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Marketing Metaphoria: What Deep Metaphors Reveal about the Minds of Consumers

Gerald Zaltman

Why do advertising campaigns and new products often fail. Why do consumers feel that companies don't understand their needs. Because marketers themselves don't think deeply about consumers' innermost thoughts and feelings.

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Book Information

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Publish Date: 03/31/2008
Pages: 230
ISBN-13: 9781422121153
ISBN-10: 1422121151
Language: English

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December 12, 2008

The books on our 2008 shortlist for the Advertising & Marketing Category are: The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar (Jossey-Bass, October 2008) Companies put a lot of effort and money into their brands, which can sometimes be higher than the value they place on their customers. As this occurs, the number of quality performing brands decreases. According to Gerzema and Lebar, this is the brand bubble, and the result could have a serious blow to the economy. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Why do advertising campaigns and new products often fail? Why do consumers feel that companies don't understand their needs? Because marketers themselves don't think deeply about consumers' innermost thoughts and feelings. Marketing Metaphoria is a groundbreaking book that reveals how to overcome this "depth deficit" and find the universal drivers of human behavior so vital to a firm's success. Marketing Metaphoria reveals the powerful unconscious viewing lenses--called "deep metaphors"-- that shape what people think, hear, say, and do. Drawing on thousands of one-on-one interviews in more than thirty countries, Gerald Zaltman and Lindsay Zaltman describe how some of the world's most successful companies as well as small firms, not-for-profits, and social enterprises have successfully leveraged deep metaphors to solve a wide variety of marketing problems. Marketing Metaphoria should convince you that everything consumers think and do is influenced at unconscious levels--and it will give you access to those deeper levels of thinking.

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