Your business’s performance suffers when people don’t do what your business needs them to do. So why aren’t they doing what you need them to do? The meaning gap represents the distance that’s growing between your business and the people vital to it’s success. As your business becomes more sophisticated, measured, and managed – in other words, less human – it moves one way.
As people, acting as customers, employees, social media users, and citizens, become more mindful, concerned, and discerning – in other words, more human – they move in a different way.
Unless you act, this gap will keep growing wider and wider.
- Your business will become more and more distant from people.
- People will stop seeing why your business matters to them, and therefore, change their behavior in ways that work against your interests.
- Your customers will become more and more dissatisfied and start searching for more meaningful alternatives.
- Your employees will work with less vigor and unconsciously thwart your efforts to innovate and provide superior customer service.
Going deeper into your business, the people who are you partners, suppliers, distributors, and investors are also looking to align with businesses that matter beyond profit. As the meaning gap becomes more evident to them, they will be less likely to support you, work with you, or invest in your business.
This is all because we have moved on from the days of mindless consumerism and working-for-a-paycheck, to a time when people seek to create meaning in their lives and in everything they do.
They no longer just buy or work or stay silent or think only of themselves.
They want to do more with their lives, do things that matter, and feel they are making a positive difference through their decisions and actions.
Most important, they want to associate with businesses that help them do all of this in ways they admire, respect, and value.
The goal is to bridge the meaning gap by reaching out to people in new ways that engage them on an emotionally meaningful level.
Curious? Read our paper, “The Meaning Gap: What it Means to Your Business.” You may also find our paper, “The Age of Meaning” helpful in understanding the drivers behind the emerging values, attitudes, and behaviors of the people vital to your business’s success.
Emotive Brand is a San Francisco branding agency.