Neuromarketing Hardcover – Oct 2 2007
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About the Author
Patrick Renvoise grew up in France, where he received a Masters in Computer Science. Focusing his career on sales, he spent several years in global business development, first at Silicon Graphics, where he initiated, closed, and managed multimillion dollar international OEM agreements. He served as Executive Director, Business Development & Strategy at Kleiner Perkins, where he sold supercomputers and software to NASA, Shell, Boeing, BMW, and Canon. Christophe Morin's passion is to help companies clearly identify what motivates and frustrates their prospects so that they can develop sustainable competitive strategies. Morin was CMO for rStar Networks, a company that develops private networks for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he was VP of Marketing and Corporate training for Canned Foods, Inc., one of the largest grocery remarketers in the world. He graduated from ESC Nantes with a BA in Marketing and received an MBA from Bowling Green State University.
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this material is jam packed with info.,we need to know to protect our selves & market our services. this is great for those like me, new to the science & for intermediate students of actions of humanity. a graduate student could build a phd proposal from the material covered!
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in brain research suggest that people make EMOTIONAL decisions, which
they later RATIONALIZE" you'll love the lightweight treatment of
the art/science of persuasion put forth in "Neuromarketing".
This book is derivative and lacks a bibliography. It refers to "studies"
with phrases like "a study found" but doesn't tell us when, where,
and who conducted the research and how to find out more about it.
It claims to be based on the latest research yet in refering to source
material mentions such dated sources as Dale Carnegie's book
"How To Win Friends and Influence People," which was published in 1936.
Dale Carnegie is great, but not "the latest breakthroughs in
If you're familiar with some of the core literature on persuasion,
marketing, selling, and especially direct-response marketing -
ie: Cialdini, Hogan, Caples, Ogilvy, and so forth, I don't think
you'll find anything here you're not aware of as relevant factors
in successful marketing. You may, as I did, experience some "duh"
If you're unfamiliar with sales, nlp concepts, and persuasion
you may enjoy this book and have some revelations.
Mostly the authors reframe established stuff in terms of appealing
to "the old brain". Since they offer no specific citations in the
current editions, just a reading list at the end, the notion that
this is somehow a scientific work is dubious. In science writing,
sources are generally cited. Here we get a reading list at the
back. No index. No bibliography.
I don't feel this book lives up to it's book jacket promise:
"Neuromarketing is the only book to combine the latest brain research
with cutting-edge sales, marketing and communication techniques"
If it's so up on the latest brain research, where are the citations?
That said, it's not a lame book. It has some good information in
it, but little in the way of new ideas. Not a waste of time
but not something I'll likely read again.
With hardly any scientific data or comparative theory to substantiate its claims; this book is little more than a capitalization by the authors on the newness of the term "neuromarketing". In other words - a new container to a package already well established marketing insights. Moreover, after claiming insight into the error of Descartes ways by referring to the work of Damasio; these authors continue to lay out what can best be described as the epitome of Cartesian reductionism. A philosophical perspective that social neuroscientists, depth psychologists and others, are at pains to move away from.
In contrast to what these authors would have you believe, the brain is a complex system that is part of a complex system (including mind-brain-body in relationship with others and environmental conditions). Furthermore, it is sometimes held that the decision making / control centre of the brain is actually the prefrontal cortex, which was the latest (not the oldest) part of the brain to develop. It is this part of the brain that has contact with virtually every other part of the brain - including the sensory regions and the old brain. See Wilkinson's (2006) chapter on "Brain Basics".
In my opinion this book is more a regurgitation of game theory than what it has to do with understanding anything at all about human behaviour in relation to neuroscientific research. Dreadful!
1. Appeal to emotion
2. Present information in a variety of media
3. Be brief
4. Tell stories
5. Talk from the buyer's point of view
These ideas, along with many others, are tried and true. If all the authors did was regurgitate them, this book wouldn't be much different from lots of others out there. But they provide a number of real life examples of how neuromarketing techniques were used to obtain incredible results. Their various case studies of imaginative presentations incorporating the storytelling method were extremely enlightening.
The book covers big picture communication principles and tips on details as small as leaving a voice mail message. It should stimulate your old brain, your new brain, and everything in between!
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