Quotations by William Bernbach

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Born: Sunday, August 13, 1911
Died: Saturday, October 2, 1982 (71 years old)
Profession: Businessman
Nationality: American


A great ad campaign will make a bad product fail faster. It will get more people to know it's bad.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: People, Will)

Advertising doesn't create a product advantage. It can only convey it.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Advertising)

Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Art, Science, Advertising, Persuasion)

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Talent, Idea, Magic)

Because an appeal makes logical sense is no guarantee that it will work.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Work, Sense, Will)

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.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Advertising, Forget, Saying, Will, Words)

I warn you against believing that advertising is a science.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Science, Advertising)

If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Advertising)

In advertising not to be different is virtually suicidal.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Advertising)

In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Apathy, Familiarity)

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
(Keywords: Evil, World)

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.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Nature, People, Human nature, Key, Skill, Writer)

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?
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: People, Will)

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.
- William Bernbach

Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Impression)

Our job is to bring the dead facts to life.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Life, Facts, Job)

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.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Cleverness, Clients, Job)

Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Work, Creativity)

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Creativity, Result, Sales)

The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Truth, Advertising)

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.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Isolation, Past, Research)

Today's smartest advertising style is tomorrow's corn.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Advertising, Style, Today, Tomorrow)

We don't ask research to do what it was never meant to do, and that is to get an idea.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Idea, Research)

Word of mouth is the best medium of all.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Word)

You can say the right thing about a product and nobody will listen. You've got to say it in such a way that people will feel it in their gut. Because if they don't feel it, nothing will happen.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: People, Nothing, Right, Will)







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