Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy

Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy

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By (author) Martin Lindstrom, Read by Dan Woren

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio | 9 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 152mm x 28mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 030794333X
  • ISBN 13: 9780307943330
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 834,813

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"Foreword by Morgan Spurlock From the bestselling author of Buyology comes a shocking insider's look at how today's global giants conspire to obscure the truth and manipulate our minds, all in service of persuading us to buy. " Marketing visionary Martin Lindstrom has been on the front lines of the branding wars for over twenty years. Here, he turns the spotlight on his own industry, drawing on all he has witnessed behind closed doors, exposing for the first time the full extent of the psychological tricks and traps that companies devise to win our hard-earned dollars. Picking up from where Vance Packard's bestselling classic, "The Hidden Persuaders," left off more than half-a-century ago, Lindstrom reveals: - New findings that reveal how advertisers and marketers intentionally target children at an alarmingly young age - starting when they are still in the womb! - Shocking results of an fMRI study which uncovered what heterosexual men "really "think about when they see sexually provocative advertising (hint: it isn't their girlfriends). - How marketers and retailers stoke the flames of public panic and capitalize on paranoia over global contagions, extreme weather events, and food contamination scares. - The first ever neuroscientific evidence proving how addicted we all are to our iPhones and our Blackberry's (and the shocking reality of cell phone addiction - it can be harder to shake than addictions to drugs and alcohol). - How companies of all stripes are secretly mining our digital footprints to uncover some of the most intimate details of our private lives, then using that information to target us with ads and offers "'perfectly tailored'" to our psychological profiles. - How certain companies, like the maker of one popular lip balm, purposely adjust their formulas in order to make their products chemically addictive. - What a 3-month long guerilla marketing experiment, conducted specifically for this book, tells us about the most powerful hidden persuader of them all. - And much, much more. This searing expose introduces a new class of tricks, techniques, and seductions - the Hidden Persuaders of the 21st century- and shows why they are more insidious and pervasive than ever. "From the Hardcover edition."

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MARTIN LINDSTROM, was voted one of the World's 100 Most Influential people of 2009 by "Time" magazine. Among the globe's foremost marketers - now turned consumer advocate - Lindstrom has advised top executives at companies such as McDonald's Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and Microsoft. His most recent book, "Buyology," was a "New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal" bestseller and voted "Pick of the Year" by USA Today. He is also chairman and co-founder of Buyology Inc "From the Hardcover edition."

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-"If you buy products, you need to read this book. It's really that simple." - Tom Rath, New York Times Bestselling author of "StrengthFinder 2.0" and "How Full is Your Bucket" "A crucial bridge between the unconscious mind, the brand that's marketing to you, and the impulse to buy...it's a wake-up call that you can't afford to ignore!" -- Jean Chatzky, bestselling author of "Money 911," Financial Editor NBC Today "I can't think of a better tour guide to take us into the black box that is brand marketing. I'll never look at my favorite brands the same way again!" - Bill Tancer, bestselling author of "Click: What Millions do Online and Why it Matters." "Martin Lindstrom makes the point that marketing today is about connecting with the consumers emotionally in order for them to participate in the brand. Surely he received some of his inspiration from Priceline.com and "the negotiator." I found his book insightful and informative." -- William Shatne