The Sold Out Effect

Understand Your Buyer > How to Engage > The Sold out Effect

What is it?

Just because something is no longer available for sale, doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to sell what you have left..

Why does it work?

It works because when something is sold out, it communicates scarcity, implies there is a demand and leads to FOMO. Your buyers may be disappointed that the thing they want isn’t available to buy right now, but it can encourage them to buy something else from you or even join your waiting list.

The fact is, many businesses don’t talk about their sold out offerings as they feel it’s not important. After all, if it’s sold out then why promote it?

But having sold out lines communicates so many positives about your business that it’s well worth doing.

How can you use it?

This works for physical products that can actually sell out. Have graphics or images made to highlight the lines which are currently not in stock in the same way you would highlight something new or on special offer. The main thing to understand is that just because something isn’t available, doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about.


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