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10 tips on writing from David Ogilvy | Masters of Design and Innovation | Masters of Design and Innovation

10 tips on writing from David Ogilvy | Masters of Design and Innovation | Masters of Design and Innovation | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"On September 7th, 1982, David Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write”:

 

The better you write, the higher you go in Ogilvy & Mather.
People who think well, write well.
Woolly minded people write woolly memos, woolly letters and woolly speeches.
Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well.

Here are 10 hints:

 

1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing. Read it three times.

 

2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.

 

3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.

 

4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.

 

5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.

 

6. Check your quotations.

 

7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.

 

8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.

 

9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.

 

10. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.

David"

 

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David Ogilvy’s Famous Rolls Royce Advertisement | Famous Advertisements

David Ogilvy’s Famous Rolls Royce Advertisement | Famous Advertisements | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it
One of the famous David Ogilvy’s advertisement for Rolls Royce Cars.

"At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock’."

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10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"Never write more than two pages on any subject."

"here comes some priceless and pricelessly uncompromising wisdom from a very different kind of cultural legend: iconic businessman and original “Mad Man” David Ogilvy. On September 7th, 1982, Ogilvy sent the following internal memo to all agency employees, titled “How to Write”:....

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Ogilvy & Mather | David Ogilvy

Ogilvy & Mather | David Ogilvy | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

"From the very beginning, David Ogilvy intended to have a different kind of company. He knew that if he was going to be successful as an expatriate running an under-capitalized offshoot of an old British firm in the country that invented modern advertising (in the city that was its epicenter), he would need to build a strong agency brand. The first two fundamental components of that brand would be the quality and diversity of the people, and the quality and class of the operation. "Only first class business, and that in a first class way."

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8 David Ogilvy Quotes to Help You Write Better Blog Content

8 David Ogilvy Quotes to Help You Write Better Blog Content | A Cultural History of Advertising | Scoop.it

“I have a theory that the best ads come from personal experience. Some of the good ones I have done have really come out of the real experience of my life, and somehow this has come over as true and valid and persuasive.”

 

Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.”

 

“A consumer is not a moron. She’s your wife. Don’t insult her intelligence, and don’t shock her.”

 

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

 

“The more informative your advertising, the more persuasive it will be”

 

“Good copy can’t be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You’ve got to believe in the product.”

 

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