Social media has enabled people to share content with a click, but why do certain videos and news stories spread across the web? Canvas8 spoke with Jonah Berger, author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On, to understand online virality and the ways our digital spaces affect the content we consume.
Hannah Elderfield is an associate insight director at Canvas8. With a background in psychology, she’s advised global brands from Nike and Instagram to Perrier Jouet and the British Government. She also leads the Science Of series on the Library, translating advancements from the academic world into actionable insights for members.
Trump’s Presidential win left half the world aghast, and the other half saying ‘I told you so’, raising all kinds of questions about the flow of information online. And it's led to a call for social platforms and media outlets to take some responsibility. But is it too little, too late?
From politicians to vloggers, digitally captured faux pas have become the fodder of much debate across media. But what makes cringe-worthy moments – which inspire feelings of embarrassment, awkwardness, and even pity – so captivating amid the stream of content fighting for our attention?
What makes content shareable? Why would someone share a video campaign on Facebook? Or tweet about a brand? Marketing professor Dr. Zoey Chen, who co-authored a paper with Jonah Berger, sat down with Canvas8 to explain how the way we discover content online affects the way we share it.
It may have once satirised branded content – “oh, awesome, a sponsored post by a snack food company on my favorite media website” – but with the creation of an in-house advertising agency, The Onion will now cater to marketers with native videos and articles. Why would any brand pay to be ridiculed?