Successful Online Selling Is a Lot Like Wooing a Lover
× Search

Sprocket Websites - Blog / News / Updates

Successful Online Selling Is a Lot Like Wooing a Lover
Kate Gingold
/ Categories: The Sprocket Report

If you find this helpful, pay it forward! More after the article...

Successful Online Selling Is a Lot Like Wooing a Lover

Really, it is!

Whether it’s in romance or commerce, people hate being sold a bill of goods. Still, they are in love with buying and your marketing technique is important to winning customers over. 

Too often, we fall back on simply listing features when it comes to marketing our business wares rather than demonstrating all the benefits a customer will enjoy. Since we’ve all been customers – as well as lovers! -- thinking through our best experiences should give us plenty of clues on what to do when planning customer-centric marketing. Here are some ways to improve customer engagement:

Learn your dating type
(Pick a target market)

Maybe your product or service could be used by “everyone,” but rather than being mildly appealing to a wide range of customers, it’s far more productive to focus on a specific market.

For instance, your local bar may welcome everyone over 21, but we’d bet there’s a particular crowd drinking there. If the place is full of rowdy college kids, it probably doesn’t appeal to well-heeled professionals and vice versa. This is the kind of information you can use for creating specials, coupons, and advertising specifically targeted to attract more customers just like the ones who are already giving you their money. 

Choose suitable conversation topics
(Talk to your customer, not your colleagues)

The average non-technical person may not be an expert on download speeds, but they certainly know when there’s a problem loading your website pages. Save the shop talk for your team mates around the water cooler. Instead, show how your product or service will solve whatever problem is worrying your customer.

Hang out in the right places
(Be where your customer will find you)

What social media platforms do your customers use? It hasn’t been that long since newspaper ads for tires were published in the sports section because it was men who read about sports and also took care of the car. But if you advertised tires only toward men today, you would miss more than half of your market. Maybe Pinterest would be a better place to talk about tires. Do the research to really understand your target market so you can be where they are.

Sweep them off their feet
(Make it easy)

You have no doubt experienced this yourself: If a page took too long to load, you clicked on another link. If the shipping cost was not posted, you abandoned the shopping cart. If there was no menu or prices listed, you found another take-out restaurant. Instead of ticking off your customers, why not make it an easy and pleasant experience for them to buy?

Wooing a customer is more like wooing a sweetheart than you might think! When you put their interests first and work to make them feel comfortable, they’re delighted to spend time (and money!) with you. We have lots more suggestions on how to build successful customer relationships. Just give us a call!

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

This article is an update to “Customer-Centric Marketing” dated 4/14/2014. 

Did you enjoy this article? Was it helpful? Insightful?
Then please share it! Post it on your favorite Social Media platform(s) so your followers see it.
It's easy. Just click on any of the social icons below and we'll do the heavy lifting for you.
Oh yeah, leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting!

815 Rate this article:
Kate Gingold

Kate GingoldKate Gingold

I have been writing a blog with web marketing tips and techniques every other week since 2003. In addition to blogging and client content writing, I write books and a blog on local history.

Other posts by Kate Gingold
Contact author Full biography

Full biography

I have been writing a blog with web marketing tips and techniques every other week since 2003. In addition to blogging and client content writing, I write books and a blog on local history.

Previous Article It's Past Time to Get the Fax Outa Here!
Next Article How to Spot the Phishing Scams that Prey on Even the Brainiest of Us

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment

Contact author


Stay In-The-Know...

Via QR Code

... With Every-Other-Week Tips!

Every other Tuesday, you'll receive the Sprocket Report completely free! Learn the latest business tip or news about what's currently happening in internet marketing. You get:

  • A web marketing tip from Kate
  • Another one from Breanne, and
  • Bonus! Tips curated from around the web

That's three valuable posts that you can read, plus a quick look at upcoming events and what's being discussed on Twitter. 

You'll want to get this info for yourself, in your own inbox. It's easy!

Type your email in the box above. OR scroll to the bottom of any page on this site. We have our subscription box there, too!

We NEVER give out your email address to anybody else and we don't flood you with ads. It's just good, free information. 

About Us

We turn surfers into visitors and visitors into customers.

We'll make you a beautiful, interactive website. Then we'll help drive traffic to it.

Read Archived Articles




Get The Sprocket Report


Terms Of UsePrivacy StatementCopyright © 2024 by Sprocket Websites, Inc.
Back To Top