Nudge, the much-beloved buzzword of psychologists, behavioural economists and those trumpeting neuromarketing. But is this the psychology equivalent of the Emperor's New Clothes? Popularised by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness - required reading, and upcoming on the PsychMatters bookshelf. The theory … [Read more...] about Nudge Theory: Marketing Nirvana or Unrepeatable Myth?
This post was written by Mat Morrison, Social Media Strategy Director at Starcom MediaVest Group and originally appeared on his blog. You can find him @mediaczar and his evil alter ego, @evilczar. Like most other modern human beings (and I’m including you in this), I’m naturally bad at prioritising my life. There are all sorts of psychological processes that — while nicely … [Read more...] about The Wrong Social Network: How Cognitive Bias Fools Marketers
How important is word of mouth marketing? Ask Business News Daily, ‘92 percent of people trust recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of advertising when making a purchase decision’. With all these social media platforms, no company is safe. People are taking to Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions on all things brand, not to mention customer … [Read more...] about [video] Kathy Sierra on Badass Users, Behaviours and Better Business
Facebook is a mirror while Twitter is a megaphone. That is the core of a University of Michigan study into the two dominant social networks and how people use them. Lead researcher Elliot Panek and colleagues carried out two studies. In the first, college students were asked how they used social media and given personality assessments. Among this age group, narcissists … [Read more...] about Facebook or Twitter? How Age and Narcissism Motivates The Choice
OK, we admit it. We got a little greedy with not one, but two new speakers who've kindly agreed to come and speak at next week's PsychUp November: Karen Fewell author of upcoming book #FoodPorn and Ian Randolph, Head of Cognitive Modelling at Samos Analytics. Along with Alex Sass, who'll explore how social phobias can be used in planning digital marketing campaigns, it's going … [Read more...] about PsychUp November Speaker update: #FoodPsych & Cognitive Modelling