To the Point: Spread the Word!
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The ask was simple: Please click here or on the image above, watch the video and then click on “Share” to add the video to your Facebook, MySpace and other networking sites! Adding this video is quick and easy. Thank you for helping to spread the word!
This type of “distributed marketing” is more and more common. It’s a great way to increase your Web presence and gain an exponential lift in your marketing efforts. What exactly is distributed marketing, you ask? Read on.
Distributed marketing is a strategy to spread out, scatter about or divide up content about your organization so others can share it on your behalf. Unlike traditional marketing, where your goal is to pull people to a destination Web site (your homepage), distributed marketing’s goal is to share content in hopes that others will pass it along.
The potential win with distributed marketing is huge. Here’s why:
1. Distributed marketing enables you to reach a much larger audience than you could reach on your own. Technorati, the leading blog search engine, indexes 1.5 million new blog posts a day. Facebook boasts 175 million users and, according to Alexa.com, is the fourth most trafficked site on the Web. YouTube claims 71 million unique viewers each month and is the third most trafficked site.
How much traffic did you get on your organization’s Web site last month? I don’t know about you, but in my book, these numbers are too big to ignore.
2. Distributed marketing can help you reduce your marketing spend. This is the corollary to the point above. Let’s face it — you don’t and won’t ever have enough marketing dollars to reach all of the people you’d like to reach. By pursuing a distributed marketing strategy, you can stretch your marketing dollars by ensuring that your content reaches as many folks as possible.