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Hooked by Nir Eyal

Book Review: Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover

Were you surprised when Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion? Stunned by their $19 billion Whatapp deal? Both of these companies were young and had questionable revenue streams. What they did have, in each case, were stunningly large numbers of frequent users.

How did these companies, along with others like Pinterest and even Facebook itself, achieve such tremendous growth and stickiness? How did Facebook supplant more established competitors like MySpace and Friendster? Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products, has the answer: these firms created products with habit forming, even addictive, characteristics. […]

By |March 11th, 2014|

Juice Your Marketing with Dopamine

Dopamine-driven marketing sounds scary, but it’s more common than one might expect. Dopamine is a key element in the brain’s reward system, and when marketers trigger that system they can reinforce behavior and create positive associations. Ads that make consumers solve a simple puzzle can have this effect (see Puzzling Billboards, Schick Commercial’s Aha! Moment, and Puzzles Boost Brand Recognition, for example.) The dopamine kicker can also be generated using one of the hotter trends in marketing (and other forms of behavior modification): gamification. […]

By |April 10th, 2012|

Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Book Review: Brandwashed, Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom (branding expert and author of Buyology)

By |September 26th, 2011|