Hunters face many of the same challenges as marketers. Preparation is everything. Once you’re out in the field, you can’t just go in for the kill right away. You have to be patient or you’ll scare the deer. If you don’t have the right bait, the right technique, you can kiss your bass goodbye. Such are your customers online. Try to make them “Buy Now!” when they’re not ready, and they’ll scatter.
But that’s where the analogy ends. When marketers don’t give early-stage buyers the confidence they need to move forward, it’s they who look like deer in headlights (usually around the time they look at their cart abandonment rates).
So, with hunting season upon us, we figured it was time to give Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops a try. Offline, Cabelas in particular is known as a destination spot, a must-see experience for hunters. Can they live up to that experience online? You’ll see what exactly what happens in Part 2. But first, let’s go over a few key points about persuading early-stage buyers to take action by starting out with a question: “How early is early?”
So, without further ado, let’s go huntin’ (for persuasion)…
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We’ll update you once Part 2 is up. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it, watch as Anthony Garcia shares his early-stage buying process as he looks for car insurance for his teenage daughter. It’s an eye-opener.
Also, don’t hesitate to share your early-stage buying experiences with us in the comments. Any hunters out there who plan to buy gear online this season?