How Using Emotional Marketing in Content Can Help Drive Way More Sales

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Whether you care to admit it or not, the decisions you make today will be driven by your emotions. In emotional marketing, we talk a lot about using psychological triggers to get customers to click, convert, engage, etc. “By leveraging common psychological triggers all people have,” you might hear, “you can drive more sales.” While it may feel like we make decisions with our minds, using logic and reasoning, the “mental triggers” we hear about are tied more to emotion than anything else. Case in point, Antonio Damasio spent time studying individuals with damage to the area of the brain where emotions were generated and processed. While these subjects functioned just like anyone else, they couldn’t feel emotion. The other thing they had in common was they all had trouble with making decisions. Even simple decisions about what to eat proved difficult. While they could describe what they should be doing using logic and reason, most decisions couldn’t be settled with simple rationale. Without emotion, they weren’t able to make a choice. This is supported by data from Gerard Zaltman, author of “How Customers Think: Essential Insights into the Mind of the Market.” Zaltman found that 95% of cognition happens beyond our conscious brain, instead coming from our subconscious, emotional brain. Emotions are an X factor you can’t control, but you can’t afford to ignore them in your content marketing. Why is Emotion Marketing so Effective? When you make an emotional connection with your audience, it’s incredibly easy to steer them to the desired outcome. You’ve formed an emotional bond, however brief and fleeting, that makes them open to ideas and suggestions. It creates a certain level of trust that’s virtually impossible to artificially manifest. Rob Walker and Joshua Glen found firsthand what an emotional connection can do. In one experiment , they bought hundreds of items from thrift stores and similar locations — all cheaply priced. The duo wanted to see if they could sell the products using an emotional connection through the power of stories alone. With 200 writers on board, they generated fictional stories for the products and used those stories to sell the thrift store items at auction on eBay. They raised just under $8,000 , which was a profit of approximately 2,700%. And they did it all using that emotional connection through storytelling . That’s not to say there isn’t a place for the logical …

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How to Leverage Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions

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In the not so distant past, I embarked on a journey to grow NeilPatel.com to 100,000 blog readers . At the end of every month, I shared my traffic stats and the changes I’d made. That storytelling strategy went on to help my blog reach over 100,000 views a month — in only about eight months. As marketers, we use storytelling to help make our ideas stick. We create stories to help prospects understand our products, use company stories to build trust and transparency with consumers, and include stories in sales pitches to help persuade. Why does it work? Competition in native advertising and social media marketing is fierce. And, the rate at which great content is being produced and published on the web and across the media channels is expanding. Our readership is drowning. Most people scan web content, looking for something that stands out. If they don’t find …

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How to use Subliminal Messaging Tactics in Your Paid Social Media Campaigns

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For a long time, marketers have been looking for the silver bullet that drives leads and sales. That one hack that can help them sell sand at the beach. As we all know, there is no such thing as a silver bullet in marketing. However, one thing comes pretty close – subliminal messaging. What Is Subliminal Messaging? Subliminal messaging isn’t new. History suggests that Greek philosophers dabbled in it as early as the 5th century. What exactly is subliminal messaging? Subliminal messaging is a technique used to influence people without them realizing it. It employs visual or auditory stimuli to heighten a message’s persuasiveness. In short, a subliminal message is a hidden message that the brain picks up without you realizing it. While subliminal messaging is mainly used in media such as music, TV ads, and radio commercials, it still works for digital media, including paid social campaigns. A couple …

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Why and How to Bring Empathy Into Your Content

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Posted by DaisyQ Creating content can feel incredibly difficult right now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks oscillating between a can-do approach and hours of staring into space. Here’s how to tap into those very real emotions and channel them into more impactful content. What empathy is and isn’t We commonly confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy is understanding and perhaps feeling bad for the struggles that someone may be experiencing. Empathy means understanding the person’s feelings and thoughts from their point of view. Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow, or pity for what the other person is going through. Empathy is about putting yourself in their shoes. In this post, I focus on cognitive empathy, which is the ability to understand how another person may be thinking or feeling. Cognitive empathy helps communication by helping us convey information in a way that resonates with the …

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What is Psychometric Profiling for Marketing?

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Here’s a question for you: How well do you know your customers? I ask because the better you understand your customers, the more effectively you can reach them. If you know what makes them tick and what influences their individual buying decisions, you can adapt your marketing strategy to increase conversions. The answer? Psychometric profiling. Let me show you why it’s such a valuable tool for increasing marketing effectiveness and how you can deploy it across your business. Psychometric Profiling: How Does It Work? Psychometric profiling is a measuring tool. It allows you to “measure” someone’s personality and use the findings to develop highly targeted, individualized marketing campaigns. Did you know that customers prefer personalized messaging? 83 percent of customers are OK sharing data with you if it means a more personalized shopping experience. The takeaway? Psychometric profiling makes it easier for you to give customers what they want. To …

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Intro to Neuromarketing: 5 Psychological Tactics to Boost Sales

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Neuromarketing is a branch of marketing that integrates consumer phycological principles with marketing best practices. I’ve talked a lot before about consumer psychology, both on my blog and elsewhere . That’s because the brain plays such a vital role in selling (and buying). For example, the color of your CTA button or the pictures on your landing pages can impact conversions. The brain is designed to process information in specific ways, and it will react accordingly to certain triggers. If you can optimize your site to include those triggers, you can boost your sales. It’s not always as simple as using certain colors . Psychology, like people, is complicated. Despite the complexity of psychology, there are a few brain-based strategies you can use that will get results. How Psychology Impacts Sales Through Neuromarketing Based on studies of the brain, we know that beauty literally moves us to action . The …

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8 Useful TikTok Marketing Tactics

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Did you know TikTok has around 100 million monthly active users within the US? If you own a business, TikTok marketing can be a great channel for your brand, as there is relatively little competition on the platform. However, if you’re new to TikTok, you may not know how you can use it to market your company. Below we’ll explore how and why you should use TikTok as a marketing channel to take your business to the next level. Why TikTok Marketing? Many business owners haven’t taken the time to figure out how TikTok can work as a marketing tool. Perhaps this is because they think the platform only has a “young” user base. However, TikTok is now attracting a wide range of people. In fact, nearly 38% of TikTok’s users within the US are above 30. The low business competition presents a massive opportunity because you can reach many …

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How to Come Up With Tangential Content Ideas — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by amandamilligan Your brand has probably used content marketing to generate awareness and engagement, but have you tried tangential content? In this brand new episode of Whiteboard Friday, Amanda Milligan of Fractl is here to walk you through what tangential content is, why it's useful, and how to create it.     Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi. My name is Amanda Milligan. I'm the Marketing Director at Fractl, an agency that helps brands build their organic growth. Today I'm going to talk to you about one of the strategies we use for our clients, and it's called tangential content. If you haven't heard of it, don't worry. Odds are you might have already done it and not even known. Today we're going to talk about what it is, why you should include it …

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What is the Difference Between B2B vs B2C for Paid Social Media?

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While the terms B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) marketing may sound similar, they differ vastly in practice, especially when it comes to paid social media. Areas like content, objectives, best practices, and which platforms to use can impact the most effective strategies in paid social media. This chart outlines a few of the main differences. These differences are particularly evident in the approaches for paid social media strategies. Before we dig into the different strategies, let’s take a deeper look at the differences between B2B and B2C. What is B2B Paid Social Media? B2B buyers are typically large organizations (like enterprise companies, hospitals, or universities) that market their products or services to other businesses. Those businesses typically need agreement from multiple stakeholders before making a purchase, which often extends the sales cycle length. When conducting B2B marketing, the message should focus on logic and ROI, rather than emotional impact. How …

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How to Choose The Right Content Marketing Agency

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Content marketers who blog regularly receive 55 percent more website visitors and 67 percent more leads than those who don’t. Organizations that prioritize content marketing receive 13X more ROI than those that don’t. It’s no secret that content marketing works. What’s difficult is showing up day after day, with fresh content your readers find educational and valuable. After a while, the content marketing arms race can become a grind. If you have the right content marketing agency, growth is easier. It’s simple to create content that’s focused, helpful, and profitable. Know your content marketing goals and desired outcomes Research from the Content Marketing Institute shows 80 percent of B2B marketers use metrics to measure their content performance, 65 percent have set KPIs, and 43 percent measure their content marketing ROI. Do you? If you’re not sure about your goals and desired outcomes, content marketing can become an expensive black hole. …

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How to Use Quizzes in Your Marketing Strategy

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Using quizzes in your marketing strategy is one of the most underrated marketing moves. Seriously. They are incredibly effective at generation leads, engaging your audience, and much more. But, it isn’t enough for me to just convince you to implement quizzes in your marketing strategy, so I’m going to show you exactly how to create an effective quiz, how to distribute it, and how to follow it up with marketing automation. At the end, we’ll cover several brands successfully using quizzes in their marketing strategy so you can walk away with a little more insight. Part I: Creating Your Quiz There’s more to a quiz than you might actually think. Did you know that six out of ten people only read a headline ? That means we’re going to have to make a pretty good first impression, so let’s talk about the title first. Title Selection & Quiz Types The …

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