Dwight D. Eisenhower said war settles nothing.
He should know. Personal experience as a General and as President endorses his view.
But then you have the reverse: Fighting Settles Everything.
Eisenhower might have bridled at that until he realized one thing.
It’s a tag line for a boxing gym that trains fighters for title bouts.
It encapsulates just the right attitude for up-and-comers with lofty ambitions.
Fighters and fight fans revere it as it whips up excitement for championship events.
Given that, maybe even Eisenhower would approve.
More to compelling thinking, you have 100 Pipers Scotch.
100 Pipers is a middling Scotch, it’s okay but not in the running for a prize.
To give it character, tartan authenticity and memorably we get this line: 100 Pipers
Scotch. Makes Bagpipes Sound Like Music.
There’s a nice turn of phrase for you, one that sticks in the mind.
If only you could trot out lines like that to amuse your drinking buddies.
On to restaurants.
One we like is called That New Mexican Place.
From day one the name was a stopper. People poured in.
That New Mexican Place stands out because it uses the language of the customers it hopes to attract.
Let’s try that new Mexican place … that’s how people talk, right?
Incidentally, even after 10 years the name made the restaurant feel new. How’s that for a first?
Now, an ad for Cheese of Holland.
The visual is a wheel of Edam. Simple.
Here’s the headline as it appeared vertically:
Paté costs more than liverwurst.
Bisque costs more than soup.
Stroganoff costs more than stew.
This cheese costs more than other Edam. Life is short
No apology for the price, just three truths about food, starting with lowly liverwurst.
Life is short, why not go for the Stroganoff of cheese … there’s an appeal.
This ad from the 1960s is relevant today.
Because we continue to face the challenge of getting people to pay more for premium priced products.
That raises a question … how adept are you in getting customers to put value ahead of price?
Now, to a car that’s indecently quick, the BMW 5-Series.
It’s the Ultimate Driving Machine, right enough.
But a bright spark of a copywriter lifted the 5-Series even more with this headline: The Hot Rod of Polite Society.
Memorable, isn’t it? A souped-up idea to define performance and differentiate the brand.
Ideas like the ones above were needed in the past to gain public trust and sell products.
They were the mainstay in building brand share and shading the competition.
They still are.
Ideas are bound to come in handy the next time you embark on a new campaign.
Without strong thinking, content comes across as thin gruel, something that’s little more than drab.
Which is why it might be an idea to fight for better creative work.
Because with that, fighting settles everything.