Appealing to your audiences self-efficacy can be a strong motivator in influencing their B2B buyer behavior. WhichTestWon.com conducted a great case study that illustrated how to incorporate this concept in your own marketing promotion.
Self-efficacy is a persons belief in his or her ability to achieve a desired behavior, and can be a strong motivator in ones ability to accomplish that behavior.
Research indicates confident people are more likely to achieve their desired behavior than those who arent. In fact, self-efficacy may at times be more of a predictor than the persons knowledge, skill set, or previous attempts.
Dell Computers used two lead generation forms: one had a two-step indicator telling people what to expect when signing up; the other did not.
The two-step indicator version increased leads by 8%.
We are all inundated with marketing messages on a daily basis, and the decision whether or not to engage with one may be determined by just our belief of ability to do so.
Any way you can tell your target audience member what to expect (i.e., time, cost, etc.) may be a key in helping motivate them to buy.
Vann Morris is the Director of Buying Behavior Studies with the Atlanta B2B advertising agency MLT Creative. She is a Social and Behavioral Scientist who is currently working on her PhD in Communications, and uses her strong theoretical background in order to show how scientific theory should be used to develop strategy and effective B2B marketing campaigns.