Compiled by Indiana Beagle in the Wee Hours. [version 1.5]
Download this version that is not strictly alphabetized due to the need for certain groups of definitions to be clustered. – Indy
right-brain thought, including fantasy and subjective perception, in which emotion and intuition are employed rather than deductive reasoning and logic.
anything the customer interprets as “blah, blah, blah.”
left-brain thought seeking to forecast a result. Sequential, deductive reasoning.
the direction from which an ad writer or a salesperson approaches a chosen
subject. Some angles are more interesting than others.
a memory that has become linked to another memory
signature sounds that help to identify a brand.
the adding of secondary and tertiary benefits to move the listener
from “almost convinced” to “entirely convinced.”
how to write ads when the facts are not on your side. In the words of W.C. Fields, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”
connection between customer and brand, the result of shared identity hook.
memorable phrases that become associated with a brand.
the implantation of associative memories in combination with a recall cue.
The objective of branding is to become the provider a customer thinks of first and feels the best about when they – or persons they know – need what you sell.
a technique used for the discovery of innovation models that have been proven, tested and refined in a business category other than your own.
a level of order and organization that exceeds the capacity of the human mind. Beauty is built from chaotic patterns using elements that don’t belong, but fit.
a map of the personality of a brand, built from non-negotiables that dictate how the brand thinks, speaks, acts and sees the world. A character diamond allows ad writers and salespeople to remain in lockstep with the client.
Finish in a memorable way. Trigger the recency effect: last things are easily remembered.
a psychological phenomenon that occurs when sensory input is blocked from consciousness so that the mind might escape complexity.
the moment when disparate elements come into alignment; closure; reconciliation between elements that did not previously seem to belong. Convergence deepens perception and triggers confidence.
a random element added to get attention.
an academic style of communication that is accurate, but tedious. Don’t be Daguerre.
information that can be recalled at will
distinctive triggers of identification.
an unintelligent style of communication that employs predictable clichés. Don’t be Dick and Jane.
the degree to which a thing was unexpected. The higher the degree of divergence, the deeper the satisfaction when the divergent element is unexpectedly reconciled into the subject matter. Divergence elevates interest.
the idea that everything has an opposite. A tool for discovering divergence.
a need that is known and felt by the prospective customer
summon your courage! Quit being scared! “Maybe you can find an old woman to knit you a pair of balls.”
First Mental Image; the first vivid idea presented in an ad, a speech or a presentation, or the first thing noticed in a work of art.
the 40 principles of TRIZ, a universal solution matrix invented by Genrich Altshuller and popularized by Mark Fox in his book, Da Vinci and the 40 Answers
a kaleidoscope-like image created as the result of mapping a chaotic system.
an effect that is created when an image is extended – in the imagination – beyond what is revealed.
a style of communication noted for (1) approaching its subject from an interesting angle, (2) brevity and clarity (3) frameline magnetism, (4) a highly restrained use of adjectives. (Named after the photographer Robert Frank.)
unleash your intuition! take a chance!
A style of writing marked by the characteristics of Frank, but with the added color and surprise of Frosting.
to replace common words and phrases with less common, more colorful ones. (Named after the poet Robert Frost.)
when the Last Mental Image in an ad, a speech or a presentation revisits the First Mental Image. “Going Full Circle” creates an elegant sense of closure.
delivery of the promise; the epiphany of a puzzle completed.
the backstory of the origin of a character or group, revealing their motives and providing insight into quirks and eccentricities.
a map of seductive persuasion. A non-combative alternative to”overcoming objections.”
personal experiences and beliefs, hopes and fears, fascinations and flaws that make you who you are.
a proven template that allows you to generate a superior result.
signature phrasing that helps to identify a brand; sentence structure, verb choices, sequence anomalies and brandable chunks.
Last Mental Image; the closing thought in an ad, a speech or a presentation; the final feeling or impression communicated by a work of art.
a type of writing characterized by elements of the fantastic – woven with a deadpan sense of presentation – into an otherwise true story.
a rhythm constructed from the stressed and unstressed syllables of words.Meter makes language more easily remembered by making it musical.
an impressionistic style of communication marked by subjective feelings and opinions rather than objective, clear facts.
a transitionary device that creates a longing for closure.
your purpose, your guiding light, your impossible dream.
hard-edged sounds associated with certain letters of the alphabet, such as the sounds associated with p, t, k, b, d, ɡ, f, s, x, v, z.
Get their attention. Trigger the primacy effect: first things are easily remembered.
a glimpse, a foreshadowing, the beginning of a puzzle to be completed.
the building blocks of language; sounds represented by certain letters and combinations of letters in the alphabet. All words in English are made from just 43 phonemes, (44 if you count the unvoiced “th” sound in “with” as a different phoneme than the voiced “th” sound in “the.”)
an auditory or visual trigger that helps a reader, listener or viewer move from one feeling to another
automatic, involuntary recall; the product of relevance x repetition.
red wine that is consumed before noon
delete information that is already known to – or can easily be figured out by – the reader, listener or viewer. (Essentially, “putting it under water” is frameline magnetism applied to words, calling upon the imagination to fill in what was left out by the writer, speaker or actor.)
a technique used in Chaotic Ad Writing in which a randomly chosen, high impact sentence is used as the opening sentence of an ad, a speech, or a presentation.
a verifiable detail inserted into a story in an attempt to boost credibility.
an auditory, visual, or experiential trigger that causes a person to remember something
a pre-existing belief system that helps humans organize and interpret their experiences. Your schema allows you to take shortcuts in interpreting information, but it can also cause you to exclude pertinent information when it doesn’t conform to your previously held beliefs.
to create your own words in the manner of Dr. Seuss.
soft-edged sounds associated with certain letters of the alphabet, such as the sounds associated with l, m, n, ng, r, w, j.
to gain attention by introducing something that is new, surprising or different
a non-negotiable defining characteristic.
trans-hemispherical thought in which the unknown and unfamiliar is explained by relating it to the known and familiar. Similes and metaphors are, by definition, expressions of symbolic thought.
short for the Toad and Ostrich pub – the office of the vice chancellor – directly across the quarterdeck from the Eye of the Storm in the tower at Wizard Academy.
a reliable disruptor of predictability that allows you to gain and hold human attention.
confidence transferred to potential customers through testimonials, endorsements and the recommendations of others.
Twitchy Little Bastard; a person who is counterproductively anxious for results.
an addition or subtraction of stimuli so that compression might be disrupted and the attention of the listener regained.
Extremely very incredibly excellent.
a desirable trait available only from a single source, allowing marketers to claim, “If you want this characteristic, you have to buy from us.”
a style of writing that slaps the cheek of the imagination and jerks open the eyes of the mind by firing rocket-like verbs to explode in the darkness and brighten the horizon. You leap out of the way of a mental image plummeting toward you only to find that another is hurtling at your face. Adrenaline surging, heart pounding, knees flying, lungs gasping, you’re having a wonderful time.
Hearing words in your mind.
the consistent use of a logo, a color palette, a font, a style of photography or graphics and/or signature proportions in layout that help to identify a brand.
consciousness, awareness, imagination