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It’s easy to spend money these days – far too easy. You can just tap your debit or visa card, tap your phone, tap a mouse and presto you’ve paid for an item. Granted, it wasn’t always this way. To make things easier for consumers, tech companies armed with brilliant UX designers honed in on removing barriers during the purchasing process to well, make it easier for us to shop.

Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School asked the very same question – why do some things catch on and go viral, while others are left in the shadows? In his pursuit to answer the question, he penned the must-read marketing book, “Contagious: Why Things Catch On?

Email marketing is not dead. Were it not an effective strategy, our inboxes wouldn’t be inundated daily with emails from the various businesses we have agreed to receive emails from. We want to stay in the know about deals, be the first to hear of sales, or learn of new and interesting industry trends and niche topics. Yet, despite our desire to be the first to know, we also get easily annoyed when our inboxes are full of crap.

I hate popups. I’m not going to lie. When a stellar headline grabs my attention and I click through to read the article only to be interrupted by a popup requesting my email or trying to bait me to download an app, it makes my blood boil. I have zero patience for those obtrusive windows that block the content I clicked through to see. Especially when I’m viewing web pages on my mobile device and the exit “x” is tinier than a grain of sand.

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