Posts Tagged 'Behavior Change'

This is Colon Cancer

Mar 11

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I write this in honor of my husband, John, whom I miss intensely every day. Hopefully our story can help someone else. John and the kids in West Virginia during happy times John Anderson, my husband of fifteen years, died in September after a fierce five month battle […]

Potential Changes to Social Media in North Korea

Mar 07

For the first time, North Korea’s sole mobile service provider, Koryolink, allowed visiting foreigners to bring their phones into North Korea and have access to the internet on the 3G network. This same wireless internet is not yet available to North Koreans since they are governed by separate telecommunication rules. It is unfortunate that North […]

Cupid’s Arrow

Feb 14

Social marketers are quite familiar with social norms. Many of our hard-fought efforts focus on bringing awareness to positive social norms—think seat belt-use, discouraging dangerous social norms—think underage-drinking, or creating new social norms—think the Truth campaign. But there are some social norms that are so ingrained in our society that we don’t even realize we’re […]

What Social Marketers Make

Feb 05

Two of my college roommates were education majors. I vividly remember their student teaching days when after a tough day at school, they needed extra inspiration. Our entire apartment quickly became familiar with Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” If you don’t have time to watch the full video below (and I highly recommend you find […]

Make Mobile Technologies for Behavior Change a Priority in 2013

Jan 03

Many people are kicking off the new year with resolutions to improve their health by adopting new behaviors. While the desire to change one’s behavior may be strong at the beginning of the year, it often wanes as time goes by. This drop-off is common in the behavior change cycle, creating a challenge for social […]

From Mexico to Think Latino

Dec 12

A good native English-speaking friend, like me, spent several years learning Spanish as an adult in college and abroad. Her husband is a native Spanish speaker and they are committed to raising their children to be bilingual. In a recent Facebook post she mentioned she was singing a song in Spanish to her ten month […]

Do the Right Thing: Social Norming to Get Out the Vote

Dec 07

Did peer pressure have anything to do with your decision to vote in the 2012 Presidential election? If you answered yes, that may be due to the engagement of behavioral scientists, who are becoming increasingly important advisors to political campaigns. That’s a key take away from this November 12 New York Times story, which describes […]

Should We Stress Quality or Quantity (or Both) in Physical Activity Campaigns?

Nov 29

It’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing an advertisement about physical activity and its importance. National campaigns (like NFL’s Play 60 or Partnership for a Healthier America among others) are frequently featured in mainstream media outlets, on social media accounts, and in advertisements. With the obesity epidemic sweeping the nation and affecting both […]

Heads Up about Concussions in Sports

Oct 25

Just the other day, the word concussion came up three separate times. News reports were abuzz with the latest on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s concussion; a new documentary, Head Games by Director Steve James, exploring the consequences of head injuries among pro NFL players, was being promoted; and I overheard two women at […]

Caregivers: An Important Audience for Many Social Marketing Efforts

Oct 19

My mom and dad had been married for 50 years when she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2009. She was a youthful, beautiful and fit 69 year-old, so the diagnosis was a heartbreaking shock to everyone in my small, close-knit family. Over the course of 24 hours my dad went from being […]