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Please note: This is a summary and analysis of Ogilvy on Advertising, not the original book. This summary and analysis is not endorsed by or affiliated with the original author.

Ogilvy on Advertising was written in 1983 by David Ogilvy. He was a prominent advertiser who shared his knowledge about how to advertise, how to get a job in advertising, and described changes happening in the world of advertising at the time. One of the most important points of this book is that originality and creativity should not be sought after for its own sake: if a strategy works in advertising, then use it. Advertising is possibly one of the most stressful occupations and does not pay well unless you absolutely love it. The author is forthcoming about many mistakes he made in the advertising industry.

Ogilvy opens by emphasizing that good advertising does not just simply make people admire your message for its creativity; it influences people to action. It's a simple adage, yet easy for many advertisers to forget.

©2017 Adam Harrison (P)2017 Adam Harrison

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Simple Information

I was looking for deep analysis or market techniques/philosophy. This was a simplistic overview, it does it's job as a summary but I was uninspired. Narration was fine, no issues there.

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Great info, too condensed.

The cliff notes need more extrapolation in order to really get a grip on what the narrator is telling you. This is really only good as a preview of the book. For example, it mentions that an ad should have an "idea." Well there is a huge amount of theory about the "Big Idea" in an ad, and you would have no concept of that from this, in fact, you most likely wouldn't notice that it even mentioned an idea.

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short

I didn't realize this was an abridged version of the book it was very short so I listen to it twice.

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  • Paul Sullivan - Digital BIAS
  • 04-25-20

Perfect short summary

I loved this shorter summary that picks out the key points the book makes and delivers it without the bluff and padding of the bigger original

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  • Henry T
  • 01-11-20

Too much information to summarise

I found it difficult to contextualise the summary points so ended up buying a hardcopy. There are a lot of powerful illustrations in the book that make the points more concrete and meaningful. You miss that here unfortunately