So I did a poll, here in WordPress and on Facebook; asking all my friends, family, contacts, former co-workers if they would click “like” to show they would re-post, re-blog or re-tweet up to three marketing posts for my novels each week.
Between all the people I connect with online, I probably know 200 people. If all of them re-posted or shared my updates and such, that would probably be around 5,000 or so sets of eyes seeing my posts. The idea here is to get eyes on the books, see how many people would be interested in buying them, and see if it is possible to market the books virally, and maybe get noticed by a traditional publisher that way.
But it didn’t work at all. For whatever reason, all of 17 people saw the post in Facebook, and three people saw it here in WordPress (all of them were Facebook friends who linked to the article from there), while 78 people had seen my previous post (Part 1 of this message).
Of the 17 people who saw the poll, three really good friends clicked “like” in Facebook.
What I learned from this is that it’s really cool to be able to see the numbers on Facebook and WordPress. But the timing of that poll message was poor. Hardly anyone saw it. While viralization is probably a great way to get a message out to large numbers of people, the jury is out on whether an unknown person can make money on creative endeavors this way.
Would the results have been different if I had 3,000 “friends” in Facebook, and 500 “followers” here in WordPress? Maybe someone in that category can try a poll.
That wedding proposal performed and filmed here in Portland last year got a bazillion YouTube views, but those people weren’t trying to sell anything (I think), and what they did was amazingly complex and challenging (how do you get 60 friends, family and neighbors to choreograph and rehearse that without the bride-to-be knowing anything about it?).