You Should Use “Because” In Your Copy Because It Makes You More Persuasive


Imagine you are about to use a photocopying machine, when someone suddenly comes and tells you…

“Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine?”

Would you allow him to cut in front of you?

In an experiment mentioned in the book, Influence by Robert Cialdini, around 60% allowed the hurried guy to use the machine first.

Now here’s the interesting part… in another group, the participant said:

“I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine, because I am in a rush?”

It’s basically the same sentence, with “because” plus a reason added in the end. Do you know how many people allowed him to use the machine first? A big jump to 94%!

Do you want to know something more interesting?

In a third group, the guy said this:

“Excuse me, I have 5 pages. May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make copies?”

Notice that the reason given is not a good reason at all, some would even argue that it doesn’t make sense to give that as a reason. But do you know how many allowed him to cut in?

93% – only a 1% drop from the second group where he used a more logical reason (“because I am in a rush”) and 33% higher than the first group where no reason was given at all.

According to the author, Cialdini:

A well-known principle of human behavior says that when we ask someone to do us a favor we will be more successful if we provide a reason. People simply like to have reasons for what they do.

So the next time you’re writing a sales or ad copy, give a reason why they should buy your product, or why they should follow your call to action, because it will make you more persuasive.

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