AMO Customer Engagement

One Word that Will Help You Increase Your Customer Engagement

AMO a three-letter word that means love and a single framework to think about how to engage your customers.  Why is this important? Because your customers are not interested in what you sell, they are more interested on how you made them feel. 

Yes, you read correctly – how your product or service make them feel. People buy products or services to help them get something done. For instance, a smart phone helps to do several things, contact people via voice, email, video, social media, do research, play games, watch videos, and/or take notes, etc. These are the functions the smart phone provides and helps to get a job done. 

If you dig deeper, what emotions these functions provide to you? Do you feel more connected, smarter, more productive, belonging to the creative tribe (in the case of iPhones), on the cutting edge, more successful, or a better parent, son, daughter, friend, etc?  These unspoken feelings are the benefits why people buy products or services. 

Every decision is emotional. In his book, Descartes Error, Antonio Damasio, professor of neuroscience at the University of Southern California, argues that emotion is a necessary ingredient to almost all decisions.”These emotions create preferences which lead to our decision. 

If you still in doubt, think about water bottle. Water is a commodity that once was free, now ranges in price from $1.25 to $3.00. Have you asked yourself why? Water is water, right? However, people self-identify with a benefit that helps them feel better about themselves. They might justify rationally, but made the decision emotionally.  Thus, the diversification of water bottle options. 

Emotion, the benefit of how your product or services makes a prospect feel is  important for engagement. 

With this in mind, the AMO framework can help you think how to win hearts and minds of your customers in any initiative. By the way, an initiative is not confined to marketing communication, it could be service improvements, product developments, internal communications, etc. 

AMO:  Audience, Message, and Outcome

Audience: When thinking about your customers, think about them as your audience. Imagine you are a movie director producing a story about your product or service, where your product or service helps the hero (your customer) conquer its challenge. How does your offer help him/her overcome the challenge? How will it make him/her feel? What one key benefit does he/her gets from using what you offer? In other words, your value proposition. 

Message: Based on the key benefit and emotions that your offer brings about, you can start developing a message that resonates with your audience. Messages encompass visual (video, photos, graphics, etc) and words. To keep it simple, let’s focus on word message. The message can be a one sentence tag line that helps you position your product or services in the minds your customers and/or a guideline on how to communicate with your customers. 

Outcome: At the start of any initiative don’t forget to delineate what outcome you want to accomplish. Attract, convert, or delight your customers. Having an agreement on the outcome upfront, will help guide the development of a strategy and message to accomplish your goals.

The beauty of this three-letter word is that it helps narrow down where you should be focusing your strategy and marketing efforts to give you shot at achieving a meaningful customer engagement.

Is There a Blind Spot in Your Marketing Strategy?

If you have not considered marketing to Latinos, you might be missing a growth opportunity. The Latino consumer market is the fastest-growing segment in America with spending power to the tune of $1.7 trillion—the equivalent of capturing a share of the Canadian or Mexican economy.

Currently, Latinos account for 1 in 5 Americans and soon will constitute 1 in 3 of the U.S. population.  Moreover, more than half of the U.S. Hispanic population is under the age of 29. Additionally, 25% of Generation Z, (3 to-23 years old) the largest generation group in the U.S., is Hispanic.

Latinos are well-connected and a powerful social force. They communicate more frequently with family, friends, and colleagues than non-Hispanics. According to the Keller Fay Group, compared to other ethnic groups, Latinos talk 20 times more about brands and are 5 times more likely to share shopping recommendations according to CivicScience.  This means outreach to Hispanics can boost your marketing investment. Specifically, an earned media multiplier effect—brand awareness and peer influence—can result in an increased ROI.

If you are developing a Latino marketing campaign, let’s take a look at three potential blind spots:

Engaging Latino

Strategy goes nowhere unless it starts with the customer. John Sculley in his book Moonshot, advises the reader to put the customer at the center of abusiness concept. This is especially relevant with a diverse audience. You wouldn’t market to customers in a different country the same way you would market to the typical U.S. consumer, would you?  The Latino community is no different.

Culture matters to tell authentic stories and to create remarkable experiences. We have to recognize that not everyone is the same. Customers look at content through their personal lens of values, knowledge, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs.

Designing relevant marketing, communications and experiences mean creating messages and moments that your audience can identify with and say, “They are speaking to me,” “This is for me,” or “I can see myself.”  In other words, strive for cultural affinity. Why? Because Latino consumers will pay more attention, trust the brand more, and will be more likely to take action.

This means looking at each segment of the Latino population and considering their living context, values, aspirations, needs, motivations, and challenges, to design programs that achieve cultural affinity and relevancy.  According to the Nielsen TV Brand EffectSurvey, advertising and programs that have cultural affinity are more impactful, as general population advertising doesn’t always resonate with Hispanic audiences.

English vs.Spanish-Language.

Think differently. It is not about English or Spanish. It is about language plus culture, context, and content. Language depends on the Latino audience segment and their language of comfort.

The Nielsen study found that Spanish-language ads perform better than English-language ads among Hispanic adults in terms of ad type, brand, and message memorability. These ads perform more than twice as well in likability. However, this does not mean doing a literal translation from English to Spanish.

It is frequently believed that English is the default language for bilingual Hispanics. However, Univision found this is one of the largest misperceptions. Bilingual Latinos speak in the language that is most appropriate to what they’re doing. For example, when looking at online videos, 74% of third-generation bilingual Latinos consume videos in Spanish.

On the other hand, younger Latinos are more comfortable speaking and consuming content in English. However, younger Latinos are watching more Spanish-language videos on streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube, and actively seeking out and enjoying content tailored to them as Latinos. According to eMarketer,73% of third-generation Hispanics said they consume online videos “that speak to their Hispanic/Latino heritage.”  Why? Because retaining their culture is very important to them.

Language matters but is just one part of the equation. This underscores the need for brands to connect with Hispanics in a culturally relevant way. Just because Hispanics are consuming content in English, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t incorporate Spanish into marketing campaigns, or because Latinos prefer speaking in Spanish you should do a direct translation into Spanish.

Building Online with Offline Experiences.

Customer trust is based on consumers sharing their experiences with other consumers online and offline. Word-of-mouth is the leading influencer of consumer purchase decisions in the U.S.  Notably, TV, radio, print, digital media, and offline events have a strong role to play in influencing word-of-mouth purchasing decisions.

Latinos are very active on social media, sharing posts and comments on issues specific to their communities and culture. Online and offline experiences give them an opportunity to build a relationship with the brand and ammunition to talk about it. Over 68% of Hispanic brand mentions referenced some form of online or offline marketing, compared to 60% of non-Hispanics.

The Keller Fay Group study found that Hispanics are not only more likely to engage in word-of-mouth than the general public, but also more likely to pass along the information they hear to others.  What’s better than learning about a product or service from people you know and trust?

Remember, emotions drive people to action and people tend to conform to what others are doing.  So igniting an emotion and making content more observable makes it easier to talk, share, and take action when the content and experience are culturally relevant.