Products are getting harder to tell apart in terms of quality, features, and benefits. Many products do similar things. So how do you choose one brand over another? As Simon Sinek said, brands talk about WHAT they do and HOW they do it but they often leave out the WHY. Yet the “why” is more powerful and differentiating. In the wake of the pandemic, more B2B brands recognize the importance of their “why” and taking time to activate their brand purpose. Today, customers aren’t just making decisions based on product selection or price. They’re assessing what a brand says. What it does. What it stands for. Creating a sense of “brand belonging” through a clear and relevant purpose deepens the customer relationship.
We are even more emotional about our work-related purchase decisions. This should be taken into account when designing the customer buying experience. The decisions we make in our jobs impact our careers and how people within the company perceive us. The product or service bought might have far-reaching implications affecting entire teams, departments, and company profitability. Additionally, research shows that buying committees are getting bigger. We’re emotionally invested in bringing a lot of people along with us toward the right decision. Marketers and sellers should tap into the emotions that buyers encounter throughout the buying experience.
Emotion is what grabs the audience in the first place. A former client of mine said “the bigger the villain, the bigger the hero.” So dial up the emotion related to the market changes, trends, or pain points facing your audience.