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Ogilvy on Advertising Paperback – March 12, 1985
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A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called "the most sought after wizard in the business." 223 photos.
About the Author
David Ogilvy (1911–1999) was a business executive who founded the advertising, marketing, and PR agency Ogilvy & Mather in 1948. Throughout his illustrious career, the mogul Time magazine called “the most sought-after wizard in the business” shared his knowledge of the industry in the books Ogilvy on Advertising and the bestselling Confessions of an Advertising Man.
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"It is fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man ... The creative man with an insight into human nature, with the artistry to touch and move people will succeed. Without them he will fail."
Ogilvy had insight in spades, practical experience, common sense, a passion for research as well as creativity, and above all, a relentless focus on selling. Pick any few paragraphs at random and all those qualities will shine through. Among the many ideas I found really helpful--
1. Branding means giving your product personality. (For example, the man in the Hathaway shirt wore an eyepatch.)
2. Facts sell better than hype.
3. The principles of direct response apply to all forms of advertising.
4. Creativity is worthless unless it sells.
5. Copywriting is the heart of advertising.
6. Use the brand name in your headline. Otherwise 80% of readers may never see it.
7. Long copy sells.
8. Analogies, big words, and naming the competitor confuse people.
9. Pricing cannot be determined scientifically.
10. Excellent graphic design is simple graphic design.
11. Corporate advertising is worthwhile.
12. Always include a promise in your headline.
13. The era of the blockbuster brand is ending. (Ogivly detected the "Long Tail" 20 years before most of us!)
14. According to Ogivly, "...advertising is no more and no less than a reasonably efficient way to sell."
But this summary doesn't do the book justice. He makes solid points nonstop. Not surprising for a master copywriter and former door-to-door salesman, he writes in plain English. He offers "big picture" reflections on the advertising industry, including an impassioned defense of advertising against charges of hucksterism. He offers detailed tips that are just as important, mainly on print advertising, direct response, and dealing with clients.
Educational, authoritative, fun to read. A+
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...Odd layout. Large margins with all text hugging the center. Makes it hard to read at times.