105 Powerful Marketing Quotes That Will Transform Your Business

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Between social media and content marketing and ad campaigns and brand reputation management, marketing can feel chaotic. Sometimes, though, all we need to see is a quick quote that cuts right to the point of what we’re trying to accomplish in fifteen words or less.

Need a little inspiration, or a little clarity? That’s what these powerful marketing quotes are for.

Whether you’re a marketing agency or a small business (or freelancer!) grabbing your marketing by the reigns, these 105 incredible marketing quotes will transform your business and how you think about advertising, social media, content creation, and so much more.

Marketing Quotes on What Your Audience Wants

1. “The best marketing strategy ever: CARE.” –Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur, speaker & marketing expert

2. “Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like.” – Brian Chesky, cofounder of Airbnb

3. “Marketing is really just about sharing your passion.” –Michael Hyatt, virtual business mentor

Amazing things will happen when you listen to the customer

4. “Amazing things will happen when you listen to the consumer.” –Jonathan Midenhall, CMO of Airbnb

5. “Give them quality. That is the best kind of advertising.” –Milton Hershey, entrepreneur

6. “You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” –Pam Moore, CEO of Marketing Nutz

7. “Our jobs as marketers are to understand how the customer wants to buy and help them to do so.” –Bryan Eisenberg, speaker and online marketing pioneer

8. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” – Simon Sinek, author and marketing consultant

9. “Strong customer relationships drive sales, sustainability, and growth.” –Tom Cates, chairman and founder of The Brookeside Group

10. “When people feel insecure about something, they look around for validation. Show them that other people trust you.” –Francisco Rosales, social media marketing coach

11. “Advertising brings in customers, but word-of-mouth brings in the best customers.” –Jonah Berger, author & marketing professor

12. “Conversation with customers will increase sales, even if the product or service is never mentioned.” – George Farris, founder of Farris Marketing

13.“People shop and learn in a whole new way compared to just a few years ago, so marketers need to adapt or risk extinction.” –Brian Halligan, founder & CEO of HubSpot

Social Media Marketing Quotes

14. “Content is fire. Social media is gasoline.” –Jay Baer, author & inspirational marketing speaker

social media creates communities, not markets

15. “Social media creates communities, not markets.” –Don Schultz, marketing pioneer

16. “Social media is a contact sport.” –Margaret Molloy, CMO of SiegelGale

17. “Social media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” –Brian Solis, blogger, author, & keynote speaker

18. “Successful companies in social media function more like entertainment companies, publishers, or party planners than as traditional advertisers.” – Erik Qualman, digital leadership expert

19. “Getting the like is easy. It’s a light action. Anything else requires trust.” – Jon Loomer, Facebook Ads expert

20. “You cannot buy engagement. You have to build engagement.” –Tara-Nicholle Nelson, CEO of Transformational Customer Insights

21. “Just as you don’t need to be on every single TV channel, I don’t believe a brand needs to be on every single social media in one big way.”– Shiv Singh, marketing author

22. “Build it, and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is a “build it, nurture it, engage them and they may come and stay.” – Seth Godin, author & marketing expert

you have to build engagement

23. “Social media is about the people. Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.” – Matt Goulart, digital marketing executive

24. “Sell-sell-sell sales methods simply do not work on social media.” –Kim Garst, social media strategist

25. “You cannot buy engagement. You have to build engagement.” –Tara-Nicholle Nelson, CEO of Transformational Customer Insights

Content Marketing Quotes

26.  “Content is king.” –Bill Gates

27. “Content Marketing is not simply a campaign or a tactic, it’s a commitment.” – Valerie Uhlir, partner at Etheral Innovations

28. “You can’t expect to just write and have visitors come to you. That’s too passive.” –Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends

29. “Before you create any more ‘great content,’ figure out how you are going to market it first.” –Joe Pulizzi, content marketer and strategist

30. “Not viewing your email marketing as content is a mistake.” –Chris Baggott, CEO of CompendiumDont build links Build relationships

31. “Content builds relationships. Relationships are built on trust. Trust drives revenue.” – Andrew Davis, marketing speaker & bestselling author

32. “Don’t build links. Build relationships.” –Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz

33. “Marketing is telling the world you’re a rock star. Content marketing is showing the world you are one.” –Robert Rose, content marketing strategist

34. “Content marketing is more than a buzzword. It is the hottest trend in marketing because it is the biggest gap between what buyers want and brands produce.” –Michael Brenner, CEO of Marketing Insider Group

35. “Content is king, but engagement is queen, and the lady rules the house!” –Mari Smith, social media master

36. “Content Marketing is no longer a numbers game. It’s a game of relevance.” –Jason Miller

37. “Content should ask people to do something and reward them for it.” –Lee Odden, digital marketer and strategist

38. “Content is the atomic particle of all digital marketing.” –Rebecca Lieb, media & content strategistcontent is king but engagement is queen and the lady rules the house

39. “Good content isn’t about good storytelling. It’s about telling a true story well.” Ann Handley, head of content at MarketingProfs

40. “People share, read, and generally engage more with any type of content when it’s surfaced through friends and people they know and trust.” –Malorie Lucich, head of product communications at Pinterest

41. “Content marketing is like a first date. If you only talk about yourself, there won’t be a second one.” –  David Beebe, branded content producer

42. “Good content should be at the heart of your strategy, but it is equally important to keep the display context of that content in mind as well.” –Tim Frick, principal of MightyBytes

PPC Marketing Quotes

43. “Nobody reads ads. People read what interests them. Sometimes, it’s an ad.” – Howard Gossage, real-life MadMen inspiration

44. “Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make.” –Bill Bernbach

We need to stop interrupting what people are interested in and be what people are interested in

50. “We need to stop interrupting what people are interested in and be what people are interested in.” – David Beebe, branded content producer

51. “If great content is the hero, then banners are the villain.” –Michael Brenner, CEO of Marketing Insider Group

52. “Never let ads write checks your website can’t cash.” –Avinash Kaushik, digital marketing evangelist

53. “Advertising works most effectively when it’s in line with what people are already trying to do. And people are trying to communicate in a certain way on Facebook – they share information with their friends, they learn about what their friends are doing – so there’s really a whole new opportunity for a new type of advertising model within that.” –Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook

54. “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.” –Steuart Henderson Britt, consumer behavior specialist

55. “If your content isn’t driving conversation, you’re doing it wrong.” –Dan Roth, LinkedIn’s executive editor

56. “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” –Peter Drucker, founder of Drucker Institiute

think like a customer

57. “Think like a customer.” –Paul Gillin, B2B & social media strategist

58. “Every trackable interaction creates a data-point, and every data-point tells a piece of the customer’s story.” –Paul Roetzer, founder & CEO of PR20/20

59. “It’s hard to target a message to a generic 35-year-old middle-class working mother of two. It’s much easier to target a message to Jennifer, who has two children under four, works as a paralegal, and is always looking for quick but healthy dinners and ways to spend more time with her kids and less time on housework.” –Elizabeth Gardner, founder of garnish media

Storytelling Marketing Quotes

60. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou, poet

61. “We are all storytellers. We all live in a network of stories. There isn’t a stronger connection between people than storytelling.” –Jimmy Neil Smith, Director of the International Storytelling Center

The key is no matter what story you tell make the buyer the hero

62. “The key is, no matter what story you tell, make your buyer the hero.” –Chris Brogan, CEO of Owner Media Group

63. “If your stories are all about your products and services, that’s not storytelling. It’s a brochure. Give yourself permission to make the story bigger.” –Jay Baer, author & inspirational marketing speaker

64. “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” –Roger C. Schank, CEO of Socratic Arts

65. “Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell.” –Seth Godin, author & marketing expert

66. “An ad is finished only when you no longer can find a single element to remove.”—Robert Fleege, advertising expert 

Copywriting Marketing Quotes

67. “These days, people want to learn before they buy, be educated instead of pitched.” –Brian Clark

68. “Less is more. Keeping it simple takes time and effort.” –Jeff Bullas, digital marketing influencer

Less is more. Keeping it simple takes time and effort

69. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –Leonardo Da Vinci, renaissance man 

70. “Decide the effect you want to produce in your reader.” —Robert Collier, author

71. “If you can’t explain it to a 6-year old, you don’t know it yourself.” –Albert Einstein, 72. genius

73. “On average, 8 out of 10 people will read your headline copy, but only 2 out 10 will read the rest.” – Brian Clark, CEO of Rainmaker Digital

74. “Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer.”–Shirley Polykoff

75. “The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.” –William Bernbach

76. “I’ve learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.”—Leo Burnett, founder of the Leo Burnett Group 

77. “Even when you are marketing to your entire audience or customer base, you are still simply speaking to a single human at any given time.” –Ann Handley, head of content at MarketingProfs

Quotes on Brand

Brand is just a perception and perception will match reality over time

78. “Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time.” –Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.

79. The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. –Simon Mainwaring, marketing consultant

80. “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is—it is what consumers tell each other it is.” – Scott Cook, cofounder of Intuit

81. “Your brand is a story unfolding across all customer touch points.” –Jonah Sachs, author & entrepreneur

82. “Your culture is your brand.” –Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

83. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” –Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon

84. “Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room – remember that. And more importantly, let’s discover why!” – Chris Ducker, personal brand entrepreneur

if people believe they share values with a company they will stay loyal to the brand

85. “If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.” –Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

86. “Your personal brand is a promise to your clients… a promise of quality, consistency, competency, and reliability.” –Jason Hartman, CEO of Platinum Properties Investor Network

87. “Too many companies want their brands to reflect some idealized, perfected image of themselves. As a consequence, their brands acquire no texture, no character and no public trust.” –Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

88. “We elect and buy from people we like. Likability is number one. We also need to believe they are honest, and have our best interests at heart.” – George Farris, founder of Farris Marketing

Search Engine Quotes

89. “In 2004, good SEO made you remarkable on the web. In 2014, good SEO is a result of being remarkable on the web.” – Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz

90. “Google is the new corporate homepage.” – Jeremiah Owyang, founder of CrowdCompanies 

google only loves you when everyone else loves you first

91. “Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first.” –Wendy Piersall, writer & blogger 

92. “Google will know that you are hungry for sushi before you do.” –Ben Kunz, SVP of marketing and content at Mediassociates 

General Marketing Quotes

93. “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” – Milan Kundera, writer

94. “The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.” –Tom Fishburne, “marketoonist”

95. “Today it’s important to be present, be relevant and add value.” –Nick Besbeas, former CMO of LinkedIn

instead of using technology to automate processes, think about using technology to enhance human interaction

96. “Instead of using technology to automate processes, think about using technology to enhance human interaction.” –Tony Zambito, lead authority in buyer personas

97. “Make your marketing so useful people would pay you for it.” – Jay Baer, author & inspirational marketing speaker

98. “The internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way message into a real-time dialogue with millions.” –Danielle Sacks, senior editor at Inc. magazine

99. “Marketing’s job is never done. It’s about perpetual motion. We must continue to innovate every day.” –Beth Comstock, Vice Chair of GE

100. “Word of mouth can be as important, if not more important, for neighborhood businesses as traditional advertising.” –Ekaterina Walter, marketing strategist
going viral is not an outcome

101. “Going viral is not an outcome; it”s a happening. Sometimes it happens; sometimes it doesn’t. Just remember, fans are vanity and sales are sanity.” –Lori Taylor, founder & executive editor of Social Caffeine

102. “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.” –Thomas Jefferson, third president

103. “People spend money when and where they feel good.” –Walt Disney

104. “Sell the problem you solve. Not the product you make.” –Unknown

105. “Marketing without data is like driving with your eyes closed.” – Dan Zarrella, social media scientist

Final Thoughts

The phrases “marketing” and “advertising” are generally disliked and distrusted by consumers, making some small businesses wary of how to promote their businesses. These inspirational, education marketing quotes, however, are powerful reminders that marketing isn’t meant to deceive or swindle; instead, it’s an art form that should be used to tell your business’s story and build relationships with your customers. And with these quotes- and all the how-to resources on our blog- you can start transforming your business and your marketing right now.

When in doubt, remember this incredible quote from author Karen Lamb: “A year from now, you’ll wish you’d have started today.”

What do you think? What’s your favorite marketing quote? Which of these quotes jumped out at you? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think! 

 

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