Persuasion & Influence

5 Principles of Persuasive Web Design

Cialdini breaks down influence into six persuasion principles. What’s the best way to persuade somebody when talking to them? You have to be confident, talk fast, and swear a little, among other things.

But what about persuading somebody without words—possible?

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10 Principles of Effective Pricing Pages

If you run a SaaS business or sell only one product (with some options), you probably have a dedicated pricing page for the whole thing. Here are 10 principles to get it right:

  1. Simple is best.
  2. Make it easy to compare.
  3. Help people choose a plan.
  4. Address FUDs.
  5. Offer currency options.
  6. Limit choice.
  7. Incentivize up-front payments.
  8. Add playfulness.
  9. Use a clear call to action.
  10. Tell them what happens next.
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How to Use Cialdini's 6 Principles of Persuasion to Boost Conversions

Back in 1984, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Since then, it’s been widely hailed as a seminal book on marketing—something everyone in conversion optimization should read.

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sales copy in newspaper.

Why is it that some books become bestsellers and others can hardly sell a 100 copies? Why do you read some books with passion and interest but can’t get past the first 10 pages of others? What’s the difference?

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Website Credibility: A 39-Point Checklist

If you’re Amazon or Apple—congratulations! You don’t have any credibility issues. Most of us aren’t so lucky. Almost all but the biggest of companies have an uphill credibility battle every time a new visitor lands on their site.

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The Only 3 Ways to Increase Sales

There are three ways to grow sales, online or offline. Only three. However, most companies focus on just one—acquiring customers. By ignoring the other two, they’re missing out on revenue opportunities.

So what are the three ways to increase sales?

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8 Ways to Grab Attention (and Hold onto It)

We live in a world of short attention spans. Attention span is the amount of time that a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted.

That task could be learning about your product, figuring out if your service is right for them, etc. In other words, it’s kind of important. You need to learn how to grab attention—and hold it—for your website visitors.

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small plate with simple ingredients.

A study by Google had two key findings:

  • Users will judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th to 1/20th of a second.
  • “Visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts.

Moreover, “highly prototypical” sites—those with layouts commonly associated with sites of their category—that also had a simple website design were rated the most beautiful.

In other words, the study found that the simpler the design, the better.

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How To Create Customer Personas (with Actual, Real-Life Data)

Customer personas are detailed representations of segments within your target audience. Fueled by data-driven research, they map the “who” behind the buying decisions of your products or services.

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Ancient Copywriting

In Ancient Greece, public speaking was the main channel for political debate and decision-making, legal decision-making, and even philosophical discussion.

As it became more and more important to society, so did rhetoric, which is the art of persuasive speaking and writing. Ancient philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Cicero studied and practiced rhetoric… essentially boiling it down to a do-it-yourself guide.

That guide has been lost (ok, just forgotten). Until now.

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