How to use 3 elements of scarcity in digital marketing

How to use 3 elements of scarcity in digital marketing

If you look at the principle of supply and demand, you’ll notice that when supply is limited, demand goes up. Scarcity has a psychological influence on us, making us want something even more if there isn’t enough to go around. Scarcity is great because it creates a fear of shortage, and thus a sense of urgency. In digital marketing, we want to create that same sense of urgency for our offers:

Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers are among the most popular in the scarcity category. For parents looking for a quality daycare or choice school, there are application deadlines and limited enrollment periods. Browse through Costco’s holiday catalog and you’ll see specific deals for each week during the holiday season. Webinar registrations are a great example of limited time offers.

Limited Quantity Offers

When something is of limited quantity, it suddenly becomes more unique or exclusive. In some studies, limited quantity or supply offers have outperformed limited-time offers. Why? Because it’s hard to tell when an offer of limited quantity will suddenly become unavailable, while a time-based offer has a known end time.

Limited quantity offers are great for not only getting people to say “yes” to your offer, but to avoid procrastination completely. Think of tickets to a particular show or concert, you have to act quickly to get the best seat and, in some cases, even a ticket!

Limited Time and Limited Quantity

Groupon is the perfect example of using both tactics. All Groupon deals end within a certain time frame, and they limit the number of people who can buy a Groupon. That’s a powerful combination. The site also packages these scarcity tactics with discounting, which is another great value-add, especially for ecommerce businesses.

When deciding on your next offer be sure to limit it in time, quantity or a combination of both. Using the element of scarcity will help get more visitors to take action and create another opportunity for you to convert them to customers.

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Tabitha Middendorf

As Creative Director for WSI Connect, Tabitha oversees all creative marketing collateral created for WSI Connect and their clients. She enjoys working with nonprofits and giving back to her community.