Behavior Modeling is a branding tool
Behavior modeling guides brand development. If your goal is to increase consumer preference and grow your market share, know that brand strategy goes beyond theory. And it should be more aligned with brand anthropology than with traditional marketing science.
If you are trying to influence human behavior and increase market share, you need behavior modeling and to better understand the human condition. See it in the context of a broader palate than just the palate of your category.
Understanding your target audiences goes beyond knowing their usage and attitudes as it relates to your product, brand, service or category. Plus, you also need to know what your target audiences believes to be true about their lives, values, aspirations and goals.
You need to better understand the beliefs that trigger behavior, guide their lives and direct their purchase decisions. That is why we developed our behavior modeling.
Traditional brand strategy fails
Highly held beliefs do more to encourage preference than purposes. We developed a behavior modeling for finding those important beliefs.
While traditional brand messages and corporate branding seek to exploit a unique selling proposition that satisfies a purpose (i.e. get whiter whites with a laundry soap powder), brands that aim to steal market share need to be more important to the customer’s sense of self.
We model it so that we can understand all of the nuances because your brand must reflect the belief systems that direct behaviors and uncover the reasons why someone wants or needs a better laundry result.
We, therefore, conduct Preceptive Behavioral Modeling sessions, built upon a model for predicting success. It provides the basis for our research. Targeting those that your strategy is meant to influence. These precepts command the actions of your target audience.
There is a one-to-one causal relationship between what the customer believes to be true about the world and the purposes (and purchases) that they seek to fulfill in their daily life.
Represent what they covet
Human beings naturally seek stasis. Your brand must use this naturally occurring power. Your customer naturally gravitates away from conflict and towards an internal sense of harmony.
This means that, in everything they do and in all of the purchase decisions they make, they seek to diffuse any conflicts. Conflicts that exist between their actions and their belief systems. It comes down to simple physics in the end.
What they believe to be true about the world in general creates the purposes they seek to satisfy in specific purchase categories.
At the end of the day, brand strategy is all about permissions. Brand permissions arise from the precepts of your target audience and the purposes that your brand satisfies.
Understanding the ruling precepts when developing a strategy is every bit as important as understanding regional and cultural differences. In fact, it means more.