The best advertising slogans are memorable and fit with the times. A good slogan is brief, yet memorable.
There are slogans, and then there are taglines. Slogans sum up what a company stands for, whereas a tagline concludes an ad, usually a commercial, with a quick sign off.
Think about the brands that you know well, and perhaps even love. Chances are, it’s not just a brand name you’re recalling, but a tagline, too. Almost all brands, products, and large corporations have some kind of tagline. Some are timeless, others get replaced every decade, or even sooner if it’s just not resonating with the public.
Some of the most memorable slogans of all time – “Where’s the beef?” or “Just do it” – not only sell the brand, but became synonymous with it
When you hear the phrase, “Just do it,” the first thing that comes mind is probably, Nike. What about “Open happiness,” “The pause that refreshes,” or “It’s the real thing”? Those phrases belong to Coca-Cola
That’s the power of a good slogan. They’re designed to stay with you seemingly endless repetition through commercials and billboards don’t hurt either).
There are slogans, and then there are taglines. According to brand consultant Laura Ries at Advertising Age, “Taglines are like the road sweepers at the end of a parade … they seldom position the brand.” A slogan, when done right, “sums up a company’s strategy,” she adds.
The TOP 100 Advertising Taglines Ever
Here are 100+ most memorable and recognizable slogans and taglines in advertising history.
1. DeBeers “Diamonds are forever” – 1948
Not many Americans proposed with the diamond engagement ring in the 1930s. For a long time diamond was viewed as symbols of wealth, power and decadent romantic dreams—a stone too precious and expensive to attain, writes AAAA. Then an ad campaign changed everything. Jewelry retailer De Beers hired N.W. Ayer & Son, an advertising agency based out of Philadelphia. Frances Gerety, the female copywriter who never married (pic above) came up with greatest professional achievement in the form of “A Diamond is Forever” which arguably has helped to create a sense of emotional attachment to the diamond engagement ring. And created a multibillion-dollar industry out of it. Since then, from 1947 through 1970, Ms. Gerety dedicated herself to De Beers. The tagline forever changed public attitudes, made diamond precious gemstone of choice for engagement virtually worldwide. The slogan became a symbol of enduring love weaving itself into popular culture and inspiring books, films, and songs. In 1999, Advertising Age proclaimed it the slogan of the century.
2. Nike: Just do it, 1976
The surprising and morbid origin story of Nike’s slogan started with a murder. In 1976, Gary Gilmore murdered a gas-station employee. His lawyers tried to appeal the sentence, but something unusual happened: Gilmore insisted on execution. Before his execution, Gilmore reportedly was asked for any last words. His reply: “Let’s do it,” took much of media space and inspired advertising executive Dan Weiden who coined the term, Just Do It. Full story here.
3. Coca Cola: The pause that refreshes, 1929
Coca-cola has many slogans over the last century. Check it up here. This partcular marketing strapline is my favorite as it seems relevant even today. It talks about taking time to pause and refresh brains.