The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

Love them or hate them, a slogan is still very much part of a modern brand and branding.

A great slogan can do wonders for your brand. It can stay in the mind of your customer and remind them to buy your product.

In this post, we’re going to cover all things slogan related including:

  1. Where does the word ‘slogan’ come from?
  2. What is a slogan?
  3. Where are slogans used?
  4. 101 famous slogan examples
  5. Famous political slogans
  6. Examples of bad brand slogans
  7. How to make a slogan

Let’s dive in. 

Where does the word ‘slogan’ come from?

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

According to Wikipedia, the word slogan is derived from ‘slogorn’ which was an Anglicisation of the Scottish Gaelic and Irish sluagh-ghairm (sluagh “army”, “host” + gairm “cry”) So in a literal sense it means ‘army host cry’.

What is a slogan?

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines a slogan as “a short and striking or memorable phrase used in advertising”.

More broadly speaking and according to Wikipedia, “A slogan is a memorable motto or phrase used in a clan, political, commercial, religious, and another context as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose, to persuade members of the public or a more defined target group.”

Where are slogans used?

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

The most common way slogans are used today is in marketing.

Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ is an example of a famous slogan used in the marketing of Nike.

Slogans can be found everywhere in marketing including print advertisements, television commercials, signage and on websites.

Slogans can also be found in modern political campaigns such as the Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump slogan ‘Make America Great Again’.

101 famous slogan examples

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

There are 100’s of famous catchy slogans that are used by companies in the marketplace today. Here are 101 of the most famous slogans:

  1. “Tide’s In – Dirt’s Out” – Tide
  2. “There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” – MasterCard
  3. “Good Food, Good Life” – Nestle)
  4. “Because You’re Worth It” – L’Oréal Paris
  5. “Save Money. Live Better” – Wal-Mart
  6. “The Quicker Picker Upper” – Bounty
  7. “I’m lovin’ it” – McDonald’s
  8. “America Runs on Dunkin” – Dunkin’ Donuts
  9. “Imagination at Work” – General Electric
  10. “Finger Lickin’ Good” – KFC
  11. “Have it your way” – Burger King
  12. “Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s Maybelline” (Maybelline)
  13. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” – M&M’s
  14. “The Few. The Proud. The Marines” – U.S. Marine Corps
  15. “The Happiest Place on Earth” – Walt Disney World Resort
  16. “Think Different” – Apple
  17. “Taste the Feeling” – Coca-Cola
  18. “Quality never goes out of style” – Levi’s
  19. “The best a man can get” – Gillette
  20. “Red Bull gives you wiiings” – Red Bull
  21. “Betcha can’t eat just one” – Lay’s
  22. “Tastes So Good, Cat’s Ask for It By Name” – Meow Mix
  23. “Think outside the bun” – Taco Bell
  24. “Snap, Crackle, Pop” – Rice Krispies
  25. “Just Do It” – Nike
  26. “Think Different” – Apple
  27. “Where’s the Beef?” – Wendy’s
  28. “Open Happiness” – Coca-Cola
  29. “Because You’re Worth It” – L’Oreal
  30. “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands” – M&Ms
  31. “A Diamond is Forever” – De Beers
  32. “The Breakfast of Champions” – Wheaties
  33. “America Runs on Dunkin'” – Dunkin’ Donuts
  34. “Can You Hear Me Now?” – Verizon Wireless
  35. “Impossible is nothing” – Adidas
  36. “Stronger than dirt” – Ajax
  37. “Belong anywhere” – Airbnb
  38. “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” – Alka Seltzer
  39. “You’re in good hands” – Allstate
  40. “Don’t leave home without it” – American Express
  41. “We try harder” – Avis
  42. “The ultimate driving machine” – BMW
  43. “The quicker picker-upper” – Bounty
  44. “The beer of kings” – Budweiser
  45. “Have it your way” – Burger King
  46. “Mmm, mmm good!” – Campbell’s Soup
  47. “What’s in your wallet?” – Capital One
  48. “The heartbeat of America” – Chevrolet
  49. “Does she or doesn’t she?” – Clairol
  50. “Open happiness” – Coca-Cola
  51. “Won’t slow you down” – Coors Light
  52. “A diamond is forever” – De Beers
  53. “The happiest place on earth” – Disneyland
  54. “America runs on Dunkin’” – Dunkin’
  55. “It keeps going… and going… and going” – Energizer
  56. “Move fast and break things” – Facebook
  57. “When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight” – Fed-Ex
  58. “They’re grrrrrrreat!” – Frosted Flakes
  59. “Is it in you?” – Gatorade
  60. “So easy a caveman can do it” – Geico
  61. “We bring good things to life” – General Electric
  62. “Don’t be evil” – Google
  63. “We go the extra mile” – Halfords
  64. “How doers get more done” – Home Depot
  65. “The power of dreams” – Honda
  66. “Nothing runs like a deer” – John Deere
  67. “Every kiss begins with Kay” – Kay Jewelers
  68. “Finger lickin’ good” – Kentucky Fried Chicken
  69. “Go beyond” – Land Rover
  70. “The relentless pursuit of perfection”- Lexus – 
  71. “Because you’re worth it” – L’Oreal
  72. “Betcha can’t eat just one” – Lay’s Potato Chips
  73. “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” – M&Ms
  74. “For everything else, there’s Mastercard” – MasterCard
  75. “Good to the last drop” – Maxwell House
  76. “Maybe it’s Maybelline” – Maybelline
  77. “I’m lovin’ it” – McDonald’s
  78. “Do the Dew” – Mountain Dew
  79. “Nationwide is on your side” – Nationwide
  80. “All the news that’s fit to print” – The New York Times
  81. “When it rains, it pours” – Morton Salt
  82. “Just do it” – Nike
  83. “The choice of a new generation” – Pepsi
  84. “It gives you wings” – Red Bull
  85. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” – Rice Krispies
  86. “Taste the rainbow” – Skittles
  87. “Obey your thirst” – Sprite
  88. “A cut above the rest” – Stihl
  89. “Eat fresh” – Subway
  90. “Expect more pay less” – Target
  91. “Takes a licking and keeps on ticking” – Timex
  92. “Trix are for kids” – Trix Cereal
  93. “Fly the friendly skies” – United Airlines
  94. “What can brown do for you?” – UPS
  95. “Stick with Dunlop” – Dunlop Tyres
  96. “Think small” – Volkswagen
  97. “Anytime, anywhere” – Walmart
  98. “Where’s the beef?” – Wendy’s
  99. “The breakfast of champions” – Wheaties
  100. “Shave Time. Shave Money.” – Dollar Shave Club

Famous political slogans

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

Politics is another area where slogans are used. They are featured everywhere in the politicians’ campaign including signs, television ads and all other related marketing materials.

Slogans in politics are great because a good one can really get people inspired and excited about the candidates.

Here are some examples of great political campaign slogans:

  • “Don’t change horses midstream” (1864) – Abraham Lincoln
  • “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” (1928) – Herbert Hoover
  • “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1932) – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “I Like Ike” (1952) – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “Let’s Make America Great Again” (1980) – Ronald Reagan
  • “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?” (1980) – Ronald Reagan
  • “Morning In America” (1984) – Ronald’s Reagan
  • “Yes We Can” (2008) – Barack Obama
  • “For The People” (2020) – Kamala Harris
  • “Liberty, equality, fraternity” (1790) – James Vaughan.
  • “A fit country for heroes to live in” (1918) – David Lloyd George
  • “It’s time.” (1972) – Gough Whitlam
  • “Not flash. Just Gordon.” (2007) Gordon Brown
  • “Take back control.” (2016) – Vote Leave, EU referendum

Examples of bad brand slogans ( when slogans go wrong )

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Slogans can also go terribly wrong! I can’t believe some of the ones below were approved. A bad slogan can make the public turn on a brand. It can result in humiliation and the creation of memes.

Here’s some of the worst slogans of all time:

  • “Selling ‘Em By the Sack” – Whitecastle
  • “A Body for Every Body” – Victoria’s Secret
  • “It’s Not for Women” – Dr. Pepper Ten
  • “Reach Out and Touch Someone” – AT&T
  • “I Will” – Under Armour
  • “Don’t Live Life Without It” – American Express
  • “Probably the Best Beer in the World” – Carlsberg
  • “Relieves Gas Pains” – Volkswagen
  • “Smell Better Than Yourself” – Old Spice
  • “It Beats as it Sweeps as it Cleans” – Hoover

How to make a slogan

The Slogan: A Complete Guide Featuring Examples & Tips On Creating A Slogan

There is no formula for creating a slogan. You just have to get busy and start writing your ideas for slogans down. That said, here are 9 tips on how to design or write a slogan of your own.

9 tips on how to make a slogan:

1. Keep it short and simple

If Nike had come out with the slogan “Go out there and get active right now” as opposed to their infamous “Just do it” it might never have become one of the most popular slogans of all time. Make sure you keep your slogan under 9 or 10 words. Remember you may be using it with your logo, so that’s another reason to keep it short.

2. Focus on what makes you different

When writing your slogan, try to incorporate what makes your product or service unique. For example, M&M’s chocolates melt in your mouth and not in your hands. With Avis, they use the slogan “We try harder” as it’s well known that they are the second-best hire car company in the market.

4. Make it timeless

Slogans should be timeless. For example, you can run into trouble if you start using technology references in your slogan. Verizon used the slogan “Can you hear me now?” to great success. But that was when mobile phones used to cut out. You should also avoid using the exclusive words like ‘only’ in your slogans as you may be the only one at the time, but someone else may also come out with your product or service at a later date.

5. Try for a double meaning

It’s always lovely when a brand slogan has a double meaning. For example Gatorades “Is it in you?” or Dunlops “Stick with Dunlop”. Both of these slogans can mean two different things. They talk about the product and they also talk about the person or the brand.

6. Make your slogan broad

Your slogan should not be too specific. If your slogan is too literal and product-specific it can cease to work when you have more products. For example, Subway has the slogan “Eat fresh” which works well across their whole product range. If their slogan was “Eat fresh sandwiches” that slogan would not work as they also sell other products like cookies.

7. Consider your target market

You may be starting small, but one day your slogan may appear worldwide. This is why you have to consider your target market. Don’t go too local. For example, when KFC launched in China, their “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan translated to the far less appetizing “Eat Your Fingers Off.”

8. Make sure it’s original

There are a lot of slogans out there in the world right now. Be sure to double-check with a quick Google search to ensure that your slogan has not been used before.

9. Get feedback

Just like when coming up with a business name, it’s always a good idea to get feedback on your slogan before you share it with the world and plaster it everywhere. You don’t have to run it by dozens of people. But it’s a great idea to pressure test it with a cross-section of people. 

The takeaway on slogans

Whilst you don’t have to have a slogan for your business, they can be a fun way to engage with your customers.

Having a slogan can bring a bit of personality to your brand.

Now you’ve read our complete guide on slogans, it’s time for you to get busy and create a catchy slogan for your business today.

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