April 12, 2017

Attention Marketing: The Eight Second Countdown

Imagine you only have eight seconds to land the biggest customer your business has ever seen. Well, that’s attention marketing. The reality is, our human biology has simply not caught up with the age of smartphones. Scientists have even stated that humans have a shorter attention span than a goldfish thanks to our pocket-sized computers.

If you’ve managed to keep reading this far (after all, the attention span of a goldfish is only 9 seconds), we’ve got some tips for capturing and keeping the attention of your target audience.

Attention Units and Why They’re Important

Humans have a limited amount of attention at any given moment. Thankfully it’s a renewable resource, but one that quickly expends. Attention is more than just focusing on completing a task: we use it to shape and frame life’s big picture.

So it’s understandable then that attention takes up a lot of energy. Do you notice that you feel exhausted and frazzled when you have a lot of things on your plate at once? Psychologists refer to this as “cognitive load,” suggesting that we have limits on what our brains can cognitively deal with.

It’s important to know that there are two main types of attention: voluntary and involuntary attention. Involuntary attention kicks in when we hear a dog barking or see a notification for an email pop up. Voluntary attention is consciously controlled and takes significantly more focus because we are using it to ignore the competing stimuli and concentrate on a single task.

Think of attention units as a cup of coffee that you only get at the start of the day. Each distraction is like taking a sip of the cup. Before you know it, your coffee is gone, and you feel scatter-brained and frazzled. Taking a short break or walk can refill your cup again.

With this knowledge, we can understand that the people we are connecting with have this same finite amount of attention units. We can then leverage that attention to stand out in a polluted marketing world.

Leverage Attention and Stand Out

The Internet and cell phones use more involuntary and voluntary attention than ever known before in human history. So is it really any surprise that the average person spends 10-20 seconds on a webpage before leaving? When you only have that short time frame to capture your audience’s attention and showcase your services, what do you do?

It’s a lot easier than you think.

Since you are a fellow goldfish, you have the advantage of being in the shoes (or should I say “fins”?) of your audience. What makes you leave a webpage? Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you strategize how to craft a message to your target audience.

PHOS Creative Can Help

Still thinking of ways to capture, captivate, and keep the attention of your customers? Don’t worry! There are plenty of goldfish to catch, and we can help you reel them in.

Kristen Goodin

Kristen Goodin

Kristen strives to make every interaction a memorable one and excels at strengthening brand identity in an increasingly digital world. As an Inbound Marketing Executive, she works with our clients to communicate and connect with their customers, and build meaningful relationships that last.