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David Ogilvy Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Apr 2021
David Ogilvy Topics
Clients And Customers
The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying.
The most important word in the vocabulary of advertising is TEST. If you pretest your product with consumers, and pretest your advertising, you will do well in the marketplace.
The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be.
The headline is the 'ticket on the meat.' Use it to flag down readers who are prospects for the kind of product you are advertising.
The advertisers who believe in the selling power of jingles have never had to sell anything.
Some manufacturers illustrate their advertisements with abstract paintings. I would only do this if I wished to conceal from the reader what I was advertising.
Remove advertising, disable a person or firm from proclaiming its wares and their merits, and the whole of society and of the economy is transformed. The enemies of advertising are the enemies of freedom.
Political advertising ought to be stopped. It's the only really dishonest kind of advertising that's left. It's totally dishonest.
Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.
On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.
Ninety-nine percent of advertising doesn't sell much of anything.
Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine.
Never stop testing, and your advertising will never stop improving.
Many manufacturers secretly question whether advertising really sells their product, but are vaguely afraid that their competitors might steal a march on them if they stopped.
Like a midwife, I make my living bringing new babies into the world, except that mine are new advertising campaigns.
Leaders grasp nettles.
It takes a big idea to attract the attention of consumers and get them to buy your product. Unless your advertising contains a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night. I doubt if more than one campaign in a hundred contains a big idea.
It strikes me as bad manners for a magazine to accept one of my advertisements and then attack it editorially - like inviting a man to dinner then spitting in his eye.
It is flagrantly dishonest for an advertising agent to urge consumers to buy a product which he would not allow his own wife to buy.
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
I Dont Give A Fuck
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