Lawrence Creaghan

What are words really worth?

Vital information has long been packaged in memorable and easy-to-digest portions – often using alliteration and internal rhyme – to encourage good habits that lead to productive and rewarding lives. A penny saved is a penny earned. Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. A stitch in time saves nine.

Savvy advertisers picked up on this more than a century ago and began using this same technique with memorable slogans tied to their brands. Maxwell House: It’s good to the last drop. (For nearly one hundred years, it was the No.1 selling coffee in the US.) Hoover: It it it cleans. (Dominated the UK vacuum cleaner sector for most of the 20th century.)

In 1988 Nike introduced Just Do It. The line scored big with athletes of every stripe and also as a general philosophy of life for anyone in any field. More than three decades later Just Do It continues to have a significant impact on Nike’s financial performance. Its current capitalization is over US$149 billion, nearly 540 times more than the $276 million it was worth in 1988.

Apple launched its Think Different campaign in 1997. Lee Clow, creative director on the project, had this to say about the process: Big Ideas Win, Good Ads Don’t. Think Different helped put Apple on the fast track to becoming the most valuable company in history with a current capitalization of more than US$2.8 trillion, over 1200 times the $2.3 billion it was worth in 1997.

What slogans are really worth

A good slogan can boost a company’s sales by over 30% year after year after year.

50% of consumers say the slogan is the most important factor in a company’s brand.

47% admit that the slogan plays a key role in making their buying decision.

Sound familiar?

I’d walk a mile for a Camel – R.J. Reynolds

Because You’re Worth It – L’Oréal

Happy Tastes Good – Dairy Queen

Have it Your Way – Burger King

I Love New York – New York City

It’s the real thing – Coke

Built Ford Tough – Ford Trucks

I’m lovin’ it – McDonald’s

Harvey’s makes a hamburger a beautiful thing – Harvey’s

It Keeps Going, and Going, and Going – Energizer

When you’re out of Schlitz, you’re out of beer – Joseph Schlitz Brewing

M’m! M’m! Good! – Campbell’s Soup

Melts in your mouth, not in your hand – M&M’s

Nothing runs like a Deere – John Deere

Red Bull gives you wings – Red Bull

The Best a Man Can Get – Gillette

The Quicker Picker Upper – Bounty

The Marlboro Man – Philip Morris

They’re Great! – Frosted Flakes

We Are Professional Grade – GMC Trucks

Is it true…blondes have more fun? – Clairol

What Happens Here, Stays Here – Las Vegas

Where’s the Beef? – Wendy’s

With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good – Smucker’s

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