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Video Interview with Sam Sommers, Author of Situations Matter

What’s the best way to know how your customers think? Ask a social psychologist of course!

Today, I’m talking to Sam Sommers. He literally wrote the book on context-based thinking (my review here), blogs for Psychology Today, and, as an award-winning professor at Tufts University, works with college kids like me full-time.  Who better to talk to about getting in the college demographic’s head?

Check out this short video where we discuss the marketing applications behind the principles in his book.  Enjoy!

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COVERGIRL and Sofia Vergara: Wins on Video, Loses in Print

When I discovered that Sofia Vergara would act as one of the celebrity endorsers for COVERGIRL, my immediate reaction was “Yes! I love her!”.  While I don’t normally get excited for celebrity endorsers, Sofia Vergara has such a big, fun personality (as Gloria on Modern Family and as herself on the red carpet) that I couldn’t help but root for her.

Having the right celebrity endorse a product is almost like hearing a friend’s recommendation. There’s an implicit level of trust. After all, celebrities spend countless dollars and hours promoting a brand for us to remember and recognize them by–to feel as if we know them. And if an individual that I feel like I “know” tells me to buy a product, it carries more weight than some stranger.  That’s why the most effective endorsements play into what the viewers “know” about a celebrity into the company’s product pitch.

In Sofia’s case, her brand is well-established. Funny. Loud. Columbiana. Flirty. Smiley. See how well her personality/brand shines through in the COVERGIRL commercial below.

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