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viral marketing

(1) See also viral programming.

(2) Viral marketing is an online advertising approach that functions like word-of-mouth. The ad is disseminated via links in e-mail, blogs and websites that point to a service or product people might want. The "viral" refers to the speed with which the ad propagates to others and has nothing to do with computer viruses; its purpose is strictly advertising.

The term was attributed to venture capital firm DFJ ( after its investment in Hotmail grew dramatically. Hotmail automatically put an advertisement at the end of everybody's e-mail message suggesting that whoever is reading it signs up for Hotmail too. In a year and a half, more than 12 million people became Hotmail subscribers.

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The most common viral marketing is a sharing link, whereby every visitor to a website is invited to share the articles or blog posts on the site, or the site itself, with others (see social sharing). See viral video and sneezing.
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