10 Inspiring Quotes about Marketing from Advertising Legends

With hundreds of ads bombarding consumers every single day, the idea of creating something eye-catching and original can be really daunting. If you want your brand to get noticed in today’s media saturated world, look no further than the original Mad Men and advertising legends.

Advertising has made leaps and bounds since some of these legends made their first ads, but their advice still rings true. In fact, one might even venture to say that these pearls of wisdom are valuable now more than ever. More and more nonsensical ads are released every day purely for shock value. I’d say it’s time we go back to the basics.

These quotes aren’t only inspirational for advertisers. Whether you’re a social media manager, content marketer, or advertiser you can learn a thing or two (or 10) from the greats. So take these inspirational quotes to heart and make your advertising ancestors proud!











The next time you hit a creative block just keep some of these quotes in mind. Just remember to be creative, brave, new, and most of all real.

Which of these quotes inspires you? Are there any other quotes from ad legends that inspire you? Sound off in the comments below!

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Jenna Markowski

Jenna has a much easier time writing about the media and pop culture than she does writing about herself. She enjoys the simple things in life, like puns and typography. She is an avid fan of pop-punk, Halo 3, Spider-Man and origami, with a slight Taco Bell obsession. Her spirit animal is either a bulldog or a panda bear. You can also connect with Jenna on Google+.


  1. Wash

    I don’t usually watch regular, network TV (I’ve only seen a handful of current commercials), but I think current TV advertisers should really go back to the well and learn something from these quotes!

  2. jeffmoore

    If there is no Respect , There is no Love

  3. Jen

    So happy I accidentally stumbled upon this. (Especially the whole “reach for the stars” bit, since I’m 5 years old and love Toy Story…)

    Sometimes it only takes a few simple words to really drive a point home; coincidentally, the same could be said for a simple promotional product. I love the bit about customers being king; without them, we wouldn’t be here!

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