What does it take for content to go viral on the Internet? Dr. Karen Freberg, social media professor at the University of Louisville, gave five steps to make content go viral. Let’s just say it doesn’t happen over night…
All of these steps are interdependent. You have to plan, first and foremost. How will you decided what your target audience is? Figure out the audience you want to target with the content for that will generate activity and interaction amongst users on the web. Secondly, you have to illustrate a story… Typically a story would consist of originality, emotional triggers and will generally compel conversation… Easy to do? Not quite. A lot of planning goes into what content and creation will go into a material that will hopefully become viral. Third, one must post the material on the right social media platform that will ultimately give the content the right grounds to go viral. Whether you decide to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. make sure you are hitting the right platform directed toward a centralized target audience. This will give you the ability to see positive results. Fourth step is momentum. Post your content on multiple platforms that seem consistent… Don’t be afraid to share information because your target audience could appear on more than one platform. Lastly, one will want to measure the analytics of the viral content. Dennis Yu, CEO of BlitzMetrics, guest lectured in our social media class at the University of Louisville last week, and taught our class a “short cut” to Facebook analytics. This step is very crucial to creating viral content; one should measure the material one posted and how many users it reached. Thus, this will give you an idea of how to better target your audience in the future.
What are you waiting for? Try to post something viral!