An E-book that includes your marketing message and a link to your website is a proven technique in viral marketing. This method uses the multiplication effect to “explode” the distribution of your message by willing participants.
Using viral E-books as a marketing method is inexpensive. It doesn’t take long to set up a basic E-book. The recent versions of Word let you create a pdf out of your document immediately. If you need to convert a document to a pdf, use this tool.
It’s even more effective if you use rebrandable E-book software to allow your book to be re-branded by others. Just do a web search to find many rebrandable E-books that are available on whatever subject you are interested in and that apply to your e-business. Get a few of them and check them out to see how offering your E-book with a rebrander can drive it’s distribution.
One method of distributing the E-book is to offer it to visitors in exchange for subscribing to your newsletter. If they pass it on to their friends and family it will promote your business for you. This also works when you are at a live event. Offer to send the book to them in return for subscribing to your newsletter. Then go back and add them to your subscription list and let the autoresponder send them the E-book.
E-books are capable of reaching a large audience and are limited only by the enthusiasm of the participants.
E-books are fairly easy to create. It’s possible to produce your own E-books by combining articles that you have written or have gotten from public domain sources, such as directories. I encourage clients to start with their frequently asked questions. I’ve found it’s easiest to answer the questions up front. It’s like ready your evaluations after a presentation, then altering the next presentation to address those concerns right up front, at the beginning. An E-book based on your FAQ can do the same thing for your sales cycle.
A common approach is to use material that has Private Label Rights, including articles and reports that have been written specifically for that purpose, for that niche. Using a portion of a larger work that you have prepared such as the first three chapters of a large E-book could also be used as a viral E-book. You can also hire a writer to work with you on the content. Check our archives for more tips on writing your E-book.
Let me know how it goes, by commenting or contacting me.