He’s called the Father of Advertising and the King of Madison Avenue. Fortune magazine once asked if he was a genius — which prompted him to ask his attorney to bring a lawsuit against the publication for its use of the question mark.
But you should also know that this man was an apprentice chef, a farmer, a door-to-door salesman, an expelled college student, a social worker, a researcher, and a former employee of the British Intelligence Service. That’s a lot of lives lived before David Ogilvy even started in advertising, opening his own firm in 1948 at the age of 38.
This rich history formed one of the most prolific copywriters in the industry. He believed in the “big idea,” creating campaigns for Schweppes and Hathaway shirts that featured mysterious and memorable characters. He changed the image of a country in a series of ads for Puerto Rico, made Dove a household name, and convinced First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to hawk margarine in a national TV commercial.
There’s a lot you can learn from revisiting the work of this authority on advertising.
To get you started, we reimagined what Ogily’s digital social profile would look like by curating some of his most famous work, quotes, and other life details.
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I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment: They are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post for support, rather than for illumination.