They interpreted their finding as showing that as soon as we hear the word “because”, we assume the excuse that follows is justified and respond accordingly.
Several others have duplicated the study with the same results.
What’s that mean for business owners?
When offering a sale, a discount or something “unusual”, always give a reason why you’re doing it. For example:
- birthday sale
- clearing out inventory
- a holiday celebration
- birth of a child
- donating partial proceeds to charity
It almost doesn’t matter what the reason is, as long as there is one. That said, from an integrity perspective, you want whatever your reason is to be true. And you want to follow-through on any commitments made (such as donating $X proceeds to charity).