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Writing Successful Slogans & Jingles: 11 Perfect Examples


Some brand jingles and slogans are easily remembered. Others are easily forgotten.

That’s because different people remember different things.

A person can typically remember the jingle, its message, and (most importantly) the brand represented by it, when considering some of the best jingles and slogans over the last 30 years.

Sure, some stick out more than others. Some have been iconic; others have been legendarily awful.

But no matter how you slice it, the really good ones leave impressions that last years, decades, or even a lifetime.

Here are some of the most iconic jingles and/or slogans that have succeeded over the last three decades because of the high-quality writing behind them.

11. Motel 6: “We’ll leave the light on for you.”

This Motel 6 slogan was born in the best way: as an ad-libbed line-turned-instant success – and a perfect representation of the motel brand and its values.

Created off the cuff by NPR personality Tom Bodett, this slogan was an optimal way to convey the hotel chain’s welcoming spirit, affordable prices, and general availability.

A slogan that has lasted more than 30 years with showing no signs of stopping, it clearly stands for what Motel 6 is trying to communicate.

And it’s working.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

10. Maybelline: “Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline.”

Used since 1991, the slogan was the anchor for “the number one cosmetics company in America” and its reklam-.

It made it until 2016, when it was replaced by the brand’s new “Make it Happen” tagline. But not before it was voted “most recognizable” over the last 150 years by Marketing Week in 2013.

9. Red Bull: “Red Bull gives you wings.”

Red Bull has been a revolutionary product creating a revolutionary experience since the Austrian company’s inception in 1987.

And what better way to do that than with a slogan like “Red Bull gives you wings” for an energy drink that was going to change your day, and ultimately your life?

Only problem was, Red Bull wasn’t offering much more than the average cup of coffee in terms of a jolt (via caffeine). And the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York decided that the slogan was misleading customers.

The extra pep in your step – or “wings” as Red Bull called them in its marketing – was deemed ambiguous and Red Bull paid out a $13 million settlement.

8. Skittles: “Taste the rainbow.”

Remarkably in its 25th year as the slogan for Skittles, “Taste the rainbow” has done plenty right.

What began in 1963 under the name “Glees,” Skittles have become the most popular non-chocolate candy in America with its iconic slogan.

Sure, being a tasty candy helps. But the brand’s marketing has found a way to keep the same slogan throughout multiple generations, all while effectively communicating with its audience in a way that has kept us listening, watching, and even laughing.

The slogan has helped convey an enticing image for its product and its relationship with the “rainbow” reference, a connection it will likely always – at least for the general future – be associated with.

And for good reason.

7. McDonald’s: “I’m lovin’ it.”

Another jingle that was communicated – at least in the beginning – by a famous personality was McDonald’s long-running slogan of “I’m lovin’ it,” which got assistance from Justin Timberlake in 2003 when it launched.

The fast-food company’s campaign was anchored around the J.T. song by the same name, which became one of Timberlake’s full-length songs on his album at the time.

McDonald’s spent $1.37 billion in advertising in 2003 when the campaign launched, which led to an 11% increase in sales that year ($17.1 billion).

So, yeah, you could say it worked.

6. Marines: “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.”

Used since 1977, “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” has remained one of the Marines’ primary recruiting slogans, but it hasn’t been the only one.

Other, similar slogans were used (i.e., “If everybody could get in the Marines, it wouldn’t be the Marines”) but none of lasted as long as “The Few. The Proud.”

Each supplemental slogan has served a distinct purpose to the Marines recruiting missions in terms of needs of the military branch throughout different generations, according to the Marine Times.

“The Few. The Proud.” was nearly dropped in 2016 after the organization explored other possibilities but made a proud return to the Marines’ marketing strategy after a short hiatus in 2017.

“‘The Few. The Proud.” does a great job distinguishing (the Marines) from the other branches (of military) and making us prestigious to recruits, but it doesn’t say anything about what we do or why we exist,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell, a spokesman for Marine Corps Recruiting Command, to the Marine Corps Times in 2016.

5. Army: “Be all you can be.”

While the Army has since stopped using its “Be all you can be” slogan, its impact cannot and has not been ignored.

And it still resonates today.

The slogan was used by the land warfare service branch from 1980 through 2001 and was eventually replaced by several new attempts to effectively reach its target audience.

First came “An Army of one,” which ran from 2001 to 2006 but didn’t show the same success as “Be all you can be.”

That was eventually replaced by the short salute “Army strong” in 2006, which was successful, but did not carry the same type of message as “Be all you can be,” according to Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey.

“‘Be All You Can Be’ was a national identity to the Army … it is still today,” Dailey said. “I can say ‘Be All You Can Be’ and people just – it was the national identity to the Army.”

That’s a slogan that’s certainly implanted in many of us who grew up around that 21-year stretch of “Be all you can be” messaging. I know I’m one of them.

4. Burger King: “Have it your way.”

The fast-food chain’s most successful slogan to date, “Have it your way” was a revolutionary call-to-action for Burger King’s customers to order what they want, how they want it.

It’s easily Burger King’s most well-known slogan in a battle that was devoted to catching up to McDonald’s while also fending off other chain challengers. The slogan helped (the best it could).

BK ditched the phrase in 2014 and has since replaced it with several new slogans, including the “Be your way” slogan and, most recently, “Feel your way” slogan, both obvious plays on the original jingle.

3. GEICO: “15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.”

GEICO spends more than a billion dollars a year to tell potential customers they could spara pengar if they use it as their insurance company.

It is the largest brand advertiser out there and it shows.

We all know the slogan – and the humorous commercials that often accompany it.

It’s simple, concise, and communicated across a multitude of mediums: switch to GEICO and you’ll save money.

It’s also (mostly) true, according to a studie by Forbes.

Catchy, easy-to-remember, and, most of all, legitimate in its claim – the GEICO recipe for success has helped build one of the most noticeable brands in America.

It also helps to have deep pockets, A.K.A. budget.

2. Farmer’s Insurance: “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”

Another insurance company making big noise in a clouded insurance market is Farmer’s.

Competing among some of the most notable advertisements in rotation (see: Geico, State Farm, All State), Farmer’s nails this slogan that is based on real-life facts and statistics and also relays a message of confidence and trust to its customers.

Built around the idea that Farmer’s has dealt with some seemingly unbelievable insurance claims – and properly taken care of those involved and covered by Farmer’s – the car insurance company-turned multi-line, multi-company insurer and financial services group has even built its Hall of Claims section on its website to back up its claim.

It’s tough to contend with high spenders like GEICO, but at least when Farmer’s does it, it drives home a strong and meaningful (and true!) slogan that can help put customers at ease.

1. Nike: “Just do it.”

The power of the best slogan of the last 30 years comes from not just its longevity, but its overall impact, not just on the kondition and footwear industries, but in powerful and meaningful walks of life.

That it would also help shift the industry when Nike needed it most makes it that much better, too.

Aiming to gain market share from other brands like Reebok, reklam- executive Dan Wieden created the game-changing slogan on Nike’s behalf from two unusual places in 1988, further adding to the longstanding tagline’s lore.

“It was about the ultimate statement of intention,” Liz Dolan, former chief marketing officer at Nike, told Washington Post. “It had to be personal.”

And it was, and continues to be.

Just as momentous as its support to helping Nike grow into the worldwide powerhouse it is today is the ability it has had to adapt and continue to still inspire to this day.

Från Colin Kaepernick and his stance against social injustices, to women’s equality and admiration, to being a large part of some of the gutsiest performances by athletes across the world, Nike’s message has consistently motivated humans to be faster, stronger, and better.

“Just do it” has only grown in intensity and effectiveness as Nike continues to utilize the message and the underlying drive-home point in all of its overarching messaging.

It’s evolved into a cultural rally cry for standing up for what’s right, fighting your hardest, and making a real impact that isn’t limited to the field, court, or rink.

Nike will continue to use the infamous tagline for many more years to come, and it will likely keep winning by doing so and shifting with the times.


Stoppa Writer's Block, Imposter Syndrome och andra rädslor för innehåll


Stop Writer’s Block, Imposter Syndrome, and Other Content Fears

Yes, writing is hard.

When writing for content marketing, the process becomes even more challenging. You have no time to sit and wait for inspiration or the muse to help you craft engaging text. You have content plans to follow and deadlines to meet.

That’s when fear arises.

Raise your hand if one of these whispers creeps into your mind when you try to write:

  • “A better article exists already. My content is a pathetic copy.”
  • “I’m not good enough. I can’t write better than [your guru’s name here].”
  • “So much info! Can I structure all of it? I’ll miss something essential.”
  • “What should I write?”
  • “They won’t like it. I’ll get rejected.”
  • “My draft sucks; it’s boring.”
  • “Johnny writes 1,000 words every day. I’m too slow.”

Writing fears fall into two categories: doubts about your abilities or concern over others’ judgment of your work. You can tame blank-page syndrome, imposter syndrome, writer’s block, or whatever stops you from creating great content with these seven simple yet effective tricks.

Writing fears fall into two categories – doubts about your abilities and concern over others’ judgment of your work, says @LesleyVos via @CMIContent. #ContentMarketing Klicka för att tweeta

1. Practice therapeutic writing

Therapeutic writing will help prevent blank-page syndrome – staring at the screen with no idea how to start a content piece. Some blame this on a lack of inspiration, while others use grimmer diagnoses like emotional burnout or even workplace depression. Skeptics are less euphemistic, calling it nothing but the fear of writing crap.

To beat it, develop a daily writing habit. You may have heard about Morning Pages – a system that has you write (in long hand) three pages of stream-of-consciousness text first thing in the morning. Following free-writing practices and keeping a diary also fall into this category. If these exercises work for you, great. If not, you can try therapeutic writing.

Keep a journal where you regularly write a letter to a chosen addressee, telling them about daily events that made you angry, sad, anxious, or happy. You may publish these as short sketches on social media.

In the post below, the author at handle @heyamberrae pens a letter to her followers om att "uppleva den mest extraordinära kärlek" hon någonsin känt.

Hur kan terapeutiskt skrivande hjälpa till med professionellt innehållsskrivande?

Att öva på sådant reflekterande skrivande gör att du är mindre benägen att frysa vid den där skrämmande textmarkören. Du kommer att övervinna rädslan för ett ofullkomligt utkast och använda regeln "skriv först, redigera-senare" som vi alla känner till (men ofta glömmer).

2. Starta en "smart-tanke"-anteckningsbok

En anteckningsbok med smarta tankar är inte en samling citat från skrivguruer och influenser, även om det kan vara en inspirerande praxis.

En anteckningsbok med smarta tankar innehåller de idéer, meningar och intressanta fakta du lär dig under dagen från böcker, webbplatser etc. En genomsnittlig person har ca. 6 000 tankar dagligen men glömmer det mesta på kvällen, så anteckningsboken hjälper dig att komma ihåg dina bästa. Och den listan kommer väl till pass nästa gång du behöver skriva text men oroa dig för att du inte har något att säga.

Skriv ner dina smarta tankar i en anteckningsbok. De kan komma till nytta nästa gång du kämpar för att komma på innehållsidéer säger @LesleyVos via @CMIContent. Klicka för att tweeta

3. Spela in din röst

Idéer, ämnen och argument för kreativt innehåll kan komma till dig när du inte är i närheten av din bärbara dator eller en anteckningsbok. Har vi inte alla haft en briljant idé fångad mitt i natten, bara för att glömma allt på morgonen?

Andra gånger flödar dina tankar fritt – tills du försöker skriva ner dem. När du sätter dig ner för att kalla fram de rätta orden glömmer du vad du ville säga.

Det är så här jag Jag, som jag justerade för innehållsskrivande: Du föreställde dig en verklig hund, men ditt skrivande producerar bara versionen av socket-dockor.

För att undvika writer's block och ändå få ner din idé, registrera dina tankar när de kommer till dig. Transkribera sedan inspelningen eller använd röstinmatningsfunktionen i din skrivapp. Du kommer att kunna strukturera dina dikterade tankar till innehållstillgångar senare.

4. Åsikter om åsikter

Det här tricket kan hjälpa dig att övervinna rädslan för att du inte är tillräckligt bra för att skriva.

Efter att ha läst en influencers tankar och insikter om ett ämne, tänk på stödjande argument eller motargument. Skriv sedan ner dem som om du förde en dialog med den personen.

Taktiken hjälper dig att tänka kritiskt, utveckla argument, strukturera fakta och hantera dina informationsprioriteringar. Det hjälper dig att skapa mer omfattande innehåll, oavsett om du skriver om restauranger, skapar sakrelaterade inlägg eller övar gästbloggar för att nå mål för innehållsmarknadsföring.

Skrivknep: Läs en respekterad persons tankar om ett ämne och skriv ett motargument, säger @LesleyVos via @CMIContent. #innehållsmarknadsföring Klicka för att tweeta

5. Spegla din favoritförfattare

Det är naturligt att innehållsskapare läser mycket. Som min favoritförfattare, Stephen King, säger: "Om du inte har tid att läsa, har du inte tiden (eller verktygen) att skriva. Så enkelt är det."

Och, som min andra men inte mindre favoritförfattare Ernest Hemingway sa: "Det finns ingen vän så lojal som en bok." Inte bara kan dessa lojala vänner göra ditt innehåll bättre, men de kan hjälpa till att krossa rädslan för att bli avvisad och att inte vara tillräckligt bra för att skriva.

(Bekännelse: Jag hade båda dessa rädslor innan jag presenterade min första artikel för Content Marketing Institute.)

Vem är din favoritförfattare, essäist eller bloggare? Analyserar du deras skrivstil medan du läser? Märker du språkknep de använder?

Att spegla en författare är bland de mest effektiva teknikerna för att utveckla en skrivstil. Det hjälper till att förbättra ditt ordförråd, lägga till några alternativa skrivtaktiker till din verktygslåda för innehållsskapande och övervinna din rädsla för kritik.

(Bekännelse: När jag fick reda på att Stephen King fick 30 avslag innan hans bok Carrie publicerades, fanns det inget utrymme kvar för rädslan för "inte bra nog".)

6. Läs nyheter och nischresurser

Den dagliga vanan att läsa nyheter och nischade bloggar ger fördelar för innehållsskribenter. Dessa inkluderar:

  • Bättre kognitiva färdigheter och hjärnfunktion
  • Berikat ordförråd
  • Nya idéer för att skapa innehåll
  • Inspiration till skrivstil

Men observera: Det här tricket fungerar inte om du läser allt och allt. Gör en lista över professionella resurser som inspirerar och utbildar dig på samma gång.

(Bekännelse: Jag lärde mig konsten att skriva webben av Ann Handley och Jon Morrow. Och Henneke Duistermaats verk hjälper mig att känna skönhet engelska och sluta fred med min inre kritiker. Dessutom inspirerade hennes lista över skrivarrädslor mig att skapa den här artikeln.)

Den här tweeten från Henneke beskriver hur hon brukade tänka på sig själv som en skrivande tönt och funderade på varför hon inte kunde vara lika självsäker som andra. Men hon upptäckte att det är normalt att skriva rädslor – rädslan signalerar att du är utanför din komfortzon och skriver något som betyder något.

Vem finns på din lista över resurser att följa?

7. Bo i ett professionellt utrymme

En bra övning för att krossa rädslor och självtvivel för innehållsförfattare är att stanna i det professionella rummet. Delta i seminarier, delta i konferenser eller webbseminarier, besök lokala möten, kommunicera med intressanta människor på sociala medier, etc. Dessa interaktioner kan hindra dig från att nå en platå och förbättra skrivproduktiviteten.

Social delaktighet kan utlösa glada kemikalier i hjärnan för att tillfredsställa behovet av spänning. Denna spänning fungerar som en inspiration att skriva mer och "glömma" bedragarsyndromet och andra skrivarrädslor för ett tag.

Är du redo att säga adjö till din skrivarrädsla?

Rädslor (för en tom sida, misslyckande, avslag, skriva skit eller att inte vara tillräckligt bra) fungerar som små bestar, gnager på ditt skrivandego och hindrar dig från att njuta av innehållsskapandeprocessen.

När du namnger ditt best kan du beväpna dig med ett eller flera av dessa trick för att hjälpa dig att krossa dem.

Vill du ha fler tips, insikter och exempel på innehållsmarknadsföring? Prenumerera till arbetsdags- eller veckomail från CMI.


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