If you want people to share your content, you have to help them look good by doing so. In this video, discover that by making a social sharer look smart or in the know by sharing your content, they are more motivated to do so.
- So imagine you're in New York City lookin' for a place to eat. It's late one Saturday afternoon, your stomach's rumbling a little bit, you're hungry. When you see a big hotdog-shaped sign out in front of a restaurant. You say to yourself, "I haven't had a hotdog in a while. "I'll check this place out." So you walk down a flight of stairs into a restaurant called Crif Dogs. Now, if you like hotdogs, you'll be in heaven. Crif Dogs has every hotdog you can imagine, from a Good Morning Hotdog with bacon, eggs, and cheese, a little rough on the stomach, but interesting nonetheless. Another hotdog with green onions and pineapple, or a traditional New York-style water dog with just ketchup and mustard. So you're sittin' there and you're munchin' on your hotdog when you notice something unusual in the corner of the room. Almost looks like a phone booth, like one of those things that Clark Kent might change into to become Superman. So, just for kicks, finish up your hotdog and walk inside. Sort of tight in that phone booth, not a lot of room, but you'll notice a rotary dial phone on the wall, one of those things you probably haven't seen in a really long time, one of the ones you have to stick your finger into and go in a circle. But just for fun, put your finger in the number two, go around in a circle, and hold the phone up to your ear. It'll go "ring, ring." And then someone will pick up the other line and they'll ask you whether you have a reservation. "Reservation? "I'm in a phone booth inside of a hotdog restaurant, "what could I possibly have a reservation for?" But if you're lucky, and you happen to have a reservation, or you happen to have space, the back of that phone booth will open and you'll be led into a secret bar called Please Don't Tell. Now, Please Don't Tell has violated a number of traditional laws of marketing. There's no sign on the street, no sign inside the restaurant. They've done everything they can to make themselves difficult to find. Yet, every day they're full. At 3 p.m. the phone lines open up, by 3:30 all the seats are gone. So what did they do right? How did they become so successful? Well Please Don't Tell did something interesting. They made themselves a secret. And let me tell you a little secret about secrets. Think about the last time someone told you something and they told you not to tell anyone else. What's the first thing you then did with that information? Well, if you're like most people, you probably told somebody else, because having access to information that not everyone else knows makes you look smart and in the know. It gives you what I'll call social currency. Just like the car we drive and the clothes we wear, the things we say affect how other people see us. So one way to get people to talk about or share your stuff is to make them look good in the process. So let's spend a couple minutes now talking about social currency. And to do that I want to play a quick game. I have a friend, his name is Todd, and I want to see how much you can guess about Todd based on just one thing I'm going to tell you about him. Todd has a mohawk. So if you had to guess, how old do you think Todd is? Think about it for a second. I'm going to guess you said something between maybe 15 and 25? Okay, where does Todd shop? Think about it for a second. I'm not a mind reader, but I'm going to bet you said something like Hot Topic or Pacific Sun or one of those hip, cool, sort of teenage stores. What type of music does Todd listen to? Well, you mighta said punk or something else along those lines. And the point here is that I can guess what you're thinking because most people made the same inferences about Todd 'cause choices communicate information. The car we drive, the clothes we wear, the hairstyles we have, and even the things we say, affect how other people see us. Someone talks a lot about hot, new restaurants, someone will assume they're a foodie. If they talk a lot about new technology, people will assume they know a lot about that. So again, one way to get people talking about your stuff or to share your stuff is to make them look good in the process. 'Cause the better you can make them look, the more they'll want to share that information to get that desired self-image. Give them social currency, and they'll be more likely to share.
- Summarize the advantages of word-of-mouth advertising.
- Identify the six STEPPS to getting people to share.
- Explain the effects of a trigger.
- Describe the function of social proof.
- Recall the most effective strategies for spreading a marketing message.
- Recognize two components in a story meant to help spread a business message.