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The Marketing Book Podcast: "Can't Sell Won't Sell" by Steve Harrison

Can't Sell Won't Sell: Advertising, Politics and Culture Wars. Why Adland Has Stopped Selling and Started Saving the World by Steve Harrison

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About the Book

Our politics dictate the ads we create and distance us from our audience. The advertising industry has lost interest in selling. According to the IPA, we face "a crisis of effectiveness." And our politics are to blame.

We are now so culturally left-leaning, we're no longer willing to stoke capitalism's engine of growth. Instead, we have a new raison d'etre: we're saving the world.

But who are the activists and careerists who are pushing this progressive agenda? And what of the angry mainstream who are alienated by the ideas we're imposing upon them?

Most urgently, as our clients emerge from the pandemic recession, will advertising rediscover its commercial purpose and help them revive the UK economy?

Or will our agencies and institutions double down on social purpose and the monoculture that's suffocating a once brilliantly creative industry and forcing it to the margins of British business and cultural life?

About the Author

According to Wikipedia, “Steve Harrison is a British copywriter, creative director and author who is regarded by Campaign Magazine as the greatest Direct Marketing Creative of his generation. He has won more Cannes Lions awards than any other Creative Director in the World.”

Steve Harrison was European Creative Director (OgilvyOne) and Global Creative Director (Wunderman) on either side of starting his own agency, Harrison Troughton Wunderman (HTW).

He has also authored Changing the World Is the Only Fit Work for a Grown Man; How to Write Better Copy; and How to Do Better Creative Work.

And, interesting fact - he has a doctorate in American history!

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Douglas Burdett
Douglas Burdett
The Principal and Founder of Artillery, Douglas Burdett is a former artillery officer and Madison Avenue ad man. He also hosts The Marketing Book Podcast, where he interviews authors every week about the latest in modern marketing and sales.

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