Does rumour help to spread your brand name online?

Eric Louviere

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Hey there,
Is rumour an art in online marketing? Does it help to spread your brand name online?
There are some ways to do it.
 

elcidofaguy

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I'm not sure why you would want to use rumours to spread your brand name??? In other words your proposal is to make-up stuff... Don't they call that lying???

Rumours and gossip is more in the domain of celebrities but as brands, I really cannot see how that would work given the lack of appeal or worse should it be negative rumours then that is slander and deformation whereby there is indeed serious legal implications arising from such practices... Also dont forget the huge number of lawsuits filed against journalists, newspapers due to false rumours and slander when it comes to celebs...

A better way to promote your brand to the masses would be think of ways to get your brand to go viral through a campaign such as video, social etc... I would be thinking on the lines of a really funny/informative video, infograph or meme etc... Forget about making up lies and rumours...I am sure that it will not work as expected and further will come back to haunt you....
 

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Eric Louviere
It can be called as lying, have you heard about ways that Apple, Samsung or other phone companies applied for their marketing campaigns, rumour is one of effective ways for them, especially Apple.
 

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I think you are getting confused with a pre-launch of a product, whereby the company builds up anticipation by not letting people know the full details... As a result other people such as bloggers may forecast what they think the details are i.e. rumours may begin to spread... The thing here is that brand is not lying or is responsible for spreading the rumours... That is totally different and really only applies to brands which are huge and already have a massive following...
 

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Going to the saying, no publicity is bad publicity. Depends whether you agree with that as to whether you think this is something suitable or not. I tend to find rumors are something you want to stop, they are bound to happen from customers of the business as they predict future changes etc. Try to limit them as they often lead to customers expecting too much and thus leads to disappointment which can harm your brand.
 
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