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Inbound Marketing, Business Marketing

Diane Campbell

May 29, 2015

3 minute read

How to Create Irresistible Offers

Providing attractive and valuable offers on your company’s website is a vital way of generating leads for your marketing and sales teams to nurture into eventual sales. But how do you come up with offers that will entice your audience to give you their contact information in exchange?

When an offer is exclusive, scarce, or in high demand, it becomes more desirable. Whether it’s a whitepaper, free trial, membership, sales promotion, or download, these irresistible elements can overcome a lead’s typical friction, doubt, or concern.

These elements work because they trigger a physiological reaction that makes an offer more valuable to us. People need to perceive the value of your offer to be greater than what you’re asking in return. The higher the perception of value, the more irresistible the offer. So how do you create irresistible offers?

 

Scarcity

If you look at the principle of supply and demand, you’ll notice that when supply is limited, demand goes up. If there may not be enough of something to go around, then we tend to want it more. Scarcity creates a sense of urgency.

 

Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers are among the most popular ways of creating scarcity. Just think about your typical car dealership. Practically every commercial is a limited time deal: “Get 0% financing before it’s gone!”

 

Limited Quantity Offers

When an item is of limited quantity, it suddenly becomes exclusive. In some studies, limited-quantity or limited-supply offers have outperformed limited-time offers. Why? It’s hard to tell when an offer of limited quantity will suddenly become unavailable, while a time-based offer has a known end time. Limited quantity offers are great for not only getting people to say “yes” to your offer, but to say it without procrastination.

 

Limited Time and Limited Quantity

Groupon is the perfect example of a company that uses both tactics. All Groupon deals end within a certain time frame, and they limit the number of people who can buy the Groupon. That’s a powerful combination. The site also packages these scarcity tactics with discounting, which is another great value add, especially for e-commerce businesses.

 

Bandwagon Effect

Humans have a natural tendency to copy one another, even without realizing it. We like to be a part of tribes and social communities. So when we notice our social circle is doing something, we tend to follow suit. One great way to make an offer more valuable is to show that other people are taking advantage of it. When possible, illustrate an offer’s value by mentioning the number of people who have purchased, downloaded, signed up, or donated.

 

Newsjacking

After Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in April of 2011, no one could stop talking about Kate’s wedding dress. Within hours after the wedding, vendors began making near-identical copies or similar styles of the Stella McCartney- designed dress. Even vendors such as David’s Bridal now have a “Royal” category so you can dress “just like Kate.”

Buzzworthiness creates high demand. Try aligning offers with what’s hot or trending at the moment.

 

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Written by Diane Campbell

I must love school because I’ve spent 23 years as a student and five as a teacher. This job is ideal for me because I get to research, write, and correct other people’s work while learning new things every day.