Psychology plays an important role in convincing the customer to complete a sale. A successful marketer is one who understands the tricks of applying the psychology of emotion into any marketing strategy.
When it comes to social media, marketers follow the trend of sharing content pieces without even tracking the level of engagement that each share receives.
Social Flow did a study to measure the engagement for each social post and the results are shocking. In terms of engagement, more than 99% of posts generate close to zero engagement.
(Source: Social Flow Study)
Now, what does that convey? Marketers are sharing posts only to satisfy their own emotions without caring a dime for consumers. This needs to be changed and marketers must start applying the science of psychology that cares for the emotions of the consumer.
You might be surprised to know but there are 27 different types of human emotions as suggested by Alan S. Cowen and Dacher Keltner, PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. It’s no surprise that all our actions are a reaction of any one of these 27 emotions.
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Here is the massive list of emotions that the human brain can convey:
As a marketer, you must understand your customer’s emotions at a particular micro-moment and then react accordingly.
For example, if someone is searching with the keyphrase “amusement parks in Atlanta” then the emotion of the searcher at that particular micro-moment is “joy”.
Similarly, if someone is searching for a gift for his valentine then the emotion is “romance”.
You need to identify the type of emotion your customers possess at the time of search and then create content pieces that provide a feeling of satisfaction to them after they complete a particular action. Like in the case of an amusement park, if the booking is done, the customer will feel satisfied or in the case of a Valentine gift, the searcher is satisfied after the gift has been ordered.
Emoji are fantastic and can serve as a great weapon in every social media marketer’s arsenal. Emojis have the power to connect with the human mind within seconds which is not possible in the case of text-based marketing.
Have a look at the McDonald’s good times campaign that leverages the power of emoji to connect with the audiences.
McDonald’s is able to drive more followers, more engagement with narrative tweets like the ones provided above.
There are lesser chances of customers buying your products if you sell them directly. Instead, identify the USP of your product and relate it to a social cause. Thereafter, promote that social cause and people will gradually understand the effectiveness of your product. This is indirect selling but it leads to massive sales and branding.
Kitchen Cabinet Kings Plant a Tree Campaign was a huge success where the company promised to plant a tree for every sale made and also promoted the cause – build a greener planet. When people bought a new cabinet they supported the cause of making this world a greener place. This attracted the customer and invoked emotions in order to support the social cause. In the entire, process, the cabinet got sold!
Marketers must understand that fear is one of the strongest emotions that people can’t ignore and it often leads to a direct action.
Have a look at how BMW supports the cause of stopping drunk driving.
Similarly, you can see the fear in commercials for smoking, global warming, drugs, medical equipment, green tea, hospitals, refined oils, insurance or even detergents.
The list can go on and on, and the idea is simple: think of a fear that people have and how your product or service provides a solution to it.
Fear is trending on social media and brands are making the full use of this powerful human emotion to drive actions.
There is no existence in this world without emotions! Similarly, your brand will die if your marketing campaigns don’t invoke emotions. Follow the steps mentioned above and intelligently power up your social media campaigns for greater ROI.
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