A million years ago Doyle Dane Bernbach had the Mobil Oil account.
Their ads, focusing on driver safety, didn’t read like ads.
They read like public service announcements.
Nothing in the category had ever reflected public safety so strongly.
A stunning advantage for a company selling gasoline.
The long copy convinced you Mobil wanted to be a guardian of your safety.
People liked that.
So the ads were read and read.
A wag we know suggested offices should have installed additional watercoolers.
That way more people could have gathered around them to yak on about the ads.
The art director Len Sirowitz said that the newspapers called the agency with a request.
The ads were so good, they explained, they wanted to run them for free.
Sounds better than an advertising award, doesn’t it?