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Author Archive: Steve Genco

Steve is a writer, speaker, researcher, and marketing consultant. He is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019), a study of persuasion and influence in marketing theory and practice, and co-author of Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013), a comprehensive overview of neuromarketing science, applications, methodologies, and ethics. He is Managing Partner at Intuitive Consumer Insights, where he focuses on marketing education and consulting.

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How our brains take in and interpret the world around us

March 2, 2015 0 Comments
How our brains take in and interpret the world around us

This is the first is a series of posts about the cognitive processes that underlie consumer responses to marketing, advertising, products, brands, shopping, and entertainment. In contrast to earlier models of thought that focused only on conscious mental processes, modern neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral economics give us a much more realistic, but also more […]

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The myth of the zombie consumer

February 26, 2015 0 Comments
The myth of the zombie consumer

Much of the fear expressed by critics of neuromarketing seems to be based on an implicit assumption that consumers need to be protected from neuromarketing because they’re weak and passive and, therefore, easy dupes of wily and clever marketers. This is an ironic assessment, because if these critics took the time to understand the brain […]

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Why neuromarketing is here to stay

February 18, 2015 2 Comments
Why neuromarketing is here to stay

Not surprisingly, we (the authors of Neuromarketing for Dummies) believe neuromarketing is here to stay — otherwise, we wouldn’t be writing this book! The main reason neuromarketing will endure, we believe, is because it isn’t just another clever concept developed by some consultant or academic. It’s a natural extension of a solid and established foundation […]

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A nod to Rory Sutherland: Acknowledging the value of intangible value

February 10, 2015 0 Comments
A nod to Rory Sutherland: Acknowledging the value of intangible value

Rory Sutherland is an executive at the advertising and marketing firm Ogilvy, where he has developed a practice around behavioral economics called OgilvyChange. He gave an influential TED Talk in 2009 in which he argued that advertisers (and by extension, marketers) should not apologize for what they do but should celebrate the fact that they […]

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How neuromarketing can make consumers’ lives a little easier

January 31, 2015 0 Comments
How neuromarketing can make consumers’ lives a little easier

Consumers are typically busy, and many of their purchases are not vitally important to them. They want to save money, time, and energy. They also want to get a good return on their investment when they buy. Neuromarketing allows marketers to address these goals more effectively. Brands provide a fast-track shortcut through the overwhelming maze […]

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Can neuromarketing be used to inform and educate?

January 24, 2015 0 Comments
Can neuromarketing be used to inform and educate?

Having written about the potential dangers of neuromarketing, let’s spend a few posts discussing its potential benefits. Yes, there are potential benefits. Neuromarketing can be used by the public sector to develop more effective behavioral change programs and provide consumers with unprecedented insights into their own decision-making processes. It can be used by consumers to […]

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Intuitive Marketing: Achieving influence without persuasion

October 14, 2014 4 Comments
Intuitive Marketing: Achieving influence without persuasion

The tyranny of persuasive marketing Much of current marketing is based on an overt persuasion model. This model says the purpose of marketing is to make people do what you want them to do by changing their minds and their behavior. This notion of persuasion is deeply entrenched in marketing and advertising’s roots in sales […]

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Can neuromarketing make you want things that aren’t good for you?

September 30, 2014 0 Comments
Can neuromarketing make you want things that aren’t good for you?

(This is the third post in a series about neuromarketing criticisms. The first two posts are here and here.) People doing things that aren’t good for them is a serious personal and public policy problem, sometimes with tragic consequences. But it’s a problem that was with us long before the birth of neuromarketing, and it’s […]

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Is there a “buy button” in your brain, and can neuromarketing push it?

September 25, 2014 1 Comment
Is there a “buy button” in your brain, and can neuromarketing push it?

(This is the second of three posts in a series about neuromarketing criticisms. The first post is here.) This concern is closely to the question from the previous post about mind-reading. If neuromarketers can read our minds, they can discover ways to manipulate us into buying things that we wouldn’t buy otherwise. In other words, […]

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Can neuromarketing read your mind?

September 15, 2014 0 Comments
Can neuromarketing read your mind?

A big concern of some commentators is that neuromarketing is a kind of mind-reading technology that can probe into our private thoughts and expose them to marketers. This concern vastly overestimates the power of neuromarketing and misrepresents the sciences that underlie it. We cover this topic in detail throughout Neuromarketing for Dummies, but for now […]

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