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Small Business Marketing: 4 Major Reasons To Use Viral Marketing Viral Marketing is one technique in small business marketing that gets the word out about your business or website. It involves getting other people to willingly spread the message about your product or service. It is people telling people about what you do, or what you have done, and results in spreading such message like a virus - thus the word "viral" marketing. You might think that viral marketing is for big companies with big budgets and that it cannot work for small businesses with small budgets. The truth is: big companies do have the budget to pay for highly polished ads and small businesses that have small budget can very well use viral marketing for their campaign because it has little or no cost. There are 4 major reasons to use this interesting technique. As with other campaigns, you simply have to know how to effectively use this to build your business and attract potential customers. 1.) It is a fast and effective way to talk about your business. Once the word starts to spread, there is no limit as to how many people can hear or read about your business. Because the message often comes to people from someone who they already know, it has more credibility than when the message comes up uninvited in an email from someone they do not know. As soon as the message starts to spread, it picks up size and speed as it goes - like a snowball rolling down a hill. You might think that your efforts were not effective, but when people notice how good your business is, they can spread the word for you. When it works, it can work really well. 2.) It can be inexpensive. Viral technique is actually more applicable for small business marketing because it does not require payment to people who spread the word. People do it out of mere satisfaction and recommendation. The only major cost you will incur is paying for all the additional orders or sales. More than likely, the biggest expense will be the upfront set up or production costs. 3.) It can help shield you from negative comments Unfortunately, a negative message can go viral too as you cannot please everybody. However, it can be stopped and can be controlled. What you need to do is to really be open and responsive to the customers' need. Meaning, if there is a negative message, you can always counter it. Have enough buffers in place so that the negative messages do not overpower the positive ones. Once you start a positive impression with customers, the negative comments or feedback can be overpowered. When you learn how to give good customer service, those negative comments will not be given much attention as the positive ones. 4.) It can find hidden customers. Despite the time and money you spend trying to define your customers - figuring out who they are, and more importantly, where they are, there will always be people who you can miss. Once your message goes viral, there is no telling where it will end up, or who will respond to what you are offering. Because of the widespread words about your business, people that you have not even considered to be your customers can become your potential customers. As words about what you offer continues to spread through this small business marketing technique, you do not have to worry about finding customers. People will just be the one to search and find you. Tips To Viral Marketing For Small BUsiness Owners