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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010015

Towards Sustainability in Viral Marketing with User Engaging Supporting Campaigns

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Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, West Pomeranian University of Technology, 71-210 Szczecin, Poland
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Faculty of Management and Economics of Services, University of Szczecin, 71-004 Szczecin, Poland
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Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Szczecin, 71-101 Szczecin, Poland
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Received: 4 October 2017 / Revised: 19 December 2017 / Accepted: 20 December 2017 / Published: 22 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in E-Business)
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Abstract

While viral marketing has captured substantial academic and professional interest, the processes that underpin successful viral marketing campaigns remain poorly understood. High competition and pressure for successful campaigns lead to strategies based on persuasion, unsolicited messages, and other techniques that negatively affect brand perception. The need for more sustainable strategies with a limited negative impact on web users is observed. Therefore, the current study examines the effectiveness of viral marketing and a supporting campaign, where the main goal was to increase user engagement and overall campaign performance. Supporting campaigns were evaluated, to determine whether they enhanced viral activity, but without the need for high persuasion or intrusive techniques. Results showed that supporting actions could be integrated with lower performing campaigns to increase their effectiveness. Apart from the main scientific goal that is presented, the study demonstrates how virtual worlds can provide a laboratory-like environment for identifying the processes that underpin viral marketing. View Full-Text
Keywords: viral marketing; word of mouth; sustainability; social influence; seed selection; virtual world; online marketing viral marketing; word of mouth; sustainability; social influence; seed selection; virtual world; online marketing
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Jankowski, J.; Zioło, M.; Karczmarczyk, A.; Wątróbski, J. Towards Sustainability in Viral Marketing with User Engaging Supporting Campaigns. Sustainability 2018, 10, 15.

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