Definition • The term nostalgia describes a yearning for the past, often in idealized form. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostalgia • A Standard Life study suggests 28 to 40-year-olds dont plan for the future because they prefer to reminisce about past times. Yet experts say nostalgia can give meaning to our seemingly dull lives. • This represents a huge marketing opportunity in nostalgic products and services.
A Nostalgia ‘Workout’ • List your cherished memories • Find photos or mementos from happy times • Close your eyes and think about what is outside the "picture frame" to conjure subtle details • Reminiscing with people from your past strengthens relationships • Take mental snapshots and save mementos of happy times for future nostalgia Source: Psychology Today
Key Facts • Businesses and advertisers have known for years that nostalgia sells, that the products popular during a persons youth will influence their buying habits throughout their lifetime. • "But they didnt know why, and they perhaps didnt care - that was their endgame, to figure out how to sell things," says psychologist Clay Routledge, of North Dakota State University.
Key Facts • In recent years, psychologists have been trying to analyse the powerful and enduring appeal of our own past - what Mr Routledge calls the "psychological underpinnings of nostalgia". • "Why does it matter? Why would a 40-year-old man care about a car he drove when he was 18?" he asks. It matters, quite simply, because nostalgia makes us feel good. • Nostalgia pervades cars, music, fashion and IT products.
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Nostalgia - Fashion • Fashion looks to the past for inspiration, but in the late 1960s and through the 1970s, fashion was inspired by a nostalgic view and perception of the 1920s through the 1940s.
Nostalgia - Technology • The vintage Commodore 64 personal computer is getting a makeover in 2011, with a new design and some of the latest computing technologies, as the brand gets primed for a comeback. • The Commodore 64 was a home computer running on an 8-bit processor released by Commodore International in 1982. The computer was one of the most popular models of all time, selling close to 17 million units between 1982 and 1994, according to the Computer History Museum.
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Nostalgia Experiments • In one experiment, the participants played a ball-tossing game on a computer in which some people were excluded soon after beginning. • "Those people who were excluded after just a couple of ball tosses not only said that feeling like they belong is more important to them than people who were not excluded did, but they also chose more nostalgic than contemporary products in a variety of categories, including movies, TV shows, food brands, cars, and even shower gel," the authors write. • In a final experiment, the authors discovered that when participants were excluded (from the same ball game as in the previous experiments) they not only felt a higher need to belong, but their need to belong was "cured" by eating a "nostalgic cookie" -- a brand that had been popular in the past. Source: Katherine E. Loveland, Dirk. Smeesters, and Naomi Mandel.Still Preoccupied with 1995: The Need to Belong and Preference for Nostalgic Products. Journal of Consumer Research:, October 2010