he advertising campaign has gone through many transformations over the years. From print ads to TV ads, to social media, it is now more interactive than ever. The effectiveness of an ad campaign can be measured by how well it reaches its target audience. Radio and television are still the most popular forms of advertising in the world today, but other mediums like digital advertisements (like banner ads on websites) are quickly catching up. Digital advertisements are becoming one of the most important ways for businesses to advertise their services and products
Best Books on Advertising Campaign: THE LIST
1. Ogilvy on Advertising | By David Ogilvy
Told with brutal candor and prodigal generosity, David Ogilvy reveals:
• How to get a job in advertising
• How to choose an agency for your product
• The secrets behind advertising that works
• How to write successful copy—and get people to read it
• Eighteen miracles of research
• What advertising can do for charities
And much, much more.
2. Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This | By Luke Sullivan
The classic guide to creating great advertising now covers all media: Digital, social, and traditional.
Hey Whipple, Squeeze This has helped generations of young creatives make their mark in the field. From starting out and getting work, to building successful campaigns, you gain a real-world perspective on what it means to be great in a fast-moving, sometimes harsh industry. You’ll learn how to tell brand stories and create brand experiences online and in traditional media outlets, and you’ll learn more about the value of authenticity, simplicity, storytelling, and conflict.
Advertising is in the midst of a massive upheaval, and while creativity is still king, it’s not nearly enough. This audiobook is an essential resource for advertising professionals who need up-to-date digital skills to reach the modern consumer.
- Turn great ideas into successful campaigns
- Work effectively in all media channels
- Avoid the kill shots that will sink any campaign
- Protect your work
- Succeed without selling out
Today’s consumer has seen it all, and they’re less likely than ever to even notice your masterpiece of art and copy, let alone internalize it. Your job is to craft a piece that rises out of the noise to make an impact. Hey Whipple, Squeeze This provides the knowledge to create impressive, compelling work.
3. Contagious | By Jonah Berger
Why do certain products and ideas go viral? Dynamic young Wharton professor Jonah Berger draws on his research to explain the six steps that make products or ideas contagious.
Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It’s more influential than advertising and far more effective.
Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.
Contagious is filled with fascinating information drawn from Berger’s research. You will be surprised to learn, for example, just how little word of mouth is generated online versus elsewhere. Already praised by Dan Ariely and Dan Gilbert, and sold in nine countries, this book is a must-listen for people who want their projects and ideas to succeed.
4. Scientific Advertising | By Claude Hopkins
This is the complete and unabridged audiobook Scientific Advertising narrated from the original book as written by Claude C. Hopkins. Scientific Advertising was written by the advertising genius in 1923 and is cited by many advertising and Internet marketing personalities such as David Ogilvy, Gary Halbert, and Jay Abraham as a “must-read” book.
Hopkins used the techniques of testing and measuring the effectiveness of his ads by understanding and using the principles of psychology. After listening to this audiobook you’ll never waste money on ineffective advertising again.
5. Positioning | By Jack Trout
The first book to deal with the problems of communicating to a skeptical, media-blitzed public, Positioning describes a revolutionary approach to creating a “position” in a prospective customer’s mind-one that reflects a company’s own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of its competitors. Writing in their trademark witty, fast-paced style, advertising gurus Ries and Trout explain how to:
- Make and position an industry leader so that its name and message wheedles its way into the collective subconscious of your market-and stay there
- Position a follower so that it can occupy a niche not claimed by the leader
- Avoid letting a second product ride on the coattails of an established one.
The positioning also shows you how to:
- Use leading ad agency techniques to capture the biggest market share and become a household name
- Build your strategy around your competition’s weaknesses
- Reposition a strong competitor and create a weak spot
- Use your present position to its best advantage
- Choose the best name for your product
- Determine when-and why-less is more
- Analyze recent trends that affect your positioning.
Ries and Trout provide many valuable case histories and penetrating analyses of some of the most phenomenal successes and failures in advertising history. Revised to reflect significant developments in the five years since its original publication, Positioning is required reading for anyone in business today.
6. Truth, Lies, and Advertising | By Jon Steel
“Account planning exists for the sole purpose of creating advertising that truly connects with consumers. While many in the industry are still dissecting consumer behavior, extrapolating demographic trends, developing complex behavioral models, and measuring Pavlovian salivary responses, Steel advocates an approach to consumer research that is based on simplicity, common sense, and creativity–an approach that gains access to consumers’ hearts and minds, develops ongoing relationships with them, and, most important, embraces them as partners in the process of developing and advertising.
A witty, erudite raconteur and teacher, Steel describes how successful account planners work in partnership with clients, consumers, and agency creatives. He criticizes research practices that, far from creating relationships, drive a wedge between agencies and the people they aim to persuade; he suggests new ways of approaching research to cut through the BS and get people to show their true selves; and he shows how the right research, when translated into a motivating and inspiring brief, can be the catalyst for great creative ideas. He draws upon his own experiences and those of colleagues in the United States and abroad to illustrate those points, and includes examples of some of the most successful campaigns in recent years, including Polaroid, Norwegian Cruise Line, Porsche, Isuzu, “got milk?” and others.
The message of this book is that well-thought-out account planning results in better, more effective marketing and advertising for both agencies and clients. And also makes an evening in front of the television easier to bear for the population at large.”
7. Buyology | By Martin Lindstrom
Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars. Among the long-held assumptions and myths Buyology confronts:
- Sex doesn’t sell – people in skimpy clothing and provocative poses don’t persuade us to buy products.
- Despite government bans, subliminal advertising is ubiquitous – from bars to supermarkets to highway billboards.
- Color can be so iconic that the sight of the robin’s egg blue of a certain famous jewelry brand significantly raises women’s heart rates.
- Companies shamelessly borrow from religion and ritual – like the ritual, made up by a bored American bartender, of drinking a Corona with a lime – to seduce our interest.
- “Cool” brands, like iPods, trigger our mating instincts. The fact is, so much of what we thought we knew about why we buy is wrong. Drawing on a three-year, 7 million dollar, cutting-edge brain scan study of over 2000 people from around the world, marketing guru Martin Lindstrom’s revelations will captivate anyone who’s been seduced – or turned off – by marketer’s relentless efforts to win our loyalty, our money, and our minds.Packed with entertaining stories about how we respond to such well-known products and companies as Marlboro, Calvin Klein, Ford, and American Idol, Buyology is a fascinating tour into the mind of today’s consumers.
8. Confessions of an Advertising Man | By David Ogilvy
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9. The Tipping Point | By Malcolm Gladwell
Discover Malcolm Gladwell’s breakthrough debut and explore the science behind viral trends in business, marketing, and human behavior. The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.
10. The Advertising Concept Book | By Pete Barry
The classic guide to creative ideas, strategies, and campaigns in advertising, now in a revised and updated third edition
In creative advertising, no amount of glossy presentation will improve a bad idea. That’s why this book is dedicated to the first and most important lesson: concept.
Structured to provide both a complete course on advertising and a quick reference on specific industry topics, it covers every aspect of the business, from how to write copy and learn the creative process to how agencies work and the different strategies used for all types of media. This edition has been updated to include expanded chapters on interactive advertising and integrative advertising, a new chapter on branded social media, and fifty specially drawn new roughs of key campaigns.
Pete Barry outlines simple but fundamental rules about how to “push” an ad to turn it into something exceptional, while exercises throughout help readers assess their own work and that of others. Fifty years’ worth of international, award-winning ad campaigns―in the form of over 450 “roughs” specially produced by the author, fifty of which are new to this edition―also reinforce the book’s core lesson: that a great idea will last forever.
11. Made to Stick | By Chip Heath
Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scare circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas “stick”.
Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brother’s Heath reveals the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle”, using the “Velcro Theory of Memory”, and creating “curiosity gaps”.
In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds (from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship, to a new-product vision at Sony) draw their power from the same six traits.
Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It includes a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures), such as the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass full of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers, the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”, and the elementary school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.
12. The Copywriter's Handbook | By Robert Bly
This is a book for everyone who writes or approves copy: copywriters, multichannel marketers, creative directors, freelance writers, marketing managers…even small business owners and information marketers. It reveals dozens of copywriting techniques that can help you write both print and online ads, emails, and websites that are clear, persuasive, get more attention-and to sell more products. Among the tips revealed:
- Eight headlines that work and how to use them
- The five-step “Motivating Sequence” for generating more sales and profits
- 10 tips for boosting landing page conversion rates
- 15 techniques to ensure your emails get high open and click-through rates
This thoroughly revised fourth edition includes all new essential information for mastering copywriting in the digital age, including advice on content marketing, online videos, and high-conversion landing pages, as well as entirely updated resources.
13. Zag | By Marty Neumeier
When everybody zigs, zag,” says Marty Neumeier in this fresh view of brand strategy. ZAG follows the ultra-clear “whiteboard overview” style of the author’s first book, THE BRAND GAP, but drills deeper into the question of how brands can harness the power of differentiation. The author argues that in an extremely cluttered marketplace, traditional differentiation is no longer enough―today companies need “radical differentiation” to create lasting value for their shareholders and customers. In an entertaining 3-hour read you’ll learn:
– why me-too brands are doomed to fail
– how to “read” customer feedback on new products and messages
– the 17 steps for designing “difference” into your brand
– how to turn your brand’s “online” into a “true line” to drive synergy
– the secrets of naming products, services, and companies
– the four deadly dangers faced by brand portfolios
– how to “stretch” your brand without breaking it
– how to succeed at all three stages of the competition cycle
From the back cover:
In an age of me-too products and instant communications, keeping up with the competition is no longer a winning strategy. Today you have to out-position, out-maneuver, and out-design the competition. The new rule? When everybody zigs, zag. In his first book, THE BRAND GAP, Neumeier showed companies how to bridge the distance between business strategy and design. In ZAG, he illustrates the number-one strategy of high-performance brands―radical differentiation.
14. Rework | By David Hansson
From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple. That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space – you don’t need them.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It’s time to rework work.
15. The Art of Client Service | By Robert Solomon
A practical guide for providing exceptional client service
Most advertising and marketing people would claim great client service is an elusive, ephemeral pursuit, not easily characterized by a precise skill set or inventory of responsibilities; this book and its author argue otherwise, claiming there are definable, actionable methods to the role, and provide guidance designed to achieve more effective work.
Written by one of the industry’s most knowledgeable client services executives, the book begins with a definition, then follows a path from an initial new business win to the beginning, building, losing, then regaining trust with clients.
It is a powerful source of counsel for those new to the business, for industry veterans who want to refresh or validate what they know, and for anyone in the middle of the journey to get better at what they do.
16. Advertising, Promotion, and Supplemental Aspects of Integrated Marketing Communications | By Terence Shimp
Explore all aspects of marketing communications, from time-honored methods to the newest developments in the field backed by the latest research, data, and analytic techniques with one of today’s leading IMC texts, ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, AND OTHER ASPECTS OF INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS, 10E. With an emphasis on the fundamentals and practices you need, this edition focuses on advertising and sales promotion, planning, branding, consumer behavior, media buying, public relations, packaging, POP communications, and personal selling. You explore emerging topics, such as today’s popularity of apps, social media outlets, online and digital practices, and viral communications, as well as their impact on traditional marketing. Revisions to this most current IMC text on the market address must-know changes to environmental, regulatory, and ethical issues; MindTap Insights Online; place-based applications; privacy; global marketing, and memorable advertising campaigns.
17. Advertising Campaign Strategy | By Donald Parente
How do you orchestrate the next great advertising campaign? Find out with ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: A GUIDE TO MARKETING COMMUNICATION PLANS. Inside you’ll see step-by-step how to take a great idea through the complete advertising process. And because it’s focused on campaigns, ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN STRATEGY: A GUIDE TO MARKETING COMMUNICATION PLANS is loaded with the tips you’ll need to succeed in the class now and get your project chosen in the future.
18. Creative Advertising | By Mario Pricken
“More than just a nice-to-look-at, easy-to-flip-through book…Pricken has loftier goals―namely, to transform readers into top creatives by introducing them to a variety of techniques and ideas.”―Adweek
Unraveling the creative process behind some of the most effective campaigns of recent years, Mario Pricken showcases over two hundred examples of international advertising from a wide range of media, including magazines, billboards, television, movies, and the Internet. Each chapter highlights different practical methods for creating innovative and unforgettable ads, with award-winning work from some of the most influential names in the industry. This second edition includes a completely revised and updated introductory chapter plus dozens of new examples that demonstrate a fascinating range of approaches. 450+ illustrations, 280 in color
19. My Life in Advertising | By Claude Hopkins
Final Thoughts on the Best Books on Advertising Campaign
Advertising has been around for as long as products have been sold. The birth of advertising was announced with the first printed ad in 1704, and it continues to grow as a word-of-mouth marketing tactic. Traditional advertising is now facing competition from new media channels such as online videos, blogs, and social media campaigns.
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