One of the best ways to learn about creating successful marketing campaigns and engaging company messages is by studying those who have come before us and carved the way with their marketing prowess. Many of these men and women developed this sector of business long before they even knew it was a ‘thing’. So, who are the top 10?
Founder of the Ford Motor Company, he played a key role in developing the automobile industry. He sold a lifestyle, rather than a product, but people quickly brought into it and were driving round in his cars. He converted automobiles from expensive to practical, teaching marketers to focus more on ‘why’ someone would want something, rather than ‘what’ it is. For his customers, the ‘why’ was freedom.
2. Ray Kroc
His name may not be household, but he was responsible for turning McDonald’s into being the fast food chain it is today. He led the way with creating a uniformed, consistent service across all the chains, ensuring the quality was standardised throughout. He always put his customers at the heart of his campaigns.
How can he not be on this list? His media enterprise and theme parks are a second to none experience that end up on many people’s bucket lists and dream vacation plans. His magical experiences take the customer on a journey, away from their everyday reality, while still leveraging authenticity and quality. His experiences speak for themselves, meaning word of mouth played a crucial role in his strategy.
4. Steve Jobs
A pioneer of marketing in modern times, his innovative designs, high-quality products and simple marketing messages have led to thousands queuing overnight to buy into his brand. His products sell themselves.
The former CEO of Unilever had wise words when he noted that “a brand is the contract between a company and consumers.” It’s all about ensuring you’re holding up on your side of the deal when marketing to customers and selling your product.
American writer and lecturer, his philosophy was to make relationships with people through being interested in them, rather than getting them to be interested in you. You can make more in two months by adopting this approach than you can in two years through the latter.
Love them or hate them, they have marketed themselves from a little-known American family into a globally famous, multi-millionaire tribe headlined across all of the biggest magazines and newspapers, with their everyday lives played out on television. People follow their every move. They have used modern technology to their advantage, telling their story through Instagram and creating their own emojis.
8. Mary Frances Gerety
Another lesser known name, Mary was a copywriter. She was charged with the task of kickstarting the sale of diamonds after the Great Depression. During one night, she came up with the timeless slogan of “A diamond is forever”. It has been used in various advertisements by the largest jewellers throughout the years, and has turned diamond rings into the go-to item for engagements. Advertising Age named it the ‘Slogan of the 20th Century’ in 1999.
9. Milton Hershey
Founder of chocolate brand Hershey’s, Milton had a very simple yet effective philosophy: “Give them quality”. With this, his products would sell themselves. And indeed, it has worked.
Another modern marketeer of millennial proportions, everything Beyoncé does is an instant success, from teaser videos to a visual album or an Instagram account followed by millions to concert tours packed with promotional merchandise, or launching music on Tidal to prime time performances, such as at the 2016 Super Bowl. Known globally by her first name, she constantly adapts and develops her image, with her core philosophy of female empowerment at the heart of it all. When there were calls to boycott her following her 2017 Super Bowl performance, Beyoncé even turned this on its head by selling ‘Boycott Beyoncé’ t-shirts while on tour!