psychology

Memory

Every company wants their visitors (i.e. potential customers) and customers to leave their site with a lasting positive memory. Of course, that’s much easier said than done when you consider technical issues, copy confusion, price barriers and the like.

If you want to bring a smile to people’s faces when they hear your company name, you’ll need to understand how memory works and how you can design for it.

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Does the Presenter's Paradox Actually Work in Digital Marketing? [Original Research]

When people weigh choices, the Presenter’s Paradox says they do so by averaging (not adding) the value of each item in a package.

This means if you add more items to a list or more products to a bundle, it could reduce the overall value perception (if the added items are deemed less valuable.

Research on this phenomenon is fairly scarce, though, so we decided to conduct a study through ConversionXL Institute.

We provide 3 perspectives: 1. we outline what products and lists two academic studies have tested, 2. we duplicate a product and list test with a larger sample size to try and replicate the findings, and 3. we then apply the test to six new products, three experiential products (travel package, hotel night, massage) and three physical products (camera, printer, kitchen mixer).

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Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data

What’s the best way to increase conversions? Apart from basic usability fixes, aligning your messaging and design with your users’ motivations is a good bet.

Problem is, discovering user motivations is one of those things that is much easier said than done.

There are, however, research techniques that purport to do just that.

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Cialdini's 7th Persuasion Principle: Using Unity in Online Marketing

If you’ve worked in marketing, sales, conversion optimization – any role that has to do with strategic communications/persuasion – you’re likely familiar with the work of Dr. Robert Cialdini.

Since his last book, Influence, came out 30 some years ago, his work has done nothing but influence new generations of those of us in the strategic/persuasive communications space. Even if you haven’t read the book, you’ve probably heard of his 6 persuasion principles.

However, with Cialdini’s new book, Pre-Suasion, comes one new persuasion principle.

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The Halo Effect: How it Affects Marketing and UX

“What is beautiful is good,” the saying goes.

This saying stems from a belief that attractiveness correlates to other good qualities. In a phrase, attractiveness is a Halo Effect.

Of course you can see that on the surface, the logic in that saying is flawed. What’s beautiful has nothing to do with what is good. But we still conflate overall perception and individual traits, making our judgement of things less accurate than we believe.

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6 Logical Fallacies That Can Ruin Your Growth

When you first start doing conversion optimization, you think that the biggest hurdles are technical things: running a test the right way, collecting data correctly, QA’ing tests.

These things are all important, of course. But the solutions are fairly straightforward, and when you reach a certain level of experience and skill, they tend to be a given.

No, the biggest obstacle to a testing program – even a mature program – tends to be human error and cognitive bias.

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