Category Archives: Positioning

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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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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Fishy Business: “Stop Running That Ad!”

The customer was obviously upset. She complained to the supermarket owner: I was listening to news talk 1150 and heard your advertisement for “Fresh Atlantic Salmon”.  I just wanted to let you know you are pushing a product that almost … Continue reading

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On Selling Soap (Meet My New Friend, Duke Cannon)

I made a new friend this past Christmas, thanks to my wife. His name is Duke Cannon. Duke sells soap, about which we’ll talk more in just a bit. Did you know that Soap-selling has a storied history? Andrew Pears (b. … Continue reading

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“If I don’t go, I don’t get”

After an extensive Internet search, I’ve concluded that I may be in possession of the only extant copy of the Warner & Swasey Company’s remarkable collection of American Business Ads, published 40 years ago under the title: “1776-1976 What has … Continue reading

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Expert Use of Radio Advertising by LASIK and Cataract Surgery Specialist – Another Radio Advertising Success Story

As radio advertising professionals, our job is to help businesses tell their stories in a way that engages the listener’s imagination. This is because the ultimate destination of any advertising message is the consumer’s brain, where judgments are made about … Continue reading

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“If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get”

“If I Don’t Go, I Don’t Get” This ad was written in 1975 for The Warner & Swasey Company of Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment and machinery, the latest installment (at that time) in a series of 1000 … Continue reading

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Dazzling Them With Brilliance in Moscow, ID

You can’t drive by this thing without noticing it.  And that, of course, was the whole idea: make it BIG, COLORFUL, and IN YOUR FACE!!  The first time I saw it, I thought, “WOW! Brilliant marketing, Tri-State!!” Each side of … Continue reading

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I’d Like to “Buy Local” But… (Guest Blog)

Thanks to my generous and talented friend Blaine Parker for letting me share his insights with you.  This article originally appeared in his “relentless weekly screed,” otherwise known as Hot Points.  Get your free subscription here. As many of my … Continue reading

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