Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom Book Review: Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom. From the bestselling author of Buyology comes a shocking insider’s look at how today’s global giants conspire to obscure the truth and manipulate. Marketing visionary Martin Lindstrom has been on the front line of the branding for over twenty years. In Brandwashed, he turns the spotlight on.

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Roger Dooley is the author of Brainfluence: Lindstrom explains why you walk past masses of fresh flowers, a burbling water feature, and chalk-on-slate prices. Like a surgeon exposing the nasty underbelly of medical malpractice, Martin Lindstrom, branding expert and author of the neuromarketing book Buyologytakes a decidedly consumerist point of view in showing how brands influence and sometimes even control our lives.

Stores that make the consumer walk counterclockwise around the store have patrons who buy on the average more products. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This chapter taught me that FDA rules actually contributed to consumers making ignorant decisions by being so permissive with its guidelines and policies Position it next to cans of tuna.

According to Lindstrom, the only purpose of Muzak is to manipulate customers into buying things. I do not recommend this book if you are looking for something interesting or insightful. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. After all if looking at a celebrity spokesperson changes the way you think about a brand literally, in your brainthen maybe reading about a brand countless times in a book will make your brain associate the brand with the book, or maybe all books haha.

Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom – Neuromarketing

I found this book in line with his previous title Buy-ology and feel this one also delivers the goods. There is also an infuriating digression in chapter 2 on Big Pharma, in which the author heavily i I had to stop reading this about a third of the way through, because the way this book is written is so off-putting that it makes the author sound like a condescending know-it-all.


Each chapter is subsequently broken down into more detailed sub-chapters that illustrate the various “schemes” used to manipulate or control the population’s purchasing decisions Are Companies Manipulating or Meeting Demand? For example, when—in one of his outbursts of paranoia that seems common for this book—he tries to scare his readers into thinking that their every movement is constantly being traced and monitored and analyzed, he points to the iPhone and iPad as storing location data in a file that is automatically copied onto the hard drive of any computer synced to the device.

Learn more at RogerDooley. People are simple, innocent beings with no mind of their own and brandwasheed reasoning skills. This may have been due to the missing video clips or perhaps the final chapters weren’t completely done. Dec 22, Paul rated it it was ok. Other editions – View all Brandwashed: There is no evidence that children have strong preferences for specific brands, or that childhood brand preferences persist into adulthood.


There is also an infuriating digression in chapter 2 on Big Pharma, in which the author heavily implies that chronic illnesses like Restless Leg Syndrome and Fibromyalgia were invented by drug companies they weren’t to make consumers afraid and dependent on drugs, or something.

What does Justin Bieber and the British royal family have in common? In fact, it has taken me over a week to even sit down to write this review because I have been too busy telling all of my friends to pre-order their copies!


Buy now from Kogan Page Amazon. Though it didn’t work for me. Nov 28, Kayla rated it did not like it.

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I could go on for pages and pages about this book but at about pages, this book can stand for itself. It made my brain hurt in a way far For years, I have tried to find a book that made me gasp as many times as Freaknomics did. brabdwashed

Selected pages Title Page. I think his frustration is the same one you mention, that Lindstrom is brandwasshed afraid to make bold claims but is afraid to publish his work. I see it in the store, put in my basket and pay for it with my own money. Maybe ketchup doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Martin explains and gives examples how we are brandwashed and how marketers explore our feelings to sell.

If you follow Lindstrom’s logic I would choose to face the door when I sit down at a restaurant because I think the seat is somehow cleaner than the other choices, but that doesn’t follow. I stopped reading this book about two chapters in because it seemed to be full of hooey.

There’s almost nothing in this line in the book, though Mr. Lindstrom lives a life of incredible privilege, in both the scholarly and layman’s senses of the word. Martin Lindstrom’s Brandwashed is in many ways not surprising to those who are familiar with the lengths that companies will go to in order to market their products.

The branding assault commences in full once infants start experiencing the world marin them.