- [00:07] In today’s episode, I’m excited to introduce you to Dr. Matt Johnson, co-author of Blindsight.
- [01:38] Among other things today, we are going to talk about the book he co-wrote, called Blindsight: The (Mostly) Hidden Ways Marketing Reshapes our Brains.
- [03:30] Matt shares more about who he is and how he got into behavioral science. He has always been driven by a curiosity about why we do what we do.
- [05:33] For the past five years he has been working to explore the deep connection between neuroscience and marketing.
- [08:16] They started working together as neuroscientists and marketers because of the shared realization of the similarities just separated by vocabulary.
- [09:06] The mind and brain are fundamentally the same entity. They really just differ in terms of the language which is used to describe it.
- [10:35] It is clear that the mind and the brain have a relationship. It is not immediately obvious what this relationship is.
- [11:46] It is understood at this point that the brain produces the mind.
- [14:35] He is very interested in the ways the consumer world shapes our belief systems and our associations that we have given brands and products. These shifts can actually change our experiences and our perceptions of reality.
- [16:04] Each new advertisement you see of Coca-Cola has changed the brain in such a way where it changes your fundamental concept of what you are consuming and this fundamentally shifts your experience. There is this gap between objectivity and physical reality.
- [17:27] Brands and consumer experiences are such a fascinating thing to study.
- [19:43] Even if you have maximum exposure to the brand, they still invest in additional advertisements because of the exposure effect. The exposure effect moves the need more to preferences.
- [21:29] Red Bull has continued to expand their target market to the point that now they are speaking to each of us. They started with a narrow association strategy and expanded strategically as they went.
- [23:45] It is crucial to maintain brand perception by having a consistent execution with all your brand identifiers.
- [24:33] Adding in a little newness can actually increase preferences even more instead of just repeat exposure.
- [25:50] Matt shares about the Cadbury Gorilla and the value of doing something unexpected.
- [27:11] When your consumers come to expect a certain type of brand personality or service, giving them something totally and completely different is a fantastic way to drive attention.
- [27:59] The key to grabbing attention is going against the grain.
- [29:57] You have to understand what the current goals of the brand are to choose the correct strategy.
- [31:28] Brands have much less control over their brand image than they ever have before so brands really need to rethink how they’re constructing brand perception to begin with.
- [33:23] Brands really need to adapt to this new media landscape through co-creation of the brand personality and also leaning into user-generated content.
- [35:13] Matt shares his favorite tidbit from the book: psychology essentialism.
- [37:13] A little story can actually go a long way. The story enhances the value of the product.
- [39:31] Just like brands compete in terms of their positioning and products, they also compete in terms of their story. One of the goals of storytelling is empathy.
- [40:46] We can’t empathize with groups, but we empathize with individuals very easily. Ideally oriented your story to an individual will enhance the empathic response.
- [42:48] Melina shares her closing thoughts.
- [43:55] Melina’s award-winning book, What Your Customer Wants and Can’t Tell You is officially available on Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and Booktopia.
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Get the Books Mentioned on (or related to) this Episode:
- Blindsight: The (Mostly) Hidden Ways Marketing Reshapes Our Brains by Matt Johnson
- How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman
- Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
- Power of Story
- The Life-Saving Skill of Story: The Life-Saving Skill of Story (Resilience) by Michelle Auerbach
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Past Episodes & Other Important Links:
- Cadbury Gorilla
- Episode 59: Pain of Paying: Why The First Item In A Purchase Is The Hardest: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 12: Relativity: The Brain Can’t Value One-Off Items: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 11: Anchoring & Adjustment: The 1 Word That Increased Sales 38%: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 8: What is Value?
- Episode 4: Questions or Answers
- Episode 151: How To Change, an interview Dr. Katy Milkman
- Episode 101: Dan Ariely Interview: Discussing Shapa, the Numberless Scale
- Episode 123: Get Your D.O.S.E. of Brain Chemicals, a Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 145: The Power of Story, an Interview with Dr. Michelle Auerbach
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