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76 Best Pricing 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 #3 - Reduce the number of default products on your homepage

Displaying fewer default products on your homepage will help your visitors to make better decisions and feel less overwhelmed. Research shows that information overload results in less effective and…

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, it…

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 #13 - Offer free trials

Offering a free trial lets customers experience the benefits of your product or service without making them commit to any type of payment which cuts out the negative feelings associated with spending …

Tactic #19 - Reduce the number of categories and menu options displayed

Offering fewer categories and/or menu options will help your visitors to make better decisions and feel less overwhelmed. Research shows that information overload results in less effective and satisfying…

Tactic #21 - Offer online-only products and display "Available online only"

By offering online-only products, people will be more encouraged to make purchases as the products will seem to be more scarce in comparison to those products that can also be bought in store. The idea…

Tactic #31 - Display the final price in the shopping basket before final checkout

Your customers want to have all information relevant to payment before proceeding with the purchase and, if they feel unsure about what they are going to be charged, they are more likely to abandon the…

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 #39 - Offer immediate feedback on completed fields

Letting your customer know instantly whether information they have entered is correct or incorrect will help to make the whole process clearer and easier. Research has shown that people are more motivated…

Tactic #40 - Whenever possible, pre-fill fields whilst ensuring that users are able to alter them

Making forms as simple and quick to fill in as possible will encourage your customers to complete the desired actions. Where possible - and applicable - it will be helpful therefore to pre-fill form fields…

Tactic #41 - Allow customers to update their basket

Allowing customers to clearly update the items that they have in their basket is important as it allows them the opportunity to review their purchases prior to making a final decision, the same way they…

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 #47 - Offer visitors the option to create an account AFTER checking out

There’s nothing more aggravating than being presented with the “Register to Create an Account!” pop-up before you can complete your order. This can often put people off continuing with…

Tactic #48 - Bring less attention to your discount/coupon code

Making your "coupon / promo code" section less visible on the page will reduce the likelihood that those who don't have a code to enter will notice it and suddenly feel as though they'…

Tactic #52 - Offer the option to register through social media

Statistics show that 1 in 4 customers abandon a purchase if they are forced to register for an account first. Today people feel like they have too many accounts and so one way of streamlining this …

Tactic #54 - The 4 Ws "Who, What, Where, Why" - Ensure that your hompage 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 #55 - Display social sharing buttons after customers have finalised their purchase

It's important not to miss an opportunity to offer your clients the chance to share your content or their actions on your site on social media as this can greatly boost awareness and popularity. …

Tactic #65 - Reduce the left digit by one and minimise the digits after the decimal

Reducing your price by one cent or penny can make all the difference when it results in the left digit going down by one. Whereas $3.89 to $3.87 wouldn't be of any consequence $4.00 to $3.99 definitely…

Tactic #67 - Separate delivery and handling costs from the main product price

Separating the product price from other surcharges - such as delivery costs or handling fees - will help to give the impression of a lower overall price. The first price seen will act as an anchor …

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 #70 - Offer the possibility to remove rather than to add elements when users make their own personalised plan

If you are offering your customers the chance to create their own custom plan then it is better to offer by default the plan including all available features. Firstly, studies have shown that we are…

Tactic #72 - Add strikethroughs for absent features

Adding strikethroughs for absent features on lower cost pricing plans is a great way of showing people what they'll be missing out on. Research shows that people strongly prefer avoiding losses…

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 #82 - Give your pricing plans relatable, helpful names

The names you use for your pricing plans can really make a difference. By using names that your customers are familiar with, you will trigger an immediate emotional response that will enhance their positivity…

Tactic #86 - Prioritise, whenever possible, single-column forms

People like to process things quickly and easily, and will be put off by anything that complicates this cognitive fluency. Using single column forms not only makes them look cleaner and easier to navigate…

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 #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 #96 - Create urgency by giving a limited timeframe for fast delivery

Offering fast delivery time is a strong motivator for your customers to complete a purchase as we always prefer to take an option that results in quicker gratification. What's more, as you'…

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 #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 #105 - Visually display in a list format rather than a grid

Simply changing the way in which your products are displayed can make a significant difference to how comfortable your users feel interacting with your site. If you have good quality images, using a grid…

Tactic #110 - As your products become older, increase their price

Your customers don't judge prices in terms of "absolute values" (as they don't really know the exact value of things) but instead using a set of references constructed through looking…

Tactic #115 - Offer your very own method of paying or currency

Using a custom currency (credits, points, etc.) will reduce the pain of paying (the negative feelings associated with spending money). Indeed, research has shown that the act of paying really disrupts…

Tactic #116 - When price is below 100 ($,£,€) show discounts in percentage form rather than in absolute value

By displaying discounts in percentage rather than in value when product price is below 100 (£/$/€), you make your promotions seem as attractive as possible by altering the way you frame…

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 #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 #142 - Continuously reassure your customer in their decision

Reassuring your customer about the choice they've made to select or purchase a certain product from your site can greatly influence how satisfied they are with that choice. To aid customer satisfaction…

Tactic #146 - Show customers' feedback near offering or Call-to-action

Showing potential customers the positive feedback from others who have already purchased a product, used a service or signed up for membership etc. is an effective persuasion technique. Not only does…

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 #149 - Suggest complimentary products at the check-out

Cross-selling is a good way of increasing the user's basket before they complete the purchase. When a user is in the checkout process, it is a good time to display other products that may interest…

Tactic #152 - Offer 360 degrees videos of your product

The more information a user has access to about a product, the more likely they are to buy it. You can take advantage of this by offering your user more extensive views of it. There are various different…

Tactic #153 - Display pop-up information when hovering over a product

When customers hover over a product, display a pop-up product card that offers them condensed information. By showing only carefully selected information about the product in this way, customers won…

Tactic #156 - Facilitate your user's thoughts before asking them to choose

Whilst offering a default choice is often very effective because it allows people to make a decision in a passive manner - which is often preferred as it requires less mental effort - there are some cases…

Tactic #162 - Offer a "save for later" button on your basket page

Your customers will appreciate having the choice between making their purchase immediately or saving their items to complete purchase later. People like to feel as though they are in control of their…

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 #167 - Mark your best products as "Popular Choice"

Marking your best products as a "Popular Choice" is an effective persuasion technique to encourage more people to make the same purchase. Research has shown that we have a strong tendency…

Tactic #169 - Indicate the number of users who have already created an account

Displaying the number of people who have already signed up to your website or newsletter is an effective persuasion tool. Research has shown that we have a strong tendency to copy others' choices…

Tactic #173 - Offer a FREE upgrade to a better delivery option with first purchase or referal

Providing a free upgrade to express delivery for new customers is a strategy based on the "give and take" idea: you provide your client with something of value (free express delivery) so that…

Tactic #177 - In the check-out page, indicate testimonials from customers who also bought the same product below the call-to-action

By placing testimonials from other customers who have previously bought your product or service just before the final stage of payment, you are offering reassurance to your customers by showing them how…

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 #187 - Display an exit pop-up when people try to leave their basket before completing the checkout process

If your customers have made it to the basket or payment page of your checkout funnel then they've already invested a certain amount of time on your site. The exit pop-up is a good idea to try and …

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 #198 - Show a progress bar

Displaying a progress bar is a great visual way to help users follow their progress in the purchase process and will not only stimulate their desire to continue to the end of the process but also gives…

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 #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 #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 #264 - Do not shine 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 #269 - To create a double funnel within the check-out, show a section which indicates: "people who bought this, also bought: ..."

On the confirmation page after purchase, display "people who bought this product also bought ..." to create a double funnel. This will encourage your customers to make a second purchase after…

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 #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 #293 - Indicate popular options as the default ones

Everyone hates filling out information online - the easier and quicker you can make that for your users, the more likely they are to follow through, complete an action and ultimately convert. One way …

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 #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 #315 - Indicate what your visitor has most recently researched in a drop-down menu

When a user begins a search, start by showing them previous searches they have made that correspond. Displaying these first and perhaps in a different colour to really distinguish them is a good way of…

Tactic #317 - Ensure that your fields are reactive to errors, antonyms and other syntax differences

Making sure your site visitors have a user experience that is as fluid and easy as possible is important to encourage your visitors to enjoy using your site and ultimately find what they are looking for…

Tactic #318 - Simplify your customer's thinking process by doing any calculations for them

People strongly prefer and feel more positive about things that are easy and quick for us to understand. If you want your customer to respond well to information you provide and to feel happy using your…

Tactic #321 - Use page numbers or ‘Load More’ options rather than infinite scrolling

On eCommerce product pages, it is essential that you choose the right way to display your products to provide your customers with the most effective base to start making choices. People tend to become…

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