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When Your Computer Watches Back

When Your Computer Watches Back

I frequently joke about journalists who use the term “Orwellian” to describe neuromarketing, but Orwell’s novel 1984 did foresee one technology that may become a reality: a television (or at least a monitor) that watches you back. The technology to have a webcam observe your facial expressions now exists, and may be deployed in ad [...]

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The Branded Mind by Erik du Plessis

The Branded Mind by Erik du Plessis

Book Review – The Branded Mind: What Neuroscience Really Tells Us about the Puzzle of the Brain and the Brand by Erik du Plessis. If you are tired of pop psychology and fluffy neuro-books, then The Branded Mind by Erik du Plessis is for you. This is a book with voluminous research and serious thinking [...]

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Funny Cartoon about Consumer Motivation

Funny Cartoon about Consumer Motivation

The funniest humor is based on truth, and answering the “why?” question is one of the biggest challenges market researchers face. As Motista blogger Alan Zorfas notes,

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Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness

Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness

Book Review: Zarrella’s Hiearchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas by Dan Zarrella I like Dan Zarrella’s approach to social media. Amidst a horde of social media gurus, experts, mavens, and missionaries, Zarrella relies on crunching numbers to create his insights. Instead of thinking up “10 Ways to Get Retweets,” he [...]

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Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom

Book Review: Brandwashed, Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom (branding expert and author of Buyology)

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Understanding the Consumer Mind – Conference

Understanding the Consumer Mind – Conference

The University of Akron is sponsoring an advanced marketing research conference on October 7, “Understanding the Consumer Mind.” It’s part of Akron’s Suarez Applied Marketing Research Laboratories. (I’m one of the neuromarketing speakers at this conference – if you attend, please say hello!) The agenda is quite diverse:

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Neuromarketing Study at Oxford

Neuromarketing Study at Oxford

A new, three year research program will evaluate how neuromarketing is being used has been launched at Oxford:

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Walmart CEO Confirms Payday Timing Effect

Walmart CEO Confirms Payday Timing Effect

A surprising commentary by Walmart CEO Mike Duke reinforced the theory that less affluent consumers operate on a payday-based buying cycle (see When Are Consumers Most Receptive). According to Duke, “Purchases are really dropping off by the end of the month even more than last year.” Walmart shoppers often are paid at the beginning of [...]

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Brain Scans In Your Home

Brain Scans In Your Home

Brain scans (of a sort) are coming to a home near you. Neuromarketing firm EmSense has launched a new service that they say will let them monitor emotional reactions while consumers are at home. Noting that market research is conducted more and more via the Internet, EmSense says its wireless “EmBand” monitor can be set [...]

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