Habit: The 95% of Behavior Marketers Ignore

Book description

“The Samsung Instinct was designed to be habit forming. Inspired by pioneering work by Dr. Neale Martin, Sprint and Samsung created the Instinct interface from the bottom up to work the way your brain works.”

—Doug Rossier, Sprint Instinct Marketing Lead

“In Habit, Neale Martin provides what seems to be a simple observation—that human behavior is largely managed through subconscious process. In startling fashion, Martin makes this point and then proceeds to undermine much of what marketers have come to believe as absolute truths. This is a worthwhile read, with significant implications to anyone who hopes to build brands and sell products.”

—John Stratton, Sr. Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon

“Neale provides some of the most comprehensive insights into marketing I have ever read. His understanding of today’s market complexity is simply brilliant.”

—Derek Broes, Sr. Vice President, Paramount

“At last someone has approached marketing with the clarity and precision of a brain surgeon.”

—George Ford, Marketing Director, Petrafoods

Habit reveals why traditional approaches to acquiring and keeping customers don’t work anymore. Dr. Martin shows that by focusing on behavior instead of attitudes and intentions, companies can radically improve not only how many customers they win, but how many they keep.”

—S. Somasegar, Microsoft Senior Vice President, Developer Division

Habit is an essential read for all marketers, managers and executives. Dr. Martin has elevated the seemingly boring concept of habits to a science with implications for every business in every market. This excellent book not only explains why consumers behave the way they do, but what companies should do in light of these startling insights!”

—Jagdish N. Sheth, Ph.D, Charles H. Kellstadt  Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School,  Emory University

Habit begins with a revolutionary premise—95% of human behavior is controlled by the unconscious mind. This fact exposes the central flaw in marketing theory, market research, and a preponderance of business strategy—that customers are consciously aware of what they’re doing. Habit explains why 80% of new products fail, why billions of advertising dollars are wasted every year, and why even satisfied customers aren’t loyal.

In Habit, Dr. Neale Martin persuasively contends that recent research from the brain sciences reveals that our brain evolved two minds—and marketing is focused on the wrong one. By explaining how the mind actually works, Martin shows how 50 years of marketing theory is deeply flawed, and how your customers’ habits thwart even your costliest marketing campaigns.

Habit explains in practical terms how to work with both your customers’ executive and habitual minds to not only make sales but more importantly, create loyalty. You’ll discover how behavior actually rewires your customers' mind—and how to leverage this by refocusing on behavior, not on attitudes and beliefs.

Martin offers a complete process for working with customers’ unconscious and conscious minds together, to become your customer’s habit, not just their choice. Using these techniques, you can finally achieve the twin holy grails of marketing: higher customer retention, and greater long-term profitability. 

Why focusing on customer satisfaction is a waste of time
Prioritizing customer satisfaction ignores a crucial reality: 85% of customers who defect report being satisfied!

How to establish a beachhead in your potential customer’s unconscious
Teach new buying habits through cause and effect, reward and repetition

Why you should keep your regular customers from thinking about you
Learn how to keep repurchase behavior on permanent autopilot


Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. The Force of Habit
    1. How Habits Undermine Marketing
      1. New Product Failure
      2. Loss of Customers
      3. Dissatisfaction with Customer Satisfaction
      4. Why We’re Addicted to Bill Gates
      5. Evolution and Revolution
    2. You Are of Two Minds (At Least)
      1. The Executive and Habitual Minds in Action
      2. You iDrive Me Crazy
      3. Your Customer’s Two Minds
      4. A Norman Door into the Two Minds of the Customer
      5. The Limbic System: Where Habits Form and Live
      6. Peeking into Human Memory
    3. The PFC: Home to the Executive Mind
  6. Habits: The New Science of Marketing
    1. Of iPods, Habits, and Market Revolution
      1. How the iPod Killed the CD
    2. Marketing from a Habitual Perspective
      1. The Failure of Customer Satisfaction
      2. Becoming Your Customers’ Habit
    3. Habit and Marketing Management
      1. Habit and Product Design
      2. Habits and Product Development
      3. The Swiffer: Designed to Clean Up
      4. Product Launch: Creating Mental Models and Building Habits
      5. Building Habits
      6. Price Conscious
      7. Channels of Habituation
      8. Positioning in the Retail Environment
      9. Promoting Habits
      10. Advertising
      11. Personal Selling
      12. Sales Promotion
      13. Public Relations
      14. Trust the Brand
      15. The Physical Brand
      16. Marketing Research
  7. Treat Your Customers Like Dogs
    1. Of Google and Cigarettes
    2. Behavioral Training
      1. Karen Pryor Shapes a Generation of Trainers
      2. Calling for Reinforcements
      3. A Matter of Timing
      4. Conditioned Reinforcers to the Rescue
      5. Talking to the Habitual Mind
    3. Behavioral Marketing: Becoming Your Customer’s Habit
      1. Discovery
      2. Purchase
      3. Use
    4. The Four Steps to Behavioral Marketing
      1. Context
      2. Training
      3. Reinforcement
      4. Cue
    5. Habit Maintenance
      1. Schedules of Reinforcement
    6. The Force of Habits: The Double-Edged Sword
  8. Conclusion
  9. Financial Times Press

Product information

  • Title: Habit: The 95% of Behavior Marketers Ignore
  • Author(s): Neale Martin
  • Release date: June 2008
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 9780137148233