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Avalon.love is a 5-star Barcelona based transformational retreat with Ayahuasca ceremonies and a holistic integration program.
As marketers, we’re used to businesses relying on us for its survival and existance. We are the driving force of customers.
Reason #1 for success or failure in any all marketing activities is how well you know your customers.
Ayahuasca retreats are no exception. To promote an ayahuasca retreat successfully you must have a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, not only about customers, but about the sacred plant itself and everything related such as consiousness, energy, vibration/frequency, shamanism etc.
The customer journey and sales process for ayahuasca retreats are complex by nature.
For someone to make a decision to join an ayahuasca retreat you need to consider multiple factors. We have the ordinary ones such as desire, money and time. What also needs to be considered is the state of mind and willingness to go through this life-changing journey.
This can only come from within and does not happen overnight.
The horizontal axis tells us how knowledgeble the person is with ayahuasca. Understanding of the plant and its benefits (and potential risk) is the first step before considering doing ayahuasca.
The Y axis, which is the vertical one, tells us the main reason for doing ayahuasca. Is it because of trauma, depression, anxiety and fear? Or is it to expand consiousness and the level of awareness?
Normally there are more than one reason for doing ayahuasca. However, it’s important to have a general understanding of what the potential customers looking to accomplish to customize our message in the best way possible.
It wouldn’t make sense to use wording such as “Cure depression and anxiety” for someone who is looking to reach a higher level of consiousness and explore deeper meanings of life.
When we have understood the customer and the journey he or she goes through, it’s time to make it personal. Let’s not give away all the power to Gaia.com, YouTube, and other sources of information. It’s the ayahuasca retrat itself who should be the North Star on the customer journey.
Since you already know what your customer want and how familliar they are with ayahuasca, it’s very easy to give them the exact right content to move them closer to book your retreat one step at the time.
I invite you to use these 2 graphs as the North Star for all of your marketing activites when promoting your retreat.
This “Box” as you can see in the image above, symbolises the perception of trust, help, and love your retreat is giving to the customer. It’s quite simple… you have to fill this with as much genuine and valuable content in your communication as possible.
Again, it has to relate to each user. Therefore, make it personal and customize the message.
Each person has its own reason for doing ayahuasca so you can’t change or convince about that (neither you should!)
Each person also have different information about ayahuasca, which means you have to be personal and smart with the information you provide.
As every individual go through this journey within their own souls, you will as retreat be the support through this journey.
Fill this box with love, help and trust. The more you “fill this box” during your potential customers decision making process, the more likely they are to select you when the time comes and they are ready to book ayahuasca retreat.
It’s not about selling. It’s about being there for your customers and show them you care.
You do this with conversational marketing.
We used conversational marketing via Facebook Messenger, Facebook, and Instagram to do exactly what has been described above. It was a fully automated process customized for each person.