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Human psychology

Robert Cialdini

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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Jedi mind tricks

Want to know how to persuade people online and get what you want?

The power of influence is usually all that separates the successful from everyone else. These are some tactics, discovered through psychological research, that you have probably not yet heard about, but have the potential to increase your persuasive abilities.

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foot in the door

“How can a person be induced to do something he would rather not do?”

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brain scan

Neuromarketing assesses how our brain reacts to stimuli, not simply what we self-report in qualitative surveys. These are truths that our impulses write onto MRIs. Sometimes, as several studies below illustrate, those two systems—the conscious and subconscious—offer conflicting interpretations.

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Fire

As much as we’d like to think that we’re rational, the reality is, we make many of our decisions emotionally.

Clicks, shares, purchases, comments, engagement are all subject to emotional decision making.

So how can you use this fact to your advantage?

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How Understanding Perceptual Sets Can Make You a Better Marketer

Why do some ads perform better than expected? Why does an ‘ugly’ CTA sometimes convert better than one that is professionally designed? Understanding perceptual sets and how they affect our behavior and decisions can give you better insight into improving and optimizing your marketing strategy. 

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Office

Have you ever heard of the “significant objects” project?

As a literary & anthropological experiment, Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn wanted to see if they could resell cheap knickknacks (avg. cost $1.25) on eBay and turn a significant profit by adding personal stories to the item descriptions.

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11 Things People Believe But Shouldn't

People often choose to believe in things that are just not true.

The Great Wall is the only human made object viewable from space. All Vikings helmets had horns. Vaccines cause Autism. 5G causes causes cancer. You get the idea.

Here are 11 things that a lot of us in marketing believe, but shouldn’t.

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Your brain

Writing copy that converts is a lot like boxing.

Your shots need to flow, and you need to be 3-4 steps ahead of your opponent. You have to predict their counters, slips and movement patterns before they even think of doing them.

Similarly, to craft high-converting copy, your sentences have to flow. And you have to anticipate your reader’s objections and be mindful of each word, sentence, and paragraph that enters their brain.

Regardless of the technique you use, according to Copyblogger, the goal is “strategically delivering words to get people to take action.”

Using NLP and neurolinguistic principles, we can boost the chances that your copy will resonate with your target audience and move them to action.

Here’s how.

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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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