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Small Data

Small Data

The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends

Martin Lindstrom

Picador

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Hired by the world’s leading brands to find out what makes their customers tick, Martin Lindstrom spends three hundred nights a year overseas, closely observing people in their homes. His goal: to uncover their hidden desires and turn them into breakthrough products for the world’s leading brands. In a world besotted by the power of Big Data, he works like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, accumulating small clues to help solve a stunningly diverse array of challenges. Lindstrom connects the dots in this globe-trotting narrative that will fascinate not only marketers and brand managers, but anyone interested in the infinite variations of human behavior.

Small Data combines armchair travel with forensic psychology into an interlocking series of international clue-gathering detective stories. It presents a rare behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create global brands, and along the way, reveals surprising and counterintuitive truths about what connects us all as humans.

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Praise for Small Data

*Named one of the "Most Important Books of 2016" by Inc.*

*A Forbes 2016 "Must Read Business Book"*

*Named a "Book Retailers Should Read in 2016" by Shelf Awareness*

"Lindstrom's uncanny ability to detect and decipher seemingly unrelated clues will inspire reporters and detectives as well as companies looking for ways to develop new products and ideas." —Kirkus

"In today’s business environment, Big Data inspires religious levels of devotion and Martin Lindstrom is an atheist. … In sum, Big Data has problems and Martin is successful at showing how Small Data is essential to overcoming them." —from the foreword by Chip Heath

"Martin Lindstrom channels cutting-edge forensics to reveal the dichotomy between data and wisdom. If you love 'Bones' and 'CSI,' this book is your kind of candy." —Paco Underhill, author, Why We Buy

“Martin’s best book to date. A personal, intuitive, powerful way to look at making an impact with your work.” —Seth Godin, author, Purple Cow

"Although the data explored in this book may be small, their implications for human behavior are considerable, making them invaluable for anyone wishing to better understand the factors that spur purchase decisions." —Robert Cialdini, author of Influence

“Interesting reflections about enduring human difference in an increasingly homogenised world.”--Andrew Hill, The Financial Times

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About the author

Martin Lindstrom

Martin Lindstrom is a foremost consultant to a who's who of leading companies. He is the author of the international bestseller, Buyology, and five other books on branding and consumer behavior. In 2009, Time Magazine recognized him as among the top 100 Most Influential People in The World, and this year, an independent study among 30,000 marketers named him the world's number #1 brand building expert.

Martin Lindstrom

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