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The Science of Persuasion

Marketing Tactics That Work

  • Hook: “Have you ever wondered why some ads stick with you while others vanish instantly? Or why one salesperson seems to effortlessly close deals?”
  • Frame the issue: The art of persuasion isn’t about manipulation, it’s about understanding how the human mind makes decisions. Smart marketers leverage psychological principles to connect with customers on a deeper level.
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Key Principles of Persuasion (Based on Cialdini’s work)


  • Explain: We feel obligated to return favours.
  • Example: Free samples in stores, offering valuable content before a sales pitch.


  • Explain: Items seem more desirable when they’re limited or time-sensitive.
  • Example: “Limited edition” products, flash sales, countdown timers on offers.


  • Explain: We trust experts and credible figures.
  • Example: Using testimonials, featuring endorsements by industry leaders, highlighting certifications.


  • Explain: We strive to align our actions with previous commitments.
  • Example: Subscription models, loyalty programs that reward repeat business.


  • Explain: We’re more persuaded by people we like or find relatable.
  • Example: Brand storytelling that humanises a business, influencer marketing.

Social Proof:

  • Explain: We look to others’ actions when unsure of our own.
  • Example: Customer reviews, highlighting popularity (“#1 Bestseller”).
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    Persuasion in Practice: Examples Across Industries

    • E-commerce: Personalized recommendations (“Others who bought this also liked…”), abandoned cart reminders (scarcity), social proof on product pages.
    • B2B: Demonstrating thought leadership with whitepapers and webinars (authority), case studies showing success (social proof), tailored proposals (reciprocity for a client’s time).
    • Non-profit: Sharing emotive stories of those they’ve helped (liking), emphasizing community impact (social proof), transparent reporting on donations (authority).

    Ethical Considerations

    • Acknowledge the power of persuasion and importance of transparency.
    • Emphasise using these tactics to create genuine value for customers, not for tricking them.

    Call to Action

    • Challenge readers to analyse their past buying decisions – where they influenced by these principles?
    • Encourage marketers to experiment with a persuasion tactic in their next campaign.

    Additional Notes

      • Visuals: Include relevant images, infographics, or short videos to break up text and illustrate concepts.
      • Data: If possible, cite statistics on the effectiveness of persuasion techniques to add credibility.
      • Further Reading: Suggest a list of resources for those wanting to dive deeper (books by Cialdini, marketing psychology blogs, etc.).

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