Many people mistakenly think that the purpose of marketing is to speed people up in their buying decision. But it isn’t.
The role of marketing is to help people make their purchase comfortably in their own time. If they haven’t been rushed into it, they’ll be much happier with their buying decision and will be more likely to stay loyal. And we all know that loyal customers are the most profitable kind.
If your customers are going to need to think carefully before they buy from you then you need to let them. Your marketing needs to facilitate that slow, careful consideration to help them buy comfortably in their own time.
To do this, you need to think through the whole buying process from your customer’s point of view.
Before you start any marketing activity, think carefully about how this piece of marketing fits into the rest of your marketing. How will your reader go from seeing this advert or email - or any other marketing message for that matter - to actually buying from you?
If this will be the first thing they see from you, don’t immediately ask your customer if they want to buy – they’ve only just heard of you so the answer will probably be “no” or hopefully “not yet”. Your customer is only ready to hear about a “second date”. So what is a reasonable second date offer that will let them get to know you better?
In most cases, the best second date is a short piece of content (under 3 minutes to read or watch) that will help your customer learn more and start to trust you. Like this blog post for example! Make sure your content has a call to action at the end that is, again, a logical next step.
Perhaps suggest they download a longer piece of content (which is relevant to the first, shorter piece) in exchange for their name and email address. This kind of gated content is often called a “lead magnet” or “gateway offer” and the exchange of data helps you to start a conversation with them.
Ideally, you’d then direct prospects to a low-cost or low-risk product which allows them to “dip their toe in the water” and find out what it is like to buy from you, before you then finally offer your core product.
The key thing in this whole process is, for every piece of marketing that you do, consider the following things carefully:
- Who is the audience of this piece of marketing?
- How much do they know about you, if anything?
- How many dates have they been on with you?
- What is a logical (for them – not you!) next step?