Adam Ferrier – The Consumer Psychologist


Adam Ferrier

Adam Ferrier is one of the worlds best known and well regarded Consumer Psychologists. He is also Chief Strategy Officer and Part Owner of Cummins & Partners – an independent global creative:media agency.   Previously Adam co-founded and sold the multi award winning agency Naked Communications. Adam is the author of ‘The Advertising Effect: How to Change Behaviour’, published by Oxford University Press.




Adam is available for speaking at corporate events, conferences, and love in’s. Please don’t expect ‘something similar to last year’, it wont be.  Adam speaks in his own unique style on cultural change, creativity, psychology, and how the behavioural sciences can be embraced to create behavioural change. Speaking highlights include; Cannes Lions, France (2012 and 2014), Spikes Asia – Singapore (2011 and 2013), Le Miami – Miami (2014 and 2015), BehaviorCon – New York, MediaFest – Norway, Club 44 – London, as well as the ASTRA Awards, CRA Awards, and BX2014 all in Sydney. For speaking enquiries best enquire with ODE directly.


A registered psychologist, Adam obtained degrees in commerce and clinical psychology beginning his career in forensic psychology. He worked in a maximum security prison before switching his focus from criminal behaviour to consumer behaviour and joining marketing consultancy Added Value.  During this time he completed his psychology masters thesis in ‘Identifying the underlying constructs of cool people’, and did global cool hunting for brands such as Levi’s and Pepsi.  Adam left ‘cool hunting’ to become a Strategic Planner for leading advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Whilst there Adam invented a board game called ‘The Analyst’ which was translated into three languages and still sells well in the Benelux countries.

Adam co-founded Naked Communications Asia Pacific in 2004. Naked harnessed a behavioural change model, focusing on building brands whilst changing behaviour, and regularly wins ‘agency of the year’ across various disciplines. Clients included Coke, Sony, Weight Watchers, TAC, Renault, and Unilever.  Adam sold and left Naked Communications to join cummins&partners late 2013 – being a part of the team that soon became Adnews Agency of the Year in 2014.

Adam’s work is most often based on the principles of creativity and behavioural sciences and  has won awards at all of the world’s major shows including Gold at the Cannes Lions, The Effies, Clio’s, and ADMA (Grand Prix). He’s also won at D&AD, London Internal Awards, One Show, New York Festival, AIMIA, IAB and others. In 2012 he led the creation of ‘Steal Banksy’, one of only nine ideas in the world to win a Gold Effie and Gold Cannes Lion. In 2013 he won the World Innovation award for his ‘Overstay Checkout idea, and in 2014 Adam won the ‘Cannes Chimera’, a $75,000 dollar prize awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for ideas that can help eradicate global poverty (for ‘The Act Button’).

He has also been awarded:

  • Adnews’ 40 under 40 (2010),
  • Mumbrella’s 7 Top Strategists (2011),
  • Australian Creative’s Power 20 (2012),
  • Encore Magazine’s Power 100 (2012) and
  • Australian Creative’s Power 20 (2013).


Some other facts about Adam are: 1. He completed his thesis in clinical psychology on ‘Identifying the underlying constructs of cool people’, 2. He used to work in maximum security prisons, 3. He has published a boardgame called ‘The Analyst’ (still selling well in the Benelux countries), 4. He was state Under 12 Chess champion on Western Australia, and 5. He hosts an interactive exhibit at the Museum of Australian Democracy Eureka (M.A.D.E) on Influence and Power.


Adam has a weekly radio show on MMM, 5.30pm Wednesdays. Adam has been a panelist on the top rating TV shows Gruen Transfer and Gruen Planet since 2011. Adam has  a monthly national radio show on Sunday Nights with James O’Loghlin. Adam appears adhoc on various TV shows such as Celebrity Apprentice, and Australia’s Next Top Model, and The Project. He’s also a regular commentator for various news outlets, as well as being one of ABC’s Lateline’s guest Tweeters. Adam  writes for /  has been published in TIME, The Guardian, Fast Company and Shop Till You Drop, Mumbrella, Adnews, and The Australian. He’s on the guest Editorial board of B&T.


Adam volunteers with The Father Bob Foundation, and is Patron of Mindshift:The National Self-Esteem Initiative. If you are a part of charity, Not For Profit, or NGO and would like a free copy of The Advertising Effect: How to change behaviour’ just contact him and he’ll send you one.


Adam is married to Anna and has a little star of a child called Asterix.


  • B&T 'Daddy Cool' Interview 2013
  • The Australian 2013 Job Move
  • Uncluttered White Spaces Interview
  • Careers in Psychology Interview
  • Ogilvy Do Interview on Behavioural Science
  • Brunch with Adam ABC Radio
  • Celebrity Speakers
  • Marketing Magazine Interview on Book
  • Radio National 'The List' Interview - 2014
  • MSIX Interview - 2014
  • The Advertising Effect Q&A - 2014


(The Advertising Industry Loves Awards – Here are a few Adam has won)



Winner of the 2014 Cannes Chimera for ‘The Act Button’ ($75,000)

Winner of The 2014 World Prize for Innovation for Overstay Checkout, Art Series Hotels ($10,000)

Gold / Art Series Hotels – Steal Banksy
Silver / Art Series Hotels – Overstay Checkout
Bronze / Icon Clothing – Hypnomarketing
Finalist  Mini – Mini Chase
Finalist Absolut Cut
Icon Clothing – Hypnomarketing
Lynx Click
ASH – Overstay Checkout
Coke Zero – Launch

Gold / FBi Radio – Ask Richard
Silver / Art Series Hotel – Banksy
Bronze (2) / Art Series Hotel – Bansky, TAC – SpeedKills

In Book (2) FBi Radio – Ask Richard, Art Series Hotel – Banksy

Gold (2) TAC – SpeedKills
Gold ASH – Overstay Checkout
Gold ASH – Steal Banksy
Silver (2) ASH – Banksy
Finalist – Who Gives a Crap

Gold / TAC – SpeedKills
Silver / ASH – Banksy

Gold (2) TAC – SpeedKills, ASH – Steal Banksy

Silver (2) Art Series Hotels – Banksy, TAC – Speedkills


Gold x2 / FBi Radio – Ask Richard
Gold x2 / Art Series Hotels – Steal Banksy
Gold / Art Series Hotels – Overstay Checkout
Gold / George Weston Food – Ministry of Muffines
Silver x2 / Art Series Hotels – Steal Banksy
Silver x2 / Jeep – You Bought a Jeep, Here’s Why
Silver / Art Series Hotels – Overstay Checkout
Bronze / Art Series Hotels – Overstay Checkout
Shortlist x8 / Coke, Telstra, MINI, TAC

Grand Prix / Art Series Hotels – Steal Banksy
Grand Prix / TAC – Speedkills
Gold (x4) ASH – Steal Banksy x2, TAC – Speedkills x2,
Gold / FBi – Ask Rickard,
Gold / ASH – Overstay Checkout
Silver (3) ASH / TAC / FBi
Bronze / ASH
Finalist / Oxy

Grand Prix / FBi – Ask Richard
Gold x 4 / FBi – Ask Richard

Grand Prix / Who Gives a Crap
Gold (x2) / Who Gives a Crap

Silver (x5) TAC- Speedkills, ASH, Steal Banksy
Bronze / TAC Speedkills

Gold (x2) ASH – Steal Banksy and overstay Checkout
Gold / Coke – Share a coke
Gold / FBI – ASk Richard
Gold / WGAC – Get Simon Off The Loo

Shortlisted (x3) / TAC #Homesafely


Agency Awards won at cummins&partners

Adnews Agency of the Year Grand Prix 2014 – cummins&partners
Adnews Independent Agency of the Year 2014 – cummins&partners

Agency Awards won at Naked Communications

Adnews – Emerging Agency of the year – 2004
Adnews – Media Agency of the year – 2005
Adnews – Agency of the Year – 2007
Adnews – Media Agency of the Year – 2007
Adnews – Specialist Agency of the year – 2007
Adnews – Media Agency of the year – 2009
Adnews – Top 10 Agency – Creative / Digital / Media / Direct – 2012
B&T – Emerging Agency of the Year – 2004
B&T – Specialist Agency of the Year – 2005
B&T – Media Agency of the Year – 2006
B&T – Specialist Agency of the Year – 2009

Additional Honors & Awards

State Under 12 Chess Champion of West Australia