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Why Personal Values are the Key to a Great Marketing Campaign

In 1997, Steve Jobs explained one of the most important principles of marketing in six words: “To me marketing is about Values.” He goes on to describe how some of the most iconic and successful brands resonate with customer’s personal values. This is a principle worth expanding upon.

We all live by a set of values that are important (or unimportant) to us. Some people value having fun and seeking adventure (Hedonism). Some value having influence and control over subordinates (Power). Still, others value helping people and making the world a better place (Benevolence). Values are beliefs and goals that transcend specific situations to motivate behavior. Understanding what consumers value is important because, much like personality traits and other individual differences, values have demonstrated powerful predictive ability in a number of customer experience and marketing operations. Values have also been shown to predict a variety of specific purchasing behaviors from choosing a new pair of sunglasses to purchasing environmentally friendly or organic products.

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Posted by Carson Sandy on Apr 4, 2014

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Free eBook: Traits vs. Types

In the debate of Trait theory vs. Type theory, most psychologists agree traits are a more accurate way of understanding people. That is, traits are an easily measured and quantifiable way to account for someone's basic personality characteristics, which are now being used to predict consumer behavior.

 
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Posted by Angela Bray on Feb 17, 2014

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The Psychology of Internet Trolls

Portrait of a Troll: Q&A with Dr. Erin Buckels

Internet trolls are everywhere, but what is it that makes them tick? From the pesky people starting a full blown battle on your blog posts to the naive friends who “feed the trolls” in a comment thread, there’s no denying trolls are a vibrant part of most internet communities.  Until now, little formal research has been conducted to understand what motivates people to engage in this type of behavior. An aptly named new study, “Trolls just want to have fun,” explores the personality traits of an Internet troll. Dr. Erin Buckels and her colleagues examined the specific relationship between personality traits and various online commenting behaviors (e.g., chatting, debating, trolling).

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Posted by Carson Sandy on Feb 12, 2014

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Why marketers advertise to consumers who can’t afford their product

Advertising dollars are spent to reach potential consumers and inform them about a product, and perhaps the single largest American venue to do this is the Super Bowl. Companies that buy ad time during the Super Bowl have the potential to extend the reach of their ad if it makes a splash and gets talked about in the follow-up news cycle, so it’s no wonder so many companies are willing to pay top dollar for Super Bowl ads. However, it would seem this money would only be well spent if the Super Bowl audience included a large proportion of potential consumers for a given product; otherwise, how would such a massive expense pay off?

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Posted by Kyle Thomas on Jan 31, 2014

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Driving a Race Car to the Supermarket
(Devise: The most annoying code library you'll end up using anyway)

Let's talk about user authentication. User authentication is everything that has to do with allowing users to register for an account on your website, log into that account, and do things only that account has access to. Thus, user authentication is ubiquitous - it would be odd to build a modern web app that doesn’t use it. To make matters worse, user authentication is a field rife with potential pitfalls. This is because it deals with security and access to private data. A badly implemented authentication system can easily give the wrong person access to private data or protected features; this is why many developers turn to Devise.

Devise is a gem (a code library) for the Ruby on Rails web framework. It handles user authentication. It's not the only one - Authlogic is frequently cited as an alternative - but as the Ruby Toolbox rankings show, Devise is by far the most popular choice.

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Posted by Ian McLean on Jan 28, 2014

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