Are some iconic brands actually less popular than we think?
According to a new study from Y&R, the answer may well be yes. The study measured traditional brand ratings using a survey -- but it added a twist by also measuring emotional response on an unconscious level using a technique called Implicit Association. Featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, this technique has been used in academia to uncovered hidden biases like racism.
The major finding: In the USA, brands like Google and Apple– while popular on a stated basis – are less well liked unconsciously. Other brands like Exxon, The National Inquirer and Facebook are actually liked more than consumers readily admit.
Y&R partnered with noted psychologist Dr. Joel Weinberger of Adelphi University, an expert in unconscious motivation, to design and analyze the results of this study.