#2. NetQoS' Netcosm
Few efforts can drive a video campaign like elaborate
seeding. For one business-to-business marketer, it really paid off. Netscom placed its
video on YouTube and Google Video, as well as on more targeted sites/blogs, such as
Digg, Techmeme, Brightcove, Grouper, Motionbox, DailyMotion, GoFish and Veoh. By
day four, the video had 49,808 views, answering the question: can B-to-B videos go
Agency: Porter Novelli
Brand campaign was conducted for: Netcosm
Launch date of campaign: April 10, 2007
Target audience/demographic: Network managers and engineers
In the not-so-sexy world of enterprise network performance management, NetQoS was
focused on leveraging the broad array of Web 2.0 communications tools to increase
exposure and brand awareness for the company as the leader in network performance
management. This posed a significant challenge to the marketing organization as their
creativity was limited by the nature of the product and their audience.
The primary goal of the campaign was to leverage the novelty value this new way of
visualizing network data, now called Netcosm to increase brand awareness for NetQoS as
a leader in the network performance management space. As a secondary benefit, the
group hoped to generate downloads and interest in the company’s products.
To measure the success of the campaign, specific metrics were put in place from a
business and communications. The metrics for the campaign were as follows:
* A minimum of 200 downloads of Netcosm and demo data by end of Q207.
* At least five mentions of Netcosm by key bloggers and possibly press.
* Generate at least 75 Tier 1 leads as a result of increased Web traffic from this program.
NetQoS and Porter Novelli developed a plan that resembled a wedding planner's hour-by-hour
schedule of activities. With the visual nature of Netcosm and NetQoS' yearly
customer Symposium, this provided the perfect venue for launching it to an established
customer base. Focusing on the Netcosm video, the team developed a creative strategy
that incorporated multiple video-sharing sites, the company's blogs, traditional media
relations, photo-sharing sites and even newer communications tools, such as Twitter,
Digg and Techmeme, to spread the word about the network performance management
The campaign included a Netcosm microsite where downloads of the video demo could
take place and people could read more about the new concept and sign up for more
information. Additionally, several videos, screenshots, blog posts and tactics around
Google SEM and SEO were developed and deployed for the campaign and ensure the
video would spread virally and metrics for the campaign could be tracked.
Working off the official unveiling by NetQoS CEO Joel Trammell at the customer
Symposium at 10 a.m. Central time, we focused our efforts on everything going live at
the same time starting with the YouTube video, followed by the Network Performance
Daily blog post. The timing of these two activities was a critical aspect of getting the
video and information to go viral. After the YouTube and blog posting went live, the
team focused on distributing the link of the video and blog post to customers, prospects
and key media and blogosphere targets. The team also used newer technologies, such as
Twitter, to spread the word about the YouTube video.
Simultaneously, the team began posting the video to other video- and photo-sharing sites,
including Google Video, Brightcove, VideoEgg, Grouper, Motionbox, Jumpcut,
DailyMotion, GoFish, Veoh, Flickr and Photo Bucket. The biggest impact that led to the
Netcosm video going viral was the blog posts on TechCrunch and Network World, which
drew large amounts of attention to the video and the launch of Netcosm. This also started
the trend of other bloggers embedding the video on their sites or linking to one of the
other blog posts, specifically the TechCrunch post.
The video of Netcosm took on a life of its own once it started showing up on aggregation
sites, such as Digg, Techmeme and Fark. A big part of the team's seed strategy was to
ensure that the launch and video were rated high on these sites to drive additional traffic.
In less than one week, Netcosm experienced rapid buzz and awareness among all of the
key audiences targeted, including leading bloggers, forums, video-sharing sites and many
other outlets. Specific highlights:
* Estimated views (day four): 49,808 (230% increase over day two)
* Top tier blog postings: 7 -- Wired, TechCrunch, Network World, Technology
Evangelist (blog and podcast), Download Squad, Downloadblog.it (Italian tech news
site), Kotaku (top-tier gaming site).
* Personal blogs: 68 personal mentions (based on Technorati results for blogs with any
* Video site postings: 8
* Photo site postings: 2
* Interviews secured: 2 –- Will Greenwald, CNet, and Andrew Hickey, searchnetworking.com
Netcosm received media and blog coverage in Tier 1 media and blog outlets, including
TechCrunch, Wired and Network World. Additionally, based on Technorati results with
some authority, Netcosm information was linked to and posted to numerous blogs and
Specific (Goal-Related) Campaign Results:
In less than a week, the Netcosm viral campaign generated results that had immediate
business impact for NetQoS. Specific business results include:
* More than tripled its Web site traffic and increased reach (according to Alexa) by
* More than 80% of that traffic was new (achieved broader exposure).
* More than 800 downloads within the first week.
* Inside Sales actively worked 14 qualified leads the first two days and one resulted in a
meeting in less than 24 hours. Of the 14 qualified leads sales started to work, 75% were
government leads -- a very hard to target group of prospects.
We were surprised at how quickly buzz can start building and the momentum something
like a viral video can have in today’s Internet-based world. Unlike most campaigns that
build slowly, NetQoS' Inside Sales team needed to be prepared before the posting of the
video so that they would be prepared to answer Sales calls and follow-up on leads. Also,
follow-up materials needed to be very low-key and conversational in tone.
One of the biggest surprises was that it wasn't the NetQoS Netcosm post that made it to
the front page of Digg. It was the TechCrunch article. In the future, NetQoS' marketing
arm would spread the word about the most popular blog posting about the topic instead of
our own blog posting. New media communications vehicles are very powerful but require
a level of understanding to be used properly to successfully implement a campaign.