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89 Proven Persuasion Tactics For Advertorial Pages

We have analysed and compiled the 250 best persuasion tactics used by the leading eCommerce and Saas websites (such as Amazon, Booking.com, Dropbox, etc). You can then easily implement them onto your website using the Convertize SmartEditor.

Tactic #4 - To demonstrate how easy your site is to use, offer 'how-to' pages and prioritise video format

If you show your visitors how easy it is for them to act (i.e. to complete an action on your website, or to utilise one of your products, or services) by providing "how-to" pages and videos…

Tactic #7 - Choose a contrasting button colour and size for your Call-to-Action

The objective of a Call-to-Action (CTA) button is to encourage your visitors to do something specific. Choosing a contrasting button colour and size will make it more prominent on your page so that…

Tactic #8 - List the strongest benefits first

Re-ordering the benefits of your offer by putting the strongest ones first will more easily capture your visistors' attention, and make a better impression. Research has shown that people …

Tactic #9 - Appeal to people's fear of loss (Loss Aversion) rather than emphasising potential gains

Loss aversion is the scientific term that explains how the pain of losing is 'felt' about twice as much as the pleasure of gaining. In general, people will be more motivated to act if they …

Tactic #10 - Include testimonials (with name, logo and face) on your home page

If you have positive reviews about your products or services then display them on your homepage. Having this "social proof" as one of the first things visitors will see is a proven and&…

Tactic #17 - Blur or fade images to reduce the emphasis on them

By blurring or fading images, you can place emphasis on something else instead. People are more likely to notice and remember an element that stands out. Your visitors will immediately be attracted…

Tactic #54 - The 4 Ws "Who, What, Where, Why" - Ensure that your homepage adresses all of these

Your homepage is most usually the first page your customers will arrive on when they visit your website and so it is vital that it is clear, easy to understand and gives them as much information as they…

Tactic #57 - Make your website responsive (mobile-friendly)

A mobile-friendly website is essential to ensure that you don't miss out on customers using mobile devices. A website that is mobile responsive will not only be more aesthetically pleasing but will…

Tactic #88 - Add human pictures to your testimonials

Adding human pictures to your testimonials and will lend them an extra credibility and therefore lead users to place more trust in them. People are likely to connect more immediately with a visual …

Tactic #89 - Follow a simple rule: 1 Call-to-action 1: direct message 1: unique selling proposition

People respond best to clear, direct and easy-to-understand information and are easily distracted or put off by extraneous information or demands on their attention. To avoid this, try following the…

Tactic #90 - Combine functions which are similar

People respond best to clear, direct and easy-to-understand information and are easily distracted or put off by extraneous information or demands on their attention. To avoid this, make sure you streamline…

Tactic #92 - Indicate your primary Call-to-action twice or more

It is almost always better to display your Call-to-Action (CTA) as a button rather than a simple link as it will both attract your user's attention and make it clear that it is a CTA ready to be clicked…

Tactic #93 - As a user visits your website, alter the Call-to-actions

In order to draw attention to your Call-to-Action, try setting it to alter whilst your visitor is on the page. We are naturally drawn to those things which stand out from their environment and something…

Tactic #94 - Ensure that your call-to-action appears above the fold

The "fold" is the line that separates the visible part of your webpage from the part that will only be visible once your visitor scrolls down. Your Call-To-Action (CTA) button should always …

Tactic #95 - Limit the numbers of words in your call-to-action to 2

The simpler and more attention-grabbing you can make your Call-to-Action (CTA) the better. Customers prefer to use less mental energy and want to be led with ease around your site. Using only 2 words…

Tactic #97 - Add white space around your call-to-action

Increasing the amount of white space around your Call-to-Action (CTA) will draw attention to it and make for a much more pleasing visual experience for the user. Equally, making sure there isn't an…

Tactic #100 - Display an exit pop-up when your visitor goes to close the page

It happens all too often that your users leave your website because they did not find what they wanted. Perhaps they only visited one or two pages. Therefore, by setting up an "exit pop-up…

Tactic #102 - If human pictures are used, the gaze should point towards crucial parts of your website

As humans, we have a natural, innate tendency to follow's others' gazes. It is an important social stimulus and often the way we learn about the world as we are growing up. This can therefore…

Tactic #103 - Create a sense of trust by focusing users' attention to pictures they can relate to

Don't simply use random images on your website; it is best to encourage your customers to identify with the image. For instance, if you sell DIY products to private individuals, the most effective…

Tactic #114 - Emphasise the experiential advantages over the monetary ones

It's a good idea to avoid references to money when presenting your products to customers and instead to place emphasis on the experience that they will enjoy using them. People place more value…

Tactic #125 - Utilize your customer's details to customize your content offering

Your customer will feel more involved in and connected with your content if you make use of their name to give it a personalised touch. A natural tendency we experience is "implicit egotism"…

Tactic #126 - Draw in your customer by using "we"

By using a personal pronoun instead of an impersonal form, you immediately involve your customer in the situation or product you're referencing, which will trigger a subtle emotional response and …

Tactic #127 - Frame intangible concepts with iconic phrasing to make them more tangible

Metaphorical language is a compelling form of communication that can allow you, in certain cases, to better convey your message. It can help to better attract your customer's attention and allow them…

Tactic #128 - Leverage the strength in displaying numbers rather than percentages to indicate amounts of individuals

Your visitors will perceive the same information in different ways depending on how you present it to them, It's therefore important to ensure you present information using appropriate values or framing…

Tactic #131 - If you don't know their name, use "you" or "your" to personalise the message

By using a personal pronoun instead of an impersonal form, you immediately involve your customer in the situation or product you're referencing, which will trigger a subtle emotional response and …

Tactic #134 - Place graphs, visuals and pictures on the left-and side of the screen

Visual elements positioned on the left are processed by the right hemisphere of the brain, which is better suited for image processing. Therefore, people will "digest" the page more quickly …

Tactic #136 - When appropriate, employ charismatic models

Using attractive models on your site can be very effective in the right context. Studies have shown that using a model to market a product increases its credibility, how much attention people pay to…

Tactic #137 - Increase the size of terms which convey sentiments

Words that convey emotion are important parts of your content as these are trigger words that will elicit a response and engagement from your visitor. Studies have shown that we pay more attention …

Tactic #138 - Focus on the multitude characteristics of your products rather than on listing the technical specifications

On your product page, it is best to list all available features rather than just choosing to display a few of the main ones. People are generally more drawn towards products with lots of features and…

Tactic #139 - Enhance your Call-to-action by altering its aesthetics thanks to border, levels or shadows

Your Call-to-Action (CTA) is a button - you need it to look like one! Adding depth to your CTA through using a border, bevel or shadowing will help to clearly distinguish it as a button that is there …

Tactic #140 - Convey movement by adding an arrow to your Call-to-Action button

Your Call-to-Action (CTA) is a button - you need it to look like one! Adding an arrow to your CTA will help to clearly distinguish it as a button that is there to be clicked on to move on to the next …

Tactic #143 - Alter the aesthetics of your Call-to-action when your user hover over it

Simply making it so that your Call-to-Action button alters in some way when the cursor hovers over it will clearly distinguish it as a button that is there to be clicked on. A visual effect to indicate…

Tactic #147 - Add more white space in your pages

A lot of websites consider white space to be lost space but they couldn't be more wrong! Increasing the amount of white space makes for a much clearer page and therefore a more pleasing visual experience…

Tactic #148 - Nudge your visitor to your Call-to-action through arrows and visual cues

Your visitor's brains will be immediately drawn towards familiar visual elements (like arrows) as they notice and understand these visuals more quickly than any other information on the page. Utilising…

Tactic #168 - Display on specialised and expert reviews for your products' endorsements

Displaying expert reviews or testimonials is an effective way of endorsing your products. The positive feedback and opinions of customer's peers is incredibly important as we often rely on this "…

Tactic #174 - Display specific Unique Selling Propositions (USPs) based on your target customer

Studies have shown that most people associate positively with themselves and things that are either connected to them or that they can identify with. This is why it is so important to ensure that you…

Tactic #185 - Use exit surveys to get feedback and boost your likability

It's proven that people enjoy giving their opinion and to be asked for feedback. What's more if you ask for this using simply a short, easy-to-complete survey then you really increase your chances…

Tactic #189 - Display groups of testimonials rather than just one solitary testimonial

It's always better to display multiple testimonials together rather than just one on its own. Firstly, your customers will be much more likely to feel confident in these testimonials if there are …

Tactic #190 - Feature testimonials from target audience peers rather than celebrities

The main objective of displaying testimonials is to help your site visitors to identify with these, place trust in them and therefore decide to become customers as well. We're more likely to identify…

Tactic #192 - Display contextual details (such as location) to allow users to identify with the reviewer

Featured testimonials will be more credible if your users can identify with the reviewers and view them as real people rather than just disconnected words on the screen. Contextual details like location…

Tactic #195 - Add “as featured in” or “recommended by” content

Lending authority to your marketing can be really effective. Certainly in today's society, people are so bombarded with marketing messages that they don't necessarily place a lot of trust in what…

Tactic #254 - Add the word "Free" directly to your Call-To-Action

It has been proven that spending money actually activates the areas in our brain that are associated with physical pain and feelings of disgust. On the contrary, the term "free" causes us a …

Tactic #255 - Utilize numerical values to convey more persuasive messages

Most people have a strong tendency to ignore generic and basic information and prefer to focus on recent or specific information. Therefore, in your content and titles, insist on statistics or specific…

Tactic #256 - Engage your users with a simple task or question

Place your customers in a positive frame of mind by giving them a small "victory". Indeed, ask your client to perform a simple task before you can ask then for something longer and more complicated…

Tactic #257 - Avoid facial distraction by using face images to direct attention to the call-to-action

Beware of images! On the one hand, it's true that a user retains what is contained in an image more than in text. But be careful - if you use an image of a face that is looking directly at the user…

Tactic #258 - Whenever possible, convey messages using rhymes as they will be more easily remembered

"A nose in need deserves Puffs indeed", "If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit". You know these slogans and better you will easily remember it. Indeed, these slogans have…

Tactic #259 - Prioritise active over passive voice

Make simple, concise sentences in the active voice to simplify the understanding and impact of your message. A grammatically complex sentence will not have the same immediate effect on the mind of your…

Tactic #260 - Prioritise pictures, visual elements over lone text

“A picture paints a thousand words”. Indeed, the human brain learns and retains information much better when it comes in the form of images rather than words. Images do not require translation…

Tactic #261 - Instead of trying too hard to sell, be more specific in your sales argument

Arguments or tag-lines that are too fluffy and reminiscent of an unfounded sales pitch - such as "our customers love us" or "our software is very reliable" - can be effective in the…

Tactic #262 - Prioritise 1st person pronouns

The power of "we" or "our" is not to be underestimated. We are social and group-dwelling beings, people, and we feel most comfortable and positive when we are included as part of a…

Tactic #263 - Do not offer customers only one possibility.

A unique and effective tool of persuasion can in fact be to remind your customers that they have the freedom to choose what to do. Incorporating wording in your copy that emphasises to your customers …

Tactic #264 - Do not shy away from mentioning some fall backs

On most websites, negative reviews or drawbacks are invisible while on others (e.g. Amazon), those are clearly displayed alongside the pros. Believe it or not, but hiding your drawbacks is not the solution…

Tactic #265 - Utilize numbers in your header

It has been shown that a title containing numbers attract our look more often and therefore would increase the conversion rate. These figures don't need to be very sophisticated. "30-day free…

Tactic #267 - Display pictures of your team members to enhance their trustworthiness

Obviously you want your site to look professional, but using photos taken from a database showing suited and booted workers with sparkling white smiles will ring as untrue to most customers. Instead, …

Tactic #268 - Use interactive images rather than static ones

Research has shown that consumers are generally more drawn to interactive images than static ones. The interactive images provide a "fun" aspect to the user experience thanks, for example, to…

Tactic #271 - Clarify any intrigue created to bring the customer to your website

Humans tend to desire closure and don't like to be kept in the dark. This is why it can be very effective to engage your customer through first presenting an intriguing statement, and immediately …

Tactic #273 - Contextualise savings with real-life applications

The way you frame a saving can greatly influence the effect it will have on your customers. Imagine a bank, for instance, which announces on its landing page: "With us, you don't pay bank charges…

Tactic #274 - Display text in such a manner that it focuses the attention to the Call-to-action

Our brains form the majority of the images we “see” and like to be given direction about what to focus on so using visual cues help to draw attention towards certain elements. Lead your visitor…

Tactic #275 - Allow users, with your search bar, to jump to suggestions based on what they typed

In order to increase conversion rates, simply help your customer to find what they are looking for as quickly and easily as possible. Offering suggestions in the search bar based on what the customer …

Tactic #277 - Avoid showing your Call-to-action more than once on the same page

Don't be tempted to display the same information twice in two different locations on your page (if it is a one-screen page that doesn't require any scrolling) because this will make it too busy…

Tactic #278 - Emphasise your users, rather than yourself, who have used and endorsed your products

Studies have shown that individuals tend to follow others' choices or behaviour when trying to make decisions. We automatically presume that if lots of our peers are doing something or buying a particular…

Tactic #281 - Be careful when using special characters, faults could decrease your credibility

When you create a web page, be careful that you don't have any accidental character faults due to coding problems or lack of care. The kind of symbols that are often seen on web pages, such as ▢ &…

Tactic #282 - Use a recognisable phone number for your customer service and add your opening hours

If you use a special service phone number then your customers will automatically think twice about calling as they will be expecting high call charges and long wait times. This will make your business…

Tactic #283 - Indicate the number of individuals who bought the product close to the call-to-action

Studies have shown that individuals tend to follow others' choices or behaviour when trying to make decisions. We automatically presume that if lots of our peers are doing something or buying a particular…

Tactic #284 - Include more than one individual, or more than one product within your visual marketing material

People are more inclined to want to buy a product when it is shown in a way which helps them to visualise themselves using it. Therefore, to reduce the mental effort required on the part of your customer…

Tactic #286 - Hand out free gifts with products bought

The promise of a free gift is a strong incentive to get people to buy. Studies have shown that people are likely to feel compelled to give something back when they receive something for free (it's…

Tactic #287 - Do not shy away from sharing crucial information for no compensation

It is proven that we are more likely to give something to someone if they have given something to us already - the desire to reciprocate such behaviour is strong and can certainly lead to action and conversion…

Tactic #289 - Condense your content to avoid losing the attention of your user

Make your blocks of content compact. That is to say, you should avoid trapping negative (i.e. useless, empty) space within your layout. For example, in the left-hand image above, you can see that there…

Tactic #295 - Prioritise uncommon landing pages

We tend to better remember the things that affects us directly. Thus the fact of creating a landing page that emotionally affects your customers or create an original landing page is a good way to stay…

Tactic #297 - Allow users to identify themselves with a certain category of people, and then show them content based on their choice

Allow users to identify themselves with a certain category of people and then submit introduce the products that match with their needs can have several advantages. First, your customer feels included…

Tactic #298 - Display your call-to-action as a visual animation

Introducing a Call-To-Action (CTA) using a floating animation that appears after a few moments could help increase conversions. Drawing attention to the Call-To-Action is essential for getting people …

Tactic #299 - Make your call-to-action dynamic and delay it

Delaying your call-to-action can have its advantages. It allows the customer to absorb all the content on your page without any distraction and then will more strongly draw their eye due to its sudden…

Tactic #301 - Limit human error by disabling or replacing your call-to-action after users select it

Once your customer clicks on a Call-to-Action, disable or remove it to indicate that they have already clicked once and the action has been performed. This will prevent your customer from being tempted…

Tactic #302 - Limit human error and frustration by only offering possible inputs in fields

In order to avoid preventable errors and possible frustration on the part of your customer, don't give them the ability to enter incorrect information. For example, as in the above drawing, when someone…

Tactic #303 - As a user completes a form, unlock other sections

Rather than giving your customer access to an entire form in block layout, split your form into steps that they can unlock themselves. This will make the form seem less daunting and more bite-sized and…

Tactic #306 - Visually distinguish between important functions using colour, size and space

To avoid grave slip-ups, make sure that important functions are highlighted by separating them and using a different colour. This will ensure that the user's attention is drawn to it and they won&#…

Tactic #307 - Add conditions before letting users enact irreversible changes, such as deleting their account

For instance, do not allow your customers to accidentally delete their project on your SaaS platform. Indeed, it is happening often that a person unintentionally deletes his work. Prevent this by asking…

Tactic #308 - After small changes, allow users to undo the move rather than to continuously confirm

Rather than asking your customers to confirm changes they make by clicking on "yes" or "no", offer them the possibility to undo what they've already done. Although slight, the …

Tactic #309 - Limit frustrations by enabling the possibility to leave a field blank, even after it has been selected

It can often happen that a customer might click into an option or function from a drop down list only to realise that they don't want to select anything but find themselves stuck as they are unable…

Tactic #310 - Offer a clear and simple manner to close pop-up windows

Ensure you give your customer the power to close any pop-ups or other boxes on your site. Showing an immediately recognisable cross in the top-right of all boxes will allow customers to easily close them…

Tactic #311 - After users leave a page, return them to where they left off

Sending the user directly back to the page or position in a sequence where they left off will help to minimise the negative effects of leaving a site or page. By sending them straight back to where they…

Tactic #312 - Make sure you facilitate the user experience of drop-down menus and pop-up windows

Your users aren't perfect, they will regularly make mistakes with the cursor (as do we all!). For this reason, you need to create interfaces that are flexible and forgiving. Visitors are often confronted…

Tactic #313 - Add hyperlinks for main menus, and any relevant categories

Users are not perfect, they make mistakes regularly. Indeed, it is common to see people click on areas that are not clickable. Do not try to fight against those mistakes, instead, add clickable functionality…

Tactic #316 - Display links already used with a dissimilar colour

Clearly show which links a user has already clicked on by displaying them in a different colour. Using another colour will help those links to stand out, which will help the user to keep track of what…

Tactic #320 - Mention the location of your physical store

One of the biggest issues for making sales online can be the lack of security some shoppers associate with online eCommerce sites. Therefore, if you also have physical stores, it can be very effective…

Tactic #324 - Utilize written content which slightly contradicts what the user wants to do

The more confident you user feels in navigating your website and completing tasks, the better experience they will have and the more likely they will be to convert. Report potential errors to your customers…

Tactic #325 - Increase the clickable zone of your call-to-action if it is small

If your website contains small Call-to-Actions like the "see more" in the drawing above, add a transparent border around it in order to expand the clickable area. Users will not necessarily …

Tactic #326 - Make your menus responsive for mobile

It is important these days to ensure your website is mobile responsive. When designing the interface for this though, it is advisable to use one-window drilldowns. That is to say, present each section…

Tactic #327 - Avoid showing pop-up windows at the wrong time

Do not set up your pop-ups or overlays to trigger at the wrong times. Having a pop-up triggered as soon as you load a website can be extremely irritating to a user. Some will simply close the website …

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