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The Most Influential Persuasive Design Techniques


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Over my last 12 years working in usability, persuasion & optimisation, these are the most influential persuasive techniques that brands use to encourage visitors to take action

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The Most Influential Persuasive Design Techniques

  1. 1. What is Usability and User Experience?A brilliant reference for persuasive techniques
  2. 2. The Most Influential Persuasive Design Techniques by Paul Rouke (@paulrouke) Head of Usability & Conversion at PRWD 27th November 2012 @ Conversion Conference London
  3. 3. About Me I run the UK’s Leading NorthWest Based Usability & ConversionOptimisation Consultancy I provide public and in-house training for Econsultancy’s global clients including Tesco, O2 and Santander PRWD provide services to help brands improve their website conversion rate •Usability testing (moderated & remote) •Expert evaluations •Usability training •In-house consultancy •Conversion rate optimisation
  4. 4. PRWD Clients
  5. 5. Econsultancy Clients I Train Include..
  6. 6. What is Usability and User Experience?About this session• Based on 12 years experience working with blue chip brands• Insights from over 100 hours of user testing studies• Major and subtle persuasion tips & techniques which positivelyaffect user behaviour• Live examples of where brands are combining differenttechniques to enhance the influence on user behaviour• A showcase of the most influential persuasive techniques thatinfluence user behaviour
  7. 7. What is Usability and User Experience?A brilliant reference for persuasive techniques
  8. 8. How combine differentpersuasive techniques... Saving Social Proof Recency Scarcity
  9. 9. What is Usability and User Experience?See how persuades visitors to book
  10. 10. Tips to demonstrate scarcity & encourage action Use words such as “selling fast” on some products to introduce social proof Use words such as “last few remaining” to create intrigue If you indicate current activity (like make this genuine Provide a filter in your navigation for “low stock availability” as some users will be attracted to these products Position the stock message in close proximity to the call to action Indicate when someone last made a purchase decision Indicate scarcity more than once, using different language to say the same thing
  11. 11. ASOS display a simple but highly prominent message tocreate a sense of urgency within the consumer
  12. 12. Oxfam start applying urgency as soon as visitors add a secondhand product to their basket. The simple use of the clockicon provides visual stimulus to draw users attention
  13. 13. At the next stage of the purchase journey Oxfam then makeit really clear that the visitor has a limited time to make theirpurchase – with excellent language and tone of voice used
  14. 14. “ Never pressure people to PUSH them into purchasing. Instead, use pressure to PREVENT them from procrastinating. There is a fundamental difference between the two. @michelfortin
  15. 15. Naked Wines combine both urgency & ability to make asaving to stop visitors from procrastinating – positioning thismessage where it is guaranteed to get noticed
  16. 16. Tips to create a sense of urgency Use a dynamic stock reservation countdown message Use icons to draw attention to the fact this is time specific May close attention to the copy you use - this can be a great way to bring out some of your brand personality Use language which visitors will be able to relate to Dont be shy about using these tactics Ensure these messages are positioned in prominent positions where users will pay attention to Combine social proof & scarcity and other persuasive techniques like showing that visitors can get something for FREE
  17. 17. Vancouver Convention Centre pay considerable attention tothe importance of establishing & demonstrating social proof– they also provide different types of content to engagevisitors in ways appropriate to their behaviour
  18. 18. “ When I see examples of big organisations who have hosted events and conferences at a particular venue this has a strong influence on how I think about that venue. Video testimonials are more convincing than written testimonials. A user taking part in an in-depth research study
  19. 19. The view from quantitative feedback How important is it to see snapshots of past events & conferences?
  20. 20. As well as showing ratings on the lister pages, Speedoposition the star rating & number of reviews in the idealposition where users will focus attention on
  21. 21. Ratings are provided in a number of important areas, whichvisitors can filter by, and Speedo go to considerable lengthsto ensure visitors can empathise with the reviewers
  22. 22. “ I really like how the reviews are designed with the little bar-charts. You see where people are happy or disappointed with a product. I really like how you classify what type of swimmer you are. I can tell if the reviewer is in the same mind-frame as me. A user on the Speedo website
  23. 23. Goskyride miss the opportunity to demonstrate social proofon their search results pages by not featuring ridercomments
  24. 24. On the ride detail pages the rating isn’t displayed in anoptimal area and the comments are hidden behind a tab link
  25. 25. Tips to showcasing social proof Dont rely on ratings being on your product pages - use them through the user journey in key areas of focus for visitors Bring customer comments to the surface, not hidden away in tabs Combine both famous & non famous people to provide social proof about your proposition Allow visitors to filter reviews to find their most relevant that they can empathise with Provide reviewers with the opportunity to describe/categorise themselves – demonstrate authenticity & allow visitors to empathise with them
  26. 26. ASOS have provided customers with a perfect way toconsider a wider range of products rather than having tomake a decision to ‘add or not to add to my basket’ – plusthey provide a seamless experience to purchase items
  27. 27. So how many visitors are using this feature?
  28. 28. “ Short answer? Shitloads. Hundreds of thousands of saves a day. James Hart, eCommerce Director at ASOS
  29. 29. When we started working with Molton Brown their shoppingbasket wasn’t encouraging visitors to proceed to checkout
  30. 30. The revised shopping basket aims to encourage visitors to act on their previous decision to add products in to their basket 1 1 Checkout is now the most prominent CTA 2 Dynamic messaging encourages additional purchases 2 3 Delivery costs & timescales are now visible 3 4 Emphasis is drawn to the FREE samples & gift options 5 Ticks are used to demonstrate positive messaging 4 6 Users are discouraged from trying to obtain a promo code 7 Security assurances are provided to increase confidence 8 The call to action provides security assurance 5 6 87
  31. 31. What is Usability and User theHow did these changes impact Experience?performance of this page?Visitors proceeding to checkoutincreased by 37%
  32. 32. Tips to maintaining visitor’s momentum Repeat key proposition messages through the user journey, not just at the initial decision making point Provide customers with a lower level of initial commitment, not just ‘add to basket’ Focus the user on what they are there to do - distractions can be toxic Use colours to draw peoples attention to your key persuasive elements - just being there isnt always enough Use ticks to provide positive, visual affirmation of what the user has done and what benefits they will be getting
  33. 33. The original checkout gateway page had 3 options, promotedcreate an account significantly and didn’t make it clear whatare the benefits of creating an account
  34. 34. The new version provided just 1 option for new customers,didn’t use the words create an account, and emphasised thebenefits new customers will have when providing theirdetails
  35. 35. What is Usability and User theHow did these changes impact Experience?performance of this page?New customers proceeding to thenext stage increased by 12%
  36. 36. ASOS originally used the words create an account in both thecopy and on the call to action for new customers. They alsohad 3 competing calls to action using the same button style
  37. 37. ASOS now provide one the most simple, barrier freecheckout pages for new customers – simply asking them tocontinue
  38. 38. What is Usability and User Experience?How did this change in message and call toaction impact the performance of this pageAbandonment RateWas Reduced by 50%
  39. 39. AllSaints originally provided new customers with 2 differentoptions at the start of checkout – create an account orcontinue as a guest
  40. 40. The redesigned checkout provided new customers with 1option which was to start entering their details, whilst de-emphasising the login facility for returning customers so asnot to distract new visitors
  41. 41. What is Usability and choices for newHow did this reduction in User Experience?customers affect conversion rate?New customer conversionrate Increased by 18%
  42. 42. Tips for reducing choice & improving completion Provide visitors with as few options as possible, just one if they are new customers and you are selling online On key landing pages limit the amount of calls to action to focus on what you want the visitor to do Pay particularly attention (and test) the wording on your calls to action to understand how they impact completion Reduce or even remove text that accompanies primary action buttons as this slows down progress or is often dis-regarded Use ticks to demonstrated benefits that users will get by making the decision to do what you want them to make Aim to create a sense of momentum by allowing visitors to make quick decisions early on within a process of pages/tasks
  43. 43. What is Usability and User Experience?
  44. 44. Believe it or not on first viewing, Lings Cars feature a wealthof persuasive techniques to encourage visitors to buy
  45. 45. “ Assuming you can fulfil the service or goods supply that you offer, the biggest thing to get right is simply to emotionalise your offering The irrepressible Ling Valentine (@LINGScars)
  46. 46. “ It is about gaining trust and then providing a way to deliver a 100% digital service, while remaining personal. The mad as toast Ling Valentine (@LINGScars)
  47. 47. Would you trust this woman?!
  48. 48. What is Usability and User Experience?In 2011 the value of thecars they leased was over£38million
  49. 49. What is Usability and User Experience? See how Lings Cars persuades visitors to buy
  50. 50. Manchester Central have a clear understanding that “peoplebuy people” and provide visibility of who are the keycontacts that potential buyers will be working with
  51. 51. In contrast, Bella Center in Copenhagen provide a completelydifferent, less personable experience for when visitors areinterested in making contact
  52. 52. “ You need to bring people and emotions to the front. We do business with people, the human touch is the way things are moving towards A user with a budget looking for a service provider
  53. 53. Tips for introducing delighters, personality &humanising your online content People buy people - show visitors who they will be dealing with, not just names, emails and telephone numbers Pay close attention to goal completion pages of your site and provide content which adds value and Look at opportunities in your copy to demonstrate some personality Don’t be afraid to show your human side Use language which resonates with visitors & potential buyers Provide short video case studies & client testimonials to let your customers sell your products & services for you Video one of your staff singing Hippy Hippy Shake
  54. 54. What is Usability and User Experience?SummaryPersuasive design is everywhere (in small bits)Instilling trust is fundamental techniqueAvoid the dark arts (see remain credible & trustworthyFocus on the full customer journey, including the endCombine usability & persuasion for the biggest commercial (and user experience) impact
  55. 55. Connect with me Office: +44 (0)161 228 0585 Mobile: +44 (0)7739 745 126 Email: paulrouke @ Web: usability & conversion best practice PRWDarticles & presentation slides available online 22 Lever Street here: Manchester M1 1EA United Kingdom
  56. 56. Thankyou for listening to “The Most InfluentialPersuasive Design Techniques” by Paul Rouke (@paulrouke)Extensive usability & conversion best practice articles & slides here: