I've found the best program to lull me to sleep: Nova. The long-running PBS science series is slow, methodical, and rhythmic.
I happened on this revelation when I downloaded the PBS app on my iPad. With one tap, I could explore icy planets, desert fossils, or Arctic sinkholes without a login or donation.
I say donation because the Public Broadcasting Service is a non-profit. People like you and I pledge $120 yearly to keep programs like Nova on the air. (Do we say on the air anymore? Maybe, in the cloud?)
Individual donations make up about 30% of PBS's annual operating budget.
So, have I donated?
No. And a few weeks ago, I started wondering why not.
I'm the perfect candidate for an individual membership, as they call it. I have $120. I use the app daily. I've watched dozens of hours of programming.
Yet still, I couldn't be bothered to open my wallet.
It's not like the team at PBS hasn't tried. I'd estimate that about 60% of the app's content is locked until you become a member.
So, click on a locked episode, and they invite you to unlock it by making a donation.
Except logic isn't going to inspire me to donate.
PBS will have to punch me in the face with an emotional trigger before I contribute to their cause.
Not because I'm miserly. It's because I don't care. Yet. I'm happy to re-watch unlock content - after all, I sleep through most of it.
So, I went on a journey to figure out what emotion PBS could employ to get me out of bed, find my wallet, and enter those 16-digits.
And luckily for you, my not-for-profit marketer, I found the one emotion that can instantly increase donations or change consumer behavior.
So, this week on the #Loyalty Loop, we're taking a journey back to the 1920s to uncover the psychological marketing campaign that saved millions of lives using an unexpected emotion.
What's the emotion & how does it work?
P.S. Hey PBS, if you're watching, I expect an email from you using this simple emotional trigger to inspire me to become a member. I promise I'll go find my credit card.