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13 Key Persuasion Tactics Using The 'Anchoring Effect' Principle

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 #33 - Display the daily or monthly price to make the amount seem smaller

By showing the price per day or month rather than the total price, it can often seem like less. Your customer will tend to use this smaller amount as an anchor to decide whether the purchase is good…

Tactic #34 - Display a higher price first

People often use an initial piece of information to make subsequent judgements so if you display a higher price first, it will be the first one your customers read and they will use it as an anchor to…

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 #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 #73 - Make the free plan less visible

By making the free plan less visible, you will automatically draw attention to the other (paid) plans offered as they will stand out visually on the page. It is important to display your free offer…

Tactic #106 - Give the possibility to pay in instalments

The way in which a price is presented to your customer can greatly influence how they perceive the value of it. For example, offering people the option to pay in installments will subconsciously make …

Tactic #107 - Demonstrate the per day cost of monthly or yearly plans

Rather than only showing the yearly or monthly cost of a subscription, it can be effective to also display the daily equivalent. Studies have shown that we use a first piece of information as an anchoring…

Tactic #109 - Expose your users to large numbers

Exposing website visitors to any high numbers before displaying your product prices can be very effective in influencing their perception of your price value. Studies have shown that people tend to…

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 #112 - Use "Descending Price" as your default sorting option

People often use an initial piece of information to make subsequent judgements so if you have "Descending Price" as your default sorting option, people will see your highest priced items first…

Tactic #159 - Prioritise your most luxurious products

If you display your most beautiful and luxurious product first, your visitors will use it as a point of reference to evaluate the following products. This first element will stay anchored in their minds…

Tactic #176 - Show lower-quality products near higher-quality ones

To make your higher-end products seem even more attractive, display them alongside your lower-end products so that customers can compare the two together. The difference in quality will be larger and …

Tactic #214 - When displaying promotions, exhibit the previous prices, to accentuate them

When offering discounted prices, it is essential to always still display the previous higher prices as well (crossed out is advisable to avoid confusion). Studies have shown that people tend to use…

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