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Beer and Mind Control

We know that beer affects our brain, at least if we drink enough, but a novel promotion by a South African beer company turns the tables: it lets drinkers control beer with their brain. The thirsty consumer simply dons an EEG headset (no messy gel required for this one), thinks about cold beer, and the golden liquid flows into a glass. Here’s a video showing how it works: […]

By |August 21st, 2013|

Ads That Play Inside Your Head

We know advertisers are always trying to get inside your head, but what if they could broadcast an ad inside your skull? It sounds crazy, but that’s what a new ad technique does just that… Lean your head against a window, and you’ll hear an ad that seems to be coming from inside your head! […]

By |July 8th, 2013|

Brilliant Billboard Traps 230,000 Real Bugs

How do you promote a new outdoor insect spray, Orphea, on a billboard in Milan? This clever effort turned the portion of the corresponding to the “spray” from a pictured can into a giant piece of fly paper. Over a period of days, the sticky trap captured hundreds of thousands of real insects. Watch the video: […]

By |May 14th, 2013|

Persuade with Visual Metaphors

While we think of metaphors as mainly word-based, visual metaphors can be a potent selling tool. They can both engage the brain like text metaphors and stimulate the viewer’s senses in a way that words alone may not. […]

By |May 8th, 2013|

Musical Beans… Really!

Beans have a well-deserved reputation for being a multi-sensory product. Remember the “musical fruit” ditty? But it’s no joking matter for Heinz, who teamed up with food artists Bompas & Parr to create a unique promotion for its Beanz […]

By |April 2nd, 2013|

2013 Super Bowl Winners & Brain Movies

Sands Research has released their 2013 Super Bowl winners and losers, along with the “brain movies” to show how each ad lit up viewers’ brains. For the first time that I can remember, the top spot was a tie – Coca-Cola “Security Camera” (Wieden + Kennedy) and Budweiser’s “Clydesdale” (Anomaly) finished in a dead heat. Rounding out the top five were Bud Light “Journey,” Kia Sorento “Space Babies,” and Taco Bell “Viva Young.” […]

By |March 11th, 2013|

The Essential Truth in Audi’s Super Bowl Ad

As is increasingly common, Audi has posted its 2013 Super Bowl “Prom” commercial for public viewing before it airs during the big game. The plot is simple enough, as you’ll see: […]

By |January 31st, 2013|

Finally: 2012 Super Bowl Ad Neuro-Rankings

Every year, we look forward to how the Super Bowl ads stacked up from a neuromarketing standpoint, courtesy of Sands Research. It’s taken a little longer this year, but the results are in! […]

By |May 15th, 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|