Viral marketing. It’s become a buzzword that most people don’t understand, but more corporations are getting hot under the collar when they hear it. "I don’t know what this thing is Bob, but the kids love it!" And if you haven’t heard the term before, or don’t know what it is... Well, I’m not going to explain it to you right now. I’ve worked on "viral" campaigns, so maybe at some point I’ll bite off a large enough chunk of time to spell out some of the techniques... Probably not. (Another well considered piece of advice from a very successful marketer that I know: most people who have had some success at this don’t have the time to explain how to do it. Those who do are often trying to reveal their MARKETING SECRET: pay attention to them, and give them money. SECRET REVEALED.)Be that as it may, there are an increasing number of viral campaigns going on now, many of them funded by large corporations. Just yesterday I saw an ad on Myspace which read "CHOKEmate - satisfy your need." And which was laid out to look like some kind of horrific dating site ad. On Myspace, these are common, so I gave it little thought- except for the name. Was this some kind of auto-erotic asphyxiation thing? The hell? I finally got curious enough to actually click on the damn thing, which I never do. And sure enough- it’s a promo for the upcoming movie CHOKE, (based- somehow?- on Chuck’s book.) Good? Bad? Indifferent? Well- in a sense the ad worked. I had already seen an ad on TV and was vaguely aware the movie was coming out. I clicked on the ad, and now I have 2 points of contact- I am reminded that the movie exists. Now, based on the usual formula, I need to talk to my friends about it. And here I am blogging about it. You see how this works? Heaven help us.