One of the most important things that any website owner needs is a continuous stream of traffic to their site. As more and more websites compete for the same targeted traffic, webmasters have to constantly deal with the predicament of getting the traffic that they need to keep their online business going. This problem has also been the subject of countless solutions and ideas from varied sources. As can be expected, some of these solutions have been useful, some have proven to be a waste of time, and a few others have been rubbish, to say the least.
One of the good ideas, though, that has resulted in getting loads of traffic into websites is the concept of viral marketing. The idea of viral marketing makes use of a person’s natural instinct to tell others about something that he or she has found to be useful, entertaining, or remarkable. As a matter of fact, companies both online and in the real world have relied on “word of mouth” to promote their services or products.
There are several ways to attract people and encourage them to spread the word about a certain product or service. It can be a funny anecdote, an addictive game, or a flashy production number. Viral marketing is a truly inventive and inexpensive method of advertising and promotion, which any businessman would do well to use. Even if you do have to spend some money, the benefits of a successful viral marketing campaign would greatly overshadow the costs.
If you’re going to use viral marketing, using a Tell-a-Friend script would probably be the easiest way to start. This is a simple programming script that webmasters can include in their website’s programming. Tell-a-friend scripts are usually installed in web pages where any form of media, such as a video, a flash game, etc. is also installed. This makes it easy enough for users to inform their friends or family members about the interesting media they saw on that particular site. Sometimes they can even send the media itself, depending on the programming of the script.
The script allows a person to enter his contact details such as name, his email address, and the email address of the person he’s sending the media to. He can then send the media file to anyone he wants to, like an attachment to an email. Because the recipient recognizes the name of the sender as a friend or family member, the thought of spam mail would never enter his mind. The chances of the media being blocked by the recipient would be gone, since tell-a-friend scripts always send out the media based on the information that the sender inputs. Granted, this is quite a devious method, but the results can be surprisingly effective as well.
When the email is received, the attached media will either be viewed, heard, or read. The email would also include a blurb or two about the company or website sponsoring the media. This is how you can initially promote your products, services, or even just your website for starters. Of course, another tell-a-friend script will be included as well. As the entire process begins anew, more and more people will know about your website or company that sponsors the media files. There is the additional benefit of people clicking on the links in the emails they receive, which means additional traffic for your site. Additional traffic could also mean additional prospects.
Using Tell-A-Friend Scripts
It doesn’t need any complex programming skills to use tell-a-friend scripts on your website. Actually, you can install it on your web page simply by copying and pasting the script’s code. It’s also very easy to find one on the Internet. Just type in “tell a friend script” in any search engine and press enter. You will see a number of sites where you can go and download the scripts you want. It’s all a matter of looking for it, then copy-pasting it onto your site.
Tell-a-friend scripts can become one of your most potent weapons in your viral marketing campaign. This harmless script, although quite simple, can do wonders for driving much-needed traffic to your site. You do have to use some patience, though, especially if the media files you use to spread the word doesn’t attract as many people as initially expected. Sometimes it takes time for people to notice the value of your media. Never fear, since your ads will be seen by lots of people who can potentially become your customers.
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