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 William Bernbach - “Our job is to bring the dead facts to life.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “Word of mouth is the best medium of all.”
 William Bernbach - “Because an appeal makes logical sense is no guarantee that it will work.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “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 - “All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgerize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “With our industry being watched so carefully by governmental agencies, with the FTC ready to pounce on every claim we make, what we CAN say in our ads is forever narrowing and the sharpest tool left for us is HOW we say it.”
 William Bernbach - “Properly practiced creativity can make one ad do the work of ten.”
 William Bernbach - “Nobody counts the number of ads you run they just remember the impression you make.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “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 - “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 - “The truth isn't the truth until people believe you, and they can't believe you if they don't know what your saying, and they can't know what you've saying if they don't listen to you, and they won't listen to you if you're not interesting, and you won't be interesting until you say things imaginatively, originally, freshly.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “A great ad campaign will make a bad product fail faster. It will get more people to know it's bad.”
 William Bernbach - “In communications, familiarity breeds apathy.”
 William Bernbach - “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 - “I warn you against believing that advertising is a science.”
 William Bernbach - “The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.”
 William Bernbach - “In advertising not to be different is virtually suicidal.”
 William Bernbach - “Today's smartest advertising style is tomorrow's corn.”
 William Bernbach - “Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art.”
 William Bernbach - “In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.”

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