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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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Too many ads that try not to go over the reader's head end up beneath his notice.

Tags: End, Head, Try

We want consumers to say, 'That's a hell of a product' instead of, 'That's a hell of an ad.'

Tags: Ad, Consumers, Hell

I have learned to respect ideas, wherever they come from. Often they come from clients. Account executives often have big creative ideas, regardless of what some writers think.

Tags: Big, Learned, Respect

The secret of all effective advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.

Tags: Pictures, Secret, Words

Anyone who thinks that people can be fooled or pushed around has an inaccurate and pretty low estimate of people - and he won't do very well in advertising.

Tags: Anyone, Pretty, Won

I have learned that you can't have good advertising without a good client, that you can't keep a good client without good advertising, and no client will ever buy better advertising than he understands or has an appetite for.

Tags: Good, Keep, Learned

The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.

Tags: Pictures, Secret, Words

The work of an advertising agency is warmly and immediately human. It deals with human needs, wants, dreams and hopes. Its 'product' cannot be turned out on an assembly line.

Tags: Dreams, Human, Work

Whether or not the standard of living made possible by mass production and in turn by mass circulation, is supported by and filled with the work of us hucksters, I guess is something that only history can decide.

Tags: History, Living, Work

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.

Tags: May, Stars, Won

A good basic selling idea, involvement and relevancy, of course, are as important as ever, but in the advertising din of today, unless you make yourself noticed and believed, you ain't got nothin'.

Tags: Good, Today, Yourself

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

Tags: Creative, Great, Life

Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.

Tags: Fun, Read, Simple

Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.

Tags: Best, Business, Fun

I have learned that it is far easier to write a speech about good advertising than it is to write a good ad.

Tags: Far, Good, Learned

I regard a great ad as the most beautiful thing in the world.

Tags: Ad, Beautiful, Great

The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders.

Tags: Business, Purpose, Service

I am one who believes that one of the greatest dangers of advertising is not that of misleading people, but that of boring them to death.

Tags: Boring, Death, Greatest

If you don't get noticed, you don't have anything. You just have to be noticed, but the art is in getting noticed naturally, without screaming or without tricks.

Tags: Art, Getting, Noticed

Good advertising does not just circulate information. It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief.

Tags: Good, Mind, Public

I have learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.

Tags: Bad, Fool, Good

Regardless of the moral issue, dishonesty in advertising has proved very unprofitable.

Tags: Dishonesty, Issue, Moral

The greatest thing to be achieved in advertising, in my opinion, is believability, and nothing is more believable than the product itself.

Tags: Achieved, Greatest, Opinion

There is no such thing as a permanent advertising success.

Tags: Permanent, Success

What helps people, helps business.

Tags: Business, Helps, Leadership

A good ad which is not run never produces sales.

Tags: Good, Run, Sales
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Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret... to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink.

Tags: Business, Heart, Put

Advertising says to people, 'Here's what we've got. Here's what it will do for you. Here's how to get it.'

Tags: Here, Says

Fun without sell gets nowhere but sell without fun tends to become obnoxious.

Tags: Become, Fun, Sell

I have learned that trying to guess what the boss or the client wants is the most debilitating of all influences in the creation of good advertising.

Tags: Good, Learned, Trying

If you can't turn yourself into your customer, you probably shouldn't be in the ad writing business at all.

Tags: Business, Writing, Yourself

Plan the sale when you plan the ad.

Tags: Ad, Plan, Sale

There's no such thing as 'hard sell' and 'soft sell.' There's only 'smart sell' and 'stupid sell.'

Tags: Hard, Smart, Stupid

To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.

Tags: Easy, Mistakes, Off
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