1. Run Emotional Ideas
Studies have shown emotional and psychological appeals resonate more with consumers than feature and function appeals. In advertising copy, benefits--which often have a psychological component--generally outsell features.
2. Highlight Your Flaws
It’s no secret that consumers tend to doubt marketing claims--for good reasons. Many simply aren’t credible. One way to raise credibility is to point out your product’s shortcomings.
3. Reposition Your Competition
In Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, Al Ries and Jack Trout delve into the limited slots consumers have in their brain for products and services, and the importance of positioning one’s business in the ideal slot. They also write about repositioning--changing the position a business occupies in consumers’ minds.
4. Promote Exclusivity
Near the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid sits self-esteem. People want to feel important; like they’re part of an exclusive group. That’s why advertising copy sometimes says: “We’re not for everyone.”
5. Introduce Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, is often used legitimately by businesses and organizations to make consumers stop, think, and change their behavior. FUD is so powerful that it’s capable of nuking the competition.
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