Diana Belohlavek


The Universal Segmentation of Human Behavior

The unicist approach to human behavior and communication is based on the fact that human actions are driven by the concepts they have. Therefore, any time an influential communication is posed, the “Conceptual Short-Term Memory” (CSTM) becomes activated to apprehend the “gist” of the message.

This apprehension is based on an instantaneous projection of the pre-concept individuals have in their long-term memory (LTM). Thus, individuals begin to access the message that is finally transformed into functional knowledge if the “gist” can be structured.

The knowledge of the fact that concepts work as behavioral objects, allowed defining a universal segmentation model of human behavior. The Unicist Semiotic Research Methodology was developed to define the perception of communications in order to be able to segment accurately.

Behind any communication there is a “Hard” need that establishes the wide context, a Life-style that establishes the restricted context and a Behavioral Segmentation that is integrated by a conceptual, a functional and a psychological segmentation to define the target of a communication.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.net/marketing/unicist-segmentation

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/turi-1.pdf

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Internet B2B Marketing – Unicist Advertising

Unicist advertising is based on double dialectical communications that integrate the objective of stimulating the need of a solution that is being proposed with the confirmation that the credibility is ensured.

Unicist AdvertisingThis type of advertising requires the existence of differentiated value propositions that propose new solutions, which may imply structural or functional differentiations or innovations.

This approach is basically simple when using Internet advertising because it enables giving simultaneous double messages that awaken the interest of potential buyers using segmented media and one to one communication as vehicles.

On the one hand, it is necessary to stimulate the perception of the aesthetics of the proposal that requires that the solution becomes perceived as necessary, desirable and essentially harmonic. On the other hand, the credibility of the solutions has to be made tangible.

These processes have to happen in an ambiguous environment in order to allow the prospects to project their needs on the communication that is being published.

This needs to occur within the context of image driven marketing, which uses the attributes of the products and of the institution to catalyze buying processes.

The double dialectical communication requires managing the conceptual segmentation of the market. It requires using semantic objects to install the knowledge on the differentiations or innovations and commercial objects to influence the buying processes.
http://www.unicist.org/scientific-collaboration/#Marketing

This technology is necessary to build virtual marketplaces in B2B markets. A variation of this approach is also used in B2C markets.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/turi.pdf

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For Entrepreneurs: Empty Words Destroy Credibility

The reseach on the Unicist Ontology of Words showed how empty words drive pastime activities and how ambiguous words drive adaptive work in business. When a business uses mottos like “World leaders in their specialty” or “The power of our organization and the credibility of our people”, there are two possibilities:

  • They are ambiguous words to allow people to make their own interpretation
  • They are empty words because there is no content to sustain the motto

If they are ambiguous words, the motto can be proved and explained in few words using plain language.

On the other hand, if they are empty words, they pretend to drive the reader towards a fallacious conclusion. In plain language: empty words are lies.

The Unicist Ontology of Words’ Functionality (*)

Unicist Ontology of WordsInterpersonal written or spoken language requires the use of words which, according to their meaning, define the functionality of communication.

This description explains the functionality implicit in the use of words. The results of this research help individuals to diagnose reality based on the facts implicit in what is said.

Conceptually, based on their meaning, there are four different “types” of words:

  • Empty words: are those words that have no rational meaning in the context they are being used. They have multiple non structured meanings with no shareable purpose. Adjectives with no adverbial function are empty words.
  • Hollow words: are those words that are able to integrate in a unique sense the meanings given to them by emitters and receivers. In these words there is an implicit tacit purpose underlying.
  • Full words: are the words with a unique irrefutable meaning for those involved in a communication process. They are the solid container where hollow words fit in.
  • Ambiguous words: are the words having two different excluding meanings. One of the meanings is functional to the communication process and the other is dysfunctional.

(*) Excerpt from the book Unicist Standard Language by Peter Belohlavek.

The paradox is that non-institutionalized businesses need to build credibility based on their actions but instead tend to use empty words to position their activity. In plain language: bragging is part of their habits in marketing.

This destroys their internal and external credibility and drives them towards marginal markets that require a low cost – low value strategy. In these markets bragging is part of the rules of the game.

The use of empty words in marketing needs to be avoided. Empty words are necessary to develop the rituals to establish personal relationships and are part of the social small-talk. But their use when developing commercial messages destroys the credibility of the business. The first action to be done, when a new motto begins to be used, is to confirm and upgrade the content that sustains the motto. “Under-promise and over-deliver” is the core of credibility.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been the pioneer in using a logical approach to deal with complexity since 1976 and is nowadays the world leader in its segment. It has an academic arm and a business arm: https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/turi-1.pdf

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Trends: Unicist Lifestyle Segmentation and Evolution

Unicist Lifestyle SegmentationLifestyle segmentation underlies human behavior. Lifestyles establish the parameters of normality and the “ethical mask” of a society.

Describing the lifestyles of a country permits establishing the limits within which segmentations can work. Only in the case of basic human needs lifestyles are not a limit but only a gravitational force.

The unicist lifestyle segmentation is analogous to the VALS segmentation of SRI. But, while VALS uses psychology to segment people according to their distinct personality traits, Unicist Lifestyle Segmentation uses anthropological invariables and country archetypes to segment people.

Unicist Lifestyles

Lifestyles are the archetypical behavior patterns of a society and its members. These archetypes serve a group as automatisms to carry out the everyday activities that are functional to that society’s purpose.

Hence, lifestyles are the result of the integration of a society’s collective unconscious with its archetype, which define different ways of facing reality.

Archetypes resolve the weaknesses of a social group by turning uncertainties into assertive answers which guarantee the success of individual and social purposes.

An individual’s lifestyle makes him acceptable and functional to the society’s needs. It also allows him to find groups of identification across different cultures or communities.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm. http://www.unicist.org/repo/index.php#Unicist

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The new stage in marketing: Commercial Objects Driven Marketing

Object Driven MarketingUnicist commercial objects are adaptive systems that have been developed to install ideas in the mind of the potential customers. These ideas need to follow the steps of object driven marketing.

The goal of commercial objects is to manage commercial processes for supply driven markets and for highly differentiated products or services.

This implies that they have been designed to sustain the marketing process of products and services that are being proposed and not just respond to the demand of a market.

They deal with all the markets where there is a differentiation of the value proposition.

Unicist Market SegmentationCommercial objects work as an autopilot; under normal conditions they manage the process of helping customers in their buying processes.

By definition they are extremely segmented, which means they consider each segment as a different universe in order to have the capacity to influence them.

Each segment is defined using the hard, functional, psychological, conceptual and lifestyle segmentations.

These segmentations need to be transformed into measurable characteristics in order to make them usable by the members of business organizations.

The Unicist Commercial Objects

The purpose of a commercial object is to install “hope” in the mind of the potential customers. This means that there is an expectancy that they will find the solution of a latent need they have that is now arising driven by the commercial proposition that is being made.

Unicist Commercial ObjectsThe active function of a commercial object is to awaken interest in the value proposition that has been developed to satisfy latent needs.

This implies that the commercial objects have been designed based on a true knowledge of the segment that is being approached, its needs and beliefs.

In supply driven markets the knowledge of what the segments believe is basic because people need to believe in order to see a previously inexistent solution.

Demand driven markets are based on seeing to believe and the supply driven markets are organized for people who accept that they need to believe to see.

The materialization of the value propositions has to happen within the myths of a culture in order to be accepted.

The development of commercial objects needs to include an adequate use of semantic objects and semiotic signs in order to install the necessary ideas in the mind of the segments that allow them to perceive the solution that is being proposed.

The purpose to be achieved by the commercial objects is to install hope in the mind of the potential buyers in the sense that a new solution will satisfy a latent need they have. But in order to install hope, it is necessary that the segments discover that the solution proposed allows them to overcome adverse conditions in some environment.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/turi.pdf 

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Discovery of the Unicist Psychological Market Segmentation

The Unicist Psychological Market Segmentation was discovered at The Unicist Research Insititute. It has been applied for more than 25 years until it could be integrated in the Conceptual Psychology as a behavioral object.

Psychological SegmentationIt is the segmentation that defines the type of relation an individual has with a product/service. An individual adapts to reality within limits. Psychology established the limits of an individual’s context. You can access a synthetic document on Unicist Market Segmentation at:
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Marketing

Psychology defines the personal myths of individuals. Fallacious myths produce stereotypical behaviors. True myths describe human typologies.

Psychological segmentation shows four segments in the relation of the individual with the product or service:

  • Emotive
  • Affective
  • Protective
  • Authoritative

Emotive

This typology establishes emotional relations with products and services. These relations are naturally unstable. When “emotive” individuals are in the expansive cycle they establish pleasure-driven relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-child” relation with products.

Affective

The affective typology seeks stable caring relations with products and services. There is an implicit fear of abandonment. They cannot let go. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish interdependent relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “child-parent” relation with products.

Protective

“Protective” individuals protect the goods they buy. They care about them. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish dominant relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a protective “mother-child” relation with the product. They need to possess products so they feel they are in charge of them.

Authoritative

They use products and services functionally and carefully. They respect the identity of objects. When they are in the expansive cycle they establish functional relations. When they are in the contractive cycle they establish a “father-child” relation with products. They change the products/services when they do not fulfill the implicit promises.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/turi.pdf

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Opportunity for young graduates with marketing orientation

This is an invitation for graduates, from all over the world, to participate in what is the next stage in marketing applied to global businesses using the unicist object driven technologies.

Unicist Basic DiscoveriesWe invite young graduates, who are open to deal with the new stage in behavioral sciences applied to marketing to work in these marketing projects. These projects are developed by Think Tanks in which they would participate. There are sponsored learning programs for the applicants.

The discoveries made at The Unicist Research Institute allowed dealing with the roots of human behavior that were defined by Ethical Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence and the Logical Type of Thought, which define the basic drivers of human behavior.

We strongly suggest you compare this approach to the complex adaptive aspects of businesses with alternative technologies:

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These basics allowed emulating the nature of buying processes and using commercial, semantic and semiotic objects to influence the market.

If you are interested, please contact us so we can provide more information at:
n.i.brown@unicist.org

Diana Belohlavek
CEO – Unicist Confederation

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/turi.pdf

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Marketing: Following double dialectical adaptive behavior

The Unicist Dialectics allows dealing with human adaptive systems managing the integration of their double dialectical behavior.

With this double dialectical approach (purpose – active function, purpose – energy conservation function) one can understand the structure of an adaptive system and its evolution.

Unicist Dialectics is based on the emulation of adaptive systems, emulating the ontogenetic intelligence of nature (purpose, active principle, energy conservation principle).

Its application to human adaptive systems made the emulation of individual, institutional and social evolution possible.

To approach a reality integrated by three elements with a dualistic mind it is necessary to consider it as a dualistic integration of binary elements. To perceive dialectics it is necessary to have a high abstraction capacity.

Those who do not have the abstraction capacity consider the dialectical behavior based on observable facts of reality. They cannot differentiate essential correlations from cause-effect relations.

Individuals who have the necessary functional intelligence and the will to add value to an environment, and are able to see the double dialectics, develop two different actions to ensure results: on the one hand, they impulse action and on the other hand, they develop actions to inhibit entropy.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Unicist

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Object Driven Marketing of Rational Products/Services

Rational products are those in which the functional use value of the product prevails in the buyer’s decision. In order to better understand this process we will begin by describing the object driven marketing of rational products.

Every selling process is based on a brand. Nothing exists without a brand.

Even extreme commodities have a brand based on the origin of the product or service. Brands represent the subjective context that gives birth to a selling process.

In an object driven marketing process the fist step of awakening the interest of a buyer is stimulated by an object.

This object needs to be able to provoke attention and awaken the interest of the buyer.

A marketing object is successful when it generates a need for a subjective link that can be covered by a real or virtual individual.

Access a white paper on Unicist Object Driven Marketing at:
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Marketing

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.
http://www.unicist.org/repo/#Unicist

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Use of ambiguous language: a must-do in business

The use of ambiguous language is a necessary tool in business. It opens new doors if one knows how to read the feedback one gets. But it is dysfunctional when used at an operational level. That’s why it’s been the subject of bad press when the nature of its functionality is not understood, and is used at an operational level as a synonym of vagueness.

Maximal Strategies are based on the use of ambiguous language. Maximal strategies are the strategies that go beyond the boundaries of the actual actions.
Therefore they enter in the field of risk and uncertainty.

That is why the real possibility of the actions has to be found before defining the strategy.

This approach implies necessarily dealing with the fundamentals of the business.
The use of ambiguous language is necessary to deal with fundamentals. Maximal strategies become ventures without the use of ambiguous language.
Individuals, who cannot understand, speak and write synthetic / ambiguous language cannot develop maximal strategies.

Ambiguous language is based on a maximal strategy driven by a dialogue and a minimum strategy driven by a monologue, which is an informative action.

The maximal strategy implies exerting a functional influence while sustaining this action with the objective recognition that is obtained during the dialogue.

A dialogue itself is a biunivocal communication with mutual adaptation to the feedbacks received.
Maximal strategies are based on the conjunction “and”, and backward chaining thinking. This implies that a dialogue is possible if the final objective is in the mind of those who are dialoguing.

When there is no end in the mind there is no dialogue, just the coexistence of two monologues.

The minimum strategy is sustained by the dualistic thinking, the disjunction “or”, in order to obtain emotional influence and subjective recognition.

Forward chaining thinking is the approach to reality based on a predefined method of communicating. In this case, no one has a clear concept of the final goal to be achieved but the next step is clear for all the parts involved. Information implies monologues.

Being it a dualistic approach the information is right or wrong. If it is right, the information provides positive feedback, if it is wrong, the communication breaks up.

The better one manages ambiguity, the better one does business.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org

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