Love & Attraction in the New Age

April 9, 2007 Content Marketing, Public Relations 7 comments

Paris Hilton – just a fad or an enduring icon in the age of attraction?

I have been reading Derrick Daye’s awesome blog for its unique branding insights and came across the idea of the Attraction Economy and its accompanying concept of Lovemarks. Both were created by CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, Kevin Roberts.

According to Kevin,

“Human attention was the principal coinage of the Attention Economy; human emotion is what funds the Attraction Economy. Emotion is tough to nail down because its complexities are beyond measure. Just take that at face value. Our facial muscles can move in 10,000 possible combinations to reveal what we are feeling. The Attraction Economy is not “one hit and you’re it.” Attraction demands emotion, but emotion with purpose.”

10 Principles of Attraction Economy

Like any good marketing concept, there are 10 principles in the Attraction Economy. To me, they seem pretty much like a mashup (amalgamation) of similar ideas in emotional marketing, experiential marketing and the entertainment economy.

They are very elegantly crafted though and I thought it would be useful to reproduce them here (with some customisation):

1. Emotion attracts action. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Of course, love can also move mountains.

2. The senses attract the emotions. Notice how the fragrance of a familiar dish, tingle of a favourite song or sight of old photographs can trigger a wave of feeling?

3. Like attracts like. Empathy is the energy of the Attraction Economy. In fact, this priciple is what I would also call resonance. The moving of hearts amongst kindred spirits.

4. Surprise attracts delight. Nobody is interested in the same-old thing day in and day out. Mystery keeps attraction alive.

5. Interactivity attracts commitment. Whether we click, dial or press, once we commit ourselves we are more likely to do it again, and again. After all, humans are creatures of habit. In Nike’s words, “Just Do It”.

6. Stories attract memories. 77% of Americans can name at least two of Snow White’s dwarves. Only 24% of them can name two Supreme Court Justices. The difference? The dwarves have better stories than the Justices. I think this same principle is true everywhere.

7. Entertainment attracts connection. People just like to have fun. It engenders a deeper and more robust connection, and is hence a cornerstone of the Attraction Economy.

8. Music attracts meaning. People have been finding themselves in music for 30,000 years and today it is music my way. Also studies have shown that sound and scent have deeper and more lasting emotional reach than sight.

9. Communities attract loyalty. Together they stand. Divided they call each other on their cellphones (or SMS, IM, chat, video conference and twitter).

10. Lovemarks attract inspirational consumers. They are the people who love to get involved. They are passionate about their Lovemarks, spread their story and innovate for free.

Enter Lovemarks

And what are Lovemarks? According to Kevin,

“Lovemarks transcend brands. They deliver beyond your expectations of great performance. Like great brands, they sit on top of high levels of respect – but there the similarities end. Lovemarks reach your heart as well as your mind, creating an intimate, emotional connection that you just can’t live without. Ever.”

Kevin created a Love-Respect Axis which show how they all sit together.

Courtesy of

Low Respect. Low Love. Commodities. The black hole for white noise. Advertising that yells. Spam slams. Online ads contaminated by click fraud.

High Love. Low Respect. Hero today, zero tomorrow. Jeans. Shock and awe media. Paris Hilton Channel on YouTube.

High Respect. Low Love. Brands. Stuck on the “-er” words: bigger, better, faster. Search advertising and terminator targeting are here.

High Love. High Respect. Perpetual attraction. Irresistible appeal. Customized, differentiated. Loyalty beyond reason.

Nice bit of reasoning there by one of the global leaders in the advertising business. I like the idea of combining emotional connection with sensory stimulation to create enduring customer experiences.

Any thoughts on how we can make it work here in Singapore?

By Walter
Founder of Cooler Insights, I am a geek marketer with almost 24 years of senior management experience in marketing, public relations and strategic planning. Since becoming an entrepreneur 5 years ago, my team and I have helped 58 companies and over 2,200 trainees in digital marketing, focusing on content, social media and brand storytelling.


  1. Your post reminded me of the good stuff I’ve been reading in Helps a little if you studied neuroanatomy. You’ll get the science behind the logic.

    I’m sure emotions + marketing will work in Singapore. We just need to know what our audience wants to feel.

    Remember, it is more important for you to know your audience than your audience to know you.

  2. I used to work for Saatchi & Saatchi, and even had Kevin Roberts flying from New Zealand and explaining about his concept… a great show man.

    Actually, it looks like it has evolved ; B4 he was saying a “brand is like a woman” (it was in France), but she can be either your wife (respect), or your mistress (sex) – the goal is to make your brand both (respectfull and attractive).

    You should maybe have a look at ROI’s DDB (a pretty good one too). ROI standing there for “relevance, originality and impact”.

    Anyway, any big advertising agencies have their own concepts – at the end they pretty much all look like the same, even if some might be more interesting than others.

  3. tigerfish, I believe that there should be some way for us to connect emotionally and experientially to our fellow Singaporeans. There must be a way to move those hearts, no matter how pragmatic or “kiasu” they may be. After all, our responses to helping others over the Tsunami and giving to charities have been encouraging all these years.

    Speaking of which perhaps a post about marketing charities may be timely too…. Hmmm….

  4. Hey tanguy I didn’t know you used to work for Saatchi & Saatchi. Cool that you heard Kevin speak before too. Yes, most agency bosses are great on stage extolling their stuff and pitching their ideas. I guess there is a need for each agency to also carve out a unique selling point for themselves while showing their intellectual prowess to potential clients.

    As I was telling somebody not too long ago, I wish that more marketing, advertising or PR agencies in Singapore would blog and share their knowledge and learnings more openly. I don’t think it will mean losing their trade secrets. On the contrary, it may position themselves more favourably as thought leaders to potential clients.

  5. Attraction Explained: Your Social Circle

    Our social circle is one of the biggest determining factors in who we meet. Going back a bit, in a 1956 study 70% of married American couples lived within 20 blocks of each other before marriage. Now admittedly that was 1956 and this is now, but the basic principle holds true – you’re more likely to find success with someone closer to you than you are someone further way.

    So, how do we use this to improve our chances? Simple – we expand our social circle!

    1) Network, Network, Network
    2) Organise a night out, invite all your friends, tell them to bring friends
    3) Join a club. A sports club, a movie club, a dinner club, a sex club – whatever you fancy!
    4) Don’t try and jump into an encounter or relationship with every attractive person you meet.
    5) Put people in contact with each other.

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