Roger Dooley

Video Game Improves Multitasking Skills

Does multitasking seem to be getting tougher for you as the years pass? In fact, that’s quite normal. By the time you are 40, multitasking is nearly twice as challenging as when you were 20. The good news is that playing a video game has just been shown to improve cognitive function and, in particular, multitasking ability in healthy older adults. Adults subjects from 60 to 85 years old became as effective at multitasking as 20 year-olds after just a month of training, according to a new UCSF study.

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Don’t Redesign Your Elevator!

Do you have a website redesign planned? If so, there might be a lesson in my first experience with a Schindler ID System elevator control installation.

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The Fatal Flaw in Loyalty Programs (And How to Minimize Damage)

Loyalty and rewards programs can be great motivators. When a business rewards the behavior they want from their customers – say, giving them a free coffee after they consume nine – they encourage that behavior. The most potent loyalty programs go beyond mere periodic freebies and confer status.
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AdAge Challenges the Tinfoil Hats

Rance Crain, Editor-in-Chief of Advertising Age (as well as Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s New York Business, and TelevisionWeek) has taken the neuro-alarmists to task in a sensible AdAge piece, Neuromarketing Threat Seems Quaint in Today’s Ad Landscape.
 
Crain describes the EthicMark ad competition and the group’s fears about neuromarketing. The EthicMark awards don’t recognize brilliant creativity or stellar sales results, but rather admit only advertisers who don’t use “subliminal messages, brain science, MRIs or endocrinology as tools to manipulate [consumers] for marketing purposes.”
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Ads That Play Inside Your Head

We know advertisers are always trying to get inside your head, but what if they could broadcast an ad inside your skull? It sounds crazy, but that’s what a new ad technique does just that… Lean your head against a window, and you’ll hear an ad that seems to be coming from inside your head!

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CMU Study Identifies Emotions from Brain Activity

One of the ongoing controversies in neuromarketing is how well current techniques can identify specific emotions. While there’s general agreement that attention and emotional engagement can be tracked, identifying specific emotions with confidence has been elusive. Now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have published a new study showing the ability to identify emotions with an accuracy “well above chance” using fMRI.

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Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff

Book Review: Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

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Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter

In Drunk Tank Pink, Author Adam Alter uses his own research and that of others to show how we are all influenced by factors we aren’t aware of or don’t acknowledge as important.

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Is This Common Pricing Mistake Costing You Sales?

If you have an ecommerce site, how often do customers visit – often after a costly paid click – and end up leaving without buying? Are abandoned shopping carts all too common? Or, if your customers visit your retail store, how often do you see them compare several items, only to buy none of them and move on? If you stock similar items (and who doesn’t?), the problem could be your pricing.

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Musical Beans… Really!

Beans have a well-deserved reputation for being a multi-sensory product. Remember the “musical fruit” ditty? But it’s no joking matter for Heinz, who teamed up with food artists Bompas & Parr to create a unique promotion for its Beanz product.

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