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Understanding Your Customers with Facial Coding

Human emotions are context-dependent. Intense pain and intense pleasure look very similar on the face. Interpreting facial coding data can be difficult.

In face-to-face sales, skilled salespersons closely monitor the facial expressions of customers. They take cues from what they see to fine-tune their sales presentation. Some people are better than others at reading people’s faces. Recently, Neuromarketing testing firms have begun working on applying similar techniques in market research.

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In an election in Mexico in 2012, a candidate experimented with this. A billboard was set up in a public place, showing an ad for a candidate. A camera hidden in the billboard observed people as they viewed the billboard. An artificial intelligence algorithm analyzed their facial expressions. The billboard was altered based on viewers’ emotional reactions until the campaign was satisfied with the responses.

Some Neuromarketing firms offer AI-based facial coding analysis. They study the emotional responses evoked by advertising and marketing materials. Does this work? Apparently, it can. How well? That depends on many factors. Should you adopt this technology in your own research? Perhaps, but the full story on this technology has not yet been written.

Advantages of Facial Coding in Neuromarketing

Our faces change constantly. Unconsciously, we reveal our emotions through our facial expressions. How we respond to marketing materials can predict our buying decisions.

Disadvantages of Automated Facial Coding

While facial coding studies appear to be useful for specific marketing efforts, it has many of the same drawbacks other Neuromarketing techniques face. Emotional responses, for example, are not necessarily causally linked to purchase decisions. It is even less clear which emotions lead to a decision to buy. That makes facial coding software results difficult to assess.

Neuromarketing Consulting for Market Research

While all Neuromarketing techniques can be useful, all are not necessarily ideal for a specific situation. Using Neuroscience in sales and marketing requires strategies that take all factors into consideration, based on an overall understanding of how the brain functions. Many Neuromarketing companies that offer testing or test equipment and software to their clients may market what they offer as a “magic bullet.” There is no magic to Neuromarketing.

Before investing in any technology, a consultation with an experienced neuroscientist who has broad experience in marketing and sales is crucial. As the only Neuromarketing firm in the Midwest led by a Neuroscientist, we are always ready to consult with your company on the most effective course to take. Contact us before committing to any specific methods. We can help keep you from wasting money.

Neuromarketing Eye Tracking Research Consulting – Eye tracking measures consumers’ attention. It can indirectly gauge their buying intentions. Even though this technology is relatively inexpensive, conducting good market research is not simple. Consult with an experienced Neuroscientist before investing your budget.
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