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34 Best Complete persuasion tactics

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 #2 - Avoid demanding credit card information when offering free trials

Being required to enter credit card details evokes the negative feelings associated with spending money. Indeed, research has shown that the act of paying really disrupts the pleasure of an experience…

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 will be a very effective…

Tactic #23 - Save customers' card details and automate payments

It is better to optimise the payment process as much as possible. Studies have shown that certain forms of payment hurt more than others - the more observable, tangible or transparent the payment is, …

Tactic #24 - Bundle products and offer 1-click "Add to Basket"

Offering a 1-click "add to basket" option both speeds up the paying process and makes it seem as though only one purchase is being made rather than multiple individual purchases, which will …

Tactic #36 - Create a dedicated search bar within a specific range of products

Research shows that information overload and too much choice results in less effective and satisfying decisions than when less information is presented or fewer options are on offer. It can also lead …

Tactic #37 - Remove the Category drop-down menu from your homepage

The category bars and their drop-down menus are standard on most websites, but it's not always the best way to present the product category. These drop-down menus often offer a poor user experience…

Tactic #44 - Offer multiple delivery options, including Express

Offering multiple delivery options is important both to offer choice to the customer but also for the possibility of further profit made on that purchase. Customers like to have a sense of control …

Tactic #68 - Put your default pricing plan in the middle and make it more visible

When you have a default pricing plan (the option you would prefer people to choose) then you can influence how attractive this option is by making it stand out from the others. Placing it in the middle…

Tactic #77 - When possible, get rid of the decimal point in the price tag

Whenever possible, remove the decimal point from your pricing as it is not necessary and adds a little extra cognitive strain for your customer. The clearer you can make things the better as people want…

Tactic #78 - For high numbers, more than five digits, prices should not be rounded

Careful and precise pricing is particularly important when dealing with a large sum of money. It has been shown that when purchasing a car, for example, people will actually pay more money when the prices…

Tactic #80 - Avoid showing any signs of currency

Removing the currency sign from your prices will help customers to avoid the negative feelings associated with spending money. Indeed, research has shown that the act of paying really disrupts the pleasure…

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 #99 - Leverage the power of visual cues such as imagery to focus attention towards your call-to-action

Using clean, clear imagery is a great way to draw attention to your Call-to-Action (CTA). As in the example above, adding an additional simple visual stimulus that stands out through colour or another…

Tactic #101 - Prioritise "coming soon" over messages saying "out of stock"

The chances are all e-merchants will at some stage be out of stock for a particular item. When this happens, in order to remain positive to your users, it's preferable to inform them that the product…

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 #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 #166 - Nudge your users to use a particular payment method by indicating how many users have used it

If you have a method of payment that you would prefer your customers use for any reason (reduced fees, easier management, etc.) then you can steer them towards this option through showing the percentage…

Tactic #191 - Include a section: "People who browsed this product, also bought:"

Adding a “People who viewed this product bought...” feature is an effective persuasion technique. Research has shown that we have a strong tendency to copy others' choices when we are…

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 #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 #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 #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 #279 - On a form, specify which fields are optional rather than which are mandatory

When you ask your customers to fill in a form, specify which fields are optional rather than which are mandatory. On many websites we see asterisks or other visual cues to indicate if a field is mandatory…

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 #290 - Whenever possible, prioritise single and vertical columns

Using a two-column layout on your site could disturb the fluency with which the reader absorbs your content as you are splitting their attention between two areas. Rather than leading your visitor'…

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 #296 - If connected via Facebook, indicate how many friends have purchased or signed up

If you offer your customers the option to sign in using Facebook then make the most of this advantage. Indeed, using Facebook is a good way to quickly access data about a customer but that's not the…

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 #314 - When displaying error messages, include relevant indicators

When displaying error messages, make sure that you clearly explain the reason for the error. If your user is getting error messages without anything to tell them why it can't be validated and how …

Tactic #319 - Display navigation categories (breadcrumbs) to indicate the location of the user on your website

To help your visitor feel at ease with the logic and layout of your site, clearly display a breadcrumb trail (or other sequence map) so they can quickly see where they are on your site and how they arrived…

Tactic #323 - When a customer selects a filter, ensure that it is automatically applied to the rest of your products

Often a customer types the colour of the desired product in the search bar. But often when typing, say, "red sofa", the search results will be all sofas, red or not red. To avoid discouraging…

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…

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