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SPI 059: How Viral Happens—An Interview with Jonah Berger, Author of Contagious

By Pat Flynn on

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In this session of The Smart Passive Income Podcast, I’m really excited to chat with Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at Wharton’s School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

To sum it up, the book is about why and how stuff goes viral.

Even though it’s highly unlikely that we’re going to have that one video, one article or one anything?that just spreads like crazy that takes us from nothing to world-famous in less than a day (although that could and does happen sometimes), there are principles behind why things go viral that we as business owners and content creators can use to get better and faster results.

Jonah breaks down contagiousness into six specific principles:

  1. Social Currency
  2. Triggers
  3. Emotion
  4. Public
  5. Practical Value
  6. Stories

Six STEPPS, if you will, which we talk about during our session together.

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If you liked this episode, let Jonah know on Twitter here.

Also, keep in mind that ‘viral’ doesn’t necessarily mean world-wide. Viral within a specific community or a niche market can have a significant impact on your business and bottom line, and for bloggers and business owners that becomes a more attainable goal.

When I created GreenExamAcademy.com, most of the world didn’t even know about it, but after Google picked up a lot of what I wrote and people started to share it on forums and blogs, it went viral for those who were interested in learning about the LEED exam—for those that mattered.

Most of the world still doesn’t even know what the heck the LEED exam is or about my website, but the world that matters does.

Thank you all for checking out this session of the SPI podcast! If you haven’t done so already please take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below, it would be extremely helpful for the show!

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Thanks again, and I wish you all the best!

Cheers! :)

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