6 Basic Human Needs That Apply To Marketing

How You Can Apply These 6 Basic Human Needs To Marketing











Apply These 6 Basic Human Needs To Marketing




As marketers, it’s our job to use stories to build relationships with our audience that both meet their needs and align with the brand we represent.






But how do we know which needs hit the hot buttons that are sure to evoke a response?







Here are the “6 Basic Human Needs” that Tony Robbins uses as a foundation in his teaching, by Bryan Kramer, of Social Media Today  that can be applied to marketing:




1. Certainty.

  • We all want to know what’s going to happen.
  • People with certainty as a primary need are the ones who skip to the last few pages of a novel before they even start at page 1.
  • As brands, we all want to surprise and delight our customers, but remember that most of your potential customers want to know the results of the experience before they buy.
  • Certainty happens with trust – trust of a friend explaining their experience, or trust with the brand because they’ve experienced it firsthand.
  • Certainty – or consistency – is one of the hardest needs to fulfill for brands, especially if you’re selling service where interactions can be unpredictable.
  • Deliver certainty to your customers along with a great brand and you’ll have customers for life.



2. Variety.

  • Everybody loves an adventure.
  • For marketing, it’s no secret that the customer journey has been turned upside down, in that there isn’t one sales pipeline or channel that works alone anymore.
  • Today, every story should be told within the context of where it’s delivered – social, mobile, SMS text messaging – because consumers are using every one of these channels.
  • We love the variety of channels we have to choose from, and use each one for slightly different purposes.



3. Significance.

  • Simply put, we all need meaning in our lives in order to feel good about what we are doing.
  • We need to be acknowledged for a job well done.
  • We need to own our own hilltop somewhere.
  • When brands find ways to personalize their stories to a 1:1 level, it gives their audience the significance they crave.
  • It’s achieved by listening, acknowledging, and reflecting it back to the originator in a way that makes them feel special and important.



4. Connection.

  • This basic need is the primary reason why social exploded and will never go away.
  • The reason we join them is to belong to something we all believe in with a common purpose.
  • People need to feel connected – to themselves, their families, their community, their country, their planet, their Universe – and for brands, it goes without saying that if you can’t connect with your audience, you need to identify the problem and approach it differently.
  • The stories we tell have to connect as simply as possible to the core of your audience.
  • In order to do this, it takes real authenticity and transparency.



5. Growth.

  • Every human being has a need to grow – mentally, cerebrally, psychologically, ethically – in other words, we were built to never stop learning.
  • As marketers, part of our role is to help others become successful through teaching and learning.
  • When we understand how and why to use a product, or why we should buy this over that, that is information we can use to grow our knowledge – as long as it’s created with authenticity.
  • The challenge for marketers today, with so many ways to distribute and consume information, is the persistent battle is noisy and never-ending.
  • Good news: Also never-ending is our insatiable human need to grow.



6. Contribution.

  • Everyone needs to feel like what they’re doing is making a difference.
  • In work, we need to feel like an important contributor to the success of the company.
  • Online, we offer our opinions and reviews to contribute to a conversation.
  • In social, it’s called “engagement”, to describe when you actively participate in groups instead of just joining them and passively watching from the sidelines.
  • When you’re engaged, you increase your chances to make connection with others sharing common interests.
  • As a brand, you can tap into this basic need by making your customers feel like they’re making a difference in the success of your mission.
  • We all need to feel like what we’re doing matters.





We are all connected as humans and share basic needs that when activated, can be powerful for marketers.



Tapping into this core set of values in your marketing initiatives will give your efforts a boost of human energy that will activate your audience into action.






If you enjoyed this post, and found TONS OF VALUE from these tips from Brian Kramer of  Social Media Today, please take a moment and share…..Thank You!



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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington



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0 thoughts on “6 Basic Human Needs That Apply To Marketing

  • Nate Leung

    You’re so right Joan about As marketers, part of our role is to help others become successful through teaching and learning. Like we always say, we need to provide value. No need to sell. Thanks Joan.

  • Sherman Smith

    Hey Joan,

    Out of the list, numbers 1, 3, and 6 really stuck out.

    You definitely need certainty that something is going to work or else we would feel that it’s a waste of time. In this way, I like to call it projected gratification which is basically a plan or outline of what to do and what it takes in order to get a projected result. Once you and your prospects see this then it gives more confidence in what they’re doing.

    Significance if very important. Why? What like I just mentioned, they want to know why they should do it and how it’s going to benefit them. If there’s no purpose, then there’s no point into carrying on with the project.

    Last but not least, contribution is important. Once you feel engage, feel like you’re making a difference, and get the great credit for it, then you’re going to keep pushing forward. Like you mention, you increase your chances on creating new and meaningful connection. Also you want to reciprocate this to your prospects so that they feel what they contribute matters to others.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Tom Fuszard

    I especially “connected” with #4, Connection. And of those elements, the concept of authenticity.

    Just be yourself. I think some peole feel they aren’t worthy of promoting a business or otherwise representing themselves as business people. “I just don’t have the experience,” they’ll moan. Well, nobody does at the beginning.

    Of course, you won’t want to harp about your inexperience. Instead, convey a strong sense of confidence and enthusiasm. And remember: Even early on, you’re more experienced and knowledgable than a newbie.

    Thanks for sharing all this, Joan.