Most advertising today is of the “me too” variety. When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. The louder they yell: “LOOK AT ME!” the faster you want to toss the ad in the trash, change the channel, or click delete.
Open the yellow pages (if you can still find one!), look inside a magazine or newspaper, listen to a radio ad, watch a TV commercial, or take a look at your mail. Can you see any difference between most of the messages you encounter? Very few of the ads truly stand out.
Why does this ineffective method continue? Because competitors continually monitor each other. They conclude, without any real proof, that the competitor’s ads must be working. So they copy each other.
The line of thinking that goes with this method is to hit the audience over the head repeatedly until they cry uncle and buy something. This might work for a company with a massive advertising budget, but it is ineffective for smaller budgets.
If you want to create real wealth and grow your business, dump this method of old school, lazy, traditional thinking.
Start by taking a look at the most critical aspect of any advertising campaign: the message itself. Most ad copy lists a series of features. The better ones will also list some of the benefits you get from those features. But there is still something missing to make it stand out.
Most of us believe that we, as smart shoppers, make our buying decisions based on left brain logic. That may be true when we first start looking at a product or solution, but study after study has shown that most buying decisions are ultimately made with the right brain emotional side.
The way to hit a home run with your marketing messages is to appeal to that emotional side when prospects look at your product or service. To determine what emotional triggers work for your business, you’ll need to get inside your product or service to pull out what real solutions it provides. But that’s just the start. Next, you’ll have to tie the solution you provide to an emotion your prospect may feel about it. What pain does it solve?
The more emotion you can weave into your ad copy, the more effective your ad will be.
As an example, think about the luxury car market. Specifically Mercedes-Benz. Logically, it makes little sense to spend well over $60,000 to buy one of their higher-end models when a vehicle for less than half the price can get you from point A to point B just fine. How do they overcome this sales problem?
Sure, they provide a list of bells and whistles fit for a NASA space shuttle, but that’s not what really sells a Mercedes-Benz. The way they sell one is to appeal to the emotional part of the brain. The ads paint the picture of a countryside drive, sitting inside a quiet cockpit, where you can almost smell the luxurious leather. You can see yourself zipping around the curves while others look at you with envy. Mercedes-Benz is selling status, not just another car.
Emotions drive our purchasing decisions. We all tend to buy products from brands that make us feel good about ourselves or enhance our sense of self-esteem in some particular way.
Emotional advertising is not just for big brands with big budgets. It takes a little mental work to get to the message that will resonate for your audience, but the effort is worth it. Once you get to the core emotional hot buttons, your business and marketing messages will truly stand out from all the clutter.