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Iowa Bumper Sticker

I just ordered this bumper sticker for a friend from MakeStickers.com

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David Ogilvy’s Rules on How to Write Potent Copy

I recently read Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy, and thought it was an awesome book about the advertising business, A true classic.

Ogilvy’s rules on How to Write Potent Copy:

On Headlines:

  1. The headline is the most important part of the ad; it is what gets the reader’s attention and what makes them keep reading. Invite readers and do not say anything to exclude any readers.
  2. Every headline should appeal to the interest of the consumer.
  3. Try to put news in the headline. The words new and free are the most powerful words that can appear in the headline.
  4. There are several other words that are effective: How to, Suddenly, Now, Announcing, Improvement, etc. Headlines can also include emotional words.
  5. Five times as many people read the headlines and the body.
  6. Include a promise in the headlines, and longer headlines sell more than short headlines.
  7. If the headlines make the consumer curious, they will more likely read the body.
  8. Do not try to write tricky headlines, be simple and to the point.
  9. Do not use negatives in the headlines.
  10. Always make the headlines have a meaning.

On Body Copy:

  1. Write the body as if you were recommending the product to a stranger.
  2. Do not try to impress the reader with big words, be simple and concise with the body.

David Ogilvy’s Rules on How to Keep Clients

I recently read Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy, and thought it was an awesome book about the advertising business, A true classic

Ogilvy hated the idea of firing people the produced good work, but in the advertising field it was necessary when the advertising failed the client, and the client fired the agency (happens all the time today too)

So here are Ogilvy’s rules on How to Keep Clients:

  1. Appoint the best people possible to each account, and do not let executives go after accounts, it makes them greedy.
  2. Avoid hiring unstable executives who are hard for people to get along with.
  3. Avoid taking clients who change agencies on a regular basis.
  4. Keep contact between the agency and the client on all levels of the business.

He also added these bits to the above four rules: Never join two clients in one ad.  Never keep a client who has reduced the quality of their product.

David Ogilvy’s Rules for Selecting New Clients

I recently read Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy, and thought it was an awesome book about the advertising business, A true classic

According to Ogilvy, the first clients are the hardest to get, but after you get a reputation of doing good work, companies start to seek you.

Ogilvy’s Rules for Selecting New Clients:

  1. Only advertise products which you are proud to be associated with, never advertise a product that you don’t respect and don’t like.
  2. Never advertise for a company that you feel has better advertising than you can offer.
  3. Never advertise for a company that has had failing sales for a long period of time. This normally means that the advertising will not help the sales.
  4. Make sure that the client understands that the advertising agency has to make money as well; don’t make the client money while losing money from your own company.
  5. Question any account that would not be very profitable. If it gives you a chance to show off your skills to other potential clients, then take the account.
  6. Always find the motive for the client switching agencies, if he was let go from the previous agency, find out why.
  7. Do not take clients that put little importance in advertising.
  8. Never advertise for a product that is not yet on the market.
  9. Never take associations as clients.
  10. Only give in to the demand that a person be hired if you get the account if you feel that the person is capable of doing good work for your company

And lastly, if a company publicly announces the companies which it is considering to do their advertising, do not try to get the account, if you do not get it, you will publicly be known for being inferior to the successful company in some way.