Famous Commercial Slogans



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Famous Commercial Slogans

Big names in business seek help from creative brains working in the advertising industry, so that they can have smart catch phrases for promoting their business. Here is a categorical list of the very famous commercial slogans by different companies around the world.



The world of technology and engineering has never escaped from advertising campaigns. To rise above the fierce business competition in the field, advertisers of many a multinationals have been coming up with creative slogans. Let us go through some of the famous ones.

  • Information Driven - Oracle

  • Welcome to the Human Network - Cisco Systems

  • Do you… Yahoo!? - Yahoo

  • Where do you want to go today? - Microsoft

  • High Performance, Delivered - Accenture

  • Intel Inside - Intel

  • The World’s Online Market Place - eBay. "Buy it, Sell it, Love it" was another very famous slogan by eBay.

  • Let’s make things better - Philips. Their slogan that said, "Sense and Simplicity" was also very famous.

  • Life’s Good - LG

  • Like.no.other - Sony

  • Imagination at Work - General Electric (GE)

  • Before the release of Macintosh, Apple Computer campaigned saying, "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984". "Think outside the box" and "Think Different" and "Power is Macintosh" have been some of Apple’s other famous slogans.

  • Everything we do is driven by you - Ford

  • The car in front is a Toyota - Toyota. "The Best Built Cars in the World" and "Moving you forward" were other famous slogans by Toyota.

Here is a list of slogans from the telecom world. Take a look!

  • Connecting people - Nokia

  • Hello Moto - Motorola

  • Express Yourself - Airtel Cellular Service India

  • An Idea can change your life - Idea Cellular India

How can the world of fashion remain away from creative advertising? Take a look at the slogans used by some famous names in the world of fashion and beauty.

  • I am what I am - Reebok

  • Just Do it - Nike, Inc

  • Impossible is Nothing - Adidas

  • Because you are worth it - L’Oreal Cosmetics

  • A diamond is forever - De Beers

The food industry has always been in the forefront when it was about advertising. Look at some catchy slogans that the giants in the food and drink industry have used to get the food-lovers drooling.

  • McDonald's came up with a slogan that said, "I’m lovin’ it". It became hugely popular with the lovers of McDonald's burgers and fries. They advertised their Happy Meal with a slogan, "Put a smile on". It really brought a million smiles on the faces of children around the world.

  • Keep Walking - Johny Walker

  • The King of Good Times - United Breweries

  • Coffee at its Best - Nescafe

  • Coca Cola came up with a variety of slogans and introduced revised slogans with the passing years. "Always Coca Cola" was one of the earliest slogans used by Coca Cola. When they brought the Diet Coke to the market, they campaigned it with the slogan, "Just for the taste of it…Diet Coke". With a simple slogan that said, "Enjoy", Coca Cola drove the youngsters crazy.


Most Popular Advertising Slogans

To influence consumer habits of purchasing products, advertisers come up with slogans. In the history of advertising, there have been innumerable products, but not all become brands. Those, that attain a permanent place in the hearts and minds of the consumer, turn out to be the legendary brands. Read more on famous commercial slogans.



Some of those brands have been mentioned below with their most popular ad slogans...

Brands

Advertising Slogan

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Finger lickin' good

McDonald’s

Good times. Great taste

Nokia

Connecting People

Adidas

Impossible is nothing

Nike

Just do it

Master Card

There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s Master Card

Jollibee

Langhap Sarap

American Express

Don’t leave home without it

Levi’s

Quality never goes out of style

Johnny Walker

Keep Moving

Heineken

It can only be Heineken

Kit Kat

Have a break. Have a Kit Kat

Folger’s Coffee

The best part of waking up is Folgers’s in your cup

Pepsi-Cola

The choice of a new generation

Cola Cola

It’s the real thing

San Miguel Beer

Mag Beer Muna Tayo (Let’s have a beer first)

Seven-Up

The Uncola / 7-Up. The difference is clear

American Airlines

Rest, Keep warm and drink liquids / Doing what we do best / Fly the American way

AT & T (American Telephone and Telegraph)

Reach out and touch someone

Apple Computers

The power to be your best / Think different

BMW

The ultimate driving machine

Bank of America

Think what we can do for you

Benetton

The united colors of Benetton

British Airways

The World's Favorite Airline / We'll take more care of you

British Telecom (BT)

It's for Yoo-hoo / It's good to talk / Make someone happy with a phone call

Brooke Bond

Spend wisely-save wisely

Brylcreem

A little dab'll do ya

Budweiser Beer

When you say Budweiser, you've said it all / The genuine article / The king of beers / Where there's life, there is Bud

Burger King

Have it your way / We do it your way / Burger King-the home of the whooper / It takes two hands to hold a whooper

Cadbury's dairy Milk Chocolate

Award yourself the CDM / A glass and a half in every half pound

Canon

See what we mean

Castrol Motor Oil

Castrol liquid engineering

Chevrolet

See the USA in a Chevrolet / The road isn't built that can make it breathe hard! / Eye it-Try it- Buy it!

Cisco

Empowering the Internet Generation

Colgate Toothpaste

It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth / The Colgate ring of confidence

Compaq

Has it changed your life yet?

Wall Street Journal

The daily diary of American Dream

Wagon Wheels

It's so big, you've gotta grin to get it

Volkswagen

If gas pains persist, try Volkswagen / Small Wonder / Think Small

Visa Credit Card

Visa- It's everywhere you want it to be

United States Army

Be all that you can be / Some of our best men are women

UPS

Moving at the speed of business

Toyota

I love what you do for me- Toyota! / Oh what a feeling

Toshiba

Ello, Tosh, Got as Toshiba?

The Times

Top people take the times / When the time speaks, the World listens / Have you ever wished you were better informed

Tide Washing Powder

If It's got to be clean, it's got to be tide

Sun Microsystems

We put the . in dot.com

Sprite

Obey your thirst

Rolls Royce

At sixty miles an hour the loudest noise in the new Rolls Royce comes from the electric clock

Red Cross

The greatest tragedy is indifference

John Player's & Sons

Player's Please

Phillips

Let's make things better / Simply years ahead

Pears' Soap

Cleanliness is next to Godliness / How do you spell soap? Why P-E-A-R-S, of course / Preparing to be a beautiful lady / Since when I have used no other

Panasonic

Just slightly ahead of our time

Pampers

Give your baby something you never had as a baby: a drier bottom

Palmolive Soap

Keep that school girl complexion

Microsoft

Where do you want to go today?

Marlboro Cigarettes

Come to Marlboro country / Come to where the flavor is

Jaguar

Don't dream it. Drive it! / Grace...space...pace

Intel

Intel inside / Sponsors of tomorrow

IBM

Computers help people help people / Solutions for a small planet / I think therefore I'm

Dell

Easy as Dell

Lee

The jeans that built America

Motorola

Hello Motto

Slogan
"A forceful, catchy, mind-grabbing utterance which will rally people to buy something or behave in a certain way." (Crystal 180). A slogan is a noun, usually repeated and persuasive that creates a memorable catch phrase, motto, or jingle, that expresses a particular aim or concept. A concept that you want to stick in your audience’s mind like glue to paper.A slogan is a memorable motto or phrase used in a political, commercial gago  and other contexts as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose.It is created and used in life , career and business.It is easy to remember. It is used by copy writers continuously for the sake of establishing it. It creates an of repetition. It gives an identity to the company or to its products. Slogan is a part of an advertisement copy.

What makes a slogan memorable? Brevity is first in line -- normally 10 words or less. Rhythm is the only exception to brevity. Rhythm is easier to create if there is an association to the receiver’s past -- like a particular jingle on TV during their teen years for those now in their 50s. I still hold one from a TV ad long ago, "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should." And I never smoked.

What are the benefits for using slogans? Brevity, as mentioned earlier, meets the requirements of today’s fast pace. Slogans also influence decisions, persuade, and add credibility. Our brains are like filing cabinets. A slogan makes it easier to file and pull when needed. For NLPers, neuro-linguistic programming, slogans create anchors. When people repeat the slogan, then consider it filed.



Types of Slogan


  •  A feature:a uniqueness or difference between a substance, product or object. Ex: "Write an ebook in 7 days."

  •  A benefit:a result that someone receives. Remember, this saves your time or money.

  •  A question: thought-provoking methods. "How would you like to be a millionaire in three years?"

  •  A challenge:a dare. Ex: The Marines, "We are only looking for a few good men."

  •  A structure:a design or collection put together for a single purpose. Ex: "The Abundance Center holds all the information you will ever need to know on abundance."

There are seven ways to make a slogan memorable:

  •  Make it exciting.

  •  Be boastful or exaggerated.

  •  Self-referencing.

  •  Metaphorical, playful or humorous.

  •  Inspirational or uplifting.

  •  To trigger painful memories or possibilities.

  •  Use of vivid or freshful language.

Create Life Slogans
Life slogans help energize goals, dreams, and even change beliefs. One of my favorite slogans gets me jumping out of bed every morning (benefit, self-referencing): "Everyday begins as a clean new slate, I am free to choose what gets written there." Is there a slogan that swirls around in your head in the morning? Share it with others -- write a poem or create a story about it.

Playtime: Create a life slogan, two or three, that get you hopping. Try them out for a day or two. Measure their energy from 1-10 (10 being highest). Share and ask for feedback.

Do you have children? Create positive slogans that rhythm and trigger action. I don't recommend negative slogans like, "Last one in, is a rotten egg." Create positive slogans, "First one in, gets a hug (rhythm and action). This slogan is a little too cute, yet it makes my point.

Create Career Slogans

Do you belong to Toastmasters or give presentations? Use slogans for the title, then repeat it in your content along with its meaning, and as the last line. Watch how many mention its affects afterwards. Create a new one for each speech.

Create interview slogans. Ones that help them remember you. Know the company’s slogan. Create a slogan that builds on you're your features and benefits of why they need to hire you. Use it during the interview. You can create one that can use one or two of the different types: self- referencing, metaphorical or inspirational.

Slogans are powerful enough that people like comedians and actors have developed entire careers around them. You don't need to be famous to start. Slogans can even become book titles later on.

Business Slogans

In business slogans are usable for self-introductions, prospective presentations, on web sites, in e-mail signatures, and even speaking engagements.

Example: You are a coach giving a presentation for a contract with a company for life coaching or business coaching. Create a slogan for a process or concept on what applications you will be using. Or give the process an acronym, like S.T.O.P. [something]. Let the acronym be the start of the slogan. Create one for your complimentary sessions. You can also create a slogan to share each week with your clients.

Be creative, use a slogan in each of your sales and marketing processes, change them frequently if you need to. Sold a contract a year ago with one slogan, create another, and sell them another contract this year.

Use slogans in article titles, ebooks or books. Sometimes a slogan takes off and becomes so memorable it becomes the brand for a company. Coke Cola with the slogan, "The real thing," took themselves to first place in the marketplace with these three words. Everything afterwards just wasn't the real thing.



Creating a Slogan
Where do you start to build slogan’s? Re-read any of your notes or material. Highlight phrases that contain high energy. Do you lead teleclasses, like I do? Ask participants at the end of each call for two or three words of what they are taking away. Whatever they provide was memorable for them. Hear it multiple times, those are sure slogans. This also applies to pilot programs you might give. Ask for feedback, they are usually built in slogans.

Ask, "What do I want people to remember about me and my company?" KISS it -- keep it simple and short. That is possibly a slogan.

Next, ask, "What do I want them to do?" This is another type of slogan. Yellow pages had a great one for years, "Let your fingers do the walking."

Another way to create a slogan is to take two phrases that have parallel construction and place them together with a comma. Ex: Prizefighter Ali, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."


 
Features of the Advertising Slogan
A slogan is a form of verbal logo. In a print ad, it usually appears just beneath or beside the brand name or logo. A slogan sums up what one stand for, one’s specialty, the benefit, and one’s marketing position, and one’s commitment. It is especially useful to reinforce one’s identity. A slogan can prove to be more powerful than a logo. People can remember and recite your slogan while they are unlikely to doodle your logo. It is more important for your slogan to clearly state what you are about than to be clever, but if you can accomplish both, all the better. Slogans have two basic purposes: to provide continuity to a series of ads in a campaign and to reduce an advertising message strategy to a brief, repeatable and memorable positioning.

The slogan should be used everywhere. Think of it as being attached to one’s name like a shadow; put it on business cards, printed ads, personal brochures, signs, letters, in the yellow pages -everywhere one can put it.



The advertising slogan is always short and epigrammatic in nature. It helps to make the ad more impressive and memorable.So let’s take a look at the stylistic features of these fabulous slogans to see how it can achieve its aim.

1. At the graphetic level

1.1 Consistent use of initial capitalization.
To achieve an emphatic effect, the ad slogan is just like a headline which uses initial capitalization to attract more attention or to stress every word it says to impress the reader.
For example:

  •     Heinz: Beanz Meanz Heinz.

  •     Toyota: I Love What You Do For Me.

1.2 Sometimes full use of capitalization.
Sometimes for the same reason as above, the ad slogan needs to emphasize every letter it uses or to make the ad slogan look trim and tidy.
For example:

  •  NewsWeek: THE WORLD’S NEWSMAGAZINE.

  •  Oracle: SOFTWARE POWERS THE INTERNET.

2. At the phonological level
2.1 Use of rhymes.
2.1.1 Rhymes with brand name
One of the best techniques for bringing in the brand name is to make the slogan rhyme with it. An ad slogan is better if it reflects the brand’s personality. By this kind of rhyming, the brand name is highlighted. The ad slogan is thus highly purposed. It can differentiate a slogan from others by the brand name and the special rhyming which is the identity of the slogan.For example

  • Haig Scotch: Don't be vague. Ask for Haig.

  • Quavers: The flavour of a Quaver is never known to waver.

2.1.2 Rhymes - brand name mention
A fall-back position is to use a rhyme and mention the brand name without it actually rhyming. It is not so effective, perhaps, because the brand name is not highlighted. The slogan is likely to lose its identity, because similar products can use the same ad slogan with a simple change of the product name.For example :

  •   Viakal: It's the Viakal fizz that does the bizz!

  •   Jaguar : Grace, space, pace.

2.2 Use of alliteration
Alliteration can help the slogans achieve the strong beating rhythm needed to make it an repeatable sentence. By so doing, the sentences are more slogan-styled. They can be easily remembered by the audience. Alliteration can also achieve an emphatic effect of the meaning.For example : 

  • Allied Irish Bank: Britain's best business bank.

  • Greyhound: Greyhound going great.

  • Fila: Functional... Fashionable... Formidable...

3. At the lexical level
3.1 Common uses of second person addressee "you", "we","us"

The use of second person addressee "you" tends to shorten the distance between the product or the producer and consumers, as if the producer or the ad is speaking to you face to face, making sincere promises, honest recommendations. In so doing, the ad slogans stand a better chance to move the receiver or customers to action, because the receiver feels that he is being thought of and taken care of and he is the center point of the producers.For example:   

  • HYUNDAI: Always there for you.

  • Nestle Milo: Bring out the champion in you.

The use of first person addresser "we" and "us" is the most direct way to tell the receiver what the sponsor of an ad slogan stands for, his idea, his view, and his credit. It’s a little bit like a self-introduction to the potential customers to let them know you, recognize you, believe you and trust you.For example:          

  •  Avis Rent A Car: We try harder.

  • Fed ex: We live to deliver.

3.2 Use of unqualified comparison
Admen have to abide by the code of commercial practice and stick to the rules of advertising. They should not advertise their product at the expense of others. So they resort to unqualified comparison to avoid defaming other products. (XUE Hangrong,2003:189) They can not say: "Brand X is better than brand Y." Otherwise, unpleasant lawsuits will inevitably occur. They can say for example:      

  •  Coleman footgear: Better choice, better joys.

3.3 Use of "every" "always", etc
These words are often used in ads to indicate the universal application of the product or to include as many potential customers as possible or to achieve the emphasis of the product’s utility or the company’s unswerving commitment.For example:    

  •  Always Coca-Cola.

  •  Mitsubishi: Technically, everything is possible.

3.4 Use of "no", "none", etc
Negatives tend to be used very sparingly because the purpose of all ad slogans is to strengthen the positive side. But when negatives do occur, they are usually placed in an emphatic position to highlight the special the positive side.For example:     

  •  Mercedes Benz: The pursuit for perfection has no finish line.

  •  M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

3.5 Use of coined words
Coined words are both new and memorable. Coined words are kind of smart words have a special meaning in the specified context. They can raise the interests of the ad slogan receivers, make them ponder upon the meaning and marvel at the smart idea of the admen. By so doing, they recognized the brand.For example :

  •  Louis Vuitton: Epileather.

  •  Burton Menswear: Everywear.

  •  Gordon's & Tonic: Innervigoration.

4. At the syntactic level.
4.1 Use of short simple sentences
The slogan must be short and simple; it can not afford to be complicated and clumsy. Short simple sentences are easy to remember, while one main aim of an ad slogan is to be memorable and recited. So short and simple sentences serve advertising slogans right.For example:    

  • Sumsung Digitall-Everyone is invited.

  • GE: We bring good things to life.

4.2 Use of everyday sentences
Every day sentences tend to be overly used in day life, but it can be very forceful when used in an ad slogan. These sentences travel very fast, because anyone can remember it without any effort. It can just hang upon people’s lips. It’s something popularized without much publicity.For example:    

  •    Nike: Just do it

  •    Nestle: It’s the taste!

4.3 Use of phrases.
Slogans are a kind of special writing form. They can almost do without subjects. Phrases may be better than if not as good as sentences. All kind of phrases can be put into use: noun phrase, verb phrase, preposition phrase, adjective phrase, etc. They are so concise and to the point that they are beyond our power to do any addition or subtraction.For example:     

  •    Apple computer: think different

  •    Malaysia Airlines: Beyond expectation.

  •    Maxwell House: Good to the last drop.

4.4 Use of questions
In ad headlines questions are often used to attract attention by mentioning the matter that concerns the customers most. They help to arouse the curiosity of the customers and entice them to read on to find the solution to the problem. Many slogans (also called themeline or tagline) begin as successful headlines. (Arens, William F. & Bovée, Courtland L. 1994: p.289) So it is not surprising that the slogan can use questions too for the same purpose.For example:   

  •    Ford: Have you driven a Ford lately?

  •    Volkswagen Polo: R u Polo?

4.5 Use of imperative sentences.
In an ad, the slogan is the last few words said. Although it’s just a few words, the admen don’t let it go at that. They use every opportunity to exhort the potential customers to act, to buy and to consume. The slogan is their last battle field to get people moved. It is not surprising that they would use imperative sentences to make a slogan while this kind of sentence is the most direct way to achieve the ideal effect.For example:  

  •    Express card: Don’t leave home without it.

  •    United Airlines: Life is a journey, travel it well.

4.6 Use of tense.
Almost all the ad slogans use simple present tense to satisfy the customer’s desire to know the present state of the product he wants to buy. But there is another aspect of the simple present: its implication of universality and timelessness.For example:

  •    DeBeers: A diamond is forever.

  •    Rossini: Time always follows me

4.7 Creative use of idioms or proverbs
Idioms and proverbs are familiar to most potential customers in a society and have no difficulty to be popularized. The creative use of the idioms and proverbs can give them new meaning while making them memorable and campainable.For example:  

  •     Financial Times: No FT, no comment.

  •     IBM: I think, therefore IBM.

5. At the semantic level.
5.1 Semantic ambiguity
Ad slogans have to conform to the code of commercial practice. Semantic ambiguity is needed to avoid any possible legal liability.For example:   

  •      Philips: let’s make things better.

5.2 Use of puns
5.2.1 A really good pun can work miracles. However note the lack of brand identity in these otherwise excellent examples. Almost any competing brand could use these lines. Although they are good, they have no specific identity of their own.For example

  •   Moss Security: Alarmed? You should be.

  •   Pioneer: Everything you hear is true.

  •   Range Rover: It's how the smooth take the rough.

5.2.2 Use of brand name
In these lines, the brand name appears, but as the solution or promise rather than part of the pun. These slogans with brand name in it can help the name be remembered while offer a two layered meaning to the slogan. The second layer of meaning can interest and impress the people with its smartness and its novelty.For example:

  •    Kenco Really Rich Coffee: Get Rich quick.

  •    Finish Detergent: Brilliant cleaning starts with Finish.

5.2.3 Here the brand goes to work, as inextricably part of the pun.
For example: 

  •    Citibank: Because the Citi never sleeps.

  •    Quavers Snacks: Do me a Quaver.

All the above-mentioned stylistic features of ad slogans are necessary to make them neat, simple, original, strategic, memorable and campagianable. The slogans are also a kind of poetic language, which we should pay attention to.

After a study of 103 ad slogans of large to medium sized companies in recent years, I did a little summarizing. The reason why I choose large to medium sized companies is that good ad slogans always come form them and they can represent the trend in ad slogans.



Number of words in a slogan Number of slogans counted1127325433512614738592131From this chart we can see that three-worded slogan and four-worded slogan are the most favored in the creation of a slogan with 25 and 33 slogans for each type, and five or six worded slogans are also widely used. Two worded and eight worded slogans still occupy a share. But the number of other length slogans decreased dramatically. The longest ad slogan in study has 13 words which is a rare case because it is too lengthy to be a slogan.And one worded slogan can not express fully the rich and multi-layered meaning that a slogan wants to convey. The eight worded slogans are preferred than the seven worded ones is because the former generally uses a parallel or contrasted structure, so for each small sentence of the structure the length is just four words which is the most preferred length. The average length of an ad slogan is 4.447 words. It is the trend for the slogan to be short, about 2 to 6 words long. This is just my general analysis of the results.

It is useful to conduct a more detailed study of the slogans because more and more Chinese companies are going abroad to do their business and they need a good English slogan to establish their image in the world business arena. This study will also help the development of the Chinese ad slogans in China. Good ad slogans are forever.
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