- [00:06] In today’s episode I’m excited to introduce you to Prince Ghuman, coauthor of Blindsight.
- [02:57] Prince Ghuman shares about himself, his background, and how he got into the world of behavioral science and marketing. He is an author and professor.
- [05:11] Prince and Matt are founders of Pop Neuro where they teach marketers how to ethically apply neuroscience to marketing.
- [06:07] One of the things lacking in the marketing curriculum is a heavier emphasis on neuroscience and psych.
- [09:37] The principle piece is as important if not more important than the traditional neuroscience imaging techniques.
- [11:38] He would love for there to be one person on each marketing team that specializes in neuromarketing principles because, at the end of the day, marketers want to create good marketing and good brand experiences. Consumers also want to be charmed by brands, products, and experiences.
- [13:31] Cross-functional teams are the answer. Having one neuromarketer on every marketing team is the bare minimum. Every marketing position should understand behavioral science.
- [16:03] The next operating system of marketing is more deeply scientific.
- [17:06] The more we philosophically touch and experience something, the more we are likely to prefer it.
- [17:50] We like things that are different because we like novelty, and we like things that are similar because we like the safety of similar things. If something is too new it hurts adoption. If something is too safe it hurts adoption. It needs to be somewhere between new and safe.
- [18:48] Sandwiching something new in between two familiar things helps bump up the likability.
- [19:48] Early adopters have a higher acceptance of an imbalance of new and safe when it is tilted towards new. Late adopters are tilted towards safety.
- [22:43] When Oreo brings out new cookies, it gets them back on your radar even if you don’t try the new types.
- [23:27] Listener Question! Attention is based on the brain’s statistical learning tendency. Our brains are also taking into account and picking up on patterns.
- [26:04] Unpredictability gives you a bigger hit of dopamine. Unpredictability hits the reward center a lot harder. The brain’s pattern-seeking behavior primarily happens behind the scenes. It just drives a lot of what we do.
- [28:27] It is called the “pursuit of happiness” because it is the pursuit that gives us the most amount of happiness, not the achievement of happiness.
- [30:10] Unpredictability works to increase engagement.
- [32:59] Today’s new thing that you hate is replacing something that was new once (and that you hated then).
- [35:25] As much as we want to point a finger at companies that are using digital products to model behavior, we also have to look at ourselves. Until we decide to kick our addiction to “free” it is going to be really hard to kick our addiction to Instagram.
- [37:48] For marketers, the challenge is to understand neuroscience and psychology throughout the entire marketing process so we can create better products, brands, and experiences.
- [39:01] The answer to bad marketing isn’t no marketing. It is better marketing. Neuroscience is the way to do it.
- [41:46] Melina shares her closing thoughts.
- [43:54] Melina’s award-winning first book, What Your Customer Wants and Can’t Tell You is 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 and Prince Ghuman
- Neurobranding: Strategies for shaping consumer behavior By Peter Steidl
- Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman
- A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas By Warren Berger
- The Life-Saving Skill of Story: The Life-Saving Skill of Story By Michelle Auerbach
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By Malcolm Gladwell
- Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers By Geoffrey Moore
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products By Nir Eyal
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Past Episodes & Other Important Links:
- We Asked: Why Does Oreo Keep Releasing New Flavors?
- Episode 144: Disney: A Behavioral Economics Analysis
- Episode 160: Neuroscience and Psychology in the Business World, An Interview with Matt Johnson
- Episode 15: Availability: Why People Are More Likely To Get Flood Insurance Right After a Flood: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 149: Familiarity Bias: Why the Devil You Know Feels Safer Than the Devil You Don’t, a Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 145: The Power of Story, an Interview with Dr. Michelle Auerbach
- Episode 12: Relativity: The Brain Can’t Value One-Off Items: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 123: Get Your D.O.S.E. of Brain Chemicals, a Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 21: Habits: 95% Of Decisions Are Habitual – Which Side Is Your Business On?: A Behavioral Economics Foundations Episode
- Episode 78: How to Become Indistractible, Interview With Author Nir Eyal
- Mere Exposure Effect – coming soon!