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31 Best Sales Copy Tactics And Conversion Triggers (2023)

31 Best Sales Copy Tactics And Conversion Triggers (2023)

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Over the past decade, we’ve seen what an impact psychological triggers make on sales copy, marketing, growth hacking, and CRO.

Here is a list of the best sales copy tactics and mental triggers for sales to employ regularly in order to drive conversion lifts for your current and new clients.

1. Pace your prospects for the future

Mentally prepare them for when they experience the success they desire with your offer.

Ask questions like, “Aren’t you tired of [insert problem]?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice to start getting relief from [insert problem] right now?”

Or “Are you ready to feel at ease knowing [insert problem]?” or “How relieving would it be to avoid [insert problem]?”

2. Create open loops

Tease the beginning or middle of a story, and make the reader keep reading in order to discover how it plays out.

Create this tension in your reader, and force them to release tension by reading the story to completion and closing the loop.

3. Use active voice over passive voice

Using active voice in your sales copy increases clarity and processing fluency. Readers can digest your information more clearly.

For example, instead of saying, “Many benefits are contained within our product” — change it to “Our product offers many benefits.”

4. Sprinkle coherence markers liberally

Restate objects that you reference in previous sentences, even if this can come off as a bit repetitive. Liberally use words such as So, But, and That’s Why.

31 Best Sales Copy Tactics and Psychological Triggers

5. Use metaphors to make things more tangible

Provide your readers with a more concrete mental image.

Instead of using simply stating that your offer is “amazing”, try to come up with a metaphor that embodies that sentiment using a cultural reference that your target audience understands.

6. Tell a story through your writing

Instead of making overarching generic claims that are oftentimes unsubstantiated, add statistics. Concrete terms make your sales copy more persuasive.

7. Sell the benefits

Instead of selling your product like an infomercial salesperson, you’ve become a storyteller extolling the benefits of a product that has improved your productivity by 25 percent.

8. People want to hear about people, not about percentages

Statisticians rely on percentages to prove a point, but human beings prefer to hear about humans.

So, instead of saying “20 percent of people have experienced a 15 percent hike in conversion rates,” say instead “2 out of 10 have experienced a 15 percent hike in conversion rates.”

Your sales copy has just become more compelling.

9. Disarm your opponent

Or, in this case, your reader, before you go in for the close (rather, the CTA). Weave a story together. Agitate the problem. Prolong the pitch.

When you’ve caught their attention, then reveal your solution.

Your sales copy should be clear and direct

10. Your sales copy should be clear and direct

But under no circumstances should you make any direct claims. It sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it?

Direct marketing claims are so explicit that customers are forced to rely on the (probably biased) information given by the advertiser.

Customers that infer their own conclusions trust the product more because they came to the solution on their own.

11. Talk about their fear and anxieties

I know I said to be positive in your sales copywriting but here is another tactic. Evoke fear by shedding light on the pain points of your target market.

What are their fears and anxieties? “You spend less time with your family?” “Your boss is starting to dislike you?”

Encourage your customers to empathize with these situations, then swoop in like a superhero with the solution.

12. Rhetorical questions make your arguments more persuasive

By asking your readers a question, you’re engaging them and eliciting a response.

13. Use second-person pronouns

When you use second-person pronouns, you engage your customer base to develop a more favorable perspective of your product.

Now, didn’t that sound so much better than, “When second-person pronouns are used, customer bases are engaged to develop a more favorable perspective of the product?”

14. Demonstrate impact on other people, especially when the impact is negative

Explain how other people are affected when your CTA isn’t pursued.

15. Sometimes, describing a state of being is more effective than describing what someone is doing

The clever use of descriptive nouns creates an impact. For example, instead of thanking people for buying your kitchen knife, thank them instead for being an awesome home cook.

Let’s talk about periods of time

16. Let’s talk about periods of time

When people think about immediate events, they’re more likely to look at the numerals. So, “shipped in 1-3 weeks” is easier to digest than “7-21 days” even if they’re the same amount of time.

On the other hand, if people are thinking of far-off events, they’ll look at the unit of time. So a delivery estimate of 7-21 days is swallowed better than 1-3 weeks.

Isn’t that nifty?

17. Pique their interest, then offer up an upcoming point of closure

Human beings crave closure. They avoid ambiguity at all costs. Reference this tactic through teases throughout your sales copy.

First, make an ambiguous statement that sparks curiosity, then second, reference the upcoming point of closure. “Last year, I found myself jobless and homeless. I’ll tell you more about that later.”

18. Go find out why people complete your CTA

Are they trying to gain something, or prevent something?

Reference their own words in your sales copy to hit home more effectively. Agitate the problem. People will digest your message more easily, thereby making their reaction to it a lot stronger.

19. Trigger the perception of justification

Using “because,” or any of its synonyms will make an argument seem stronger. That’s because we mindlessly assume that an offered justification is valid — the only justification that matters.

20. Employ the primacy effect

Information at the beginning has lots more weight than the information presented at the end. So sequence your strongest benefits at the top.

21. Studies show that decision timelines factor greatly into people’s decision-making

So, when making immediate decisions (time-sensitive), they are more concerned about the feasibility, of reaching a goal. Prevention ads (risk minimization) work well here.

When making distant decisions (far into the future), people are concerned about reaching a pleasurable goal. So promotions (benefit maximization) are a good tactic to communicate desirability.

Match the ad copy to the mindset of the customer, and where they are at in their decision-making process.

Identify your risk

22. Identify your risk

Choose arguments that generate the most impact and that minimize risk.

Every situation has different types of risk. The risk involved in financial products is different from the risk offered by a real estate website.

Address the risk and offer some level of security so your customer base feels confident pursuing your CTA.

23. Use semantic visuals

Employ graphics, infographics, photos, and so forth to illustrate your point. Our brain has a hard time processing numerical values.

When you illustrate “9 out of 10 people,” your customers’ brains absorb the information faster and easier.

24. Use your customer’s first name

Upon hearing your first name, certain regions in your brain get activated like the middle frontal cortex, middle and superior temporal cortex, and cuneus.

Hearing your first name triggers a positive response. Awaken positivity to improve conversions.

25. People like feeling like they belong

Use ingroup pronouns like “we,” “our,” and “us,” to make your customers feel like they’re part of the trend.

26. Never underestimate the power of BYAF (but you are free)

Frame your words to reduce psychological resistance to persuasion. By making it your customers’ choice, you develop a genuine desire to complete your call to action (CTA).

27. Consider familiarity and emotion when you write

If you are gunning for comprehension, evoke familiarity by illustrating a recognizable scene. Put yourself right beside your audience and help them see what you see.

If you are gunning for impact though, choose the perspective that evokes an emotional response the most. Write to the triggers of your customer base.

Consider familiarity and emotion when you write

Do they save time so they can spend more time with family? Do they save money which they can use for an Aspen vacation?

Explain the tangible benefits and help your target market visualize what they get past the physical product.

29. Go ahead and explain the drawbacks of your message

But spin them in a positive light. Research shows that two-sided arguments are more persuasive, but you don’t necessarily have to put yourself down.

30. Mention your competition

Do your customers’ homework for them. By mentioning your competition in a classy and non-militant way you are stopping your customers from searching around for competing solutions.

31. Experiment with pattern interrupts in your sales copy and content

Strive to add personality to your content, and do things a little bit differently than everyone else. Aim for novelty and intrigue.

But yeah, that’s it for now. You can use these mental triggers for sales to create the best sales copy for your clients today