Stories Matter

If you have the ability to tell an amazing story you can mark-up some things 1,200%, even candy floss. And story isn’t just words, it’s also the packaging. Check out Bag of Unicorn Farts:

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Sells on Amazon for $10.95:

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And people who buy it aren’t enraged that they could by the same quantity of cotton candy for 20 cents. No, they’re deliriously excited:


This is the top review rated by buyers of Bag of Unicorn Farts. Not the seller, but the damn buyers:

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You can buy Bag of Unicorn Farts here:

Happy holidays.

To Grab Attention Present Things Differently

I really like this tactic being used on It all comes down to being unexpected. So many sites put the grand total of happy customers – this is expected. People will gloss over this. Why? Because shoppers’ brains are filtering out marketing speak.

This approach, on the other hand, makes the reader stop and think for a second because it interrupts the pattern we’ve gotten used to:


Word Count Doesn’t Matter, Words Do

Marketers know 2 things:

1: The biggest obstacle with buying online is overcoming the trust hurdle.

2: Shoppers have very low attention spans. If it’s more than a few words no one will read it.

1: is true and 2: is false. Word count doesn’t matter, words do. This trust building page is really long but it’s also very readable and also very trust building. Hat tip to Lars Hundley for sharing it. Here is the page:

Copy Sells

We know that making a connection with the consumer can increase conversions through price points, warranties and guarantees and promotional freebies, but have we overlooked a more powerful connection?

Joshua Glenn is writer, editor and brand analyst and Rob Walker is also a writer and contributor to the New York Times. These two creatives came up with an idea to test how the value of an object, or one might say “junk”, is perceived when it is sold with a story. A fictional short story.

They named the experiment The Significant Object Project (nicknamed the quasi-anthropological experiment). They invested about $130 to purchase items like the Flannel Ball at second-hand stores, rummaging through junk drawers, garages that store garbage bags of who-knows-what to sell in their online Ebay auction. They invited over 200 writers to tell a story about each tchotchke, written without truth, but with a charm that becomes the emotional connection between the audience and the object.

Many of the auctioned items were marked with a starting price well under a dollar. The original price of the Tiny Message in Bottle was 33 cents (some may think 33 cents more than it was worth). The final bid was 19 dollars! That’s an increase of 5,757%.

Some examples:

Story of how a TINY MESSAGE IN BOTTLE engrossed triplets over living life. Original price: 33 cents. Final price: $19.00.
Story of the COW CREAMER named Norman. Original price: $1. Final price: $26
Story of a FLANNEL BALL that is weighted and weightless. Original price: $1.50. Final price: $51.00

This project by Glenn and Walker emphasizes that we can’t discount the importance of creative copy. It can add significant measurable value.