Soft Sell Marketing – A Spiritual Even Sacred Process – Part 1
Marketing your solution to a problem is a spiritual, even sacred process. Here's why.
Typically a marketing / sales transaction is thought of as dollars-given for a product-delivered. And that's the way most people experience it. Why? Because our commercial culture has never looked at it any more hardly than that.
It's a simple process. I give you a product, you give me money, end of story.
And most marketers do not experience themselves as motivated by anything more than money.
But there's more – so much more.
Let's begin by assuming you are a customer. Given that:
Bring to mind a time when you had a problem you could not solve and you had to look for help. It does not matter whether the problem was serious – maybe even life threatening – or just an irritation you needed to alleviate.
When you found the solution and accepted it from the marketer, there were at least two levels of exchange.
Level One – You paid for it and took it into your life. A dollars-given for solution-rendered exchange.
That's the external expression of the event, the physical one, the obvious one, the one everyone knows about, the one most marketers and consumers believe to be the sum total of what takes place.
And when your problem is minor – no consequences attached – most of what happens happens at the external level.
Say you need gasoline. You have the money. The gas station is nearby. You stop, fill up, pay, and leave. No big deal – unless, of course, the cost of the gasoline is more than you can comfortably afford – but you need the gas to get to work so you have to buy it. Then the picture changes, because the consequences are serious, maybe even severe.
As the gravity of the consequences that flow from your need increases so does the depth of the exchange.
As with all kinds of marketing you can choose to market in a hard-sell way, motivate by money. Or be a heart-sell or soft-sell marketer who prefers a more inclusive, emotionally connected, business relationship with your prospects and customers motivated by your spiritual values.