In answering the question ‘why should I use word of mouth marketing?’ it would be very easy to just write around a list of statistics that give you the compelling reasons to use WoM.
But that would ignore the deeper seated emotional reasons that connect your customers, and particularly your advocates, to your organisation.
So let’s just ignore all of the ‘return on investment’ arguments in favor of word of mouth and look at what is really going on.
The understanding of a broad advocate network energized to talk about your products or services, brings with it the realization that you are at the centre of a tribe. And tribalism is one of our most deeply encoded emotional drivers.
And tribes function and communicate through stories.
All of the statistics about word of mouth marketing that we’re ignoring exist as a consequence of these tribal stories.
And here’s the point, that should really be accompanied by the sound of a very large hammer hitting a very large bell.
These tribal stories occur whether you are involved in them, or not.
This, more than the effectiveness of WoM as a technique, is the single biggest reason to use word of mouth.
Let’s think about that a bit more, and consider some scenarios:
From whichever way you look at it, there is a compelling rationale for engaging with your advocates with the aim of better enabling them to tell their tribal stories about you.
And as a result, you start to achieve those jaw dropping statistics like 84% of consumers reporting that they always, or sometimes, take action based on personal recommendations. (Nielsen).
So the question becomes ‘why wouldn’t you use word of mouth marketing?’
And that comes back to the problem that most people don’t realise that there’s a method behind word of mouth marketing. One that Word of Mouth That Works solves.