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Medical Marketing - Lessons from the Legendary Marketing Expert, David Ogilvy

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Medical Marketing - Lessons from the Legendary Marketing Expert, David Ogilvy
Medical Marketing - Lessons from the Legendary Marketing Expert, David Ogilvy

Today I want to share with you the secrets, techniques and lessons, that the legendary David Ogilvy used in his advertising, that you can apply to your Plastic Surgery Marketing strategy.

For those of you that don't know, David Ogilvy was a LEGENDARY advertiser. He was known as "The Father of Advertising" and “The most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry".

This was back in 1962, but his brilliance and lessons still resonate today. His techniques and strategies are still used by Fortune 500 companies to this date. Not bad for a guy that's been decades ahead of his time, huh?

He's sold thousands of millions of dollars through advertising and today, I wanted to share with you 4 basic principles he used to write his advertising. Please take notes so you can apply in your medical marketing services:

1. Plastic Surgery Marketing Tip # 1 - Creative brilliance:

The truth is that copywriters and marketers need to think of brilliant ideas and ways to advertise. It has to grab your customers attention. David Ogilvy was a big believer in what he called the “big idea”, one brilliant idea that would be central to each ad campaign.

With Blue Media Online, my own Plastic Surgery Marketing Agency, I've found the same thing. The more you focus on building around once central idea, the more profitable and successful your campaigns become.

2. Plastic Surgery Marketing Tip # 2 - Market Research:

Ogilvy clearly states that he did not believe in "blowing smoke". His copy was based on hardcore facts. He researched extensively by talking to customers, reading books, studying certain topics, reading magazines, studying the competition, to the extent that the copy basically wrote itself.

Want to learn how to market Plastic Surgery practice? This is how.

3. Plastic Surgery Marketing Tip # 3 - Deliver Actual Results:

Ogilvy strongly believed in the quality of his copywriting by judging how well the advertisement actually performed. If something isn't working, don't be romantic about the copy, make the necessary changes to make the ad work. Same can be said of Facebook ads, TikTok ads and Instagram ads. If it's not working, change it.

4. Plastic Surgery Marketing Tip # 4 - Professional Discipline:

Ogilvy believed that advertising executives were not to be dabblers in the creative realm. After learning the craft, the art of advertising, make sure you are teaching your students. Build a team of quality people, so they can advertise like pros as well.


The Most Famous Headline in Advertising History:

Back in the day, Rolls-Royce hired David Ogilvy to write a headline for their cars. It turned out to be the most famous headline in his career. It read like this:

“At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock.”

This is to illustrate the principles he used himself to promote his ads. Of course, to get to this level of advertising it takes long years of training & practicing, and even then, you may never get to that level. However, you can always get better by studying the principles the best advertisers used to sell their products.

To your marketing success,

Josh Torres

Blue Media Online

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