“You know, we have met once and see each other around all the time but can’t remember each other’s name” I replied.
At a recent event, a friend was making sure that I knew one of her friends. The two us had been introduced about a month or two ago . . . . and then started recognizing each other everywhere. Prior to introduction, we had in all likelihood passed each other or been at the same event a dozen times; however, we only started noticing it (and subsequently started feeling guilty) after we had been introduced.
This is a perfect example of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.
Old time trains? That is something I wouldn't mind noticing everywhere again
For small business owners & marketers, this is why repetition is key. Once someone learns about you, you want to make sure they start to see you everywhere. Let their selective attention and confirmation bias take over until they feel compelled to gain more information / visit your store / Google your product / (or ideally) purchase. Targeting using multiple platforms, sending personalized emails, using local messages via Cidewalk, and building a great referral program are all ways to capitalize on this.
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