Saddington Baynes and the nonconscious mind

Thought leadership

The brief

Developed by the creative innovators at Saddington Baynes, the “neurocreativity” service Engagement Insights can uncover nonconscious emotional reactions to imagery, delivering meaningful predictive analytics about how viewers genuinely feel about a campaign’s aesthetic.

Grammatik was tasked with raising awareness around this world-first use of neuroscience through a number of activations, including thought-leadership in trade publications. We reached out to numerous outlets, ultimately delivering over 40 different pieces of coverage around the service, including this thought-piece for Shots, which outlines the benefits of emotional analytics.

The story

Neuromarketing is not about hard data or crunching numbers, but augmenting creativity and intuition.

We’re emotional beings with 95% of our purchase decision-making taking place in the subconscious mind. It makes sense that ad campaigns with an emotional hook outperform those based on logical thinking – sometimes two-to-one. Neuromarketing opens up a whole new world; a better understanding of subjective responses to creativity, therefore enabling us to create more engaging communication.

The notion that human behaviour is shaped predominantly on a non-conscious level has taken root with leading businesses around the globe, within the more progressive international client organizations building their own neuro centres. This enables a greater scale and application to other areas of marketing and product development.

While neuroscience techniques are rapidly gaining traction in the advertising industry, many companies have yet to fully understand and exploit its capabilities. In other words, neuromarketing is still in a stage of early adoption. There are a number of practical reasons explaining this slow uptake. Marketing is a progressive industry, but it still takes a great deal of effort to change people’s habits and get traction for new tools. Plus, the infrastructure around existing methodologies and contractual obligations can be roped in red tape, almost immovable to change.

Neuromarketing is radically disruptive in this sense. It presents very different points of view about what works and what doesn’t. Only the most innovative and confident people are attracted to this area, and are willing to accept that they might be wrong about their core beliefs.

“We’re emotional beings, with 95% of our purchase decision-making taking place in the subconscious mind.”

According to Thom Noble, founder of the specialist consultancy NeuroStrata, a rise in neuroscience techniques is likely to coincide with the digital revolution:

“Wind the clock back to the beginning of neuromarketing and you’ll see most of the work being carried out was in labs or clinics, by people in white coats. The respondents were known as subjects. Tests would take six months to complete and the price tag would be around $50-100,000.

“Nowadays, many neuromarketing studies take the form of an online, gamified test – accessible from anywhere in the world. Agencies can enjoy a lower bar of entry, a cheaper price tag and a much quicker turnaround.”

Thanks to this new level of accessibility in the field, neuroscience solutions are at last gaining traction. By measuring the cause-and-effect triggers that evoke specific emotional feelings, we are able to better understand what is likely required to drive a particular response pattern in the mind of the consumer.

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