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7 Best Marketing Campaigns of All Time (Study Them!)


I’m a HUGE believer in funnel hacking.

That’s when you look at other people’s successful funnels or marketing campaigns, figure out what they’re doing right, and then apply those principles to your own funnels.

Not so different from looking at the best marketing campaigns of all time! 🙂

Which is what I wanted to do in this article. Below, I’ve shared what I think are 7 of the best marketing campaigns in history… and why I think they were so effective.

I highly recommend studying these if you want to become a world-class marketer and entrepreneur.

By the way, you should know that I’m the author of DotCom Secrets, a book that shares everything I know about online marketing in today’s world… and how you can capitalize on it. It even shows you how I built ClickFunnels from the ground up to nearly a billion dollar business!

You can get a copy for free by clicking below!

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1. Nike - "Just Do It"


Nike's "Just Do It" campaign, launched in 1988, is a prime example of how a simple slogan can transform a brand.

At the time, Nike was primarily known as a running shoe company and was facing stiff competition from Reebok. The company needed a way to expand its market and resonate with a broader audience.

The phrase "Just Do It" was inspired by the last words of a convicted murderer, but it was reimagined to convey a message of determination and empowerment.

The campaign featured a variety of ads showcasing athletes of all levels — professional and amateur — engaging in different sports. The message was clear: no matter who you are or what you do, just get out there and do it.

The Outcome?
Market Share Increase: The campaign was instrumental in helping Nike increase its share of the North American sport-shoe business from 18% to 43% over a decade.

Brand Identity: It established Nike as more than just a shoe company, but as a symbol of athletic excellence and perseverance.

Cultural Impact: "Just Do It" became a part of popular culture, recognized and quoted worldwide. It inspired countless individuals to take up sports and physical activities, reinforcing the idea that anyone can be an athlete.

The Lesson?
Keep it Simple: A powerful, concise message can resonate deeply. Your slogan doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective.

Emotional Appeal: Connect with your audience on an emotional level. People are more likely to remember and engage with messages that inspire them.

Consistency: Maintain a consistent message across all your marketing efforts. This helps build a strong, recognizable brand identity.

Inclusivity: Make sure your campaign speaks to a wide audience. Highlight diversity and show that your brand is for everyone.

Motivation: Encourage and empower your audience. A positive, motivating message can inspire loyalty and action.


2. Apple - "1984" Super Bowl Commercial


Apple’s "1984" Super Bowl commercial is often regarded as one of the most iconic and influential ads in advertising history. Directed by Ridley Scott, the commercial aired during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. The ad was a bold move to introduce the Apple Macintosh personal computer.

The commercial depicted a dystopian future inspired by George Orwell’s novel "1984." In the ad, a heroine representing Apple runs through a bleak, totalitarian environment and hurls a sledgehammer at a giant screen showing Big Brother (symbolizing IBM, Apple’s main competitor at the time). The screen shatters, symbolizing the Macintosh breaking the conformity and control of the computing world.
The Outcome?
Massive Buzz: The ad created an immense buzz and anticipation for the Macintosh, even though the product was not shown in the commercial.

Cultural Impact: It transformed Super Bowl commercials into highly anticipated, high-budget showcases.

Brand Positioning: The ad established Apple as a rebellious, innovative, and forward-thinking company, positioning it against the more conservative IBM.

Sales Boost: The commercial significantly contributed to the successful launch of the Macintosh, boosting Apple’s sales and brand recognition.
The Lesson?
Dare to Be Different: Don’t be afraid to break conventions and take bold, creative risks. Unique and provocative ads can capture attention and make a lasting impression.

Create Anticipation: Build suspense and excitement around your product launches. A well-timed, intriguing ad can generate buzz and drive interest.

Tell a Story: Engaging storytelling can make your ad memorable. Create a narrative that resonates with your audience and conveys your brand’s message effectively.

Symbolism and Metaphor: Use symbolism and metaphor to convey deeper meanings and connect with your audience on an intellectual level.

Strategic Placement: Consider the timing and placement of your ads. Launching your campaign during a major event can amplify its reach and impact.

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3. Coca-Cola - "Share a Coke"


Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign, launched in Australia in 2011, personalized the iconic Coca-Cola bottles by replacing the brand’s logo with popular names. The idea was simple yet innovative: encourage people to find a bottle with their name or a friend’s name and share it. The campaign aimed to create a personal connection with consumers and encourage sharing both in real life and on social media.

The campaign included not just common names but also nicknames and phrases like "Bestie" and "Mom." Additionally, Coca-Cola set up kiosks where people could customize their own bottles, further driving engagement and personalization.

The Outcome?
Increased Sales: The campaign led to a 7% increase in Coke consumption among young adults in Australia. Its success prompted a global rollout, resulting in substantial sales growth in various markets.

Social Media Buzz: "Share a Coke" generated massive social media buzz, with millions of people sharing photos of their personalized bottles on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Brand Engagement: It significantly boosted consumer engagement with the brand, making Coca-Cola more relevant and personal to a younger audience.

The Lesson?
Personalization: Adding a personal touch to your products can make them more special and appealing to consumers. Consider how you can customize your offerings to make them feel unique to each customer.

Social Media Integration: Encourage your audience to share their experiences with your product on social media. User-generated content can amplify your campaign’s reach and create a sense of community.

Interactive Experiences: Create opportunities for consumers to interact with your brand in a fun and meaningful way. This could be through customization, events, or other engaging activities.

Emotional Connection: Focus on creating an emotional connection with your audience. Campaigns that tap into personal relationships and shared experiences can foster stronger brand loyalty.

Simplicity: Sometimes, the simplest ideas can have the most significant impact. Don’t overcomplicate your campaigns—focus on a clear, relatable message that resonates with your audience.


4. Dove - "Real Beauty" Campaign


Dove’s "Real Beauty" campaign, launched in 2004, aimed to redefine beauty standards and challenge the narrow definitions of beauty perpetuated by the media and advertising.

The campaign featured women of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities, highlighting their natural beauty and encouraging self-confidence.

One of the most impactful components of the campaign was the "Real Beauty Sketches" video, where women described themselves to a forensic sketch artist and then compared the sketches based on their descriptions to those based on descriptions from strangers.

The video revealed a stark contrast, showcasing how women often perceive themselves more critically than others do.
The Outcome?
Increased Sales: The campaign was highly successful, leading to a significant increase in Dove’s sales and market share.

Global Recognition: "Real Beauty" became a global movement, sparking conversations about beauty standards and self-esteem around the world.

Awards and Praise: The campaign won numerous advertising awards and was praised for its positive social impact and authenticity.
The Lesson?
Authenticity: Show real people and real stories to connect more genuinely with your audience. Authenticity builds trust and relatability.

Address Social Issues: Tackling social issues can enhance your brand’s relevance and appeal. Align your campaign with a cause that resonates with your audience and reflects your brand values.

Empowerment: Empower your audience by promoting positive and uplifting messages. Campaigns that inspire and boost confidence can create strong emotional bonds with your brand.

Emotional Engagement: Connect with your audience’s emotions. Stories that evoke strong emotional responses are more likely to be remembered and shared.

Diverse Representation: Ensure your campaign includes diverse representation. Reflecting a wide range of people can broaden your appeal and show that your brand is inclusive and relevant to everyone.


5. Old Spice - "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like"


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In 2010, Old Spice launched "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" campaign, featuring actor Isaiah Mustafa. The ad was humorous, fast-paced, and featured Mustafa directly addressing the audience (and particularly women) while transitioning through a series of increasingly absurd scenarios—all while promoting Old Spice body wash. The message was clear: using Old Spice could make their men more appealing, just like the suave and confident Mustafa.

The campaign extended beyond TV commercials, leveraging social media platforms where Mustafa, in character, responded to comments and questions from fans. This interactive approach kept the momentum going and further engaged the audience.

The Outcome?
Revitalized Brand: The campaign significantly boosted Old Spice's sales, particularly among younger consumers, and revitalized the brand’s image.

Viral Sensation: The initial commercial became a viral hit, garnering millions of views on YouTube and sparking widespread discussion and parodies.

Increased Engagement: The social media component of the campaign drove high levels of engagement, with fans eagerly awaiting and interacting with Mustafa’s personalized video responses.

The Lesson?
Humor: A touch of humor can make your campaign more memorable and shareable. Don’t be afraid to be playful and entertaining.

Direct Engagement: Engage directly with your audience. Personal responses and interactive elements can create a more personal connection and drive deeper engagement.

Viral Potential: Think about what elements of your campaign could go viral. Catchy phrases, humorous content, and unique approaches can encourage sharing and boost visibility.

Multi-Platform Strategy: Extend your campaign across multiple platforms to maximize reach. Integrating TV, social media, and other channels can create a more cohesive and expansive campaign.

Appeal to Multiple Audiences: Consider how your campaign can appeal to different segments of your audience. Old Spice targeted both men (the users) and women (the buyers), broadening its appeal and impact.


6. Always - "Like a Girl"


Always’ "Like a Girl" campaign, launched in 2014, aimed to redefine what it means to do something "like a girl."

The campaign began with a video that asked people of different ages to perform tasks (running, throwing, fighting) "like a girl."

Adults and young boys often performed the tasks in a weak or silly manner, reinforcing negative stereotypes. In contrast, young girls performed the tasks with strength and confidence.

The campaign highlighted the impact of societal expectations on girls' self-esteem and sought to change the narrative by showing that doing things "like a girl" should mean doing them with strength and capability.
The Outcome?
Viral Success: The "Like a Girl" video went viral, garnering millions of views and sparking widespread discussion on social media about gender stereotypes and self-esteem.

Positive Impact: The campaign received praise for its positive social message and its effort to empower young girls and women.

Increased Brand Awareness: It significantly boosted Always’ brand awareness and strengthened its reputation as a brand that cares about women's issues.
The Lesson?
Challenge Stereotypes: Address and challenge societal norms to make a powerful statement. Campaigns that tackle important issues can resonate deeply with audiences.

Positive Messaging: Use your platform to promote positive and uplifting messages. Encouraging self-confidence and empowerment can create a strong emotional connection with your audience.

Engage Emotionally: Connect with your audience’s values and emotions to create a lasting impact. Emotional engagement often leads to higher brand loyalty and advocacy.

Inspire Change: Inspire your audience to think differently and take action. Campaigns that drive social change can enhance your brand's relevance and appeal.

Visual Storytelling: Use compelling visuals and storytelling to convey your message. A powerful narrative can make your campaign more memorable and shareable.


7. Volkswagen - "Think Small"


Volkswagen’s "Think Small" campaign, created by the advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) in 1959, revolutionized the advertising industry.

At a time when American car ads focused on big, flashy vehicles, Volkswagen took a different approach to market its Beetle, a small, unassuming car. The "Think Small" ads featured minimalist designs, lots of white space, and straightforward, witty copy that highlighted the Beetle’s compact size, fuel efficiency, and reliability.

The campaign embraced the car’s differences and turned them into strengths, appealing to a burgeoning counterculture that valued simplicity and practicality over excess.

The Outcome?
Market Penetration: The campaign helped Volkswagen gain a significant market share in the United States, where the Beetle became a cultural icon.

Industry Influence: "Think Small" is often cited as one of the greatest advertising campaigns of all time and set new standards for honesty, simplicity, and creativity in advertising.

Brand Loyalty: The campaign built a strong emotional connection with consumers, fostering brand loyalty that lasted for decades.

The Lesson?
Embrace Simplicity: Sometimes less is more. A clean, straightforward message can cut through the noise and resonate more effectively with your audience.

Highlight Unique Features: Focus on what makes your product different and turn those differences into strengths. Authenticity and honesty can build trust and appeal.

Witty and Clever Copy: Clever, humorous, or thought-provoking copy can make your ads more engaging and memorable.

Know Your Audience: Understand the values and preferences of your target audience. Tailoring your message to align with their worldview can create a stronger connection.

Consistency: Maintain a consistent voice and style across your campaign. This helps reinforce your brand identity and ensures your message is clear and recognizable.


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