What type of imagery is more impactful: Product or Lifestyle?

What type of imagery is more impactful: Product or Lifestyle?

CPS develops interactive touchscreen presentations for clients to use in customer-facing environments.  Our SalesTouch product (used in sales and leasing offices) frequently displays neighborhood amenities — schools, shopping, dining, recreation, etc. 

We’re often asked, “What do you think? Should we use pictures of the outside of the location or a map or something different?”

Wouldn’t you like to find out more about living in this neighborhood?

The same question can be asked more generically, “What types of images motivate consumers: product or lifestyle?” since motivating a consumer decision is the ultimate objective of the image.

Opinions vary all over the map. 

Those advocating for “product” say that type of image creates a communications path and link with the product. 

Others suggest “lifestyle” saying those images can instantly illustrate an unrealized need in an uncomplicated fashion. 

In a somewhat informal poll, using marketing blogs, lifestyle appears to be the most prevalent.  Karl Adrian said it well, “Rule of thumb: first, sell the heart, then the mind, then the wallet with product benefits and pricing.” 

What do you think?

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