Viral Marketing has generated a lot of excitement in recent years because it seems like the ultimate free hot cake: Pick some small number of people to "seed" your ideas, product, or message and let it "go viral" and then watch while it spreads ceaselessly to reach millions of others. That is the power of Viral Marketing. It has attracted advertisers in recent years, yet little is known about how exactly it works from an information processing perspective. Viral Marketing has evolved into a major marketing branch for many existing companies. Many new enterprises see the effectiveness and advantages of electronic business not being limited by time and distance when engaging in business activity. The opportunities to do business worldwide with the click of mouse are enormous and enticing. The aim of this research paper is to present many diverse facets of the Viral Marketing concept, understand the relationship between word of mouth marketing and Viral Marketing and why Viral Marketing through social media formats has been effective. This paper fully addresses the rationale of the need for corporate presence in social media and the value that can be derived from a well-developed Viral Marketing campaign.
Word of Mouth, E-Business, Viral Marketing, E-Branding, Social Media.