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The consumer psychology podcast - listen to the researchers, authors, and pioneers in behavioral science and learn small nudges you can use to improve your work. Host, Phill Agnew, shares tips and tricks to attract boost your marketing strategy, grow your brand, and create better products. Episodes reveal cost-free ways to garner attention, simple hacks to improve your productivity and tips for hiring a great team. Guests include best-selling authors and thought leaders like Richard Shotton, ...
 
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Most marketers have spent years studying the profession either on the job or in education. And yet, when it comes to positioning, something which is fundamental to every aspect of marketing, most of us struggle. In this episode, I chat with positioning expert April Dunford on why that is and her plan to solve it. The Science of Marketing Course: ht…
 
The Science of Marketing Course: https://scienceofmarketing.teachable.com Marketing is tough. 25% of all marketing budget is wasted. Most marketers don't know the science behind what works. The Science of Marketing course, created for Nudge listeners, is here to solve that. This four-part course reveals how behavior science and consumer psychology …
 
There’s endless advice for entrepreneurs out there. It's overwhelming. With so many success stories it’s hard to know who to follow. In this episode, I debunk many of those stories and reveal the real science behind success. I’m joined by Melina Palmer, host of the Brainy Business podcast and we discuss three lessons, backed by science, that every …
 
Does money motivate you? For most of us, we’d probably say yes. We work 9-5, five days a week for money. We can’t live without it. It’s normal to think that money therefore is the ultimate motivation. If you want someone to do something just pay them, right? My guest today, Dr Michael Hallsworth managing director of the BIT North American unit shar…
 
Most businesses make obvious mistakes when it comes to pricing. Some businesses undercharge, leaving money on the table, others are overpriced and put off buyers. Getting your price right isn’t easy. In this episode, I chat with pricing expert Ammanuel Selameab about the common pricing mistakes and how to avoid them. Ammanuel’s company Run Pricing …
 
We’re obsessed with food. We spend more time creating it and more money on it than we ever have before. But do we love the actual taste of what we eat or simply how it makes us feel. In this episode I’m joined by Eve Turow-Paul, a globally recognized expert on food. We discuss our modern-day obsession with food, our irrational views of what we like…
 
What do Star Wars, oil spills and eBay descriptions have in common? They help us understand what makes communication great. In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Matt Johnson and marketing expert Prince Ghuman discuss the power of storytelling in marketing and the brilliant campaign that encourages millions of Americans to start paying for bottled wa…
 
What’s the point of branding? Why do companies spend billions every year on it? To understand that we need to look beneath the surface at the brain. In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Matt Johnson and marketing expert Prince Ghuman discuss how brands change how we perceive a product, what happens in our brains when we see a brand and what makes so…
 
Growth hacks are loved by many marketers around the world. But should you use them? And are there any risks? In this episode, Rand Fishkin, founder of SparkToro, Inbound.org, and Moz explains what happens when growth hacks fail and a smarter way to plan your marketing. Lost and Founder, Rand's Book SparkToro Get a Free Trial HBR article Sign up to …
 
Ever get the feeling no one’s listening? Have you ever spent months working on a project only to find no one cares? Turns out most marketers have had this experience, but not because they’re bad at their jobs, instead it's because they haven’t found their audience. In this episode, Rand Fishkin, founder of SparkToro, Inbound.org and Moz explains ho…
 
Have you managed to get your side hustle off the ground? Do you keep planning to work on it but never find the time? Do you wonder if you’ll ever create something that resonates? In today’s show, Jeff Gothelf, coach, author and keynote speaker, will talk through simple steps to get your side hustle up and running. Link to Jeff’s book Forever Employ…
 
How do you price your product? Do you painstakingly quiz consumers on what price will work for them? If so, you might be making a big mistake. In today's show, with pricing expert Leigh Caldwell, we explain the science behind pricing strategies that work. We'll cover the decoy effect, how to increase prices without losing buyers and the power of fr…
 
Pricing a product isn't easy. We're reliant on out of date models and frameworks that don't reflect the real world. In today's show, with pricing expert Leigh Caldwell, we explain the science behind pricing strategies that work. We'll cover how to use anchors, if charm pricing works and the importance of product positioning. Leigh's book The Psycho…
 
Who should make the final call on a new hire? What should you ask during an interview? Can a job ad exclude good candidates? To answer these tough questions I’m joined by Kate Glazebrook, Co-Founder of Applied and formally of the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team. In this episode we highlight the mistakes most hiring managers make and how to avoid the…
 
Marketing at a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startup isn’t easy. Usually you’re short on budget, given dozens of responsibilities with only a handful of teammates. But that hasn’t stopped some of the leanest organizations grow to multi-million dollar brands. Today I’m chatting with Georgiana Laudi who has helped many SaaS businesses grow from one em…
 
The best adverts are the ones that make us cry, or laugh, or both! Right? Well not quite. In this episode, Phil Barden, author of the best selling consumer psychology book Decoded, explains the science behind adverts that really work, why emotion is important but not everything, and gives an analysis of the best ad from 2019. Phil's book Decoded: h…
 
Did you know judges and doctors make better decisions when given less time? Turns out our first impressions are seriously accurate. Today I’m joined by Phil Barden, MD at Decode and best selling author of the consumer psychology book Decoded. In the show we chat about the importance of first impressions in marketing, how you’re more likely to spot …
 
The last few months have shown that unprecedented changes to human behavior and habits is possible. But how was it achieved? Some countries chose a hard, enforced approach, while some were more lenient. In this episode we take a look at how the UK has changed behavior. We’ll look at the messaging the government used, the adverts that worked, the op…
 
Due to Covid-19, consumers across the globe have different priorities. Their needs, concerns and fears have changed over night. So, how should marketers continue their work without sounding out of touch or irrelevant? In today’s show I’m joined by Joel Klettle, founder of Business Casual Copywriting. We cover why attempting to understand consumers …
 
According to HBR, 80% of new product launches fail. But why? Could it be because the frameworks and models marketers implement aren't fit for purpose? Or perhaps because our understanding of what works might not be right? In this episode Richard Chataway, vice president of BVA Nudge Unit UK and author of Behavior Business, explains the mistakes mos…
 
The world is panic buying. The UK’s largest supermarket has capped sales of essentials, Kiwi shoppers are spending 40% more YoY, and some Malaysian consumers have spent 800% more on hand sanitizer. But why does it happen? What can psychology tell us about this behavior? And more importantly, is the response from corporations and governments correct…
 
What simple tricks make call centers more effective? How do Amazon, Google and Netflix increase product usage? And what can private organizations learn from governments when it comes to behavior science? In this episode Richard Chataway, Vice president of BVA Nudge Unit UK and author of Behavior Business, explains how the world's leading government…
 
Whether we like it or not, writing is a vital part of our jobs. It's the way we communicate, negotiate, convince and ultimately work. If your writing isn't persuasive, you won't be very good at convincing others. In this episode I chat to Joanna Wiebe who explains how to create effective writing that persuades others. Breakthrough or bust blog: htt…
 
Only 8% of us in the UK feel engaged by our jobs and the majority of us say we’re say we feel burned out in our roles. The modern workplace is actually less productive and more stressful than before. So what’s the solution? In this episode best selling author and podcast award winner Bruce Daisley talks through the optimal amount of hours to work p…
 
As marketers, we are constantly told to change a consumer’s attitudes. Gurus often call it the key to long term success and cite examples from mammoth organizations like Nike, saying “they changed attitudes towards running”. But is it good advice? Should marketers focus on changing attitudes? In this show, my guess Phil Barden, suggests a different…
 
"Can’t products sell themselves?” Most marketers will have heard a variation of this question throughout their careers, but is it true? In this episode, Phil Barden, author of the bestselling consumer psychology book Decoded, explains the importance of marketing. He talks about why we spend 3x more on Starbucks than Greggs, how a product’s packagin…
 
In this special end of year episode we take a look back at the most important nudges shared on the show in 2019. Listen to learn about the most successful advertising campaign of the 20th century, the easiest way to sell more cookies and the simple sales tactic that improved revenue by 20%. Sign up for the mailing list: https://www.nudgepodcast.com…
 
One of the best marketing campaigns of the 20th century encouraged millions of Americans to brush their teeth. It is lauded as incredibly effective, but was it ethical? Helping us understand the ethics behind habit-shifting marketing is Nathalie Nahai. In this episode, she explains how habits change and the ethics behind where to draw the line. Lin…
 
Most of us have experience creating a website. Whether it’s for work, a personal project, a wedding or a charity fun run. But do you know the psychology behind why one site is more effective than another? In this episode, best-selling author and international public speaker Nathalie Nahai condenses years’ worth of research to reveal what makes a go…
 
Does the weather dictate where students choose to go to university? In this episode, Dr Alastair Goode explains how our brain developed, why we take shortcuts when making decisions and how VR reveals when we stop noticing ads. Check out Gorilla in the Room: https://gorillaitr.com/ Sign up to our mailing list: https://www.nudgepodcast.com/mailing-li…
 
Ever find yourself at work, desperate to finish an important project, but seemingly getting nowhere? My guest, Nir Eyal used to experience that a lot. Then he started to look at the science behind distraction and what you can do to stop it. In this episode, Nir explains how to stop getting distracted, why open plan offices don’t work and how Slack …
 
What’s the first thing you do in the morning? If you’re like 79% of Americans, the first thing you’ll do is check apps like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. But what makes these products so addictive? What differentiates them from thousands of similar products? In this episode I chat to best-selling author Nir Eyal about the science behind habit for…
 
Influencer marketing has a bad name. Hearing it mentioned will conjure up thoughts of tacky endorsements and faked Instagram pics. But is it really all that bad? In this episode, I chat to Joseph Marks who explains the science behind why being nice can influence, and to Steve Rayson, who created a multi-million dollar company using positive influen…
 
Some people are just more convincing than others. People laugh more at their jokes, they're better at finding partners, and ultimately they get paid more. Understanding what makes these people more convincing is something my guest has spent years studying. In this episode, I chat to Joseph Marks who explains why taller people get elected more, how …
 
Marketers are constantly told stories about how a brand targeted millennials with great success. But is it a smart tactic? In this episode I chat to best selling author Richard Shotton who explains that consumers aren’t really changing and to influence them we need to think beyond simple segmentations like ‘millennials’. Link to Richard’s book: htt…
 
“How do you plan to get to the polling booth?”. This phrase can swing voter turnout by 9% and ultimately change the outcome of an election. To figure out why I chatted to bestselling author Steve Martin about the powerful consistency principle. Link to Steve’s book Small Big https://www.amazon.com/small-BIG-changes-spark-influence/dp/1455584258 Sig…
 
You’re influenced by scarcity, even if you don’t notice it. In this podcast Richard Shotton explains why marketers love scarcity, why so many Airbnbs contain pianos, and why cookies taste better when they’re the last in the jar. Link to Richard’s book https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Factory-behavioural-biases-influence/dp/085719609X Sign up to the ma…
 
The UK governments contains a team of 60+ behaviour scientists in charge of nudging the country. They tweak HMRC letters, JobCenter scripts and road signs on the M6 all to nudge British people in the right directions. Listen to hear the success they’ve had and what the private sector could learn. Sign up to the mailing list: https://www.nudgepodcas…
 
There are simple rules that make brands stand out, but most marketers and advertisers dismiss them. In this episode Richard Shotton will explain the science behind distinctive marketing and why so many brands fail to capture our attention. Link to Richard’s book https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Factory-behavioural-biases-influence/dp/085719609X Sign u…
 
One line of text has helped the UK government save billions in unpaid tax, helped pubs sell 2x more beer and stopped hikers stealing endangered petrified wood. In this episode Steve Martin explains how social proof can dramatically influence consumers and how brands use it to great success. Link to Steve’s book The Small Big: https://www.amazon.com…
 
Did you know that companies spend millions trying to discover when customers have kids? In this episode I chat to best-selling author Richard Shotton about the power of habit. He explains how life events encourage purchases, why those aged 49 are more likely to run a marathon and how Sainsbury’s used habitual marketing to generate billions in reven…
 
Let’s say you're trying to negotiate a pay rise at work. Do you know what to say, how to say it, or even when to say it? Most of us have no idea. In the episode best selling author, Steve Martin, talks through 5 effective tactics for getting the best deal in a negotiation. Sign up to the mailing list: https://www.nudgepodcast.com/mailing-list…
 
We know music can make us happy or sad, but did you know it can change the type of wine you buy? In the first episode of Nudge, we chat with Adrian North who has studied how music affects what consumers buy. Listen to learn: How music can change the products we buy. Why ads change narrators to improve product recall, and how a gym used music to kee…
 
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