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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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The real value of free

Many marketers avoid using the word “free” in their advertising. The fear is that the general public has become immune to the word. That they will see (or hear) it and think – spam. I know this because I used to be one of them. However, behavioral economics has done a lot of studies into the power of “free” Is its value higher than zero? It turns out…that it is. Picture this: You are walking into the grocery store and see a small stand selling candy. Even if you are one of those people who typically avert your eyes and walk by as quickly as possible…let’s assume you stop (and that you have change in your pocket). They are selling[….]

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