Bloggers and the Buyology Neuromarketing Bubble

One effect of the publication of Martin Lindstrom’s Buyology book has been a significant uptick in media coverage of neuromarketing. Lindstrom has scored a few high-visibility TV interviews (e.g., Today Show and Australian TV), and plenty of print and online media coverage.

My perception is that neuromarketing news coverage is at an all-time high. Even now, Google News lists 35 neuromarketing stories, which doesn’t sound like much but is far, far above the usual. Surprisingly, although Google news trends shows a huge week-to-week jump in neuromarketing news stories in the buildup to the Buyology launch, the spike doesn’t look much higher than past peaks. Blogs tell a similar though perhaps more dramatic story: […]

By |November 24th, 2008|

Are Tobacco Warnings Really Ads?

One of the startling conclusions from the neuromarketing study described by Martin Lindstrom in Buyology is that not only are the government-mandated warnings on tobacco packages ineffective, but they actually promote smoking behavior by activating the brain’s nucleus accumbens, an area associated with cravings. This counterintuitive finding was a highlight of Lindstrom’s Today Show interview. In Lindstrom’s words,
We couldn’t help but conclude that those same cigarette warning labels intended to reduce smoking, curb cancer, and save lives had instead become a killer marketing tool for the tobacco industry.
While I have no doubt that the brain studies are accurate, I think the interpretation needs to be studied carefully. Before the mainstream media starts calling for a removal of these insidious warning labels, let’s look at what’s really going on… […]

By |October 23rd, 2008|

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 positive. The word “Orwellian” wasn’t used once! (I suppose that might just reflect the more plebeian demographic of network TV viewers.) And, luckily for Lindstrom, the segment opened and closed with a nearly full-screen cover shot of the book, and the book’s title was superimposed on the screen for a good portion of the interview. Watch the whole piece: […]

By |October 21st, 2008|

Korean Air Tries Sensory Branding – on TV

The company cited by Brand Sense author Martin Lindstrom for doing the best job of sensory branding is Singapore Airlines. Now, Korean Air seems to be making its own major effort to appeal to multiple senses… via the […]

By |September 21st, 2007|

Sensory Branding

Continuing our survey of neuromarketing books, we recently finished Brand Sense – Build Powerful Brands through Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight, and Sound, by Martin Lindstrom. This data-packed volume was published in 2005, and is based in part on a […]

By |July 9th, 2007|