Some time ago, I published a post that explained why you need marketing content that specifically addresses the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that potential buyers inevitably experience as they move through the buying process. It’s equally important to have marketing content that’s specifically designed to foster certainty in the minds of potential buyers.
As I’m using the term, certainty refers to the subjective sense of confidence or conviction that one has about an attitude or belief. Recent research has revealed the important role that attitude certainty plays in buying decisions. A high level of certainty regarding the positive attributes of a proposed purchase will make potential buyers:
- More likely to buy, more likely to buy sooner, and more willing to spend more
- More likely to recommend going forward with a proposed purchase and more likely to recommend a product, service, or company to friends or colleagues
- Less likely to change their attitudes or yield to persuasion
- Complete information – Buyers feel more certain when they believe they have complete information about a proposed solution (or at least sufficient information to make a sound purchase decision).
- Consistent information – Buyers feel more certain when the information they have regarding the benefits, costs, and risks of a proposed solution is consistent.
- Consensus – Buyers feel more certain when they believe their attitudes or beliefs are widely shared. Consensus is a heuristic that makes us believe an attitude is correct.
- Repetition – Buyers feel more certain about their attitudes when they express them repeatedly.
- Ease – Buyers feel more certain of beliefs and attitudes that come to mind easily.
- Defending an attitude – Buyers feel more certain about their attitudes after they defend those attitudes to others.
The role of attitude certainty in the buying process is a example of the continuing importance of human psychology in marketing. In future posts, I’ll be discussing other aspects of human psychology that marketers can use to make their marketing messages and content more effective.
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