Flint McGlaughlin, Founder and Managing Director, MECLABS Institute
Is your experience as a marketer hurting your ability to communicate with the customer? How can you tell?
A 2015 combined Nielson and MarketingSherpa study reveals a huge disconnect that exists between marketers and consumers. Most marketers do not understand consumer preferences — specifically, the way they wish to be communicated with and the mediums they wish to communicate through — which makes connecting with consumers painstakingly difficult.
In his Summit 2016 presentation, Flint McGlaughlin, Founder and Managing Director, MECLABS Institute, reveals the science behind how experienced marketers are wired to miss the mark when it comes to customer communication and steps they can take to safeguard their work and maximize its potential to inspire their customers.
“The more expert we become as marketers, the less expert we become as consumers,” says McGlaughlin. As marketers, we often get so caught up in “marketing speak” and our own ideas that we lose sight of the consumer, and customer-centricity begins to slowly dissolve from our communication strategies. Cue the marketer’s blind spot. Our inherent self-interest drives us to fashion our marketing efforts with marketer’s eyes rather than with eyes of the consumer — which produces ineffective communication.
McGlaughlin gives marketers a directive to overcome this: “The true task of the marketer is to move beyond their self-interest to actually get out of their person, into the person of the consumer and see this direction up and through the collateral into the sequence of thought; understanding how it feels to the other side, that is where the power comes from … that is where you can learn to drive dramatic differences.”
After watching this session, you will:
Flint McGlaughlin is a featured speaker at MarketingSherpa Summit 2017 in Las Vegas.
Flint McGlaughlin is the instructor of all courses in the University of Florida/MECLABS Institute graduate certificate program
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