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Born: 1911-08-13
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.

Tags: Art, Happens, Science

Today's smartest advertising style is tomorrow's corn.

Tags: Style, Today, Tomorrow

I warn you against believing that advertising is a science.

Tags: Against, Believing, Science

The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.

Tags: Element, Powerful, Truth

Word of mouth is the best medium of all.

Tags: Best, Business, Word

Just because your ad looks good is no insurance that it will get looked at. How many people do you know who are impeccably groomed... but dull?

Tags: Dull, Good, Looks

In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.

Tags: Evil, Good, Real

Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.

Tags: Nobody, Remember, Run

Because an appeal makes logical sense is no guarantee that it will work.

Tags: Makes, Sense, Work

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.

Tags: Against, Idea, Talent

We don't ask research to do what it was never meant to do, and that is to get an idea.

Tags: Ask, Idea, Research

Our job is to sell our clients' merchandise... not ourselves. Our job is to kill the cleverness that makes us shine instead of the product. Our job is to simplify, to tear away the unrelated, to pluck out the weeds that are smothering the product message.

Tags: Away, Job, Makes

A great ad campaign will make a bad product fail faster. It will get more people to know it's bad.

Tags: Bad, Fail, Great

In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.

Tags: Apathy, Breeds, Communication

It is insight into human nature that is the key to the communicator's skill. For whereas the writer is concerned with what he puts into his writings, the communicator is concerned with what the reader gets out of it. He therefore becomes a student of how people read or listen.

Tags: Human, Nature, Read

You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen. You've got to say it in such a way that people will feel it in their gut. Because if they don't feel it, nothing will happen.

Tags: Happen, Listen, Nobody

Forget words like 'hard sell' and 'soft sell.' That will only confuse you. Just be sure your advertising is saying something with substance, something that will inform and serve the consumer, and be sure you're saying it like it's never been said before.

Tags: Forget, Hard, Saying

No matter how skillful you are, you can't invent a product advantage that doesn't exist. And if you do, and it's just a gimmick, it's going to fall apart anyway.

Tags: Advantage, Fall, Matter

Advertising doesn't create a product advantage. It can only convey it.

Tags: Advantage, Create, Product

If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic.

Tags: Academic, Else, Goes

In advertising not to be different is virtually suicidal.

Tags: Suicidal, Virtually

Our job is to bring the dead facts to life.

Tags: Dead, Job, Life

Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.

Tags: Creativity, Ten, Work

There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past.

Tags: Bad, Good, Past

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.

Tags: Creativity, Greater, Result
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