Michel Wedel

Michel Wedel was named a Distinguished University Professor in July 2015. He holds the PepsiCo Chair in Consumer Science at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. His main research interest is in Consumer Science: the application of statistical and econometric methods to further the understanding of consumer behavior and to improve marketing decision making. Much of his recent work has measured the effectiveness of visual marketing using eye-tracking technology. He teaches models for Marketing decision making for MBA students, advanced Marketing analytics for MS students, and Bayesian statistics for Ph.D. students.

Why Clever Ads Can Backfire

One theory of advertising holds that display ads need a degree of nuance or visual complexity in order to capture the viewer's attention. But that fails to take into account the increasingly cluttered and hectic context in which ads are viewed today, according to Michel Wedel, distinguished university professor and PepsiCo Chair in Consumer Science at the Smith School. In many cases, Wedel argues, simple is better. Read more ...

University of Maryland Marketing Professor Wins Top Award

College Park, Md. – August 11, 2008 – Michel Wedel, PepsiCo Professor of Consumer Science at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, recently received the American Marketing Association’s Gilbert A. Churchill Award for lifetime achievement in the academic study of marketing research. Dr. Wedel received his award at the American Marketing Association’s Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference in San Diego on August 9.

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