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“You Can Quote Me”: Legendary Marketing Wisdom.

What do David Ogilvy, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and your marketing career have in common? Simply answered: it’s wisdom. Ogilvy, Disney and Jobs are historic figures filled with energy, imagination and smarts. Chances are that we all have been exposed to some exceptional insight from them and others during our careers. When Blogging Out Loud launched two years ago, we were committed to the idea that you — our readers — would fuel the conversations taking place here just as much as anything in the marketplace. And you have. Our recent mid-year review inspired plenty of feedback; it’s more than clear that one-time trends such as augmented reality and mobile marketing are today’s marketing mainstays. But what about the ideologies that enabled our industry to reach this place? This week, we’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes about marketing wisdom, and we ask you: What can we quote you on?

Maybe I’m just blogging out loud, but it seems like some things never change. In marketing, yesterday’s adages are still, in many ways, truisms for tomorrow.

“The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife.”
– David Ogilvy

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney

“The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

“Advertising doesn’t create a product advantage. It can only convey it.” – William Bernbach

“Whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” – Tony Hsieh

“Image means personality. Products, like people, have personalities, and they can make or break them in the market place.” – David Ogilvy

“Forget about your competitors, just focus on your customers.” – Jack Ma

“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.”
– Will Rogers

“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

“Your advertising is great, how’s business?” – Bud Frankel

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” – John Wanamaker

“When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.”
– Bob Parsons

Now it’s your turn to talk shop. Feel free to share your favorite marketing quotes from the famous and not-so famous, either here or on Vertical Marketing Network’s Facebook page.

Brought to you by Vertical Marketing Network, a Leading Integrated Marketing Agency.

About JJ Nelson

Freelance blogger for Vertical Marketing Network; food writer; bartender.

4 comments on ““You Can Quote Me”: Legendary Marketing Wisdom.

  1. Jeff Courtney
    August 8, 2012

    Many a small thing has been made large with the right kind of advertising. -Mark Twain


  2. Alice
    August 7, 2012

    “I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information.” –David Ogilvy


  3. Philip
    August 7, 2012

    Earlier in my career it always amazed me how much the client’s promotion agency knew about how products were sold in to the trade and merchandised in-store, and how little other client agencies knew of this process. It all gets summed up with this Bud Frankel quote: “You can’t design something without being intimately involved and being sensitive to the needs of the trade. It’s essential to know everything we can and we’ve spent a lot of time learning the client’s business.”


  4. Nicco
    August 7, 2012

    “Advertising affects perception. Promotion affects behavior.” – Doug Reeves


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