Jibjab.com makes money when visitors create $18/year paid accounts.
People land on the site looking for creative greeting cards. The first thing jibjab.com asks you to do is personalize your favorite card. This drives engagement. At this point the user doesn’t have a clue about the $18/year ask. After personalizing you compose a message for the recipient and hit DONE. This is when they ask the user to create a paid account:
The clever bit is that to the left of the payment form they show the card you had selected for customization as a subtle reminder of why becoming a paid member is such a good idea. Why does this matter? Well, when a shopper is going through the payment process they are constantly asking themselves, “Should I really be paying $x for this?” and seeing the thing (personalized greeting in this case) that got them this far into the funnel is a warm reassurance.