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Don’t Make This Social Proof Mistake

Don’t Make This Social Proof Mistake

Every marketer knows that social proof – showing that other people use your product, support your cause, etc. – is a powerful persuasion tool. It’s one of influence expert Robert Cialdini‘s six main principles, and may be the best-known and most-used of them all. But not all uses of social proof are equally effective.

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Best of Neuromarketing – 2012

Best of Neuromarketing – 2012

It’s time for the annual ritual of picking the top Neuromarketing posts of 2012. As in the past, the list is based on reader traffic – the posts listed had the most views, tweets, likes, etc. I’m a strong believer in crowdsourcing, so what better way to determine the best posts of 2012? Here are [...]

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How To Use Product Order To Increase Sales

How To Use Product Order To Increase Sales

Whether we are showing products on a web page or offering them in person, if you have more than one product you have a decision to make – the order of presentation. Should you lead with your best product? Close with it for a strong finish? Research shows us several approaches can be successful.

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Listen Up! Get a FREE Brainfluence Audio Book

Listen Up! Get a FREE Brainfluence Audio Book

I love audio books. They make being stuck in traffic bearable. Lengthy road trips pass more quickly, not to mention workouts at the gym. So, I was delighted last week when Wiley let me know that the audio rights for Brainfluence had been sold. I was careful not to get TOO excited, as Portuguese and [...]

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The Hidden Danger in Product Bundles

The Hidden Danger in Product Bundles

Does grouping products together into a single-price bundle increase the perception of value? Most of us would answer “yes,” but surprising new research shows there is at least one condition where such grouping can actually reduce the apparent value. In fact, the bundle may be seen as worth not just less than the sum of [...]

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An Easy Way to Make Your Prices Seem Lower

An Easy Way to Make Your Prices Seem Lower

The way you display a price has a surprising effect on how consumers gauge the magnitude of the price. It’s important to read the price aloud as a consumer might, as more syllables in the price make it seem higher.

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Love/Hate: Why Disliked Brands Prosper

Love/Hate: Why Disliked Brands Prosper

Something brand owners strive for is that elusive magic of being loved by consumers. Brands like Apple, Google, Southwest Airlines, and others have earned enduring positive regard among consumers, and those companies outdo their peers in part because of the brand equity they have built. But what about brands people don’t like? Oddly, some of [...]

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What’s the Magic Word for Ecommerce Sites?

What’s the Magic Word for Ecommerce Sites?

Long before the Mad Men era, advertising experts knew that certain words get the attention of readers and spur them to action. One word has made just about every top ten list, and new research from Kantar Media shows this word remains as powerful in the online world as it was in print. The study [...]

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Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness

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 [...]

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Brain Bugs by Dean Buonomano

Brain Bugs by Dean Buonomano

Book Review: Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives by Dean Buonomano

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