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Most Overlooked: What Forbes Readers Missed

Here’s my last summary post for 2013, and for Neuromarketing readers it may be the most useful of all… My Brainy Marketing column at Forbes.com has a strange characteristic – the viewership of each article varies tremendously. My top post of 2013, Starbucks: Loyalty Program Misfire, is closing in on 100,000 views. Other posts, though, generate just a few hundred. These minimally-viewed posts aren’t bad; sometimes, in my own biased opinion, they have some great business takeaways.

In my Best of Neuromarketing compilation for 2013, I credited my readers here (that’s YOU!) with being discerning enough to serve as judge and jury. But when it comes to my pieces at Forbes I have to agree with Seth Godin, who wrote a few days ago: […]

By |December 30th, 2013|

Google Reader Is Going Away in Days

Many Neuromarketing readers still use Google Reader to keep up with their favorite blogs. It has been a great tool, one I used myself. But, Google decided to kill Reader as of July 1 in what they termed a round of “spring cleaning.” So, if you are still subscribing using Google Reader, here are a couple of alternatives: […]

By |June 27th, 2013|

Staying Brainy at Forbes

If you like my stuff here at Neuromarketing, you’ll almost certainly want to keep up with my new blog, Brainy Marketing, at Forbes.com. My posts there don’t duplicate my content here, but follow the same theme of using psychology and neuroscience to create better marketing, advertising, and sales strategies.

Here are my first few posts at Forbes – drop by, subscribe to the RSS feed, and by all means feel free to post a comment or two! It would be great to hear from some Neuromarketing readers over there! […]

By |July 6th, 2012|

Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness

Book Review: Zarrella’s Hiearchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas by Dan Zarrella

I like Dan Zarrella’s approach to social media. Amidst a horde of social media gurus, experts, mavens, and missionaries, Zarrella relies on crunching numbers to create his insights. Instead of thinking up “10 Ways to Get Retweets,” he analyzes millions of actual retweets to find out what works. (Oddly, putting “please RT” in your tweet actually does work.) Hierarchy is a bite-size book from Domino. With the same small form factor as Seth Godin’s Poke the Box, this book can be read in an hour. The length may be an advantage. Zarrella could no doubt have filled hundreds of pages with data and insights from his social media research. Instead, he presents a modest number of concepts that are readily digested and implemented. […]

By |November 7th, 2011|

The Neuromarketing Challenge

OK, readers, I need some input. Here’s my plan. Every neuromarketing firm says it has data showing the effectiveness of its methods. I really believe that some actually do know what they are doing. But, there’s little or no peer-reviewed research proving that one can reliably determine the effectiveness of advertising or the appeal of a product using EEG, biometrics, facial coding, etc.

So, in the interest of moving things along in the nascent neuromarketing industry, I’m planning to offer a guest article slot to any neuromarketing firm that wants to lay out work that they believe reliably shows the effectiveness of their technique in a way that would satisfy a skeptic. And, I’ll keep comments open so that you, the reader, can be part of the “peer review” process. Here’s my plan: […]

By |April 20th, 2011|

Neuromarketing: From Soup to Nuts

I’ve been chronicling the nascent neuromarketing industry since 2006, and I don’t think I’ve seen a story to date which captured social media attention to the degree that the recent Campbell Soup neuromarketing story did. The original story […]

By |February 23rd, 2010|