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Brainy Marketing at Forbes

Neuromarketing readers should check out my new blog on the CMO Network at Forbes.com, Brainy Marketing. The first post is kind of an introduction, Marketing: It Really IS Brain Surgery! […]

By |June 12th, 2012|

Why Business is Different Now

People toss around the terms "thought leader" and "social media expert" lightly these days, but Brian Solis is one of the few people who actually lives up to those names. In The End of Business as Usual, Solis shows how the widespread use of social media is fundamentally changing the business environment.

By |June 6th, 2012|

Does Your Domain Say “Trust Me?”

Do web searchers pay attention to the domain where the link in the search results leads them? A few years ago, I would have said “no.” For years, I’ve operated or advised websites that ranked at or near the top for various brand names, and found many users assumed the site WAS that brand. Even the most cursory look at either the domain or the site itself would show the site to be unaffiliated with the brand, but oblivious visitors would post inquiries about customer service problems, purchase locations, and so on.

Now, it seems, more web searchers are paying attention to what’s in the URL. […]

By |May 9th, 2012|

Are Marketers Sleazy?

One of the common questions I’m asked at conferences and by reporters is whether neuromarketing techniques are ethical, or whether they are just one more way to manipulate consumers into buying stuff they don’t need. My response to […]

By |April 20th, 2012|

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 those survive quite nicely and even prosper. […]

By |April 5th, 2012|

Branding: Avoiding Bad Neighborhoods

Are you placing your brand in a “bad neighborhood?” The other day, I was contacted by a BBC reporter, Daniel Nasaw, working on a story about highway naming. At first I thought he had contacted the wrong person, but it turned out there was logic behind his query. The core question, sparked by a move by Virginia to allow corporate sponsorship of highways and bridges, was whether a brand should associate itself with a potentially unpleasant experience. Do motorists, frustrated and angry as the creep along in a traffic jam, think positively of the brand that sponsored that stretch of road? Or does the brand become associated with anger and frustration? […]

By |March 29th, 2012|

How Brain Science Turns Browsers into Buyers: SXSW Recap

If you were one of the many folks at SXSW who weren’t able to get into the room to view Sunday’s SXSW panel, How Brain Science Turns Browsers into Buyers, or if you weren’t at SXSW at all, here’s […]

By |March 13th, 2012|

Our Brains Like Southwest Airlines, Google, & Dove

Neuromarketing firm Buyology is out with their updated list of most desirable brands in the U.S. The list has some expected names and a few surprises: […]

By |February 16th, 2012|

Put Your Customer on the Product

Lately, I’ve highlighted the various ways companies (and even colleges) are putting their customers in their ads by using social personalization or other means. In Australia, Coke took the idea one step farther, and put customer names directly on its product: […]

By |February 14th, 2012|

Get Schooled: Use Social Personalization Like Higher Ed

Colleges and universities face some unique marketing challenges in the U.S. With more than 3,000 competitors, attracting the right students takes effort and creativity. Even schools that have no trouble “filling the seats” have important enrollment objectives for academic accomplishment, extracurricular skills, and, in many cases, ability to pay. I’ve written about the need for colleges to differentiate themselves by strong branding (see College Branding, for example). Just about every school is trying to reach students via social media, but a few are taking it to the next level with social personalization and other techniques to create a unique marketing appeal for each potential applicant. […]

By |February 10th, 2012|