Intervention

Framing and business response rates

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Denmark

As a business, receiving responses to mailed requests can be tedious, costly, and frustrating. In one experiment conducted in Denmark, simply framing the contents of a mailed request prompted an increase in responses. A mailed request usually sent to businesses asking them to register for a database was reformatted to be personalized, easy to follow, organized with checkboxes, emphasized consequences, action-oriented response directions, and with information placed strategically. This reformatted letter, printed on white paper led to a 8% point increase in business response, while the same letter printed on red paper, led to a 12% point increase when compared to the standard letter.

Biases Used

Bias

Other Applications: Voting Behavior, Law Abiding Behavior