viral marketing

[ vahy-ruhl mahr-ki-ting ]
/ ˈvaɪ rəl ˈmɑr kɪ tɪŋ /

noun

a marketing strategy that focuses on spreading information and opinions about a product or service from person to person, especially by using unconventional means such as the internet or email: Which online social networks can help with viral marketing?

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Origin of viral marketing

First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for viral marketing

viral marketing

noun

a direct marketing technique in which a company persuades internet users to forward its publicity material in e-mails (usually by including jokes, games, video clips, etc)
a marketing strategy in which conventional media are eschewed in favour of various techniques designed to generate word-of-mouth publicity, in the hope of creating a fad or craze
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