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Nebraska - Honestly, Its Not For Everyone

Nebraska – Honestly, It’s Not For Everyone

Advertisements for tourism are often cliche and Utopian in their focus. But, what if your city, state or country doesn’t have landmarks people often seek out? What if you are a place people are more likely to drive through than plan a trip to? How can you get people to think of you differently so you can increase tourism? That’s where behavioral economics comes in. If you listen to The Brainy Business podcast or have heard me speak, you have likely heard me say “perception is reality” more than once. That is because of how the brain forms opinions and ideas. If someone has a strong belief about something – like, “Nebraska is just a state you drive through” –[….]

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Simple tips to make this ad more brain friendly

While in a mall recently, I saw this advertisement plastered everywhere. Me being me…I analyzed what I saw from a marketing/branding/behavioral economics perspective. (Just ask my very supportive husband, who is very patient when I stop repeatedly wherever we happen to be – airports, malls, whatever – to take pictures of ads I want to post about and analyze in the future.) I knew right away what was wrong with this piece, and my thoughts were echoed via my beloved social media community when I asked them to weigh in yesterday. (Thank you to all who contributed to the conversation!) The “wrong” is pretty obvious. Tracey Warren (of the amazing InSpark Coworking) put it perfectly and succinctly when she commented,[….]

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The Problem With Valentine’s Day

My husband didn’t buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, and I couldn’t be happier. He did many other things (booked me a fabulous massage package, signed us up for a wine and painting event, made me breakfast) but he chose not to buy me flowers because they are more than double the price this time of year. I understand traditional economics/supply and demand, so I support his decision. One reason I am ok with this is because he buys me flowers all year round – even when there is no occasion (I promise I am not bragging…there is a point to this). Many complain about Valentine’s Day because of the expectation around the event. They might feel the[….]

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