Sorting As Screening – Poster Presented at SCP 2016 St. Pete

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Sorting by a product attribute can diminish the importance weight of that attribute. When choosing is difficult, consumers may treat sorting as screening. Once options are sorted, consumers may form a consideration set comprising the options at the top. Because these options are more homogeneous with respect to the sorted attribute, consumers pay less attention to the sorted attribute in favor of a second attribute. This attentional shift emerges in a subsequent conjoint analysis, with less weight placed on the sorted attribute and more weight on a second attribute.

The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behavior

Shlomo Benartzi and Jonah Lehrer have a new book on consumer behavior specifically on screens titled The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behavior. This is a rich, understudied area, and I’m excited they wrote this. While I don’t agree with all of their conjectures (for example, decision tournaments), there are some really good sections on topics such as fluency and customization.

People need to shop like passionate Italian chefs. They need to care a lot about flavor, spend a lot of time on food — finding cucumbers that taste like cucumbers, tomatoes that taste like tomato — and the food is more satisfying. It’s also a lot easier to cook.  Mark Schatzker