I know this has nothing to do with web, well it sorta does…being that Flash is involved. Being a web guy, I’m a total expert when adding flash movies to webpages. Heck, all you have to do is drag and drop in Dreamweaver and you are set. But recently I’ve given the task of adding some cool splash pages to Windows programs being developed in .NET and C#. This seemed like an easy task. All I had to do was look for a Flash icon, drag it on the form and then pick the movie. No such luck.
Visual Studio out of the box doesn’t have that option, so the first thing you have to do is right-click on the toolbox and then select Choose Items…
This action will bring up the Choose Toolbox Items dialog box. Next click the COM components tab (yes, sadly this is component) and scroll down to select the Shockwave Flash Object (DO NOT PICK THE MACROMEDIA FLASH FACTORY OBJECT) and then click the OK button.
The Shockwave Flash Object tool will display in your toolbox. Next, in typical form design fashion, drag the Flash object to the desired form. Now sit tigh for this because as soon as you do this, you may get an error that says “Object Not registered” or something like that. Don’t worry. Just go and build the project…this will copy the necessary OCX files over. Now, drag the object over on to the form again and then you should be fine.
Ok, now I’m totally sure that I’ve lost many of my blog users…but thats ok. I had to get this off my chest :)
Do you Know what the coolest Halloween Costume Video is? Well you should …
When something like Halloween Costumes hits the Yahoo Buzz Report it starts to to appear on my radar screen. When Halloween Costumes hits Google Current Iâ€™m tracking it as a target. Now if Halloween Costumes appear on Google Zeitgeist that would just be too weird! Ok, enough plagerisin da wolf…
All right so itâ€™s really is a silly spoof on Halloween Costumes, since Halloween is right around the corner. You can see if in the Halloween Costumes Video below
Strangely no one has been bold enough and created a wikiality for Mutel about these Halloween Costumes. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing those halloween costumes.
You know, I just love Graywolf’s SEO blog. That guys comes up with some of the coolest stuff in SEO and Viral Marketing. Definately worth a bookmark. Not too long ago he posted about a new hot viral type website that promotes the push to using Firefox as your preferred web browser.
The site is called FireFoxies and works on the genre of the Hot or Not type sites. Basically you have to download the browser in order to vote for a particular hottie…or nottie. Really cool and clever, but we shall see what happens to this one.
But there is always a hidden agenda when it comes to internet marketing and viral campaigns. This site in particular gets commissions for people downloading the browser. Pretty keen if you ask me…plus it gives me a ton of ideas. :)
Viral marketing can be a good thing for you if done properly. The biggest mistake I see is when companies try to purposely start a viral campaign and EXPECT the audience to get it. This approach usually leads to the campaign fizzling out or never even getting passed along.
The rule of thumb is that just because your CEO thinks it is cool, doesnâ€™t mean that it isâ€¦Especially if your CEO is over 40 years old. The pudding is in the fact that some cool teenager will think your campaign is awesome and want to send it on to other cool friends.
So, here is my top-10 list of how to make a viral campaign successful:
Must have a way to pass the message along.
Should be crazy-stupid
Must be unique
Cannot be an inside joke
Could be offensive
Must be infectious enough to see again and again
Could be seasonal
Should make others feel cool about knowing about the campaign