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Every day we encounter the challenge of influencing behaviour, either our own or someone else's. So here are some tips on how...

16 Apr 2018

Taking charge of smartphone habits

We already know it's annoying when other people use their phones at dinner, right? Well, it's also not great for the person using the phone, as new research attests...

Category : Blog & News

09 Apr 2018

Swiping right on product images

Swiping left or right is becoming a common gesture. We know it impacts people preferences, but what about products? ...

Category : Blog & News

26 Mar 2018

Two-speed consumers

Why you should stop plumping the cushions of human behaviour and turn attention to the foundations of what makes people really tick...

Category : Blog & News

19 Mar 2018

Arming your advocate: How to influence someone to influence someone else

What happens when you can't be there to influence an outcome? How can you best arm your advocate, and does that mean using facts or feelings to persuade?...

Category : Blog & News

12 Mar 2018

Carrot or stick with your latte? Why fees can beat discounts when influencing customer behaviour

Are you better to penalise undesirable behaviour, or reward desirable? Starbucks is about to find out...

Category : Blog & News

05 Mar 2018

Disentangling urgent vs. important tasks

While theory says we prioritise important tasks over those that are urgent, that's not what the behavioural research suggests...

Category : Blog & News

02 Mar 2018

Radio interview: Will the Starbucks fee on disposable cups work?

Behavioural expert and founder of People Patterns Bri Williams joined Adam Straney on The Good Life to talk about whether people will use reusable cups if it meant cheaper coffee and other incentives....

Category : Blog & News

26 Feb 2018

Productivity hacks from a health retreat

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, right? I was recently presenting and guesting at one of Australia's best health retreats, which gave me the chance to reflect on my work and lifestyle habits. Here are four tips about how you can optimise your time and productivity....

Category : Blog & News

19 Feb 2018

There's nothing harder than soft skills

Pilots have a manual to fly a plane, so where's the manual to influence a human being?...

Category : Blog & News

12 Feb 2018

Why longer gift card expirations are bad for consumers

On paper, extending gift card expirations seems a win for consumers, protecting them from wasting over $2 million a year in unused vouchers. But that's not what the behavioural science suggests...

Category : Blog & News


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