Archive for the Research + Insights Category

What the March for Science Protestors Can Learn from Mean Girls

May 04

“You can’t sit with us” were the famous words spoken by Gretchen Wieners when they finally determined that Regina George, their former leader, was no longer a part of the Plastics in the movie Mean Girls. Regina reacted in the only way she knew how in order to ease her pain and maintain her perceived […]

Ripple Effect: Power of Thanks

Apr 23

I was reminded earlier this week that civility, while not completely dead, is on it’s last legs. Yes, civility. Not to be confused with chivalry, which is an entirely separate blog post. While waiting in line, in the pouring rain for the morning bus to arrive the woman in front of me decided twirling her […]

Re-fashioning how we shop

Apr 03

On March 25, 2015 The Atlantic published “The Neurological Pleasures of Fast Fashion,” which illustrated how clothes shopping has transformed into a “widespread pastime, a powerfully pleasurable and sometimes addictive activity.” Not only has shopping become a recreational activity (one that I, too, enjoy), research now shows that the brain literally lights up when it […]

Practice informing research informing practice at ACR 2014

Oct 31

With over 1000 presentations, more than 300 posters, and 1200 attendees, it was impossible to capture everything at the 2014 Association for Consumer Research North American Conference. For every talk I attended (e.g.,Choice Architecture; Aging Consumers: Beyond Chronological Age;  Interplay Effect of Goals and Planning on Consumer Welfare), there were several concurrent ones that I […]

Ogilvy Takes on the 2014 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media

Aug 18

Ogilvy’s Social Marketing Group is headed to Atlanta this week for the National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media. This is one of the Social Marketing Group’s favorite conferences, as many of us work in the health communications space, and it’s always inspiring and motivating to learn from the work of others. Ogilvy will […]

Is Your Life Glass Half-Empty or Half-Full?

May 24

In both our personal and professional lives, we all encounter situations where the perception of our life glass is either half-full or half-empty. Our response to that age-old question helps to define us as individuals, as well as inform our personal outlook on life. I have been an optimist my entire life, for better (always […]

Want to be smarter? Try dressing like a doctor.

May 10

As a preteen in the 80s, my demands for Guess jeans and Z Cavaricci shorts were met repeatedly with the same wise—but at the time, annoying—words from my mom: “It’s not what you wear. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” Even though she was doing it more in the “we’re not buying you those […]

Warning: Your doctor’s BMI may be dangerous to your health

Mar 28

Social marketers realize the power of encouraging behavior change through the doctor-patient relationship.  With health information coming at us from various sources and channels, the doctor, or more broadly speaking, the health professional, continues to be the #1 trusted source for health advice.  And this is a good thing; health professionals are educated, they know […]

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 […]

Personal Communication Still Drives Word of Mouth on Causes

Jun 15

Quiz of the day: What is the most typical way in which people tell others about social issues and causes they want them to get involved with? a)      In person b)      Over the phone c)       Via text messages d)      Via social networking messages and invites e)      Via personal emails or email forwards The answer: a) […]