Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to help your social media content go viral

An article on the Scientific American website reports on research by psychologists into why some social media content gets shared and shared and shared again..

Let me cut to the chase:
The take-away message from this work is that if you want your video, press release, news story, blog post or tweet to reach as many people as possible, there are specific things you can do to increase its chances of being widely shared. 
Make it emotional - ideally triggering emotions like anger, anxiety or awe that tend to make our hearts race; and if you can, make it positive. This may be more even effective than other methods that are currently in wide use like targeting "influentials," or opinion leaders. 
Crafting contagious content, as this research suggests, may provide more bang for your buck and create more reliably viral content.

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