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In the end you’re selling to the brain of your customer. Understand how it works , how to best get your message across and get people to take action.

Cognitive Biases

Persuading completely rational people to make a rational decision or take a rational action would be easy. Unfortunately, you’re stuck dealing with irrational thinking, fueled by cognitive biases and emotions.

So, how do you persuade effectively when people are so heavily influenced by subjective (and contextual) factors?

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Emotional Persuasion

You’d like to think that you’re a completely rational person making completely rational decisions, right? It’s nice to believe that you haven’t made major life decisions based on how you were feeling.

Well, you have. Many times.

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The Paradox of Choice: Do More Options Really Tank Conversions?

More choice equals freedom, right?

Well, yes, but there’s a good body of evidence that the more choices presented to us, the less happy we are with the one we make.

What does that mean for conversions? Or retention? Or revenue?

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Where NPS Falls Short (and How to Put It to Work)

Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a valuable customer experience tool, and companies everywhere use it to improve their experience and boost revenue.

But there are many misconceptions and misuses of NPS, and this piece will address those, in addition to showing you how you can actually get value from the tool.

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Neuromarketing Ethics: How Far Is Too Far?

As the marketing industry developed, researchers dove deeper into buying behavior and buyers’ minds. One early researcher was Edward Bernays—Sigmund Freud’s nephew—who coined the term “public relations.”

Bernays believed that people could be influenced via crowd psychology and psychoanalysis. His “Torches of Freedom” campaign in the 1920s promoted smoking among women as a symbol of liberation, opening a new market to cigarette companies.

Decades later, in 2002, Dutch marketing professor Ale Smidts coined the term “neuromarketing.” Neuromarketing maps neural activity to consumer behavior to help marketers craft more valuable, science-based campaigns. 

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Psychographics: What They Are & How Marketers Use Them

Are you sold on the idea that it’s beneficial to understand your customer personas?

Hope so. If not, it’s guesswork. When you know who your customers are, where they are, what they love, and what they hate, you can market to them much more effectively.

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Testimonials: How & Why to Get Them (+ Tons of Examples)

Testimonials and word of mouth are the driving force behind 2050% of all purchasing decisions, and yet only about one-third of businesses actively seek and collect customer reviews on an ongoing basis.

If you’re not investing in testimonials right now, you need to read this.

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Online Manipulation: All The Ways You're Currently Being Deceived

There’s a fine line between online persuasion and manipulation.

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Want to Know a Secret? Your Customers Do.

The carefully evasive proposal included intriguing tidbits: Jeff Bezos laughed when Mr. Kamen assembled an It for him [. . .] The proposal also included proclamations from tech-world celebrities like Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder, that the device might change urban life and could be as significant as the development of the personal computer.

The New York Times, January 2001

Dean Kamen’s code name for the project was “Ginger.” That was all most people knew. But few could wait to learn more. Deprived of source material, journalists wrote articles about articles. Finally, in December 2001, came the big reveal: Ginger was the Segway. 

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18 Scarcity Examples that Can Boost Sales

It’s a cultural trope to “want what you can’t have,” but it’s also a principle based in decades of psychological research. That principle, scarcity, is incredibly powerful in marketing, persuasion, and conversion optimization—when done right.

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