3. Safety rules
What really motivates the B2B buyer? Sure, features and benefits are important – vital, in fact. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll recognize that our competitors make promises very similar to our own. Inside the buyer’s mind is a fragile, timid little creature with one ardent desire: “make me feel safe.” This creature cowers before the multiplicity of competing offers, the complexity of conflicting information. Instead of being inspired by hope, it is numbed with fear; after all, in the B2B context, the rewards of a successful choice are far less vivid than the immediate and painful results of failure. Above all else, when you’re marketing to B2B influencers and decision-makers, you have to communicate the certain conviction that choosing you is the safe choice to make.
Judo: How to use discomfort to make customers comfortable.