Viral marketing is the most popular type of marketing strategy in the online industry at the moment. Why is it so? Because it can give a huge number of potential customers in just a short period of time with very minimal cost. Of course, if there are a large number of potential clients, the turnover percentage will also be bigger.
Viral marketing can be done in many ways. There are newsletters sent thru email, web sites, invitational emails and much more. One effective way to do it is by producing an e-book, or the so-called viral e-book.
What is a viral e-book?
E-books, or electronic books, are the online or electronic version of books, newsletters, publications, manual, etc. E-books are downloadable files from the internet and can be installed to one’s computer. Some of the popular books, like Harry Potter, actually have an e-book version. Some of these are free; some are available for a minimal cost.
The concept of e-books has been adopted by marketing people because of the ease of distribution to a huge number of people over the internet. They incorporated advertising and marketing strategies with e-books to boost revenue, at the same time giving useful information to other people.
That is how the term viral e-book came about. Viral e-book is, basically, an e-book that is passed on to other persons which brings several benefits, mainly profits, for each individual. These e-books are free, most of the time, to encourage more people to get them and pass them on to others.
Viral e-books contain useful information about something related to what the marketer is promoting. And since it is a marketing tool, these viral e-books contain links that lead to the marketer’s web site. Thus, if a person reading the e-book becomes interested and clicks on the link, that will already be a potential sale to the one who originally sent the e-book.
If you are planning to start making such an e-book to promote your products or services, you should consider several things before jumping on to it. The very first thing that you have to think about is the topic.
How to choose a topic?
An e-book can talk about anything. But, of course, if you are planning to make profit from it, your e-book should talk about something interesting. It should deal with things that most people are concerned about. People want things where they can benefit from in whichever way it may be.
The first thing to consider when thinking about the topic for your e-book is your main goal. You have to define your purpose of writing the e-book. If your goal is to increase sales of your product or service, then your topic should be something related to those things.
You, as the maker of the e-book, should also be interested in the topic you choose; else, it will feel like a burden doing something that you do not really like. Also, it will be easier for you to write things about a topic that interests you so you can express yourself better.
To better help you in selecting a topic, you must set an ample amount of time thinking about it. Go in a place where you can concentrate. Try to think of the things that interest you, things that you are comfortable with. Then list down all those things that come to your mind, even the crazy ones.
Once you’ve listed them, select those that can be related to your product or service, if you are promoting these things. If not, select the topic that you think will be most profitable. Also, make sure that you can have a lot of resources for the topic you choose. More resources would mean more information to put in your e-book, and the more interesting it will be to read.
Having a good topic is the best way to start your viral e-book. A topic that interests you, as the author of the e-book, will make the journey of creating it be enjoyable and fun. Other than that, more valuable and quality information will be incorporated since you know the topic well.
So start brainstorming now with yourself. Choose the best topic that you can think of. And make that vision of increased profit turn into reality with your own viral e-book.