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Influence is Overrated

Marketing and Community
Location: 2009 Level: Novice

We all love the idea of “influentials” — those hyper-connected, ultra-respected thought leaders that can make your product reach the tipping point. But have you ever actually met an influential that can repeatedly and consistently make a product go viral? Probably not, because the latest science and real world experimentation shows that “influentials” don’t really exist, that viral growth is partly random, and that riding a wave is much easier than creating it.

In this workshop, you will learn from a leading viral media expert how to adapt your marketing to a world where ordinary people are the key to word-of-mouth. We will cover the latest scientific theories, look at world real data of successful viral seeding, and explore new tools and applications. Then you can stop wasting time talking to influentials and start riding some good waves.

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Jonah Peretti

Buzzfeed

Jonah Peretti is known for creating viral hits, tracking online social behavior, and building technology to amplify buzz. He is a co-founder of The Huffington Post and more recently created BuzzFeed, a viral network that currently has 150 million users with over 7 million unique visitors a month. He has been called a “viral marketing hotdog” by the New York Times, “the poster boy of guerilla media” by AlterNet, and a “computer-whiz” by The New Yorker. This past October, Fast Company Magazine named Jonah one of the New Faces of Social Media.

Peretti is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab and has taught at NYU and the Parsons School of Design. His work has been covered by Time, the Economist, Fortune, and Business Insider and he has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CNN.

Jonah and his team at BuzzFeed have created various relationships with companies such as GE, Comedy Central, Absolut Vodka, and IFC. BuzzFeed users share at a higher rate than Facebook or Twitter, giving these companies a diverse audience of people to share their ideas with as well as gaining real-time data from BuzzFeed’s audience.