Behavioural biases can get in the way of even the most well-designed sales journey. Potential customers might be interested in what you have to offer, but their curiosity is outweighed by caution - especially if there are long-term contracts and big budgets on the line.
We’re a resident creative partner for the UK’s no. 1 parking app, RingGo, and their international big brother, Park NOW Group. RingGo came to us for help to crack their customer conversion conundrum: they had an audience of sixty UK local authorities and parking operators they’d been in conversation with over the last twelve months, but who they hadn’t yet managed to take the leap and become customers.
The ask was simple: use a direct mail campaign to nudge them from just thinking about signing up for RingGo’s parking payment service to signing on the dotted line.
Risk aversion – “What happens if I say yes, and this goes wrong?” Nobody likes feeling regret after a decision they made goes South. Our desire to avoid feeling this way is powerful and it can make us overly cautious – we’d rather do nothing at all than risk making the wrong call. We knew this communication had to build trust quickly and help people to feel in control and confident to commit to a decision.
Commitments and concreteness – let’s be real: asking decision-makers to take a punt on a new supplier is asking for a big commitment from them. People feel better making commitments if it’s crystal clear what they’re signing up for, how easy it is to get out of it and what they get in return. Be concrete to win a commitment.
Limited attention – it’s hard to create post that captures our short attention spans for long. It’s even harder to be persuasive and memorable. We had to create a communication that screamed “open me, I’m worth your time!” right from the doormat.
Using behavioural science to show Direct Mail a little love looks a little like this:
In response to our BeSci-informed communication, five new contracts were signed, sealed and delivered for RingGo. Three of the contracts won were for strategically desirable destinations for RingGo, since these areas are likely to enjoy huge visitor numbers this year as people make the most of their much-missed freedom with ‘staycation’ holidays.