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B2B marketers tend to assume their customers are purely rational actors. Unlike ordinary consumers, who can be influenced by humor, warmth, and emotion, B2B customers are supposed be a different breed, making decisions purely based on logic. Seemingly destined to exist in an advertising space devoid of inspiration where the tortured visual analogy reigns supreme. However, recent research shows the opposite has proven to be true.

See B2B differently

How passion can be more persuasive

A new perspective on the importance and value of emotion in B2B campaigns

Inspiring emotion in B2B ads is 7x more effective than delivering rational benefits alone.

John Lombardo

Global Head of Research, LinkedIn B2B Institute

A sea-change is happening…

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Our own Inspire studies show that not only does inspiration drive growth, the dominance of emotional factors in decision-making is as true for B2B brands as B2C. Not only did we discover that brand perception drives 93% of market share in B2B, our data also revealed that when looking purely at the influence of emotional and rational factors in those buying decisions, only 34% fell within the rational space, while emotional connections represented a full 66%. That’s almost exactly in line with B2C campaigns.

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Recent research by the LinkedIn B2B Institute found that inspiring emotion in B2B ads is 7 times more effective than delivering rational benefits alone. This shouldn’t be surprising: the same people that B2C brands target with warm, emotional messages don’t fundamentally change when they log into work. B2B influencers and decision makers are just as responsive to powerful creative at work as they are in the rest of their lives.

How passion can be more persuasive

A new perspective on the importance and value of emotion in B2B campaigns
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James is the EMEA B2B Lead. He has a real passion for creating disruptive ideas in B2B, from digital and content to tech and advertising that break away from the norm, giving him a well-rounded and integrated viewpoint.

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