New Neuromarketing Headsets

A couple of new headsets that can be used for neuromarketing studies won’t win any fashion awards, but offer the potential to gauge consumer reactions in relatively normal situations. The first is from Hitachi, and in contrast to the more common EEG caps it employs far-red light technology:

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Social Media Ads Beat TV

Visa “Trip for Life” TV Spot from VisaGoWorld on Vimeo. Last week, neuromarketing firm Neurofocus released summary results of a study that compared the performance of the same ad when run on television and on two Internet websites, Facebook and a website controlled by the advertiser. The commercial tested was “Trip For Life,” part of [...]

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EEG Neuromarketing in 60 Seconds

It isn’t even Neuromarketing 101, but here’s a very, very short video from NewScientist that explains the basic concept of using EEG to gauge consumer reaction to ads:

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Websites That Suck Increase Stress

We know that slow, balky, and confusing websites aren’t a good thing. Traffic metrics show this, as does conversion data. Google, whom some think of as passively indexing the web, believes quick-loading pages are essential to a good user experience. Google is, in fact, actively trying to speed up websites (and keep their search users [...]

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Virtual Market Research

One problem I have with conventional market research is that people aren’t very good at predicting their own behavior (or explaining their past behavior). While market researchers can be reasonably accurate in collecting factual data, getting people to say what they would do in a particular situation is a lot more difficult. European research into [...]

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Top 10 Super Bowl Ads Named

Most of us have gotten over our short-lived obsession with the 2009 Super Bowl ads, but at neuromarketing firm Sands Research technologists have been slaving away analyzing all 72 of those commercials. Sands measures viewers’ EEG activity to gauge both emotional and cognitive responses to ads. In addition, they collect questionnaires before and after the [...]

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Measuring TV Program Engagement

One of the problems with measuring the viewership of television programming is that counting viewers doesn’t give advertisers or programmers any information about how engaged the viewers are with the content. Two Australian firms, PBL Media’s Nine Network and Neuro-Insight, have launched an effort dubbed PEP – program engagement power – to rectify that. Engagement [...]

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Neuromarketing on NBC Today Show

Martin Lindstrom got a great plug for his new book, Buyology, in an interview on NBC’s Today Show. The piece may have been a bit superficial, and the host referred to fMRI when the particular study in question was performed using EEG caps, but overall I think the exposure for the concept of neuromarketing was [...]

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Focus on NeuroFocus: Interview with A. K. Pradeep

Last week, I carried the story on Neurofocus’s acquisition of what the firm calls the “core patent” for neuromarketing. Subsequent to that announcement, I spoke by phone with Dr. A.K. Pradeep, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neurofocus. Here are some highlights of our conversation:

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Neuromarketing Podcast

Last week I did an interview with Robin Young of Here & Now, a radio show distributed by Public Radio International and aired on about 50 U.S. stations. The topic was the use of neuromarketing to evaluate political ads, and also featured Dr. Stephen Sands of Sands Research discussing the firm’s EEG analysis of TV [...]

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