When you create marketing that shamelessly targets your customers’ emotions, you’ll sell more. That sounds pretty cynical, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. You’re excited about your products and services; you love what you do and feel a warm glow when your customers are happy. Your marketing needs to show them how they’ll feel after they’ve worked with you, so they can get excited too. If you’re wondering what you can do to get emotional marketing working for you, here are my top 4 tips to get you started.
Show them the before and after
Great marketing shows your future customers that you understand their needs and can help them. You could tell them how you help, but it works better if you show them. I could say something like “I save you time by writing your blog for you.” It’s easy to understand but rubbish as a piece of emotional marketing. What if I said, “are you tired of being stuck to your laptop writing another blog post when you’d rather be putting your kids to bed?” If you’re a business owner with mum guilt the second version is going to be more powerful because it has a detail that hits home. Talk about the feelings that your customers have now and how they’ll feel when they’ve worked with you. Get into details and your marketing will be much more effective.
Show your customers what you have in common
Emotional marketing helps your customers to connect with you as a human being. Its one of the advantages that small business owners like us have over the big brands. We can use our personalities in our marketing and attract people who like what they see. (My main challenge with this is that sarcasm doesn’t always come across in print.) When you use emotional touchpoints in your marketing you create understanding. It’s incredibly effective when your customers are where you used to be, with a baby that won’t sleep or a challenging health condition. Show them where you were and how far you’ve come.
Use emotional marketing to connect with what they want
People are motivated by lots of different things, but some emotional motivators are more powerful than others. Your future customers might want to stand out from the crowd, feel more confident or that they’re taking care of their own wellbeing. What needs and feelings are bringing your customers to you? You might appeal to some deep-seated emotions, like a need to belong. If you offer something that might be considered a bit niche or offbeat, your marketing could help your customers feel that they’ve finally found someone who understands them. Think about what feelings go with your customers’ aspirations and talk about them.
What do you want them to do next?
Whenever you create a piece of content, ask yourself what it’s for. I know that all marketing is designed to let people know what you do and how to buy from you, but each blog post, social media post or email will have its own specific aim. Some things are educational or designed to raise your profile, while others are more focused on selling. Ironically, while you want your audience to feel good about your business, they’re more likely to act if they feel a negative emotion. That could be you telling them that today is their last chance to buy that Christmas present, or something more general.
Are you ready to get some emotion into your marketing? I can help with that. Book a call here and let’s have a chat.