Netflix vs Telenet: new scientific validation for Mindspeller's scalable and predictive EEG based neurometrics.

June, 2019

EEG ERP was used to measure brand associations

Companies need to ensure that customers perceive their brands as intended, with strong and unique associations, when facing a competitive market.

Traditionally, brand associations are measured using conventional techniques such as surveys and questionnaires. Both conscious and unconscious factors can influence the collected data and the outcome of a campaign.

Neuromarketing can shed light on how the customer’s brain processes marketing stimuli. We report here on an EEG study aimed at gauging mental associations with brands.

We focus on the N400 event-related potential, (an EEG ERP component ).

Two brands were tested with related and unrelated associations

We considered two video on demand brands, Netflix and Rex&Rio, and selected a set of words grouped in 4 categories that were either related (Television, Relaxation, and Price), in varying degrees, or unrelated (Unrelated) to the said brands.

The experiment started with both brands’ TV commercials, as a common reference for our participants. We then applied a semantic priming paradigm in which a brand logo (“prime”) was followed by a word (“target”), and the strength of the N400 response to the word used as an inverted measure of the association strength with the brand logo.

The EEG ERP protocol showed a difference while traditional surveys did not

We clustered the results and we could see that for Netflix the cluster with the strongest associations consisted of words related to Television. But for Rex&Rio it consisted of words related to Relaxation.

We also evaluated the relationship between the two brands and determined which associations they share or which ones not. It turned out that associations related to Relaxation and Television distinguish the two brands.

Interestingly, survey data did not show any difference between the two brands as they were equally associated with Television and Relaxation. These findings show that our N400 technique can reveal brand associations, and natural categories thereof, that would otherwise go unnoticed when using conventional surveys.

Source: Camarrone F, Van Hulle MM (2019). Measuring brand association strength with EEG: A single-trial N400 ERP study. PLoS ONE 14(6): e0217125. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217125.

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