The Brainfluence Podcast with Roger Dooley (general)

Sam Mallikarjunan is the co-author of the book How To Sell Better Than Amazon, and he’s here today to explain what it takes to do just that. A Marketing Fellow at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs—the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform—Sam has seen firsthand what it takes to market effectively. He teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and speaks across the country and around the world about startups, business, and marketing.

In this episode, Sam shares his insight on market testing and the importance of focusing the user experience. He also talks about how to use a free tool in order to gain a lifetime customer, as well as the main thing marketers should focus on if they really want to sell better than Amazon.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2ET3n8m

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Today’s guest is a developmental molecular biologist who has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. Dr. John J. Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as the author of the New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. He also wrote Brain Rules for Baby—a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators—and recently released his new book, Brain Rules for Aging Well.

In this episode, John discusses fascinating research on what improves people’s ability to recall information, how simple visual changes can trick our brains, and more. He also shares tips for making presentations more effective, as well as practical things you can do to keep your mind sharp as you age.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2EefDNm 

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Today we have two guests on the show! Maryann Karinch and Jim McCormick are experts in body language and sales, and they are here to share how to read other people in selling or persuasion situations so you can present your case in a convincing way.

Maryann has been writing about body language for 14 years, building on her background in theater, where it was very important to be able to communicate emotions effectively and use correct body language. Jim's extensive knowledge of sales comes from his work shaping capital campaigns, sales strategies, and major donor programs for clients from the National World War II Museum to multiple international companies.

The pair combined their areas of expertise in their new book, Body Language Sales Secrets: How to Read Prospects and Decode Subconscious Signals to Get Results and Close the Deal, and they join us today to share tips and tricks you can use to improve your ability to sell. Listen in to learn what you should be doing from a body language perspective to increase your odds of closing the deal.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2nyVT0v 

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Would you trust a doctor who didn't understand physiology? An engineer with no knowledge of physics? Given how obvious those answers seem, it's surprising that so many companies trust marketers who don’t consider behavioural science.

Today’s guest, Richard Shotton, illustrated the absurdity of this fact with the above comparisons in his book, The Choice Factory, and he certainly has plenty of room to speak on the subject. After starting his career 17 years ago as a media planner and working on accounts such as Coke, 118 118, and comparethemarket.com, he now studies how findings from behavioural science can be applied to advertising.

Richard currently serves as Deputy Head of Evidence at Manning Gottlieb OMD, the most awarded media agency in the history of the IPA Effectiveness awards, and he writes about the behavioural experiments he runs for titles such as Marketing Week Campaign, Admap and The Huffington Post. He joins us in this episode to share his findings, how he has used them to increase campaign effectiveness, and more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2nbLveW 

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We would all love to do less and get more done, but the question is: how? Morten T. Hansen is here to give us the answer based on his extensive research.

A management professor at University of California, Berkeley, Morten is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice, and the author of the highly acclaimed Collaboration and Great at Work. His research has won several prestigious awards, and he is ranked one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50.

In this episode, Morten shares key behaviors that stand out among top performers, as well as tips for changing your habits to improve your own productivity. Listen in to learn how to make the most of your time, what to avoid in the workplace, and more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2rkS5Er 

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Today’s guest has made it her mission to use behavioral science to improve inclusion and diversity. A behavior economist and expert in organizational change, Tinna Nielsen is the founder of the non-profit change-organization Move the Elephant for Inclusiveness, the co-founder of the non-profit Inclusion Nudges Initiative, and the co-author of the Inclusion Nudges Guidebook. She is also a strategic partner for inclusiveness and gender parity at the United Nations, and she collaborates with organizations, practitioners, and social entrepreneurs worldwide to redesign communities and organizations.

In this episode, Tinna shares the surprising truth about the unconscious snap judgments we all make, as well as the devastating experience that led to her realization of what it really takes to influence people to change their behavior. Listen in to learn what types of unconscious biases we all have, as well as how to prevent those biases from affecting our communities.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2DkWaOI 

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Have you ever thought about what brands in your life you can’t imagine living without? Maybe the thought of giving up your Apple computer gives you anxiety, or the idea of shopping anywhere other than Amazon makes you cringe. Those are the types of reactions that indicate how strongly we become attached to brands—if their marketing is done right. 

Today’s guest, Brian Sheehan, knows all about what it takes to create that kind of powerful brand attachment. Now the Professor of Advertising at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, he teaches courses in advertising, advertising management, advertising strategy, digital advertising, and international advertising. In this episode, he shares insights from his new book, Loveworks: How the World’s Best Marketers Make Emotional Connections to Win in the Marketplace, and explains what it takes to become a brand that consumers can’t live without. 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2COKMdj 

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We all have to ask for favors from time to time, but did you know there are certain things you can do to increase the likelihood that someone will say yes? From getting the timing right to planting the seed for a future favor, using psychology can significantly improve your odds of getting people to oblige.

In this episode, our very own Roger Dooley shares science-based tactics that will increase your chance of success the next time you ask for a favor. Some of them may surprise you!

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Today’s guest is a repeat visitor to the show whose last episode proved to be one of our most popular. Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, and his work has long influenced the field of persuasion. Also the New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions and Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, Dan has convinced his readers—and listeners of his 2012 TED Talk—to look beyond logic when trying to communicate and persuade.

In this episode, Dan shares surprising truths about motivation and trust in work and society. Listen in to learn the most powerful ways to motivate people, what we should focus on in order to make people feel their work is meaningful, and more.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2C3SVcQ 

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We’ve all heard the claim that print is dead, but is that really true? In this special episode, our very own Roger Dooley discusses what research suggests about the ongoing print vs. digital debate. He also shares interesting information he has observed about how print and digital interact from the sales of his book, Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing.

Listen in to hear the truth about what people truly prefer, as well as fascinating psychological concepts that come into play when dealing with print materials.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2jXpSxw 

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