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Can One Word Turn Work into Play?

Surprising new research shows that introducing one word into the conversation can change how people feel about their work and significantly impact effort and outcomes.

Most of us are part of teams. We group ourselves in companies, departments, projects, and various other ways. And, even when there’s no formal team, our individual work is very often part of a collective effort. Despite this, most tasks involve primarily solo work by individual members. […]

By |September 30th, 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|

Positive Results from Negative Thinking, Naps, Checkout Psychology… Roger’s Picks

This week’s roundup has a distinctly Austin flavor – we didn’t plan it that way, but brainy marketers are as much a part of the Austin scene as brisket and live music! […]

By |May 8th, 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|

20 Magic Words, How to be Interesting, & More – Roger’s Picks

Here’s a longer than usual batch of diverse (but great) content we discovered in the last seven days… add your own great find in a comment! […]

By |May 2nd, 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|

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|

Brainy Marketing: From Deaf Turtles to Dirty Money

Here's a compilation of five excerpts and links to recent posts at Brainy Marketing, my Forbes.com blog. Persuading with pictures, manipulating voter minds, surprising effects from thinking in a foreign language, and more.

By |January 22nd, 2013|

Boozing & Schmoozing: Alcohol Boosts Bonding

Company happy hours, Friday afternoon beer busts, and similar events are standard operating procedure at many businesses – sometimes to the dismay of the firm’s accountants and attorneys. A new study shows that there are indeed benefits from these kinds of activities. Specifically, the research shows that moderate amounts of alcohol increase both positive emotions and social bonding and also relieve negative emotions. […]

By |January 11th, 2013|