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Everyone has needs.

They need to eat. They need clothing. They need to get the train home.

In other words, the need has to be fulfilled.

Needs are limited in nature.

Most people also have a series of wants.

“I want a new car,” they may say, although the one that they have works fine.

“I want a new smartphone,” just because the one that they own is starting to look outdated.

Therefore a want is aspirational.

Wants are unlimited. For example, you need a certain amount of money to survive in a city for a day.

The money is required to pay for food and the most economic form of transport around the city.

However, as you walk past the shops in the city you may feel that you want the fashion designs, watches and consumer goods that you see there.

A great deal of money is spent by brands trying to get people to want their products and services.

Needs and wants should be marketed to in different ways.

Marketers can try a logical approach.

They can put forward sophisticated arguments showing why you should buy their products.

Or they can appeal to the emotions and get buyers to feel that they really want the item in question.

Design, brand appeal, images, video, engaging copy, humour and multi-channel marketing can be used to create demand for products and services, regardless of whether to satisfy needs or wants.

Nigel Temple

Author Nigel Temple

Nigel Temple is a marketing consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. Topics include: AI / ChatGPT, Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, SEO, Copywriting, Mailchimp. Nigel is available to hire for a consultancy meeting, training workshop, speaking event or marketing project. Email: Or call Nigel on: 01628 773128

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