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Why You Are a Complete Idiot If You Don’t Google Yourself

The other day, I read a story at Fast Company titled Why You Should Google Yourself And Not Feel Guilty About It. I agreed with the reasoning of the author, Lindsay Lavine (@lindsaylavine), but was slightly puzzled by the “guilty” part. The headline was underscored by the opening sentence, “Admit it. You’ve Googled yourself, and probably felt guilty about it afterwards.”

Do people really feel guilt from self-Googling? Perhaps they do, as these kinds of searches have been called “vanity” searches, implying they are equivalent to stopping to admire yourself whenever you pass a mirror. […]

By |April 16th, 2014|

Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal

Book Review: Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal

In these days of heavy business books laden with theory, we still encounter a few that are short, action-oriented, and eminently practical. Andy Beal’s Repped is one such book. […]

By |April 15th, 2014|

Killer Headlines: 3 Must-Read Posts, and More – Roger’s Picks

Here’s the best content we found this week! Want to help thousands of fellow readers? Share your own great find in a comment!

3 Ways To Create Killer Headlines
Email is still the most reliable and effective way to reach your customers or prospects, but most emails don’t get opened. Even when they do get opened, few links actually get clicked. In 12 Tips to Boost Email Click Through Rates plus 23 Strategic Subject Lines, Jesse Aaron (@JesseAarone) gives you a range of solutions to get opens and clicks. Handy for content marketers, whose brilliant prose won’t matter if the promotion phase doesn’t work. […]

By |April 11th, 2014|

The Popcorn Effect: When Do Brand Ads Fail?

Guest post by John Carvalho

Neuromarketing readers are likely to be familiar with the idea of fluency, and its importance in how we target, craft, and deliver marketing messages that resonate with our audiences. […]

By |April 7th, 2014|

How to Turn a Thank You into Higher Sales, and More: Roger’s Picks

Here’s some of the interesting stuff we’ve gathered during the last 7 days… add your own find in a comment! […]

By |April 4th, 2014|

Mitch’s Rules, Perfect Testimonials, Dream Control, & More – Roger’s Picks

Another week, another batch of required reading from around the web. There’s one new feature this week – after “My Stuff,” I’ve added one “Weird or Wonderful” link just for fun. If you found a compelling piece of content […]

By |March 28th, 2014|

Can a Big-Box Supermarket Create ‘Liking’?

Most readers here know that one of the six principles of persuasion proposed by influence expert and recent Pubcon keynoter Robert Cialdini is “liking.” Liking can be established by displaying shared attributes – we both went to the same college, we both have Siamese cats, etc. But can faceless companies generate a similar reaction? […]

By |March 27th, 2014|

Can One Word Turn Nonsense into Powerful Persuasion?

Some words have an unusual power over us, disarming defenses and letting us be persuaded more easily. One of these words is “because.” I was reminded of some fascinating research conducted decades ago by Pubcon keynoter and persuasion legend Robert Cialdini. The study was done decades ago by Ellen Langer, then at Harvard. […]

By |March 25th, 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|

How the World’s Leading Persuasion Expert Gets Your Business Card

If you attend conferences, you’ll encounter lots of people doing things to get your business card. Walk the aisles of an exhibit hall, and you’ll see fishbowls for iPad raffles, booth babes handing out t-shirts… all for the price […]

By |March 19th, 2014|