Website choices depend on similarities, not differences

Pricing TableJust how different should your products and services be? Conventional wisdom is that each of your online offerings should have real differences so that people can make a clear choice. But like many pieces of “conventional wisdom” this might just be assumption, rather than anything based on evidence.

Online you cannot move these days for services which give you”choice”. There is the free version, the bronze one, the silver service or the gold plated product. Each of the services or products is outlined in a table where you can easily compare the difference between them. Except comparing things is not as easy as it first seems.

When things are so different we find it hard to compare. New research shows that if the differences are only slight, we find it easier to make a choice. In other words, when things are similar we find it easier to choose between them,

So, when it comes to the typical three-column price table on the web, rather than showing vast differences, you should show similarities. When the “Premium” version is actually rather similar to the “Standard” service you will find your sales go UP because people find it easier to make a choice. If, however, you make the differences significant, people cannot make a decision as easily and hence you reduce your chances of making a sale.

17279

Get blog posts like this each week

Sign up to receive my weekly blog digest every Monday

Graham Jones
Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist who studies the way people use the online world, in particular how people engage with businesses. He uses this knowledge to help companies improve their online connections to their customers and potential customers and offers consultancy, workshops, masterclasses and webinars. He also speaks regularly at conferences and business events. Graham is an award-winning writer and the author of 32 books, several of which are about various aspects of the Internet. For more information connect with me on Google+
Graham Jones

@grahamjones

Graham Jones is an Internet Psychologist, professional speaker and author of 32 books who helps businesses understand the online behaviour of their customers
This is a really useful and handy guide. "Social Media Image Sizes for 2018: A Guide for Marketers"… https://t.co/hl0CjT3JVW - 12 hours ago
Graham Jones

1 thought on “Website choices depend on similarities, not differences

Comments are closed.

Cover page of free report

Weekly Online Business Advice

FREE

Get FREE advice to boost your online business EVERY

Saturday morning

And get this free booklet too

This site uses cookies

This website uses cookies to improve your experience with the site and to enable some functions to operates. Google Analytics is also used on this site. Please either accept or reject Google Analytics Cookies on this site.