Archive for the Behavior Change Category

This is Not About Cancer: How do we get consumers interested in their health?

Jan 19

Cancer: Everything causes it and a cure is always further away than we hope. Public health graduate studies led me to believe (initially) that all public health is about cancer. Though these days I try to worry less about cancer (only because there are so many professional worriers—those whose life pursuit is the cure for […]

“Wake-Up Call” Campaigns – Do They Work?

Jan 12

In recent weeks, there have been a number of hard-hitting anti-obesity campaigns making headlines. As Trish Taylor described earlier this week, Georgia’s “Strong4Life” anti-childhood obesity campaign, introduced by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, uses short ads, billboards, and TV spots depicting an obese child and statements including “fat kids become fat adults,” and “it’s hard to be […]

The Role of Optimism in Social Marketing

Jan 05

When I arrived home for the holidays, I rifled through my bookcase looking for a good read.  I stumbled upon a book I had purchased for a psychology class in college, “Learned Optimism,” by Martin Seligman, Ph.D. A professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the American Psychological Association, Seligman describes […]

Reseach on consumer response to big brands highlights value of stong narratives.

Oct 04

Martin Lindstrom’s piece in Saturday’s New York Times highlighted his research on whether consumers were “in love with” or “addicted” to their iPhones, given demonstrations of longing, sensory reaction and separation anxiety. His past research has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRIs) to compare human responses to imagery from the world’s great religions and its […]

Survey Recognizes Social Marketing as Critical Tool in Driving Social Change

Aug 17

Findings were released yesterday from a survey conducted by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, in collaboration with The Conference People, prior to the 2nd World Non-Profit and Social Marketing Conference. The survey was conducted to examine trends and issues of social marketing, as well as priorities for the future. More than 600 marketers, communications experts, and […]

The Intersection of Cause Involvement and Behavior Change

Jul 16

When designing interventions for behavior change, the first things that usually come to mind are how to remove the barriers to action, how to increase self-efficacy, or even if the external conditions are favorable for the adoption of the desired behavior. Not often do we consider that involvement in causes can actually trigger individual behavior […]

What Drives Human Behavior…And How Can We Harness That?

Jun 30

The 100 plus attendees engaged in spirited discussion with Piyush Tantia, one of the foremost experts in behavioral economics, attests to the overwhelming success of Ogilvy Washington’s What Drives Human Behavior Exchange. Mr. Tantia translated academic, often cerebral theories on behavioral economics into a set of application-driven insights easily grasped by the PR, government, and […]

Ogilvy to Host Harvard Behavioral Economics Expert on June 29 to Discuss What Drives Human Behavior

Jun 23

When you’re facing a decision, does the way in which a product is positioned or a question is phrased influence your answer? Proponents of behavioral economics would say yes, resoundingly. Take this example from a study that examined the rate at which people opted to donate their organs in different countries. In some countries the […]

Wake-up calls and lifestyle changes

May 24

Yesterday’s Los Angeles Times featured a great article about behavior change entitled “Why are unhealthy people so reluctant to change their lifestyles?”  In the article, Dr. Valerie Ulene, a preventive medicine specialist, examines just how much it takes for someone to adopt what she calls the three principles of healthy living: not smoking, five daily […]

Happiness, Harmony, and World Citizenship

May 19

Getting screened for cancer. Putting on a seatbelt. Turning off the lights. Recycling. Quitting smoking. Wearing sunscreen. Social marketers have increased the rates of all of the above behaviors throughout the last half century and have, in turn, affected the health and well-being of men and women all over the world. We have academic theory […]