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Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Marketing Challenge Day 9: FOMO The fear of missing out

How does FOMO apply to business culture?

In life, we often come across opportunities that are too good to pass up, yet we hesitate. The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a very real emotion that can influence our decisions, and it's something marketers and decision-makers understand well. Whether it's a limited-time offer, a one-of-a-kind deal, or a chance that may be a risk, creating a sense of scarcity or urgency can be a powerful motivator. In this article, we'll explore how genuine scarcity, urgency, and incentives can help you make the most of opportunities. Let's go on this journey together!

Today's Marketing Challenge!!

Today's Marketing Challenge is to understand what your audience is looking for in your business and give it urgency! Provide your audience with the benefits of your product and service and how it can improve their life or project!

The Psychology of Scarcity and Urgency

Scarcity and urgency are powerful psychological triggers. They tap into our natural desire for exclusivity and our aversion to missing out on something valuable. Here's why they work:

1. FOMO - The Fear of Missing Out: We've all felt it at some point. It's the gnawing feeling that if we don't act now, we'll miss out on something great. Scarcity and urgency trigger FOMO, pushing us to take action.

2. Loss Aversion: Humans are wired to avoid losses more than they are to acquire gains. Scarcity and urgency create a sense of potential loss, motivating us to make a move.

3. Decision Fatigue: In a world flooded with choices, we often put off decisions. Urgency eliminates this dilemma by making the choice for us - act now or miss out.

The Genuine Scarcity

Marketers have sometimes overused the concept of scarcity, leading consumers to be skeptical. But when scarcity is genuine, it's a game-changer. If a product or opportunity is genuinely limited, it adds a level of authenticity that can't be matched by artificial tactics.

1. Real Inventory: Limited stock, one-of-a-kind items, or exclusive access to an event can't be faked. When customers know it's the real deal, it elevates the perceived value.

2. Time Constraints: Deadlines can be the most authentic form of urgency. A sale ending at midnight or a limited-time offer is real and cannot be prolonged arbitrarily.

Creating a Sense of Urgency

Urgency is often a time-sensitive element, and it can work wonders when used genuinely:

1. Flash Sales: Offering discounts or promotions for a limited time encourages quick action.

2. Event Deadlines: Whether it's a registration cutoff or a release date, events with fixed timelines spur immediate responses.

3. Product Launches: A new product's limited-time introductory price creates a sense of urgency for potential buyers.

The Incentive Factor

Incentives sweeten the deal. They offer a reward for acting quickly, making the decision to seize an opportunity more attractive:

1. Discounts: Immediate discounts or early-bird offers are classic incentives that reward prompt decision-making.

2. Bonuses: Offering additional products or services as part of the deal can be a powerful motivator.

3. Exclusive Access: Promise special access or exclusive content to those who act swiftly, giving them a reason to commit.


In a world filled with opportunities, it's easy to procrastinate or let them slip by. Genuine scarcity and urgency, paired with attractive incentives, provide you with a reason to seize the moment. It's important to remember that these tactics, when used honestly and transparently, can benefit both you and those you're offering opportunities to. So, next time you're faced with a time-sensitive decision, embrace it. After all, in the end, the real risk might be missing out on something great.

How are you going to apply the idea of FOMO to your business?

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