Is an advertisement an art gallery or a market place? (Great Quotes on Advertising, 7)

On testing

Well, I turned to Ayer & Son, because they had as a slogan, “Keeping Everlastingly At It Brings Success.” … I met one of Ayer’s men. “Now,” I said, “here, let me ask you this. Supposing I start wrong and I keep everlastingly at it. Where is that going to get me?” “Well,” he said, “what they meant was keeping everlastingly at it right would achieve success.” —Lasker, The Lasker Story, As He Told It

You cannot follow your own opinion alone, because copywriters have often found that products aren’t always bought for what they’re sold for; that people may be buying a product for reasons and purposes they have discovered for themselves; and that these most telling sales angles … had not even been put into the copy at all, or had been told in a whisper when they really rated a shout.  —Schwab,   How to Write a Good Advertisement

On layout

Is an advertisement an art gallery… or a market place? There’s more Stop! if some busyness is added—and if people don’t stop they can’t shop. —Schwab,   How to Write a Good Advertisement [ellipsis in original]

Great designers seldom make great advertising men, because they get overcome by the beauty of the picture—and forget that merchandise must be sold. —James Randolph Adams


  • Want wonderful art delivered weekly to your inbox? Members of my free Sunday Recommendations list (email receive three art-related suggestions every week: check out my favorites from last year’s recommendations. For more goodies, check out my Patreon page.
Posted in Nonfiction Tagged permalink

About Dianne L. Durante

I constantly seek out art that's inspiring, thought-provoking, skillfully executed, and/or beautiful so I can share it (in jargon-free language) with others who need and enjoy such art, but don't have time to search for it themselves. As an independent scholar, writer, and lecturer, I focus on art history and history, with forays into food, history, politics, and publishing. My most recent projects are three volumes on Alexander Hamilton, From Portraits to Puddles, Central Park: The Early Years, Innovators in Sculpture (a survey of 5,000 years of art in 2 hours), and videoguide apps by Guides Who Know. Click on the Books & Essays tab for a list of all books. For upcoming projects, see my Patreon page.

Comments are closed.