Fascination can be the most powerful way to influence decision making as well as to energize your marketing.
Fascination is more persuasive than traditional marketing and advertising or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice and trust.
In fact, fascination plays a role in every type of decision making including your favorite brand, most remembered song, the person you marry and the employees you hire. And by activating the right triggers, you can make anything fascinating.
That’s the premise of Fascinate: Your Seven Triggers To Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead, a marketing leader who has developed fascinating ideas for Fortune 500 companies and startups. Sally’s book is based on research with the national opinion company Kelton Research.
Here are her definitions of the seven triggers and reasons why we are fascinated:
- Lust is the anticipation of pleasure, and craving is the anticipation of pleasure. Sally illustrates this with a Godiva chocolate drink for women made Chocolixir. And with a study that showed womens’ testosterone levels rising when hearing an Italian sports car engine (really).
- Mystique is the unanswered question, and mystique makes a person want to solve the puzzle. Simply think of the Coke secret formula.
- Alarm is the threat of immediate consequence, and alarm demands a response now. Consider a campaign to prevent drunk driving amongst teens. It had more power when it showed a teenager being driven to the prom by his mom.
- Prestige is symbols of rank and respect, and prestige earned status, respect, and admiration. Grey Goose vodka introduced the ultra-premium category, forcing an entire category to realign.
- Power is command over others, and power controls. Pfizer renamed impotence as “erectile dysfunction,” and Viagra became a billion dollar brand based on fascination-enhanced sales.
- Vice is rebellion against the rules and vice tempts us with “forbidden fruit.” Best example is “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas.”
- Trust is certainty and reliability and trust comforts use because we can rely on it. This is what Volvo and safety are all about.
How do you use fascination to energize your marketing?
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