In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.— William Bernbach
The most mind-blowing William Bernbach quotes that will activate your inner potential
If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic!
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
We are so busy measuring public opinion that we forget we can mold it.
We are so busy listening to statistics we forget we can create them.
Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.
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?
It may well be that creativity is the last unfair advantage we're legally allowed to take over our competitors.
If you stand for something, you will always find some people for you and some people against you. If you stand for nothing, you will find nobody against you, and nobody for you.
Word of mouth is the best medium of all.
Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.
Rules are what the artist breaks; the memorable never emerged from a formula.
All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society.
We can vulgarise that society. We can brutalise it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.
The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.
The difference between the forgettable and the enduring is artistry.
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.
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.
In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.
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.
Advertising doesn't create a product advantage. It can only convey it.
Advertising is the art of persuasion.
In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
Our job is to bring the dead facts to life.
Good advertising does not just circulate information.
It penetrates the public mind with desires and belief.
Research can trap you into the past.
Because an appeal makes logical sense is no guarantee that it will work.
You cannot sell a man who isn't listening;
word of mouth is the best medium of all; and dullness won't sell your product, but neither will irrelevant brilliance.
A great ad campaign will make a bad product fail faster. It will get more people to know it's bad.
Find the simple story in the product, and present it in an articulate and intelligent, persuasive way.
Persuasion is not a science but an art
Today's smartest advertising style is tomorrow's corn.
A principle isn't a principle until it costs you something.
Logic and over-analysis can immobilise and sterilize an idea.
It's like love. The more you analyse it, the more it disappears.
Creativity is the most practical thing a businessman can employ.
You have to live with your product, you have to know it through and through, you have to look at it, understand it, love it then, and only then, you can crystallize in one clear thought, one single theme, what must be conveyed about the product to the consumer.
For the Flower to blossom, you need the right soil as well as the right seed.
The same is true to cultivate good thinking.
Is creativity some obscure, esoteric art form? Not on your life.
It's the most practical thing a business-man can employ.
The real giants have always been poets, men who jumped from facts into the realm of imagination and ideas.
It's not just what you say that stirs people. It's the way that you say it.
Those who are going to be in business tomorrow are those who understand that the future, as always, belongs to the brave.
If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic.
In advertising not to be different is virtually suicidal.
The creative man with an insight into human nature, with the artistry to touch and move people, will succeed. Without them he will fail.
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.
I warn you against believing that advertising is a science.
Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.
Never do anything yourself that you can hire someone else to do, especially if they can do it better.
Imitation can be commercial suicide.
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.
Adapt your techniques to an idea, not an idea to your techniques.
The world has progressed to the point where it's most powerful force is public opinion. And I believe that in this world it is not the great book or epic play, as once was the case, that will shape that opinion, but those who understand mass media and the techniques of mass persuasion...We must not just believe in what we sell. We must sell what we believe in. And we must pour a vast energy into those causes.