Category Archives: Branding

A Modest Proposal for Radio

 Do Most Radio Ads Suck? Jeff Sexton is an ad writer, and a damn good one. He occasionally teaches ad writing at Wizard Academy and is himself one of the Wizard of Ads® Partners. I subscribe to Jeff’s blog and … Continue reading

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Thoroughbred Radio Ad Campaign Races into Hall of Fame

One of my very favorite advertising campaigns of all time has to do with horse racing. And life, laughter, and modern culture. It’s DeVito/Verdi’s brilliant “And They’re Off…” campaign, winner of multiple advertising awards over the years, including their induction … Continue reading

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For All Your [Fill-in-the-Blank] Needs

cli·ché (noun) – a phrase that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought Just for fun sometime, make a mental note of all the ads you encounter that contain these five words: “for all your __________ needs.”   Every time … Continue reading

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How the New Business Landscape Is Challenging Tradition and Igniting Radio Advertising Sales

How long before the rest of the matches in this photo will ignite? It’s a good way to think about an emerging trend in business, including radio advertising sales. A recent article in INSIDE RADIO talked about new and emerging prospect … Continue reading

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Advertising to Make You Smile

Over the past few years the guys at Howard Hughes  Appliance, TV, and Sleep Shop have used their radio advertising on April 1st to feature imaginative new products or uses for existing products, invented solely to give listeners a little chuckle. … Continue reading

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Effective Advertising and the Law of Exclusion

Your business is defined principally by what-you-sell or what-you-do. Are these the only things you talk about in your advertising? May I suggest that you are also defined by what you won’t do or sell, by what you exclude. The principle … Continue reading

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Advertising and the Two Gateways to the Brain

Which is more powerful, the eye or the ear?  If you could keep just one of these two senses, which would you choose? Strange questions to ask, but stay with me for a moment. We don’t give much thought to our … Continue reading

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Speaking of “Word of Mouth…”

“Word-of-mouth” is not advertising.  It’s a personal recommendation.  It starts with someone being deeply impressed by a product or service, so much so that when an opportunity arises, he or she tells another person about it. With this in mind, may I offer you a … Continue reading

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Penetrating the Consumer Brain

The goal of all advertising is simply to penetrate the human brain*, the seat of all our thoughts, emotions, and choices. My goal as an advertising professional – and yours as a business owner – is to make your company the … Continue reading

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The Ten Most Common Mistakes in Marketing

Many years ago the Wizard of Ads®, sometimes known as Roy H. Williams, published a best-selling business book in which he discussed the Twelve Most Common Mistakes in Advertising. His insights were praised by advertisers and advertising professionals alike. Eventually … Continue reading

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