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Rationale v Emotion

You’ve probably read about the need to emphasize benefits rather than features in your advertising.

Another way of viewing that contrast is rationale v emotion.

Nearly everyone wants to think they make decisions rationally.  Just give me the facts.  I can assess them and come to the best decision for me, my family or my business.

The truth is not so black & white.

Sure everyone needs some facts.  But we look at those facts, so differently, from such different points of view, it’s almost impossible to predict, with accuracy, what the important facts are for every buyer.

You need to present enough facts so the prospective buyer can rationalize their decision.  But their decision is far more likely to be emotional — based upon perceptions, which you do not control.

So advertise using different themes to different markets.  Focus on different emotions.

You may even need to engage different members of your staff to lead these efforts, because even they are constrained by these different emotions and different perspectives.

Sometimes, marketers conclude they must select the single most effective strategy.

Maybe we need to select any, and every, marketing strategy that is profitable.

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Pros and Cons of eCommerce Replatforming

I ran across this post in a LinkedIn discussion within the Ecommerce Solutions group:  Pros and Cons of eCommerce Replatforming:  Considerations for the C-Suite.  It was posted by Olivier Pepin, Senior Director, Technology at Optaros.

You could quickly conclude that Olivier is promoting Optaros solutions in his post, but look past that and you’ll find a well considered piece.
 
 
However, I also want to add to Olivier’s thoughts.
 
 
Especially for the C-Suite.
 
 
What differentiate’s your business from your competitors?  Products?  Price?  Customer Service?  Business Rules?  Inventory availability?  or, your web site?
 
 
It’s certainly possible that your web site is what differentiates your business; but I don’t think that’s true for most business.
 
 
The features and functionality of your web site need to comparable to that of your competitors.  Not too far ahead or behind.  Because your customers have expectations of how to do business with you on the web.  If you have new features that are so “gee whiz” you may end up spending more time explaining the features and not enough time selling product.
 
 
The fundamental of retailing have not changed.  We’s simply added a new channel, in which the proven principles now manifest themselves in new ways.
 
 
Don’t get carried away with the technology.

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