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How to Use Consumer Behavior Secrets to Grow Your Revenues

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.47.59 PMI'm fascinated by consumer behavior. I bet you are, too.For example, as you probably know, a red "submit" button on your "free download" form will typically increase click throughs by several percentage points. Why? One theory is that the human brain often associates red with urgency.After all, red shows up in fire, lava, poison plants and a few other places that, through evolution, we notice quite quickly. The argument is that we react to red more than we do, say, the color brown or yellow.

If that's interesting to you, check this out.

Not long ago, I was talking with a good friend of mine named Dan who works at a credit card company. Dan spent a good part of his career testing the results of the direct mail campaigns that he was running.You're probably already familiar with A/B Split Testing where you test one letter (called the control) against another letter. The idea is that by changing just one variable in the B letter, you can see what changes drive better results.When you get a lift in the results that's better than the control, then you have a new control and you conduct future tests against the new control.Dan was trying to beat the results of a control that had historically been tough to beat. He tested logo placement, graphics, copy ... all sorts of stuff. But still, no dice. The control continued to generate the best results.

But then Dan had an idea.

What would happen if he changed the sentences that had an asterisk after them and replaced them with a footnote?In other words, what if he took the sentences that required legal clarification (and were almost always followed by an asterisk), and he replaced those asterisks with a footnote?It was just a hunch, but Dan wondered if the asterisks implied "legal stipulation" and were getting people to stop reading the letter. He also wondered if a footnote might imply "additional information" instead of "legal stipulation" (which would be less of a stopper for the recipients).

What were the results of Dan's test?

That's what I talk about in today's abbreviated episode of The Jamie Turner Show, which you can check out below. (What? You haven't subscribed to the podcast? Apple gave it New and Noteworthy designation. You can subscribe by clicking here for iTunes and here for Stitcher.)Anyway, check out the episode below. It's only a few minutes long but it will provide some great tips and insights on how you can use Dan's methodology to test your way to success in your next marketing campaign.Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 6.49.00 PM


Jamie Turner is the CEO of the 60 Second Marketer and 60 Second Communications, an Atlanta-based marketing agency that works with national and international brands. He is the co-author of "How to Make Money with Social Media" and "Go Mobile" and is a popular marketing speaker at events, trade shows and corporations around the globe. Subscribe to The Jamie Turner Show podcast by visiting iTunes or Stitcher.

5 Consumer Behavior Secrets You Can Use to Grow Sales and Revenue

Not long ago, Baylor University conducted a blind taste test between Coke and Pepsi. They took 100 people, gave them unlabeled samples of Coke and Pepsi and asked them to choose which one they preferred.Interestingly, the participants in the study were split 50/50. Half the room chose Coke and half the room chose Pepsi.A short while later, the researchers asked the same group to again choose which soft drink they liked better -- only this time, the drinks had their labels on them. In other words, the participants knew when they were drinking Coke and when they were drinking Pepsi.Amazingly, 80% of the participants said they preferred Coca-Cola.Why would that happen? Why, when a blind study indicated that the room was split 50/50, would the same group of people choose Coke 80% of the time in a non-blind test?The answer is, of course, that Coca-Cola is a more powerful brand than Pepsi. In fact, if you think of the words you most associate with Coke, you'd come up with things like Polar Bears, Mean Joe Green and Santa Clause. If you think of words you associate with Pepsi, you'd come up with things like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears.Coke = Santa ClausePepsi = Michael JacksonWho do you think people are going to gravitate to? Santa Clause? Or Michael Jackson?How This Story Relates to YouThe story above illustrates a key point about marketing -- consumers often choose products for reasons that even they are not totally aware of. For example, people don't buy Porsches for the German engineering, they buy them because they make the owner feel young and sexy. But if you asked a new Porsche owner why they bought the car, "German Engineering" would come up 20 times more often than "Because it makes me feel sexy."Consumer behavior is an odd thing. But if you can wrap your mind around it, it can be a very powerful tool for you to use to grow your sales and revenue.With that in mind, I've included a short, 60-second video below called "5 Consumer Behavior Secrets You Can Use to Grow Your Sales and Revenue." It includes 5 different tips you can use to help you get your target market to buy more of your stuff.And that's what it's all about, right?Enjoy.If you like what you read today, you can have these blog posts delivered to your in box each morning by clicking here. Or, you can sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter by clicking here.Posted by Jamie Turner, Chief Content Officer of the 60 Second Marketer, the online magazine of BKV Digital and Direct Response. Jamie is also the co-author of How to Make Money with Social Media.

New Consumer Behavior Secrets Proven to Grow Your Business

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to give a speech to the American Marketing Association's Marketing Research Conference. My friends Mike Brown with Brainzooming and Sherrie Binke with Infogroup/ORC did a wonderful job attracting top speakers from around the globe for their event. I was fascinated by some of the excellent information shared by some of the best and brightest minds in marketing.My topic was called "Why Your Brain Buys Stuff it Doesn't Need" and it was based on two terrific books: How Customers Think by Gerald Zaltman and The Buying Brain by Dr. A. K. Pradeep.I provided 12 consumer behavior insights during the speech. I'm sharing 7 of them here -- the others will be included in upcoming posts. Please feel free to add your own ideas to the list in the comments section:Secret #1: Novelty is the single most effective factor in capturing our brain's precious attention. Humans want to buy your products and services. And the way to get them to do that is to point out what makes your product new and different. When people see something new, they're curious. And if they like what they see, they purchase it. How are you making your product or service seem new and different? That could be the key to your future success.Secret #2: The female brain has 25% more connections between the right and left hemispheres than the male brain. Because of this, women are much better than men at communication and multitasking. As you can see from the graphic on this page, men's brains are not as complex as women's, which explains why men are only capable of holding three thoughts in their brain -- Is the game on? Is the beer cold? Am I going to have sex tonight?Secret #3: Humans often don't know why they prefer one brand over another. We have a great article about this on the site called "Coke vs. Pepsi. The Taste Test they Don't Want You to Know About." The article discusses why Coke beat Pepsi in a small non-blind taste test a few years ago but came out Even-Steven in a blind taste test to the same group. Interesting, eh? For more details, check out the article on the site.Secret #4: People buy for emotional reasons then rationalize their purchase with logic. Here's a fact -- men don't buy Porsches for logical reasons, they buy them to make up for some sort of shortcoming. But if you interview them after their purchase, they're able to rationalize their purchase in very logical terms. If you're smart (which you are), you'll use this secret to help you uncover the emotional triggers that get people to buy your product or service.Secret #5: Different parts of the brain control different stimuli responses. Our instincts are controlled by the Subcortical and Limbic areas, also known as our Lizard Brain. The Lizard Brain responds to stimuli based on the 4 Fs -- Fight, Flight, Food and Procreation. By appealing to the Lizard Brain, you can create an emotional bond between your consumer and your brand.Secret #6: Data indicates that humans respond best to 13 specific words in advertising. This data is based on years and years of testing by direct response agencies like BKV. The words are (drumroll, please) Free, You, Save, Money, Easy, Guarantee, Health, Results, New, Love, Discovery, Proven, Safety. You'll notice I used 3 of them in the headline of this article. Did they draw you in?Secret #7: We take in 11 million bits of information per second, but the brain can only process 40 bits per second. Essentially, what this means is that the brain is on over-load much of the time. If you want to stick out in the crowd, simplify. It's what Steve Jobs does and, hey, he's a billionaire.As mentioned, there are 12 secrets that are part of this presentation. I'll be expanding on the others in the future. Alternatively, perhaps you can catch me around the country on my upcoming speaking tour promoting my new book, "How to Make Money with Social Media."Posted by Jamie Turner, Chief Content Officer of the 60 Second Marketer, the online magazine of BKV Digital and Direct Response.