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April 18, 2019

Do you find evidence on these essential habits that trigger many others, as described by by Charles Duhigg in 'the Power of Habits'?

If jogging is a good habit, it's more than that, it leads to the development of multiple good habits.

Keystone habits start a chain effect that produces a number of positive outcomes : From jogging, to better sleep, to better eating, to stop smoking, to less disease, less stress, etc.

The question for this debate :

Which habits trigger a stream of #sustainable planet-conscious #habits? 

One cannot hope that the masses jump from hyper-consumerism to zero-waste zero-meat, in one fluid move. It's a gradual shift of consciousn...

October 4, 2018

Behavioral science shows : we need feedback. Feedback is an efficient ‘nudge’ in order to help decision-making. We adapt our way of doing stuff, see the impact & fine-tune if necessary.

The issue : Feedback of climate change is rare. Mostly the damage we inflict on the planet is slow, far away, hence invisible. We don’t immediately suffer from the 2° temperature rise, the melting icebergs or rising sea levels. Not just yet. Human reaction is then (unconsciously): “It wasn’t me”, “What difference will my little efforts make?”, “What’s the link between not taking my car today and the planet in 2030?”, etc.

This summer now delivers a precious message to...

July 12, 2018

Are you using the digital Uberisation to your advantage?

Whether you’re in B2C or B2B, marketing tools & communication models have been Uberised too (just like taxis or tomtoms). Consumers & prospects alike are being targeted by ever-more relevant, personalised and real-time communications. To achieve impact in the clutter of 6000+ messages per day, companies & brands need to fine-tune their approach.

To strengthen your marketing plans, SOOSTEO put together a checklist of 10 provocative questions to kick off some healthy debates.

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Last october, Richard H. Taler received the Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on psychological and social mechanisms which enter into action in our decision-making. In his book 'Nudge' with Cass Sunstein he lays out his theory behind nudge marketing.

Nudges? They’re little influences that softly and subtly steer a consumer choice, based on fine understanding of human decision mechanisms.

Softly as no one likes being forced or manipulated. This choice architecture takes into consideration how people chose before building any choice context. Examples? It can be an opt-out that gets a trillion times more conversions than an effortful opt-in (Defaul...

I. DEFINITION

Differentiation is how your brand is set apart from competition. Without differentiator consumers have no basis for choosing you over competitors (or maybe just price?). “Differentiation is the essence of strategy, the prime source of competitive advantage.1High-growth firms are 3x more likely to have a strong differentiator”.2

To have an impact on growth, differentiation must be perceived. It only becomes a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) if you’re able to communicate it.

But before we talk ‘being different’, we need to tick all the boxes of “Relevance”. Do you have what it takes to play in this category? To be relevant as a car bran...

When thinking of marketing strategy, we think of media plans, digital omnipresence, events, packaging or a website. People don’t often think of Marketing when considering the customer experience (CX). Isn’t that Sales’ responsibility? Or customer service? Or for B2B, isn’t technical assistance or the maintenance guys that are most in touch with customers?

Brands have a variety of touchpoints at disposal, but these touches are not sent out by 1 team. They are handled by different silo’s. The problem is that for customers, the brand = the brand. Whether on the phone, website, facebook, in shops or franchises, in an ad or through interim sales boys at...

June 21, 2016

Resilience : the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” 

Boris Cyrulnik

In today’s Belgium, there’s a lot of talk about resilience.

Boris Cyrulnik, french neurologist and psychiatrist invented the term. Cyrulnik is a survivor of deportation, and his findings are that childhood trauma doesn’t always result in adult damage but often in strength instead. These heroes develop inner strength to bounce back, and start again.

From kids to Belgium: Can Belgium bounce back? Develop optimism to see through trouble (eg. Terror attacks). Take the opportunity to review accepted traditional thinking. It takes vision to step back, humility to rethink, coura...

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