Social Influence is Everywhere

3 Types of Social Influence Seen Everyday

Social Influence is Everywhere
Social influence marketing

The types of social influence are around us daily. Given that, people are influenced by the surrounding people. As can be seen, they are likely to do what society deems correct or appropriate. For instance, when an individual moves to a new town, they are then likely to change their behavior to what the locals consider appropriate. In fact, they may start to use more spice in their food or watch soccer more often. Therefore, influencing is a great way to market products. If people you admire use a particular product, you are bound to try it too.

 

What is Social Influence?

Social influence refers to the idea that a person will change how they behave depending on their current social environment. Consequently, they will change their ways. Sometimes even without realizing it, they change to fit in with a new group of people.

Another key point is this behavior modification can occur at any age. It's not just something that teenagers do due to peer pressure. For example, adults modify their choice of products, political ideas, and people they associate with depending on the social environment.

 

Types of Social Influence

In essence, there are three types of social influence, that is normative, informational, and conformity influences.

 

1. Normative

Normative influence involves changing your beliefs or ideas to be liked by a social group or to fit in. As can be seen, the new behavior you choose does not have to be accurate. For example, normative influence is peer pressure among teenagers. In fact, a teenager wants to be accepted by the "cool" kids. Therefore, they will start smoking, among other habits.

As a result, the desire to fit in is natural. Marketing companies can use normative social influence to increase sales. This is done by appealing to their clients' desire to fit in. It will make you feel uncomfortable being the only person not using the products. As a result, you will buy them too.

 

2. Informational

Informational influence is guided by new information that you receive from other people. In this case, you will have accepted the new information. You view it as trustworthy and modify your beliefs, thoughts, and behavior. Given these points, this influence is powered by the fact that people want to be correct.

For example, if your biology professor tells you that you need to peel apples before you eat them, you may change your views because they are a credible source. In short, when you go to a fancy restaurant for the first time, you will look at what other diners are doing and copy that.

 

3. Conformity

Conformity involves individuals altering their behavior to be accepted by a group. In any event, you may also conform to impress someone new in your life. In this type of influence, you can change how you behave without changing your beliefs. An example of conformity can be becoming a vegetarian due to peer influence. You desire your new friends to not think you want to hurt animals.
Social influence is an excellent marketing strategy as people generally want to do the right thing and fit in. You can use social media or top niche leaders to get more people to buy your products.

Are you ready to use social influence tactics to build and grow your business? Savvy marketers understand the power and impact that social influence provides.

 

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Melanie created her first online business in 1998 as a Virtual Assistant and Bookkeeper. Over the years, Melanie realized she wanted to help people build their businesses. Since then she has created Use Your PLR (converting PLR into branded content) and the Excellence Business Academy (EBA). She is also the creator of the crazy-popular/highly effective Profit Planners. Profit Planners are tiny systems many businesses need to create solid processes and systems for business growth.