Show Two Multiples of the Price Nearby
Something will "feel right" about the price.
Compare these two pizza advertisements:
The left ad is economically superior because people have “unlimited” toppings. However, people were more likely to buy the second deal with “6” toppings (King & Janiszewski, 2011).
See the culprit?
It involves multiples of the price.
Your brain stores common arithmetic problems:
Over time, children are drilled on simple problems so that an association develops between operands (e.g., 2 x 6) and results (e.g., 12). These stored associations are called “number facts” (Baroody 1985).
Exposure to two numbers (e.g., 2 and 6) immediately activates the sum (e.g., 8) and product (e.g., 12).
In the pizza ads, the price of $24 seemed better when the ad was showing two multiples (e.g., 6 and 4). Customers misattributed this sensation: Hmm, something feels right. I must want to buy this deal.
When possible, show two multiples of your price:
- $15: 3-Day Sale for $5 Off
- $120: Get 4 Weekly 30-Minute Coaching Calls
- $500: Get 5 Bonus PDFs for Free ($100 Value)
Caveat: Show two — and only two — multiples. If your price is $12, many multiples (e.g., 2, 3, 4, and 6) will weaken the activation of $12.
- Baroody, A. J. (1985). Mastery of basic number combinations: Internalization of relationships or facts?. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 16(2), 83-98.
- King, D., & Janiszewski, C. (2011). The sources and consequences of the fluent processing of numbers. Journal of Marketing Research, 48(2), 327-341.