Viral Marketing Strategies: Increasing Conversion Rate

May 30, 2008 - Get free updates of new posts here

I just moved into my own place in Pacifica, CA. Feel free to come work over here with me if you are interested. Can you believe I have my own place? Anyways, I bought a Brita water filter to have some delicious filtered water. As luck would have it I learned about increasing conversion rates from a water filter…

After I took out the pitcher it made me tear apart some stickers saying when the pitcher would expire and put them on the outside of it. Now on July 14th at 7pm I need to replace the water filter. Then the light bulb went off in my head about virality in that getting a higher conversion rate is really about making the user commit to something and then asking for what you want!

How can you apply this to your site? Let’s take a look at Quizzes:

1- How Sex & the City are you? You click the quiz from somewhere and then fill out 25 questions. (I hope I am like Samantha)
2- Then it says to find out your results please compare yourself to 4 friends. Damnit, I don’t want to bug them but I’ve already spend time doing this so I will.
3- You find out you are like Charlotte. Bummer, but now the viral loop has started and you are on to the races.

Take away:
1- Think about how you can allow users to access / use your service before you want them to do anything.
2- The faster you can on-board and funnel (getting them into the core of your product) the more likely they are to stick around. As long as your product doesn’t suck.
3- When you agree to something or put time into it you are more likely to come back. Retention increases virality (more on that later). Think about World of Warcraft people who’ve spent 20 hours getting to level 49.a, when levels 50-60 come out, do you think they are going to do it?

This is part of a series called “Learning Viral”. For the other posts in the series click below:

Learning Viral: The Leech Method

Learning Viral: Add-on or Natural

Learning Viral: Track Everywhere from

Learning Viral: The Basic Viral Model

Learning Viral: Viral Emails of

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6 responses to “Viral Marketing Strategies: Increasing Conversion Rate

  1. matt Reply

    I like the article. I have been thinking a lot about how users want to interact with one of my products lately.

    Also, only insane people get to level 49 in WoW, in 20 hours. Most people spend weeks or months ^_^.

  2. Shaping Youth Reply

    Hey Noah, welcome back stateside, hope to catch you @ Barbara’s Fishtrap sometime.

    To your point about commitments, ironically, I’m doing a piece for Shaping Youth about a beta community, with the tag, “put a contract out on yourself” which has people in the community ‘hold you to your goals’ no matter how arcane. Kinda cool.

    Also along these lines, have you seen the Brita ‘pledge’ to reduce bottled water waste by co-branding with using the green nalgene scene? Perfect pairing/pledge to go viral…

  3. Warren Reply

    Sorry, the phrase “Sex and the City” must never be on On behalf of all men, I beg this of you.

  4. rachel Reply

    you’re a nerdface for just jumping on the brita bandwagon. i’ve been drinking brita filtered water for years.