Cialdini's 6 Principles of Persuasion Recip s 6 Principles of Persuasion In 1984 Robert Cialdini wrote the book Influence. In the book he listed off six persuasion principles

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  • As promised, here's the #TLE2014 Cheat sheet** for my talk on 6 Ways to Use Persuasion to Convert!

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    Cialdini's 6 Principles of Persuasion

    In 1984 Robert Cialdini wrote the book Influence. In the book he listed off six persuasion principles.

    In the next few sections you will learn a bit more about each of the 6 persuasion techniques along with

    examples, and additional resources for even more fun stuff!


    Definition: This is the idea that when someone gives you something, you feel obligated to return the



    1) Moving your friends

    2) Free Trials

  • Read more: What Goes Around Comes Around: Reciprocity on the web

    Consistency & Commitment

    The consistency & commitment principle, according to Cialdini asserts that people are more likely to

    honor a commitment if it matches their self image.


    1) Udemy

    If you choose a Boss they will send you regular check-ins answering two questions:

    What have you accomplished? What do you aim to accomplish and by when?

    2) Goodreads

  • Read More: How Udemy & Goodreads ruin my self image

    Social Proof

    Definition: We are wired to do things because others do them.


    1) Buffalo Jump


    2) Highway Traffic

    3) Informercials

  • 4) Shopifys examples page:

    Read more: Social Proof: If all your friends jumped off a bridge

  • Liking

    Definition: We buy from people we like!


    1) Avon

    2) Ellen & CoverGirl

  • 3) Shopify

    Read more: Why that Pink Dinosaur was a Genius: Using Likeability to Persuade


    Definition: Credible people persuade us. They can be credible because of celebrity, wealth, knowledge,

    rank etc.


  • Read more: Respect my Authoritay! How Authority Helps you Convert

  • Scarcity

    Definition: A persuasion technique used to build a sense of urgency (ie: limited time offer, expiry

    date, etc.)


    Read More: Playing Hard to Get - Scarcity & Persuasion

    So what was the point?!

    The only way we're going to learn how to be persuasive is to admit that we're being persuaded ALL the


    Beyond that, taking note of what persuades us and testing those same principles will give you some

    amazing ideas on new items to test.

    Some additional reads:

    1. ConversionXL's Post on how to use Cialdini's 6 principles

  • 2. ANYTHING by the Web Psychologist

    ** Want to know why I created this Cheat Sheet? Taking notes doesn't work!

    So what do you think?

    1) When was the last time you were persuaded? 2) Which principle was working in the background? 3) How you can you use it help you convert better? 4) What test will you start as a result?