Building an Emotional Connection with Your Audience - Astute

There’s extreme value in building emotion with your audience to drive engagement. You can build trust and credibility when you’re constantly engaging with your customers at various touchpoints through different mediums. If you foster a positive experience through emotional connection, your audience will be more likely to share that with others, which can help expand your brand’s reach. 

How to Connect Emotionally

There’s a common misconception that emotional marketing is only valuable for B2C marketing because you communicate with real people. On the contrary, many envision B2B marketing as the corporations themselves.

However, be mindful that there are still humans with real emotions behind large corporations that play a role in their business decisions. Let’s look at ways to build an emotional connection with your audience to drive brand engagement

1. Be unique 

There is so much competition in today’s online marketplace, and people get burnt out on seeing duplicate content repeatedly. Your product or service must be unique to form an emotional connection with your audience and stand out from competitors. Focus on breaking through the noise with something that will resonate with your audience at their desired touchpoint. 

2. Remain honest and authentic 

No one will support a brand that seems disingenuous or whose business actions don’t align with its core mission. When you back up your brand messaging with actions that support it, you prove to your customers that your brand is honest and authentic, ultimately forming a positive reputation. 

3. Tell a story

Storytelling is the foundation of good content marketing. The purpose of this is so your audience can envision themselves as a character in your brand’s story. From there, you can build a deep connection where they’re investing in your brand and you. 

4. Listen to what your customers want

When connecting emotionally, you should always keep your customers’ needs, and pain points front of mind. Understanding what they’re looking for and how they respond will yield an emotional response. A brand that can relate to customer’s emotions will build a strong bond, trust, and loyalty. 

5. Speak to your target audience directly 

We discussed in a previous blog that you should establish a unique brand voice when you define your brand from scratch. This is how you communicate with your customers through your content and social media. You’re not trying to reach everyone, just your target audiences. Always speak to them directly and remain consistent in your approach.  

The Takeaway

Emotional marketing should drive your content strategy. The primary goal is to present your audience with meaningful content that resonates with them. When you understand how to connect emotionally, you can boost brand engagement and increase your chances of conversion. Additionally, you can build a positive reputation around your brand through memorable experiences that will help you gain and retain customers.