Back in May Dan wrote the first part of this selling online with the 10 laws of persuasion by looking at the law of reciprocity, the law of time, the law of contrast, the law of friends and the law of expectancy. In this article I’ll be taking up where he left off by addressing the final 5 and how they can be used for selling online.
When an individual announces that he is taking a position on any issue or point of view, he will strongly tend to defend that belief regardless of its accuracy, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
This is an age old sales technique, get people to get in the habit of saying ‘yes’ (at first to small things) and then closing becomes easier because they have already said ‘yes’ and they are battling with themselves to be consistent.
So the idea is to start by offering small things, get the visitor to agree to those things before asking about the bigger things. 2 ways this materialises online are:
1. Give away something for free. This gets the customer saying yes early on.
1. Have an entry level product that isn’t a huge cash cow but gets people saying yes early.
There are examples of this everywhere including freemium model companies like MailChimp and DropBox and a lot of other companies that offer entry level products for little or no profit.
Simply getting someone to signup for your email list is getting them moving in the right direction.
We tend to like products, services or ideas that are endorsed by other people we like or respect.
If you are in Australia you’ve probably seen the Swiss Vitamins ads with every elite athlete you can think of. Celebrity endorsement isn’t new and this is the reason behind it – because people are interested in celebrities and associating your product with celebrities makes them interested in your product.
But it goes broader than that. The people we respect the most are our friends and family and if you see these people talking about a product then you are especially interested in it.
Facebook campaigns are just one example of this in action online. See the image below, I know my friend Greg likes App Sumo so that makes me interested.
You can also do similar things with social proof on your website. Listing the number of Twitter followers, or the Facebook Like plugin shows other friends of yours that like the page.
This is all going to help you sell more because it’s associating your product with the people who are directly influencing your customers.
When a person perceives that something or someone they want is in limited quantity, then the perceived value of that which they desire is greater than if it were overly abundant.
The law of scarcity is a hugely powerful force. Just look at the rise of deal sites over the last couple of years. These sites are built on the back of the idea that the deals are only available for a certain amount of time or to a certain amount of people – scarcity. This drives consumers to purchase out of fear of missing out.
Deals on websites in general will have the same impact and prices tiered so early customers get a lower rate (if they purchase before a certain date or up to a certain number of customers) will generate the same result.
Most people tend to agree to proposals, products, or ideas that will be perceived as acceptable by the majority of other people or a majority of “the group.”
Everybody’s doing it. Have you heard that saying? Sales people know all too well that people love to conform. This is one of those ones that won’t be easy to apply all of the time but when you can it can be powerful.
Will your customer’s group approve of this purchase? How will other people around your customer react?
There are a lot of ways to apply this online even the simple act of ‘mentioning’ how many customers you have can give the impression to your prospects that their purchase will be well received by their friends.
People have power over other people to the degree that they are perceived as having greater authority, strength or expertise.
The law of power states that people will buy from people who have a high authority or status. If you’ve read anything on this blog you’ve probably heard us harping on about authority. Generally I talk about authority from the point of view of improving search engine rankings, but the other aspect of authority is once people see you as an authoritative figure they are much more likely to buy from you.
Regardless of whether you tie this authority / power to your brand or to yourself personally, it can still be a big driver of sales in your online efforts.
Again there are plenty of ways to do this, I love this examples from the Search Engine Shop who’s website shows their founder presenting to a big group of people. Being on stage gives a big boost to someone’s authority and power and this design makes you feel like you are dealing with the real deal.
Original Article: http://awebsitedesigner.com.au/misc/selling-online-with-the-10-laws-of-persuasion-part-2/
The evidence of theories of persuasion or influence is everywhere in business. However a lot of the time it’s not understood.
For example you know companies choose celebrities to endorse their products. You know brands want you to ‘like’ them on Facebook? You’ve seen shops give you 3 slightly different versions of more or less the same thing. But do you know why? And can you use this knowledge in your own business online.
If not then you will be the end of this 2 part article).
The reasons for all of these things comes back to the laws of persuasion or influence.
Writers such as Kevin Hogan and Robert Cialdini have covered the concepts in depth, starting with Hogan’s 1996 book The Psychology of Persuasion.
These laws (10 of them) are well utilised in every form of business, but how do they look online?
In this 2 part article I’ll present examples of how each of the laws are implemented online to help companies ‘persuade’ buyers to part with their money and how you can do the same.
This article will look at laws 1 through 5.
When someone gives you something of perceived value, you immediately respond with the desire to give something back
You don’t have to look very far to see examples of companies giving away things of value to potential customers.
How I do it
On my site I have written hundreds of articles, ebooks, videos etc and provided them all for free. It’s not just because I’m nice (of course I am) – it’s called ‘Content Marketing’ not ‘Content Philanthropy’. It’s a marketing technique designed to build trust and build on the concept of reciprocity. People who contact me looking for websites are grateful for the stuff I’ve put up on the site and in some way feel a need to reciprocate.
How you can do it
There are many ways to integrate reciprocity into your business. You don’t want to put yourself out of business by giving too much away for free. But the key here is ‘something of perceived value’. You need to think of things that customers will perceive as valuable but don’t necessarily cost you too much to do. Here are some examples:
People will behave differently depending on whether their primary time orientation is present, past or future.
When a customer comes in contact with you or your business they are likely to be reverting to their inbuilt ways of thinking about things in terms of the ‘past’ ‘present’ or ‘future. A person that dwells on the past might think ‘I’ve seen products like this before, they aren’t as good as they look’.
The most common conversion that needs to occur is to get people away from thinking about ‘past’ and instead thinking about ‘future’.
Enter the experts.
How Apple does it
Check out the ad for the iPad 3 from Apple’s website. People watching this ad may have a computer and not think they need an iPad (thinking about the past). They may have an iPad 1 or 2 and are happy with that (thinking about the past).
Check out how the ad shifts your perspective from the past to the future by:
This is clever stuff so how do you do it? Here are a few common ways:
When two things, people or places that are relatively different from each other, are placed nearer together in time, space or thought, they appear to be more different from each other.
This is a fundamental technique used in retail stores everywhere. Let’s use the king of online retail Amazon as an example.
How Amazon does it
Check out the following comparison charts shown on Amazon Kindle product pages.
First, the chart shown on the page for the $79 Kindle (the cheapest one).
Notice the comparison chart above (taken from half way down the page) compares the $79 Kindle with 5 other products all of which are more expensive than the entry level Kindle. This re-enforces to the buyer that they are getting good value by contrasting it with higher priced products.
Now let’s have a look at the comparison chart on product page for the $379 Kindle DX (the most expensive one).
Fascinating! Did you notice:
How others do it
Facebook ad showing one of my friends who likes fishing.
Facebook knows that if they show that one of my friends likes something then I am going to be much more likely to also like it. So it shows me ads that my friends like and shows me which friends like it.
Google does a similar thing in the search results, if a result is something that one of your friends on Google+ has given a ‘+ 1′ to then Google will show the profile pic of your friend and show that they gave it a +1. They know you are much more likely to be interested in that particular site if your friends are.
There are so many ways you can integrate the law of friends into your business. Here are just a few:
When someone you respect and/or believe in expects you to perform a task or produce a certain result, you will tend to fulfil their expectation whether positive or negative.
I saw this exact situation on Twitter this morning. Someone had forgotten about a prior appointment and the response from the person was ‘Hi, I’m sure you’ll make it good. Everyone is expecting you! They can’t wait! ‘
This sets an expectation that the person will attend the appointment and they feel obliged to do so.
This kind of thing is prevalent on company websites as well.
Notice MailChimp don’t spend a whole lot of time trying to convince you to sign up for their product. A 3 word heading, 2 sentences then a Sign Up button. Why? Because they ‘expect‘ you to sign up. The confidence in their product is obvious, they don’t need a 5,000 word sales page, they know you’ll sign up – why wouldn’t you.
The law of expectation is about confidence. If you were supremely confident about your product you wouldn’t need huge sales pages to sell it, you would ‘expect’ people would sign up and that expectation would be clear on visiting the site.
So the keys here are:
Original Article: http://awebsitedesigner.com.au/misc/selling-online-with-the-10-laws-of-persuasion-part-1/
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