A Brief Intro to Viral Marketing for the Small Business Marketer

Sometimes I feel like I am working for a trendy, bleeding-edge IT company, one of the dot coms circa 1999, or perhaps at present-day Google. McElroy encourages personal ideas for creative client solutions and bold new marketing strategies. Instead of buying packaged advertising strategies and software tools, McElroy often looks to its own for ways to excel–whether marketing to new clients or helping existing clients solve their translation workflow problems.Lisa Siciliani, our Marketing Director, recently forwarded me an article about a high school teacher who made his own iPod commercial. For some reason, people felt compelled to forward the link to this little video short to their friends–hundreds of thousands of times! What better marketing strategy, than having your potential and existing customer base as willing participants in disseminating your brand to their friends, family and coworkers?It turns out this type of marketing strategy has a name–viral marketing–and is employed in a myriad of ways by various companies on the web. Risqué lingerie commercials are purposely banned by the companies to give an already popular video even more legs. Advertising agencies have sprung up that specialize in planting or “seeding” commercials on popular blogs and video sites.Does viral marketing carry software that could destroy your computer or invade your privacy? In spite of the sinister aspect of the name, the answer is emphatically “no.” At its worst, it might cut down on company productivity and eat up bandwidth–but, hey, who among us hasn’t wasted a few minutes out of the day to check out a dancing baby or singing bunny? Viral marketing gets its name from the nature of its potential to rapidly propagate, but it is essentially word-of-mouth in electronic format.Everyone probably remembers the first and most widely cited example of a viral–the Hotmail tagline. Millions of new Hotmail users were generated by this clever gimmick, though today, hardly anyone probably signs up for e-mail after reading the advertising in a signature. Recent examples of virals include Burger King’s Subservient Chicken, and the JibJab cartoon that lampooned both of the Presidential candidates.Does viral marketing work for the B2B marketer? We think it can, and it does, often in unexpected ways. Several of our articles on the translation business and languages have been referenced across the web by business users of the information. Though it might be of a more informative nature than a singing bunny, business end users are ultimately consumers, and will pass along what excites and interests them.

Privacy Laws and Divorce

Divorce is a very public affair with documents being filed in their states courts with public access. For this reason many couples express concern over how their privacy will be handled during such an emotionally charges time. Additionally, because divorce is so emotionally charge, there is a strong tendency for individuals to reveal private information about their former spouse, which can lead to additional lawsuits issuing from what is felt to be an invasion of privacy. Here are the two most common types of lawsuits coming from these privacy issues.Intrusion of SolitudeIndividuals are entitled to their privacy after the dissolution of their marriage. If a previous spouse abuses this, they can and often are, held accountable. This Intrusion of Solitude happens when one person intentionally intrudes electronically, physically or by other means upon the privacy of the other person. This includes intrusion into private space, affairs or other private matters including spying, hacking into files or accounts and recording private matters on video or camera.Many times a divorced individual may feel compelled to try track their former spouses activities. But any type of activity that can be deemed to have violated the other’s privacy, can and will be upheld in court.Public DisclosureThe other most common invasion of privacy is public disclosure. Public Disclosure occurs when one reveals private information or other facts about their divorced spouse without permission or authority to do so; particularly if the average person would be offended. Other terms used for this are Libel and Slander but these are harder to prove. In California, the law makes it clear that one can’t release any private details about another individual unless it obviously serves the public good.In an effort to put themselves in a more favorable light or cause public embarrassment to their ex, their is the tendency to want to expose those “dirty little secrets.” This is never a good idea as it could land you in court where most Public Disclosure suites are settled monetarily and if you are found to be at fault you will be order to pay damages.Divorces can get very heated at times and, when hurt, whether right or wrong, it’s understandable that someone might want to exact some revenge. It’s important, for you own well being that you allow your emotions to cool down before taking any action you might regret in the future.

Creating a Fitness Plan – The Benefits

You have a lot of choices when you are thinking about getting into shape. There always seems to be a better fitness plan that will really get your body back where it was or where you would like it to be. But frankly many of these hot new fitness plans may not be right for you or your fitness goals.Why not create your own personal fitness plan instead of trying every new plan that comes along and hoping for the best,. You’re a unique individual with your own skills and interests. You also have unique goals and challenges.
The benefits of creating your own personal fitness plan include:1. It’s based on your current fitness level – You know where you’re at right now and you know your limits. This is important because it gives you a realistic starting point. It gives you the room to improve and grow without having someone else’s expectations set upon you.2. It’s focused on your goals – You want to get a beach body, great! You want to lose weight, fantastic. You want to improve your endurance and run that marathon next year, super! All of those goals are wonderful goals.Your fitness goal, whatever it may be, is what you’ll frame your entire fitness program around. It’s what will keep you motivated and excited to exercise and succeed. That just doesn’t happen when you’re working on a goal that someone else has set for you.3. It fits your personality – The truth is that there are different types of fitness personalities. When you identify yours, and we’ll help you with that, you’ll find that exercise is much more enjoyable. And it should be fun, right? Exercise shouldn’t be just one more chore on your schedule.4. It supports your schedule – Speaking of schedule, when you create your own fitness plan you’re fitting it into your life, not the other way around. It becomes a realistic part of your life.5. It caters to your motivation style – What motivates you may be different than what motivates someone else. With your personal fitness plan, you create a plan that fits your motivation style. It’s built into your plan and success is practically guaranteed.When you follow the steps to create a fitness plan, you’re not taking the easy road. There’s a fine line between pushing yourself too hard and taking it too easy on yourself. This is why planning is important. Identify the types of activities you enjoy and what you want to get out of your fitness program – find what your fitness goals are. Then create a program that supports you to succeed.Please click the CREATING A FITNESS PLAN link below in the resource author box.