If you’re promoting your video/comic/whatever online, you’re probably hoping it will go viral. Here are some things to keep in mind that will help it along.
1. It’s About The User
Think of the last few links you forwarded to your friends. Were they cute kitten pictures that showed you have a softer side? Was there a funny video that implies you have a great sense of humour for appreciating it? Maybe it was an article about something complicated yet important, thus showing you’re on the ball about current events.
Make your video say something good about those who like it. That is, make it funny or clever, so people will want to affiliate those characteristics with themselves. Forwarding a kitten picture doesn’t just say, “here’s a kitten.” It says “my name is _____ and I like cute kittens.”
2. It’s About Being Useful
We forward things for a reason. We want to entertain, inform, or cheer up our friends. If your video does not do any of those things, it is less likely to be forwarded. This is why simple things like, “I have an owl, so your argument is invalid” will come up often enough in chats but indie film trailers do not.
Your video can’t just be good in and of itself. It has to relate to other things that people will do. That’s the only way the link will be repeated.
3. It’s About Association
Does your video have a signature image or catchphrase that will be repeated later? It couldn’t hurt. I’m not saying you have to force a silly word into your video for its own sake, but it helps if people have something to remember your video by. If you can incorporate a phrase that people would want to repeat, then you have a better chance of making it go viral.
4. It’s About People
If one person tries to start a meme all by themselves, it will probably fizzle out. If several people pick it up right at the start, it stands a much better chance. Therefore, you can ask your friends to pass it along.