HEY! Give me your attention!

We’ve talked about how difficult it is to break through the clutter and actually get someone’s attention.  Sometimes it’s easier to understand when you see it.  Invest the 30 seconds and watch. 

You’ll be thinking about that all day, eh?

Hat tip to Seth for sharing this.


  1. says

    Wow, I can’t believe that! How did I miss— well, I won’t spoil the surprise for others. That was eye opening. Thanks, Drew.

  2. says

    Hi, Drew –

    Great video update of an old study involving a videotape and a gorilla. I wrote about it here:

    link to lenski.com

    The YouTube version makes the study re-accessible to the social media crowd, which is terrific!

  3. says

    This shows what the mind can do (and filter)when it is truly focused. But, what if the bear was wearing a reflective triangle that cyclists wear?

  4. says

    Ok, so I was tricked too. I want to know: if I’d been asked to watch for the white team’s passes AND the bear, could I have done it? Hmmm…. This is a keeper, Drew. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    Amazing! I wonder if there is anyone who can actually count and notice at the same time. If so, that is someone who is really sharp and attentive.

    I guess we are concentrating so much on the ball that anything happenning “without a bang” is invisible.

    Thanks Drew! Great Stuff!

  6. says


    I know…when I watched it for the first time, I didn’t believe that I had missed anything. So I re-started the video and voila…boy had I!


  7. says


    Yes, I had seen a mention of an earlier study. Pretty cool what these social media tools allow us to share/do, isn’t it?


  8. says


    That’s an interesting question. How much of it was tied to the similarity of colors. Either way, the marketing analogy works.

    It’s a fascinating psych study, I think.


  9. says


    Sure…then the results would have been different. But…the whole point (mine anyway) was to remind us all how hard marketing tactics need to work, if they’re going to grab someone’s attention.

    Tough job, for sure!


  10. says

    Hey there Lazy,

    I think it’s like one of those “see the picture inside the picture” sorts of things. You can’t see it initially but once it is pointed out, you can’t miss it. Even when you try.


  11. says

    An amazing video indeed!! It really makes you think about everything you may be missing on a daily basis! Tunnel vision maybe? Or just a lack of awareness? thanks for a great eye opener!

  12. says


    A good reminder to us that “earning” someone’s attention is no small task.


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