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Thanks to the power of neuroscience (combined with behavioural science and cognitive psychology), we have a way to not only measure emotions but to use them to create stronger bond with consumers. We identify unconscious emotional reactions; we help to understand what they mean from a marketing perspective and we provide guidance on how to emphasise strengths and correct weaknesses. All this is based on deep understanding of human needs and dedicated to maximise the potential of your strategy, brand image, product promise or communication. Consumer neuroscience helps to make the emotional link between brands and people stronger.
Emotion is not constrained to facial expression and similarly not all emotions have distinct facial expressions. Even when we don’t recall specific ads, our brain is processing the information. EEG can pinpoint unconscious emotional reactions through direct brain measurements, helping to understand deep underlying emotional engagement in terms of a positive (approach) or negative (withdrawal) response to a given stimulus (typically advertising research).
long-term emotional relevance
Humans aren’t perfect: we forget things when we’re asked to recall a store visit and we are not aware of everything we’ve seen. So, simply asking people what they saw isn’t always reliable. Eye-tracking measure the key element of visual attention. This helps us to understand what elements of your advert, signage, POS material or packaging are stimulating different reactions.
Eye-tracking: visual attention
Few would argue that advertising does not simply deliver information, it also affects how we feel to stimulate emotions. Even if we are not aware of it, our facial expressions tell us how we feel, but not what we think. Facial Coding gains insight into people’s emotions based on their facial expressions by capturing the moment-by-moment emotions people express when completing an activity (watching an ad, in-store, looking at a concept and much more).
Facial Coding: short-term emotional engagement
A highly agile neuroscience method, from ad testing to in store measurement it creates a window into the intensity of the emotional reaction. Emotional events trigger changes in sweating produced in the hands and feet, this response is completely outside of our conscious control, and often outside our conscious awareness! GSR enables us to measure this reaction and understand the drivers of reactions.
Galvanic Skin Response (GSR): short term activation and action drive
Brands exist as a collection of memories represented in the brain by a network of associations. Attitudes, colours, shapes, images, sounds constructed and reinforced, or eroded, by exposure to advertising, experiences, what people say and so on. All of this influences how we make decisions. The stronger the link between these associations the faster we can access them: this is how brands become shortcuts in decision-making. RT reflects the strength and accessibility of the attitudes. It shows the emotional certainty of the expressed attitudes, allows us to tap into respondents’ beliefs and emotional opinions. It also indicates how likely the attitude is going to be translated into actual behaviour.