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10 New Happiness Studies, Better Body Language, More – Roger’s Picks

Essential reading for the weekend…
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By |September 12th, 2014|

Cooties, Conversion, Brain Reboots, and Habits – Roger’s Picks

Here are the most intriguing and useful articles I’ve found in the last week, plus a summary of my own new content. Enjoy!
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By |August 15th, 2014|

Dominate Social Media, the 5-Second Conversion Window, & More – Roger’s Picks

Here’s some of the best stuff I found since last week… add your own great find in a comment! […]

By |June 6th, 2014|

Do Open Offices Destroy Productivity?

The cube farm seems to be a vanishing breed, and few, if any, workers merit a private office. Open offices, with no divisions between adjacent workers, are today’s preferred style. This layout can clearly affect individual and group productivity, and the debate rages on as to whether the inevitable distractions and interruptions do enough damage to offset gains in collaboration and communication. […]

By |May 6th, 2014|

Web Psychology, Snackable Content, Flow, and… Boobs? Roger’s Picks

Here we go again – great reads from around the web, and a batch of new interviews with brilliant persuasion experts! […]

By |April 28th, 2014|

Pronoun Power, Looong Content, Buffett’s Billion, and More – Roger’s Picks

It was a busy week between speaking gigs in New Orleans and Austin, but never fear – I’ve still got a great selection of the best content I found during the last 7 days! Did you [related: see pronoun article below] find a fascinating feature or amazing article? Leave a comment with a link to your own discovery!
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By |March 21st, 2014|

Ariely for Free, Getting Unstuck, Placebos, and More – Roger’s Picks

Another week, another few hundred articles and blog posts scanned… here’s this week’s diverse group of stuff you may find particularly interesting.

Hot on the heels of last week’s post from Brian Massey naming Austin the Conversion Capital of the World, one of the listed experts has put together a great compilation of A/B test data to inform many different areas of web site and landing page design. Ryan Deiss of Digital Marketer wrote 43 Split-Tests That (Almost) Always Boost Conversions, a long post that covers everything from fonts to colors, from auto-play videos to product images. Ryan could have milked a blog post out of each one of these tests, but instead put them all together in one massive resource post. Save this one for future reference! […]

By |February 14th, 2014|

Can Neuro-Music Boost Your Productivity?

Work environments today are noisy and distracting. As Maria Konnikova writes in a recent New Yorker article, open office plans are a big culprit. One study describes the effects of open environments as “damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.” One effect of open environments is that now many office workers sport headphones and use music to reduce distraction levels.

Music isn’t necessarily a panacea for increasing productivity; it can be a distraction itself. Konnikova cites a study by psychologist Nick Pelham that showed music impaired the mental acuity of his subjects. But one company, focus@will, claims to have the solution. They produce music tracks they say have been optimized for allowing the listener to focus and concentrate. […]

By |January 9th, 2014|

The Easiest Way Ever to Boost Your Productivity

Do you find chunks of your day consumed by less than productive activities? Updating Twitter? Checking Facebook? Clicking on those fascinating links posted by your friends? Checking sports scores or stock prices? Catching up on the latest hilarity from DamnYouAutoCorrect? None of these are bad things, but when you have important tasks to complete these non-essential activities can kill your productivity. It turns out there’s a quick visualization you can perform that will make you more likely to focus on your mission-critical tasks. […]

By |April 23rd, 2012|