Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Marketing 101: Dissonance-Reducing Buying Behavior

In my last post I examined Complex Buying Behavior.  Next, let's quickly dig into Dissonance-Reducing Buying Behavior.

Dissonance-Reducing Buying Behavior
Just like Complex Buying Behavior, consumers with Dissonance-Reducing Buying Behavior have high amounts of involvement.  However, buyers in this behavioral situation are perceiving very few differences among the brands they are selecting products from.  The key word here is perceiving.  There may be many real differences between the different brands, however the buyer's beliefs about the other brands are that there are very similar or essentially the same.  Let's examine a common product such as paint.

Choosing paint for the interior of your house is an extremely expressive process.  The colors a person may choose are varied and will always vary from person to person depending on their highly personal tastes.  Paint can also be expensive, with some brands costing over $20 per gallon.  When a consumer finds a group of brands in a determined price range, their understanding of the difference between brands may be very low.  As a result, a consumer may do some research, but in the end, they may be swayed by price or convenience of purchase in the end.

Post-Purchase Dissonance
Post-Purchase Dissonance is another way to say "after the sale discomfort".  It's also the on-set of "buyer's remorse".  Post-Purchase Dissonance will begin once a consumer begins to "notice" any disadvantages of their purchase, and begin to hear "good" things about the other products they did not buy.  To counter these feelings, marketers should be running after-sale communication campaigns with focused targeted messaging.  These campaigns should give encouragement and help support consumers, convincing them to continue to "feel good" about their brand choice.  These marketing campaigns should also be encouraging additional purchases or referrals, offering discounts and incentives for additional purchasing.

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