An Introduction to the Management of Projection Bias for Marketers

Note: Everyone harbors personal prejudices.

You are included in that as well! By the way, that’s perfectly okay. Considering the variety of human experiences and perspectives, this is unavoidable.

Although projection bias is common, you can’t let it undermine your marketing campaigns. If you let projection bias get the better of you and lose contact with some of your clients, you may miss out on opportunities.

Resolving projection bias can improve marketing by encouraging higher audience acceptance and involvement. However, identifying it is the first step towards combating it.

What Is Projection Bias?

Projective bias sufferers may erroneously believe that other people share their beliefs, values, and thought processes. One example of this is to think that your future self will have the same desires as you do now. Both include extending your logic to a point in the future and/or environment when it might no longer be valid.

For example, even though roughly 10% of people don’t eat any chocolate at all, you could assume that everyone else shares your overwhelming fondness for chocolate. Similar to this, you’re more prone to make rash decisions when grocery shopping when you’re hungry since you think you’ll need more food than you actually do. (Weeks later, you might wonder why you thought that when you see that box of Twinkies at the back of the cupboard.)

Real consequences arise from projection bias.
Although these situations might not seem like much, projection bias can turn problematic very fast and have far-reaching effects.
For example, a hospital can assume that every patient has internet connection and use an online gateway for all test results and appointment scheduling. However, 19 million Americans, or around 6% of the population, would be denied access to healthcare because they do not have consistent or reliable internet connectivity. What if the building managers assumed that everyone knew where the fire exits were and didn’t bother to place signs pointing them out? It’s also possible that city planners believed cars would know which lanes to use automatically, thus they chose not to put directional arrows on the ground for turn-only lanes.

It is essential that we actively seek to combat projection bias because we are unable to determine at the outset whether our preconceptions are beneficial or detrimental.

The ‘projecting’ bias’s effects on marketing. For instance, you may fail to notice important details.

You might have spent less on entertainment and event brands as a result of the pandemic; as a result, you might anticipate a lower landing page conversion rate from these businesses in 2021. However, the rate was able to rise from the median of 4.7% to the median of 5.2%, according to the Conversion Benchmark Report. It illustrates the need for marketers to look at the information rather than assuming anything.

[Marketing with Reduced Prejudice:]

Despite the fact that everyone is prone to projection bias, it is manageable. The following tips can help you write content that appeals to your readers’ interests rather than your own.

[Preserve the obvious to those who may fail to see it:]

Your listeners might not perceive something as plain as you do. Over time, using your product will become second nature as you use it more and more. However, to those who are reading your work, this is still entirely new.

Consider, for instance, the situation of a company that sells heavy machinery. Your potential clients might not know that a specific part is necessary for the machine to function, even though you do. You’ll learn the hard way why it’s critical to explain the part’s significance if you’re the one who has to fix the machine when it (inevitably) breaks down.

Again, please provide clarification on the “obvious.” In actuality, assume that nothing is evident right away—the following step, for example.

By the way, why is this tactic so awesome? It thereby broadens your toolkit of marketing techniques.

Precisely measuring packed products and adding.25 inches as a buffer may come naturally to Packlane employees, but it could come as a surprise to Packlane clients. The customer can find all the information they need on Packlane’s “Size Matters” landing page.

[Aim to become knowledgeable about your intended market:]

I am aware that it is generally acknowledged as a good marketing strategy. However, because it makes sense, it is generally accepted.

Creating material that appeals to and is palatable to your target audience requires a deep understanding of that group. This is facilitated by their product knowledge, language (often referred to as the “voice of the consumer”), and preferences.

Additionally, if you concentrate on your target audience, you’ll be ahead of most other marketers. Even though it’s common knowledge that you should conduct research on the people in your target audience, 65% of marketers never even attempt it. Not you, please. That’s the reality, isn’t it?

You have a lot of alternatives for gathering data on the people who visit your website. To find out more about the psychology and demographics of your target population, do focus groups and surveys. As an alternative, you may attempt getting in touch with them and discussing what they need. Analyzing your target audience’s behavior on your landing pages in real time may teach you more about their behaviors.

Webistry and Fat Stone Farm collaborated to reevaluate best-sellers through user feedback.

Fat Stone Farm’s elderberry products are typically a wintertime best seller, but Webistry’s market research has shown them there is a summers window of opportunity. Their target audience is interested in natural health, according to studies, so they developed a campaign that revolves around adding elderberry shots to smoothies.

[Include more participants in the discussion:]

Here’s a tip: if everyone on your team is from the same area, you won’t be getting the most out of them.

If there is not enough diversity of thinking within the team, marketing opportunities can be missed.

What would happen, for example, if you started a campaign that seemed like a great idea in your head but was actually full of technical terms that only your colleagues would be familiar with? Jargon is after all ubiquitous in most spheres of endeavor. Take a look at the campaign with someone from outside your department who isn’t acquainted with it; they might be able to help you identify any issues that you might be missing.

One of the best ways to identify and address unconscious biases in your work is to incorporate a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. Let’s say you own a company that sells men’s shampoo, and one of your female employees mentions in passing that she usually purchases the product for her husband. Both sexes might be potential customers for your products.

This is another tactic where Smart Traffic shines. For example, you might create several versions of the landing page for each gender if you were creating one for that shampoo. The most pertinent material will then be directed to them by Smart Traffic based on their gender and personality characteristics.

Several points of view are valuable in several aspects, one of which is accessibility. Even if no one on your staff needs accessible technology, you can still gain insight from disability activists about how to improve the accessibility of your landing pages.

Alternative text for photographs is popular when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), but it also helps screen reader users. One technique to assist them would be to consistently compose the caption for each picture you add to your landing page (included in the “Alt Text” section).

[Be Careful With Your Marketing Campaigns]

Congratulations! Just by reading thus far, you have already begun the process of eliminating projection bias: you now recognize it. Thus, congrats on your exceptional marketing skills.

What happens next?

Include measures in your marketing processes to ensure that there are no projection biases.

Look for areas where team members may relate to each other and try to get a diverse range of backgrounds.

Form a few review groups with individuals from outside your company who can offer an unbiased second viewpoint.

Facing your own predictions about the future can improve your chances of success in the future and help you avoid possible calamities.

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