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It’s Time to Forget the Fold

If you work with digital ads, you are no doubt familiar with the “fold” – the place where the user’s screen cuts off the content, and scrolling is required to view more. (It’s an anachronistic term from the newspaper days, when stories above the fold in the middle of the page were more prominent than those below.) Many advertising contracts specify “above the fold” placement on web pages, although exactly where that fold occurs depends on a variety of factors like screen resolution, browser window dimensions, etc. […]

By |June 25th, 2014|

Neuro-packaging, Google Brain, Brutal Landing Page Reviews… Roger’s Picks

Here’s the best stuff we found this week, feel free to add your own pick o’the week in a comment! […]

By |June 19th, 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|

Neuromarketing for Dummies

Book Review: Neuromarketing For Dummies by Stephen Genco, Andrew Pohlmann and Peter Steidl

Here’s another sign that neuromarketing is becoming a mainstream topic: it now has its own “Dummies” book. But, don’t let the title fool you – Neuromarketing […]

By |July 30th, 2013|

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|

Latest Brainy Marketing at Forbes

It’s been a while since I recapped my Forbes Brainy Marketing activity here, so here’s what you may have missed. And, be sure to add a comment if you visit. I can “call out” quality comments, and site admins sometimes expose these in different parts of the site. […]

By |October 26th, 2012|

Catchy Headlines, Bogus Data

As perfect proof of its point, a link to an article titled A Catchy Headline The Biggest Draw For News Article Readers induced me to click and read it. The article noted that a new study by Harris Interactive showed that catchy headlines topped interesting visuals as a reason to read an article. This is from the Harris release: […]

By |October 2nd, 2012|

The Neuromarketing Challenge: First Response

It’s been more than a year since I posted the first Neuromarketing Challenge, and we’ve just now received our first response. The challenge, in case you missed that post, was for neuromarketing firms to submit a detailed case study or white paper that demonstrated a successful application of neuromarketing techniques. There’s very little published academic research on the topic (see Neuromarketing Proof? UCLA Brain Scans Predict Ad Success for one paper), and client data is usually closely guarded by commercial firms. We issued the challenge to try to bring some additional data into public view. […]

By |August 30th, 2012|

Clicks Don’t Count!

As long as banner ads have been on websites, the number of clicks they garner has been the most important performance metric for an ad. Ads that get fewer clicks are canned in favor of those that get more. I questioned this (with Seth Godin’s unwitting help) a few years ago in College Branding and Banner Ads, and described both public and private research on brand perception changes from ads that people didn’t interact with. Now, there’s new research that underscores the weakness of the link between ad clicks and conversions (orders or requests for information). […]

By |April 25th, 2012|

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 surveyed at a large number of online shoppers (2500+) to determine what would motivate them to place an order.

Here’s the list of factors that motivated buyers: […]

By |March 6th, 2012|