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Physics and Marketing

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A TED Talk by Dan Cobley, who is certain that physics and marketing have a lot of in common. He uses Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.

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  • Very nice. I appreciated a lot. I would like to make a small consideration. The impossibility of measure (at the same time and with precision) position and momentum does not depend on the effects of the processes of measurement, but it is an intrinsic property in the quantum nature of the particle. The conclusions drawn from them about consumer behavior becomes even more interesting! But there is another consequence of the Heisenberg principle that you can apply: the impossibility of determining (simultaneously and accurately) time and energy. If you translate energy = money, what do you draw?
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Physics and Marketing

  1. 1. WHAT PHYSICS TAUGHT ME ABOUT MARKETING TED Talk by Dan Cobley
  2. 2. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Dan Cobley is a marketing director at Google, where he connects customers and businesses, helping both navigate digital space to find what they need.
  3. 3. NEWTON’S SECOND LAW The force equals mass times acceleration. The bigger a brand, the more difficult it is to reposition it.
  4. 4. That is why companies like Unilever and P&G keep brands separate, like Ariel and Pringles and Dove rather than having one giant parent brand.
  5. 5. HEISENBERG’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE It is impossible to measure exactly the state and the momentum of a particle, because the act of measuring it changes it. The act of observing consumers changes their behavior.
  6. 6. A group of mothers who are talking about their children in a focus group, will always say that almost none of them buy lots of junk food. And yet, McDonald's sells hundreds of millions of burgers every year.
  7. 7. SCIENTIFIC METHOD You cannot prove a hypothesis through observation, you can only disprove it. You can invest for a long time in a brand, but a single contrary observation of that positioning will destroy consumers' belief.
  8. 8. BP spent millions of pounds over many years building up its credentials as an environmentally friendly brand, but then the oil spill happened. One bad week can undermine decades of good work. So be really careful to try and avoid the screw-ups that can undermine your brand.
  9. 9. THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS Entropy will always increase. Distribution of brand energy gets your brand closer to the people, more in with the people
  10. 10. 20 years ago one message controlled by one marketing manager could pretty much define a brand. Now, with the digital comment creation and distribution tools that are available to every consumer, it's impossible to control where it goes. You can't fight it, so embrace it and find a way to work with it.
  11. 11. TED Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_cobley_what_ physics_taught_me_about_marketing/

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