Word-of-mouth marketing and enterprise strategies: a bottom-up diffusion model



A comprehensive simulation model is presented, aimed to show the dynamics of social diffusion based on the word of mouth (e.g.: viral marketing) over a social network of interconnected individuals. The model is build following a bottom-up approach and the agent based paradigm; this means that the dynamics of the diffusion is simulated in real time and generated at the micro level, not calculated by using mathematical formulas. This allows both to follow – step by step – the emergent process and to be able – if needed – to add complex behavior for the agents and analyze how this impacts the phenomenon at the macro level.




viral marketing, social diffusion, word of mouth, simulation

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