Insights Review

CCI fellows are constantly adding to the knowledge about customer behavior and trends. The CCI Insights Review synthesizes their research and makes it accessible to the broader marketing community for real-world application.

Posts categorized "Consumer Choice"


March 4, 2014

Common sense would suggest the following: if you take two objects and differentiate one from the other, then, by definition, they will appear to be more different than they were before, not more similar. Common sense, of course, also once suggested that the sun orbited earth.  A fascinating series of experiments out of the Yale Center for Customer Insights found that our perceptions of similarity are more complicated than common sense—and decades-old academic modeling—suggests.

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May 23, 2012

Economists and marketers have long assumed that potential customers rationally weigh the costs and benefits of every possible choice before deciding what to buy. Under this assumption, marketers use tidy frameworks to help identify ways to influence consumer decisions.

As it turns out, this assumption is wrong. While shopping, we don't think as much as we think we think.

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November 16, 2011

In an episode of the popular sitcom Seinfeld, George thinks he has purchased a car that once belonged to the actor Jon Voight. In every conversation he finds a way to drop in the name and basks in the reflected glory and people are very impressed with him and his car.

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