I just saw the U2 concert in Las Vegas this past weekend. The stage setup and effects were mind-blowing. The lighting and sounds were exceptional. It was honestly the best show I’ve ever seen…but it wasn’t really the lighting and sound that did it for me. There was really only one thing that set it apart from anything else…
U2 wasn’t just entertaining their audience with lights and music, they created an experience that the audience could be a part of. Their stage extended into the audience so that the performers could be a part of the audience, and the audience feel like part of the band.
Beyond this, their show created an experience of unity and opportunity. They demonstrated how far we’ve come today; 3 million people in Africa on life saving AIDS medications compared to the previous 50,000 in 2001. They demonstrated how far we still need to go; the 1990-elected Prime Minister of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest for the last 20 years and isn’t able to the lead the people and bring about change.
I didn’t just see a concert this past weekend–I was part of an uplifting experience. I left the concert thinking about what I can do to make a difference.
Connect with people in a way that no one else does, and you will reap the benefits. It’s as simple (yet complex) as that! If you can figure out how to give your audience the “experience” U2 gave to their audience, there is no question that you’ll win. You don’t need to save the world in order to increase conversions, you just need to offer an experience and connect with people in a way that no one else does.
What is your brand? What are you selling? What experience are you offering that sets you apart from the rest? Don’t just feature plain written copy on your web site. Have an opinion, have a personality, and make a difference.
Here’s an exercise we’d like you to try: Pick one of your highest trafficked landing pages and re-write it with some personality, as a conversation. Create an experience for your visitor. Then post the URL of that page in the comments. Excited to see what you come up with