Too Much Of A Good Thing: How Over-Communication Can Erode Brand Perception The ramifications of such excess on brand perception, and the importance of measured dialogue in the realm of digital marketing

By Mita Srinivasan

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In our hyper-connected world, the incessant buzz of digital communication can be deafening. Brands striving to be heard in this cacophony often resort to amplifying their message, but they then risk crossing the threshold into over-communication.

Understanding Over-Communication

Over-communication occurs when a brand inundates its audience with an excessive volume of messages across multiple channels, such as emails, social media, or text messages. This "more is better" ethos may initially seem prudent in the race for consumer attention. However, it can be counterproductive, leading to customer desensitization, and a tarnished brand image.

From the perspective of consumers, a deluge of promotional content can transform a once favorable brand into a source of digital clutter. This relentless torrent of communication can spawn "brand fatigue", a state where anticipation for a brand's messaging morphs into indifference, or, worse, irritation.

At the heart of the customer's adverse reaction to over-communication is a psychological defense mechanism known as "reactance." This is the innate response to resist attempts to constrain one's freedom of choice. When besieged by marketing overtures, consumers may perceive an encroachment on their autonomy, prompting a dismissive or even hostile stance towards the brand. Remember also that social media feeds allow your audience to "unfollow" and also "hide these posts," which could affect the algorithm of your messaging.

Discerning the impact of over-communication requires a careful analysis of engagement metrics, unsubscribe rates, and sentiment analysis. A close examination of these indicators can reveal when customers are feeling bombarded, and when a brand's communication strategy is veering off course. Attentive brands will monitor these signals to adjust their approach, and safeguard their reputation. So, continuously monitor the analytics of your posts, especially when you are going overboard with ads, rather than helpful posts.

Striking the Right Balance

The art of effective communication lies in striking a balance- ensuring visibility without becoming overbearing. This involves not only regulating the frequency of messages, but also refining their relevance. Personalization, segmentation, and predictive analytics can play pivotal roles in tailoring messages to resonate with the right audience at the opportune moment.

Trust is the bedrock of any relationship, and customer-brand relationships are no exception. Brands that respect their customers' digital space by communicating with purpose and restraint foster loyalty. This trust is cultivated through consistent, value-laden communication that enriches the customer's experience, rather than overwhelming it.

While the impulse to increase communication in pursuit of engagement is understandable, it's essential for brands to recognize the thin line between being persistent and becoming intrusive. By adopting a customer-centric approach that values quality over quantity, brands can enhance their perception in the eyes of consumers, and build lasting relationships founded on mutual respect and meaningful interaction.

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Mita Srinivasan

Founder and Director of Market Buzz International

With more than 30-years’ experience in the Middle East, Mita is a communications specialist who lives and breathes technology. She set up Market Buzz to help B2B businesses of all sizes successfully leverage PR and communications to establish a reputation in their key market segments. She has successfully assisted with the launch of new products, services, and startup companies.

Mita is also the online editor for SME10x, a B2B SME news portal, and a charter member at TiE Dubai, the local chapter for an international non-profit organization, fostering and supporting entrepreneurship through their key programs around mentorship and education, among others.

Mita is an active proponent of social media, conducting training sessions and workshops to empower her clients, colleagues, and business partners to maximize the use of these creative tools for communication, and successfully building it into PR and marketing strategies. She loves giving back to the community, and is happy to mentor and support worthy causes.

You can find more information on Mita on http://about.me/mita56

 

 

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