Advertising slogan


Advertising slogans are short phrases used in
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s to generate publicity and unify a company's marketing strategy. The phrases may be used to attract attention to a distinctive product feature or reinforce a company's
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Etymology and nomenclature

According to the 1913
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() derives from the
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- ghairm" (an Battle cry, army cry). Its contemporary definition denotes a distinctive advertising motto or advertising phrase used by any entity to convey a purpose or ideal. This is also known as a catchphrase. Taglines, or Tagline, tags, are American terms describing brief public communications to promote certain products and services. In the UK, they are called ''end lines'' or ''straplines.'' In Japan, advertising slogans are called or .


Most corporate Advertising, advertisements are short, memorable phrases, often between 3 and 5 words. Slogans adopt different tones to convey different meanings. For example, funny slogans can enliven conversation and increase memorability. Slogans often unify diverse corporate advertising pieces across different mediums. Slogans may be accompanied by logos, brand names, or musical jingles.


Some slogans are created for long term corporate identity process, while others are interested for specific limited-time campaigns. However, since some ideas resonate with the public with persistence, many advertising slogans retain their influence even after general use is discontinued. If an advertising slogan enters into the public vernacular, word-of-mouth communication may increase consumer awareness of the product and extend an ad campaign's lifespan, or cause a company to adopt it for long term advertising and identity. Slogans that associate emotional responses or evoke recollections of past memories increase their likelihood to be adopted by the public and shared. Additionally, by linking a slogan to a commonplace discussion topic (e.g. Psychological stress, stress, food, traffic), consumers will recall the slogan more often and associate the corporation with their personal experiences. If a slogan is adopted by the public, it can have a notable influence in everyday social interaction. Slogans can serve as connection points between community members as individuals share pithy taglines in conversation. In contrast, if an individual is unaware of a popular slogan or tagline, they can be socially excluded from conversation and disengage from the discussion.

Social control

Advertising slogans as a system of social control include devices similar to watchwords, catchwords, and mottoes.The slogan comes from the Scotch and originated in the clans wars for the objective of control."Slogans As A Means Of Social Control". By Frederick E. Lumley. ''Papers and Proceedings of the American Sociological Society'', Volume 16, 1921
p. 121–134
The use of slogans may be examined insofar as the slogans elicit unconscious and unintentional responses.

The ongoing argument

Quantifying the effects of an effective, or ineffective, ad campaign can prove challenging to scholars. Critics argue taglines are a self-gratifying, unnecessary form of corporate branding that is neither memorable nor pithy. However, proponents argue if taglines enter everyday public discourse, the company's market influence could exponentially increase.

Functional slogans

A marketing slogan can play a part in the interplay between rival companies. A functional slogan usually: * states Good (economics), product benefits (or
brand A brand is a name, term, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers. Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising for recognition and, importantly, to cre ...

benefits) for users (or Buyer, potential buyer) * implies a distinction between it and other firms' products"Making Better Box, Not Cheaper Boxes" Ought to be Slogan ''of'' the Day — Much Valuable Data Available. ''Packages'', Volume 22, December Issue
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—with constraints * makes a Simple aspect, simple, concise,Including all important information. Well-defined, clearly defined, and appropriate Press statement, statement * is either witty, or has distinct "personality"Or, an externally evident aspects. * gives a credible impression of a brand or productSee also: brand recognition * makes the consumer experience an emotion; Or, creates a need or desireSee also: Aspirational brand * is hard to forget—it adheres to one's memoryWhether one likes it or not; Especially if accompanied by mnemonic devices (such as jingles, ditties, pictures or film) The business sloganeering process communicates the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling the product or service. It is a business function for attracting customers.

See also

*Advertising (Consumerism) *Consumer confusion *Impulse buying (Impulse (psychology), Impulse) *Lists of slogans, List of slogans *Media manipulation *Political slogan *Promotion (marketing) *Tagline *Visual marketing



Further reading


External articles

The Advertising Slogan Hall of Fame
Advertising Industry Guidelines 2014

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