagem.
There are a number of ways brands can use digital marketing to benefit their marketing efforts. The use of digital marketing in the digital era not only allows for brands to market their products and services, but also allows for online customer support through 24/7 services to make customers feel supported and valued. The use of social media interaction allows brands to receive both positive and negative feedback from their customers as well as determining what media platforms work well for them. As such, digital marketing has become an increased advantage for brands and businesses. It is now common for consumers to post feedback online through social media sources, blogs and websites on their experience with a product or brand.[25] It has become increasingly popular for businesses to use and encourage these conversations through their social media channels to have direct contact with the customers and manage the feedback they receive appropriately.
Establishment of customer exclusivity: A list of customers and customer's details should be kept on a database for follow up and selected customers can be sent selected offers and promotions of deals related to the customer's previous buyer behaviour. This is effective in digital marketing as it allows organisations to build up loyalty over email.[22]
Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic: Targeting, viewability, brand safety and invalid traffic all are aspects used by marketers to help advocate digital advertising. Cookies are a form of digital advertising, which are tracking tools within desktop devices; causing difficulty, with shortcomings including deletion by web browsers, the inability to sort between multiple users of a device, inaccurate estimates for unique visitors, overstating reach, understanding frequency, problems with ad servers, which cannot distinguish between when cookies have been deleted and when consumers have not previously been exposed to an ad. Due to the inaccuracies influenced by cookies, demographics in the target market are low and vary (Whiteside, 2016).[42] Another element, which is affected within digital marketing, is ‘viewabilty’ or whether the ad was actually seen by the consumer. Many ads are not seen by a consumer and may never reach the right demographic segment. Brand safety is another issue of whether or not the ad was produced in the context of being unethical or having offensive content. Recognizing fraud when an ad is exposed is another challenge marketers face. This relates to invalid traffic as premium sites are more effective at detecting fraudulent traffic, although non-premium sites are more so the problem (Whiteside, 2016).[42]

Una guía completísima y útil Frank. El asunto “publicidad frente a afiliación” es bastante interesante, sobre todo porque la publi convencional en Internet parece que ha tocado casi fondo. De hecho hasta el New York Times se interesa ahora por los enlaces de afiliados como via de diversificar ingresos y ha comprado una web que se dedica precisamente a eso, a revisar productos y obtener comisiones de Amazon, como modelo de negocio.
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