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End of the beginning: Behavioural economics enters a new era of application
This article demonstrates how behavioural economics is being employed to improve public and business policies. It shows how governments are using robust experiments, seeing success in areas including energy savings, pensions enrolment and encouraging job seekers back to work.
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The difference between rational and impulsive decisions – and why most decision making is impulsive.
Herd-like copying is how brands spread
Mark Earls and Alex Bentley discuss why humans are social animals, who learn by copying others.
The power of instant meaning for brand decisions
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Monarch: A colouring book that relaxes you like a holiday
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Water Aid: Your £1 locker fee could help save lives. Do you really want it back?
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Scope: End the Awkward
This case study shows how Scope, a disability charity in the UK, increased awareness using a video content led campaign.
Canadian Tire: #Shovelitforward
This case study details how Canadian Tire, a retail company, increased reach and sales in Canada through its #ShovelitForward campaign.
Shocking People Into Action: Does It Still Work? An Empirical Analysis of Emotional Appeals in Charity Advertising
How effective is shock advertising for charities? To address this question, the current researchers used an experimental design based on a cross-sectional sample of three groups of adults.
Our feelings can be cleverer than our thoughts
This article looks at the importance of emotion instead of reason in decision making and how this can be applied to marketing.
Deciphering Word-of-Mouth Marketing Campaign Reach: Everyday Conversation versus Institutionalized Word of Mouth
Agencies routinely report word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) campaign results in terms of reach but do not deliver insight about the people who are reached and the types of conversation in which the WOMM message is embedded.
Framing Advertisements to Elicit Positive Emotions and Attract Foster Carers: An Investigation Into the Effects of Advertising on High-Cognitive-Elaboration Donations
Advertisements that elicit negative emotions (e.g., guilt) have been found effective in prompting socially desirable behaviors, such as making monetary donations to charity.
Now we can nudge better
This article examines how better nuance can now be found in behavioural economics despite a large amount of contradictory replication studies.
Emotion, attention and memory in advertising
This paper explores how advertising can leverage the interplay of attention, memory and emotion to influence people's brand choices.
Building stronger brands
This paper explores how brands can become more successful by understanding and leveraging the way in which people make decisions.
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