Psychology, when used properly, can increase your conversions by interacting with your customers in a more intelligent, and almost subliminal way. Read the 10 techniques below to learn how to apply some science to your marketing.
There are several approaches to make your potential customers aware of free trials. Most companies opt for copy such as “Sign up for a 30-day free trial”. But a good alternative is to use a soft approach such as “No payments for the first month”. Same purpose, but potentially a different result.
You can also use subtext to reinforce your CTA. Examples of this include:
These are the perfect type of copy changes/additions to use for an A/B test experiment.
Making your customers feel special can be a great retention tool, and turn them into ambassadors for your product. It’s also a great acquisition method, given how many highly qualified new customers come via word-of-mouth recommendations.
Example ways to label customers as part of a superior group are:
Neuroeconomic experts (i.e. smart people) have defined three types of buyer: tightwads, spendthrifts and average spenders. Tightwads (which make up 24% of buyers) are what I’d call fence-sitters and they need to be communicated to differently to push them to the correct side of the metaphorical fence.
Examples of how to do this include:
There have been many examples of catastrophic failures over the years (including a lot of oil spills), where companies have waited until it’s too late to issue an apology (either due to poor management or external pressure to admit to their mistake). One of the most recent being the Japanese power company Tepco waiting a year and a half to admit what they did wrong during the nuclear meltdowns on Japan’s coastline.
If you use an online product, you’ve probably received emails admitting to something the company did wrong, this is the right way to do it, and can even strengthen the perception your customers have of you – as long as you don’t consistently make the same mistake. Twitter going over capacity every few days anyone?
An example of companies openly admitting to failure, the lessons they learned, and what they intend to do about it can be seen on the Admitting Failure website.
In a test study by Howard Leventhal he concluded that people tend to block out urgent information if they don’t receive follow up information containing specific instructions on how to deal with it. People persuade themselves that they don’t need to worry, “this won’t affect me,” but when given follow up instructions, they take the matter more seriously. The test in question saw an increase of 25% of people getting flu vaccinations after receiving follow up information.
People tend to stress about things like late arrivals when purchasing online (especially around times like Christmas). This can have a strong effect on your conversions. To remove your customer’s pain points, use terms that reverse anxiety.
Good examples are:
This doesn’t really mean being abusive to your customers or another company, it’s more connected to labeling (from point number 2 above). People will become more loyal if you pit your company against another in a fun way.
Some examples are:
If you stand for something (such as a charitable cause) then consumers with the same values will be more likely to become customers. In fact, 64% said their purchasing decision was based on this psychological factor.
Tom’s shoes is a perfect example, where each pair of shoes you buy is matched by the company donating a pair of shoes to someone in need.
It’s nice (and effective for conversions) to be nice.
Research shows that people will be more likely to purchase when they have their assumptions questioned by your company. To do this well, you need to address their concerns and dismiss them with well researched information and examples. A whitepaper or case study is an excellent way to establish your authority in this regard.
Surprise your customers with unexpected treats and you’ll build brand loyalty and a higher likelihood of receiving thank-you’s in the form of testimonials. Zappos is a classic example. By having a free return policy and great customer experience, they have amassed a whopping 9,570 customer testimonials on their website. They surprise their customers and it works.
Here’s a bunch of great stats from the infographic for you to share on Twitter. You can also edit the text before posting it.
How do you use psychology to engage your customers?