Many small businesses who have enjoyed the excitement of a viral marketing campaign\u00a0will actually tell you that, although they wish they had been clever enough to plan it, it was an accident.\u00a0There are certainly things you can do to try and create viral marketing campaigns, but these methods never offer any guarantees. As a small business owner trying to create the next big thing, it\u2019s important to look at examples of successful\u00a0viral marketing campaigns to\u00a0see what you can learn. \u00a0Then give it a try yourself, see what happens - and then try, try again if necessary. Viral Marketing Campaigns: What You Can Learn For those who are unfamiliar, a viral campaign essentially means the spread of something (an idea, a particular ad, a song, etc.) organically, often by word of mouth. If you have created engaging content that gives readers a reason to share, that content or message has the potential to become viral. Therefore being seen by a lot more eyes than your typical campaigns. It can help you spread awareness of your message as well as increase leads and/or sales. There are have been lots of successful viral marketing campaigns\u00a0in the past in every industry, some of the most popular being the Old Spice commercials, the Gangnam style dance and The Blair Witch Project. Below lists 7 of the top viral marketing campaigns\u00a0by small businesses: Video Campaigns 1.\u00a0Blendtec\u2019s Will It Blend Campaign This marketing campaign is centered around a food blender. The campaign created a video that shows that the blender blends everything. Some of their most popular videos show blending expensive electronics like an iPhone. Why it went viral: It capitalized on user\u2019s interest to watch quick and funny things on YouTube. It was shocking in 2006 and it still is today. It attracted 160 million views back when the campaign was first launched. 2.\u00a0The Best Job Ever This viral campaign is cool because it isn\u2019t funny or clever, just gives viewers what they want to see. Tourism Queensland launched the campaign in 2009. They hosted a contest where the winner would be paid $150,000 to tour the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Why it went viral: The ad went through YouTube so it was easy for people to hear about it while sitting in their cubicles. The offer was unique and the video made it seem so amazing that people were bound to apply, which then created a domino effect of success. 3.\u00a0Burger King\u2019s Subservient Chicken Promotion This campaign dates back to 2004, but many of the tactics the campaign used still apply today. The campaign started on TV and then moved to the Internet where people could request the chicken to do something and it would have to oblige. The idea here is \u201cchicken the way you want it.\u201d Why it went viral: It was funny, unique, interactive - and the first of it\u2019s kind. 4.\u00a0Golden Grahms Gold Grant This campaign targeted college students and therefore used social media to fuel the fire. The company posted a series of animated videos that discussed things like job interviews that went wrong (but hilarious). It started with Twitter and then moved to YouTube gaining more than 2.5 million views. Why it went viral: It was funny and the company knew exactly who the audience was and how to connect with that audience. Traditional Ad Campaigns 5. Virgin Blue Tweets The airline Virgin Blue decided to create an ad campaign on Twitter for their Virgin Australia branch. The deal was that because it was their 9th\u00a0anniversary, they were going to give plane tickets away for $9 each through Twitter. They gave away 1,000 tickets but earned nearly 33,000 Twitter followers. Why it went viral: This giveaway in 2009 was successful because it offered $9 tickets through a social media outlet. Not only was it enticing, it was also easier to get involved and easier for people to spread the word. 6. Threshers Viral Email This campaign went viral in 2006 after the U.K. based liquor store sent an email marketing campaign intended only for suppliers that offered a 40 percent discount. The suppliers leaked the coupon and the store\u2019s website crashed. Why it went viral: There is no denying this was a complete mistake. But it likely went viral because such a good deal was coming from suppliers who don\u2019t typically offer such a deal. While this isn\u2019t a classic example of something going viral, remember that it is possible. 7. Sporting Portugal The soccer team wanted to boost ticket sales so they decided to setup a microsite where people could purchase tickets. You entered your name and phone number and then a video of the players during a pep talk would show up. The video would then stop and the coach would call you saying they needed you to come to the game. The site received 200,000 page views in just one day. Why it went viral: This was all about interaction. It capitalized on the fact that fans love to see, and be a part of, anything behind the scenes of sporting events. As a side note, the vast majority of successful\u00a0viral marketing campaigns\u00a0over the last decade were video advertisements. It was more of a struggle to find campaigns that didn\u2019t involve video when researching any new viral gems that I may have missed.\u00a0Keep this in mind if you\u2019re setting out to specifically create something viral. Also keep in mind the tactic of re-packaging quotes into viral content\u00a0and capitalizing on viral infographics as well. Do you know of any great viral marketing campaigns\u00a0I may have missed?