Branding, Judgement, and the Luxury of a Mask

The Masked Singer had its finale and the top three celebrity contestants were (finally!) revealed: Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond, and T-Pain. This is not the first time a competition has used anonymity and blocked out the senses to help contestants have a “fair” shot. NBC’s The Voice has some obvious similarities. So, what makes The Masked Singer different, and what is the lesson every business should be gleaning from the show? Let me start by introducing how the brain works and how The Masked Singer used these concepts to its advantage. Judging Brain The human brain is quick to judge – the subconscious constantly scans its environment for information (approximately 11 million bits per second). There is a lot of[….]


Super Bowl Commercials 2019: A Behavioral Economics Review

Yesterday was the Super Bowl. Sure, football was played (sort of…not the most exciting game in history), but I was in it for the commercials. Last year, there was an obvious standout “winner” for me (It’s a Tide Ad)…2019 did not have the same overwhelmingly obvious “best” commercial from a behavioral economics perspective. So, instead of narrowing it down to one “winner” I am going to showcase some commercials I think did a great job incorporating behavioral economics concepts (whether they know it or not). And…one ad that was a BE fail… Hyundai – The Elevator This ad did a great job associating how bad a normal car buying experience can be (“Oh, you’re going down…way down.”) and showing all[….]