Top 12 Ad Campaigns of the 20th Century

As I was doing my usual caffeinated, morning marketing research, I came across an awesome article on CNBC.  The following introduction written by Contence Parten which is what intrigued me to feature this on today’s post.

Top Ad Campaigns of the 20th Century“As the old adage goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Nothing could be truer when it comes to advertising. Great ads can yield dramatic results, but if the product quality isn’t there, well, that horse won’t be pulling out the platinum card anytime soon.

Still, great ad campaigns can be revolutionary. They can change the way people live their daily lives—for better or for worse.[…]” 

Take a few minutes and think about how advertising has changed over the last 50+ years…it’s really quite remarkable.

12. Apple Computer’s “1984”

“This commercial, designed by the advertising agency Chiat/Day to introduce Apple’s Macintosh computer and directed by Ridley Scott—fresh off his science fiction classic Blade Runner—has never run again [on TV] since that Super Bowl spot. But few commercials have ever been more influential.Advertising Age named it the 1980s’ Commercial of the Decade. You can still see its echoes today in futuristic ads for technology and telecommunications multinationals such as AT&T, MCI, and Intel.”

11. Federal Express’ “Fast talker” (1982)

“Thirty years after making a name for himself as the fast talker in FedEx’s legendary ad campaign, John Moschitta unleashed his manic mouth on the world once more with a series of ads for JetBlue.”

 

10. Avis’ “We try harder” (1963) Avis Ad Campaign

“As Avis says on its website, “The phrase ‘We Try Harder’ has gone down in advertising history as one of the longest-lasting and respected taglines. The origination of the slogan was not to create a cute gimmick, but instead it was—and is—a business philosophy that every Avis employee holds true. ‘We Try Harder’ has helped Avis earn a reputation as one of the most admired businesses in the world.”

9. Clairol’s “Does she … or doesn’t she?” (1957) Clairol Ad Campaign

“How successful was this campaign? Well, Time magazine wrote in a 1967 article, ‘The question, as every reader of advertisements knows, refers to artificial hair color—and the odds on an affirmative answer have dropped from 15 to 1 to 2 to 1 since Miss Clairol first asked it 11 years ago. Sales of tints, rinses and dyes have risen from $25 million to $186 million a year. So popular is their use that some states no longer require women to list their hair color on their driver’s licenses.'”

8. Miller Lite’s “Tastes great, less filling” (1974)

“For years, Miller Lite drinkers, including notables like comic Rodney Dangerfield and football coach John Madden, bickered back and forth. Some said the drink tasted great. Others said it was less filling.

The commercials were a big hit for the brewing company, which revived the campaign in 2008, albeit using an arguably better looking cast of characters than in Dangerfield’s and Madden’s day.”

7. Absolut Vodka’s Absolut Bottle (1981) 

“The campaign was such a success that Absolut continues to use it today. In fact, according to AbsolutAds.com, ‘Absolut Vodka’s advertising campaign is the world’s longest-ever uninterrupted one. To date it comprises 1,450 original ads, with more added each month.'”

 

6. DeBeers’ “A diamond is forever” (1948) Diamond is Forever Campaign

“An advertising campaign can last forever as well, it seems.[…]  As the De Beers website explains, ‘In 1947 a young copywriter called Frances Gerety was working with De Beers and was given a brief to compose a line that encompassed and expressed the physical attributes and legends surrounding the diamond. The understanding is that she worked late into the night on the challenging brief and, about to admit defeat, she then scribbled the sentence which would later be voted as the most iconic advertising slogan of the twentieth century—A Diamond Is Forever. Books and films of cult status have been named after this tagline, and a song featuring the phrase has been recorded numerous times by some of the world’s most popular artists.'”

5. McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today” (1971) McDonald's Ad Campaign

“Ronald McDonald, the true icon of the McDonald’s brand, hasn’t been in every single ad campaign. The fast-food chain turned its attention to busy consumers in this 1971 campaign, focusing on the ease with which a McDonald’s meal could be obtained.”

4. Nike’s “Just Do It” (1988) Nike's Just Do It Campaign

“In 2008, Nike celebrated one of the most memorable advertising campaign slogans in history by creating new ads  to air during the Beijing Olympic games.”

3. Marlboro’s “Marlboro Man” (1955) Marlboro Ad Campaign

“It doesn’t get much more iconic than this. As AdAge.com wrote of this legendary ad campaign, “The most powerful—and in some quarters, most hated—brand image of the century, the Marlboro Man stands worldwide as the ultimate American cowboy and masculine trademark, helping establish Marlboro as the best-selling cigarette in the world.  ‘Today, even a mention of the Marlboro Man as an effective ad icon brings protests from health-care workers who see firsthand the devastation wrought by decades of cigarette smoking. More than any other issue, the ethics of tobacco advertising—both morally and legally—have divided the advertising industry.'”

2. Coca-Cola’s “The pause that refreshes” (1929) 

“‘I’ve always admired brands that preserve their core campaign for decades,’ wrote independent ad counsel Chris Macrae in an article on AllAboutBranding.com.  ‘Coca-Cola provided a stunning example with “Pause that Refreshes” (USA 1930s to 1950s) uplifting a nation at time of depression, championing a product which literally fuelled—emotionally and physically—what was then a developing nation, lobbying the US war office on the extreme fatigue of war and thereby becoming the GI’s mascot during World War 2 and making Coke available at 5c per bottle wherever GIs went.'”

1. Volkswagen’s “Think Small” Campaign (1959)

“Kurt Kroner was the man behind the defining example of the greatest advertising campaign of the century, according to AdAge.com.  ‘He wasn’t the copywriter. That was Julian Koenig. Nor was he the art director. That was Helmut Krone. Nor was he elsewhere employed by Doyle Dane Bernbach, the agency that stormed the confining Bastille of advertising orthodoxy to ignite the “creative revolution”.'”

“Actually, our hero wasn’t in advertising at all. Kurt Kroner was the one, among 3,389 Wolfsburg, Germany, assembly plant workers, to flag a blemished chrome strip on the glove compartment of a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle and reject the vehicle for delivery. Yes, if we are to believe Koenig’s copy, Herr Kroner gave us the famously failed and fabulously forlorn ‘Lemon.'”

“God bless him, because in so doing he also gave advertising permission to surprise, to defy and to engage the consumer without bludgeoning him about the face and body. Kroner offered up a lemon with approximately the same result of Eve offering the apple. Not only did everything change, but suddenly things were a lot more interesting.”

 

I hope you enjoyed your history/marketing lesson for the day and that you found it as interesting as I did.  Thanks for stopping by!

Handyman Mike

Happy Wednesday everybody!

Several exciting things happened this week…ironically, I received 3 different requests for marketing consultations at Fireside (my evening employment).  Two of them will remain a mystery…for now. 🙂  But stay tuned to see who they are…you won’t be disappointed.

Anywho…it always amazes me how basic friendly conversations with customers lead to more marketing work for me (which I love).  With that said, let me tell you a little story…

Mike is a regular at Fireside, but before this week, I had not had the opportunity to meet him.  Before officially meeting him, I knew him as “the guy at the bar that plays basketball with the garbage and a crumpled piece of paper and occasionally hits a waitress instead of the intended target”. 🙂  He enjoys having conversations with any of the waitresses or hostesses that aren’t busy for a moment, and they are happy to reciprocate.

The other evening, I had the pleasure of officially meeting Mike which was a new life experience for me and a pretty cool one, too, because Mike is deaf.  So the other night I delivered his food to him at the bar, and he signed “Thank you” to me…I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t know how to sign “You’re welcome” back to him, so I just flashed him a big smile and nodded my head.  Later, I decided I would just ask him, so I grabbed a napkin and a pen and wrote down my question…he was more than happy to show me (and I think a little excited that someone asked him how to speak his language).  If you’re curious, here’s your American Sign Language lesson of the day:   Mike proceeded to ask me if I knew any other deaf people to which I responded that I did not, but I knew basic signs like “more”, “please”, “all done” and “thank you” because the one-year-old that I live with used/uses them before he could speak.

Our napkin-and-pen conversation continued for another few minutes while he told me he had to wake up early the next day to go to work and teased me that I probably wouldn’t be getting out of bed until noon.  I shook my head and responded that I have a day job, too, so no sleeping in for me.  🙂  From there, I told him that I do various marketing for small businesses, and, turns out he needed just that!  Mike is a handyman in the area and needed an updated business card.

Turns out that there are some pretty sweet templates online for construction-related business cards, so I decided that would be a perfect option for this project.  These are the two designs that I mocked up:

Handyman Mike Business Card Design #2Handyman Mike Business Card Design #1

Based on the information Mike gave me, I spent time making sure that all the wording accurately portrayed what he does. Because I wasn’t sure what style he would like best, I chose 2 very different designs to give him an option. 

I’m excited to see what your thoughts are and what Mike’s final decision will be!

Thanks for tuning in to today’s post!  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to check out what wonderful life and marketing experiences I’ve had this week!  Until next time…

Business Cards

Attention: My business cards have arrived!!

I feel like I have been waiting an eternity for them…and I think the UPS man was taunting me on purpose the whole week.  Yesterday, I saw him stopped at the end of the street which got me pretty excited.  He began to drive down the street toward my house (my enthusiasm growing by the second)!  Suddenly…he turns around in the cul-de-sac and wheels on down the road…

Today was a different story.  I went about my work when I noticed a lovely little box sitting by my front door…IT’S HERE!!!  Ok, ok thanks for sticking with me through both that tragic story and the happy one.  Now…the moment you’ve all (or just me. ha!) been waiting for…TA DA!

Alright, let’s break it down…

The image on the left is the front of the business card and the image on the right is the back.  I did a 2-sided business card for a few reasons.

1) So I didn’t have to cram all my contact information, logo, and picture onto one side.

2) So I could feature my logo and my picture which is the main aspect of what Lindsay Plathe Marketing Consulting is all about…me. 🙂

3) I needed the QR code and all the contact information to be large enough so that they stick out to people.

Front

I chose to do a vertical layout for the front of my card simply because the picture looked better that way. 🙂  However, it is a somewhat unusual way to do business cards, so hopefully the uniqueness will make it stand out.

Back

As you can see, I have alot of different contact information, so it was important to make sure that each avenue was clearly visible on the business card.

So the key aspects of every business card are listed:

  • Name
  • Position
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Website — For this part, I put icons of social media that I am linked to: WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

I am sure some of you are wondering what the QR code (the black and white square to the left of my contact info) is and what it does… a QR code is an image that you can scan if you have a QR App on your cell phone.  When you scan the image, it will automatically connect you to a website.  In this case, my marketing blog.

That about sums this up in the business card department.  Thanks for tuning in!

 

There’s nothing like a great “before & after”

I’ve already been busy working on my first clients’ marketing. 🙂  So ladies and gents, I would like to present to you Shirley and Phil Larson Real Estate Team!  Check out some of the work I did for them!

              

This is the coverpage of Shirley and Phil’s book that they showed to their real estate clients.  To add a more professional and consistent look, I created a letterhead and a brief description of who the Larson’s are.  This page is the first thing clients see, so it was important for it to make a great impression right off the bat.

I would also like to show you the information pages within each client sales book…

                                 

  

The 2 pages above were included within Shirley and Phil’s sales booklet.  In order to effectively brand anything or anybody, consistency is crucial!  The page to the left is an example of the letterhead that I designed to match the coverpage.  Each page of the booklet is printed with this look to give it a cohesive image.  It also displays the Larson’s picture and logo along with their contact information.

Now for the brochure! 🙂

 

The first brochure is from about 10 years ago, when Shirley and Phil’s main focus was raising their children and finding a home for their  clients to raise their families as well.  In 2012, Shirley and Phil’s children are grown, and they still would like to find their clients family homes.  However, their updated brochure now highlights the vast experience that they have in the real estate industry.  It also sticks to the blue theme found on their letterhead.  It was important for Shirley and Phil to feature their past clients’ testimonials and recommendations in their new brochure.  These are like gold for any business! 🙂

My other main project for the Larson’s was their Facebook page…When I began just a little over a month ago, they had 11 “Likes” and today they have 47 “Likes”!  They are now reaching more than 4 times as many people as before by interacting with their Facebook friends.  This was done by regularly posting real estate related media such as articles, videos, and current home listings.  I also incorporated a Facebook icon on all their new print material in order to increase traffic on their updated page.

Now all that’s left to ask is, “Are you interested in real estate South of the River in the Twin Cities??”   Shirley they can Phil your real estate needs!  Check them out on Facebook by searching ShirleyAndPhilLarsonRealEstateTeam or their website: www.soldbylarsons.com

If you think anything in this post would help you and your small business, I would love to help!!  Shoot me an email to inquire about any marketing consulting I can do for you.  lgplathe08@ole.augie.edu

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