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Why Are Customers So Indecisive?
Do you know why your customer won't buy? You've given her the best price, possibly even the best options. Yet she fidgets. Maybe, maybe not, she ponders.
You stand by the wayside and sweat, praying the sale will go through. Then almost inexplicably, it slips out of your hands, and you don't even know why. You curse, rant and rave silently at her indecisive nature. Yet ironically, the fault is all yours.
Don't agree? Hold your horses and you'll learn a simple, fundamental psychological factor you've been missing in your marketing strategy, and how you can rectify it in a flash.
Why The Trees In Our Front Yard Are Still Looking For a Barber
Let me tell you a story about our front garden. Any time now, I'm expecting Tarzan and a couple of chimps to swing merrily by. Like something out of a horror movie, the foliage has spread its tentacles, and now hangs menacingly over several parts of the house.
Yes I know we need an arborist to lop off those branches. And yes, we have called in at least half a dozen. Incredibly, we haven't made up our minds on whom we should choose. Like deer caught in the headlights, we've been frozen in indecision. One itty-bitty factor would have made it easy to decide, but it has eluded us completely.
I Know What You're Thinking, And It's Not Price?
Oh boy! We have estimates up to our ears. One quote is as high as $800 (aaargggh!), while the other one blushes at $250, and all the rest do a merry dance in between. You'd think the cheaper quote would get the thumbs up right away, wouldn't you? Well it didn't.
In fact, it has added to the confusion because we can't understand why there would be such a huge difference for what is essentially the same job.
And Here Is The Reason Why We Can't Decide...
It's a factor called the Full Story. While every single one of those arborists provided us with quotes, not one of them gave us a single reason to choose them. Any reason would have been better than none. Ten reasons would have clinched the deal, even with a higher price.
This is one of the main reasons why most deals seem to disintegrate before the eyes of most business owners and sales people. We fail (and fail miserably) to educate our customers about the unique advantages of working with us.
It's An Impossible Puzzle If It Doesn't Have The Pieces
People need to be gratified psychologically. Our brains are dying to know more about the companies that bid and all we get are terms and prices. The arborists should have educated me about the quality of their cutting, their comprehensive insurance policies, their warranties, their skills, and their service guarantees in detail. I needed to know anything and everything that would help me decide in someone's favor. Not one of those bids included that kind of information.
Look at yourself. Let's say you hire someone for your firm. How little would you like to know about him? Or say you go out on a date. How little do you want to know about your partner? Every piece of the puzzle is absolutely necessary. Don't forget to give your customers a reason to buy from YOU. Tell them about yourself. Provide all the juicy details, and you will leave your competitors crying in their beer.
What Is The Psychological Reasoning Behind The Whole Story?
The strong, silent type is the one our mamas told us to watch out for. We instinctively trust people less who tell us less. Even if we do like the person, we want them to open up. If you want people to trust you, you have to tell them about yourself.
This instinct of distrust is hardwired in our brains, and you'd do well to pay attention to it. A lack of adequate detail doesn't help to build trust, which is why customers go from hello to sayonara very quickly. Once you have their attention, stop saying stupid things like, "Buy from me," and start giving them all the reasons WHY they should buy from you (read the article on The Power of Why). Add spices to your marketing strategy curry, and your customer will be captivated by the aroma. Churn the gastric juices in their brains. Make them salivate. Get them to drool. And when they're ready to eat, feed them well.
Telling the Whole Story eliminates a big hurdle called risk. The less your customers knows about you, the more they are frozen in indecision. When faced with this scenario, they resort to the only thing they know-price. Just like you, they make a decision on the cheapest, trashiest option available? because that's all you gave them!
Abolish the hazard of your customer choosing to buy solely on price. Give her a first class education about why she needs to buy from you.
The worst thing you can do is leave her hanging without sufficient info.....
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