The Meme Phenomenon & Carly Rae Jepsen
A meme is quite simply a concept, behaviour, or a silly idea that spreads virally. The earliest known usage of the word meme is in the bookÂ The Selfish GeneÂ byÂ Richard DawkinsÂ published in 1976.Â Just as genes replicate genetic data, memes replicate cultural ideas.
MemesÂ have become the ultimate viralÂ marketingÂ vehicle as truly successful ones spread like wildfire online. It’s noÂ surpriseÂ then thatÂ Marketing & Advertising professionals have shamelessly jumped on the band wagon.
They are possibly the magicÂ ingredientÂ when it comes to successfulÂ viral marketingÂ (yes we know this black art has it’s critics)Â andÂ guerrilla marketingÂ campaigns. Marketers love them as successful meme’s create cost effective marketing “buzz” for their product or service.
Viral marketing is more art than science and some would say it’s load of snake oil ridden rubbish as some of the best virals areÂ completelyÂ unintentional.Â TakeÂ Carly Rae JepsenÂ (
@carlyraejepsen), we doubt she ever expected her hit pop recordÂ “Call Me Maybe” to become one of the biggest memesÂ on the internet. Well this is exactly what happened thanks to this tweet by Justin Bieber ( @justinbieber):
You know you’ve hit a chord whenÂ Barack Obama, the leader of the most powerful country in the world is featured in your meme. While it starts slow, it quickly gets going. Over 8 million views to date. Some marketers would giveÂ theirÂ firstÂ born for 8 millions views on Youtube.
This is the “Call Me Maybeâ€ meme featuring teen celebrities Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale and Justin Bieber that changed Carly Rae JepsensÂ life.
The original version of “Call Me Maybe” on the Jimmy Fallon show
And of course the Jimmy Fallon meme
For some of the Internets Best Memes visit:
Know Your Meme
Top 10 Internet Memes