The Persuasion Code Book Review

By: Julie-Anne

Did you know that billions of dollars are wasted on ads that fail to grab attention or motivate people to act? This book will help you put together a persuasion message that can deliver phenomenal results.

Each day, whether you realize it or not, you participate in or create persuasive arguments you hope will change people’s views, or convince them to buy a product or solution that will change their lives. As, since the dawn of time, humans have tried to influence one another for various reasons. Unfortunately, few of these messages have a real chance to grab people’s attention, shift their perceptions and lead them to act.

The game of persuasion is often a complete waste of time and money. And if you use conventional research to investigate why people like or dislike your messages, you will not get closer to the truth. Only direct measures of how human brains respond to ads can begin to shed light on the unconscious mechanisms that can really explain and predict the impact sales messages have on the brain.

Nowadays, persuasion science is a new eld that can finally provide scientific answers to questions that have puzzled advertisers, marketers, PR experts but also academics and researchers for decades. But while measuring brain responses has become relatively easier and affordable, the real challenge is to make sense of the gigabytes of data generated by millisecond recordings of brain waves, eye fixations, facial expressions and skin moisture.

A theory of persuasion based on brain science. There are countless theories of persuasion that have been debated for hundreds of years. Curiously, few are anchored in any measure of what happens in the brain when people pay attention, decode the meaning of an argument, feel an emotion related to the message and trigger a decision.

Thanks to the phenomenal growth of the eld of neuroscience over the last 20 years, new answers have finally emerged to solidify the scientific understanding of how ads can either influence or be disregarded within just a few seconds.

The theory of persuasion based in this book is based on the work of remarkable decision scientists and psychologists such as Daniel Kahneman, Richard Thaler, Dan Ariely and many more. It is also based on private and public research, since 2002, that was conducted by the authors.

The following is what was learned about the relationship between persuasive messages and the brain:

The nervous system has two major systems, but one dominates the processing and it is not the one you would suspect does.

The Primal Brain

The oldest system is composed of a multitude of brain structures that make you safe. The Primal brain manages critical internal states that control attention and emotional resources to address survival-related priorities below our level of consciousness. Think of it as the BIOS of your mind, a set of basic instructions that control how your computer receives input and output. The Primal dominates the processing of all persuasive messages!

The Rational Brain

The most recent, more evolved part of the brain. Think of it as the latest version of Mac OS for your brain. The Rational brain is like a suite of enhanced applications you can learn, change or upgrade during your lifetime. This brain uses higher cognitive resources that help mediate some of the responses of the Primal brain.

Because of the dominance of the primal brain, we like to say that persuasion is a bottom-up effect. So to optimize your chances of getting results from your ads, you need to first and foremost make your messages friendly to the Primal brain. How? By using the following six persuasion biases that trigger instant Primal brain responses.

Make Your Message PERSONAL

Think of the Primal brain as the center of ME. It has no patience or empathy for anything that does not immediately concern its well-being. It scans for threats before it attends to pleasure. Vigilance drives the speed and nature of its response.

Make Your Arguments CONTRASTABLE:

The Primal brain is sensitive to solid contrast such as before/after, risky/safe, with/without, and slow/ fast. Contrast allows quick, risk-free decisions. Without contrast, the brain enters a state of confusion, which delays a decision, or worse, stalls a decision altogether.

Make Your Proofs TANGIBLE

The Primal brain needs tangible input. It is constantly looking for what is familiar and friendly; what can be recognized quickly, what is concrete and immutable. The Primal brain cannot process complexity without a lot of effort and skepticism. It appreciates simple, easy-to- grasp, concrete ideas.

Make your story MEMORABLE

The Primal brain remembers little. Placing the most important content at the beginning is a must, and repeating it at the end is imperative. Keep in mind that what you say in the middle of your delivery should be brief and convincing. Don’t go over 3 convincing arguments: your CLAIMS. The Primal brain loves stories because a good narrative construction is easy to remember.

Make Your Points VISUAL

The Primal brain’s default sensory channel is visual. The optical nerve is physically connected to the Primal brain and at least 25 times faster than the auditory nerve. Therefore, the visual channel provides a fast and effective connection to accelerate decisions. No other sense is more dominant than the visual sense. It is the superhighway of your messages.

Make Your Impact EMOTIONAL

The Primal brain is strongly triggered by emotions. Emotions create chemical events in your brain that directly impact the way you process and memorize information. In fact, you simply can’t remember events unless you strong “emotional cocktail.” No emotion, no decisions!

Learning to speak the language of the 6 Primal brain stimuli is a good start, but your message must also be designed to answer the following 3 critical questions:

What Are The Top PAINS of Your Targets?

Diagnosing PAINS helps you unveil the most critical decision drivers that influence your customers’ behavior. Our primal nature is to orient our attention to messages that awaken our fears, which is why a product or solution that can clearly articulate which PAINS it can eliminate first will receive more consideration and create higher urgency.

What Are Your 3 Unique CLAIMS?

Turn your top reasons into short and simple words that are easy to pronounce and information that is clearly organized under a maximum of three chapters or arguments: your CLAIMS. Also, messages that are easy to read, with fonts that are processed with maximum fluency are preferred by the Primal brain.

What Is The Evidence of Your GAIN?

Your value demonstration needs to be understood by a brain that does not even understand the future. This means that you need to make that demonstration simple enough that even a non-expert would understand it in the present moment.

Regardless of your level of expertise in marketing, neuromarketing, neuroscience or psychology the information contained in this book will make your personal and business lives more successful by unveiling a credible and practical approach towards creating a breakthrough persuasion strategy.

After nearly two decades of research and practice in the field of persuasion science, Patrick Renvoise and Dr. Christophe Morin have been able to develop a persuasion theory that can help to avoid many pitfalls in constructing and delivering convincing claims. This book makes the complex science of persuasion simple. It shows people how to develop better marketing and sales messages based on a scientific model; NeuroMapTM. For more information on the new book visit

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