Advertising Slogan Trivia
Advertising slogan trivia and jingles are ingrained into the minds of many Americans. Why? Because advertising slogan trivia is so catchy, fun, and easy to remember! It's often much easier to remember fun ad facts then it is to do hard brainteasers.
While the slogans may have changed over the years, the spunk and creativity of advertising certainly has not. Use this advertising slogan trivia with your friends (and even your parents) to recall some of the most interesting and memorable ad campaigns in history.
Advertising Slogan Trivia Questions
- Winston Cigarettes used to use the slogan, "Winstons taste good like a cigarette should." Some television personalities, notably Walter Cronkite, refused to say it because it is grammatically incorrect (it should read, "Winstons taste good as a cigarette should"). Later on, Winston embraced the slogan, "What do you want? Good grammar or good taste?"
- "Plop, plop; fizz, fizz; oh, what a relief it is!"—Thus used to be the slogan of the Alka Seltzer brand of antacid. More recently, the company has embraced "Get yourself an Alka Seltzer, and you'll feel better fast."
Fast Food Favorites
- In 2000, a study was carried out that determined that more United States college students remembered advertising slogans than the importance of the date July 4, 1776. While 90% remembered slogans such as "yo quiero Taco Bell" and "Just Do It," 40% did not know that July 4, 1776 was the date the United States declared independence.
- "Finger-lickin' good!" This used to be the slogan of KFC. One person who disagreed was Colonel Sanders, who once commented that chicken from a KFC franchise tasted like a "damn fried dough ball on a stick!"
- Long before Burger King advertised their "char-broiled" burgers, Hardee's invited burger lovers to ""Hurry on down to Hardee's where the burgers are charcoal broiled."
- The famous "Got Milk" campaign has supposedly cancelled planned ads with certain celebrities. Why? They didn't like milk, of course!
- Maxwell House's famous advertising slogan is "Good to the last drop." While it was adopted as the coffee company's tagline in the mid-1920s, it was purported to have been coined by none other than President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.
- Kurt Vonnegut's book "Breakfast of Champions" took its name from the ad slogan of Wheaties. A disclaimer was added to the book, stating that Vonnegut was not intending to suggest a connection between his novel and the cereal, nor was he attempting to "disparage their fine product."
- The slogan "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee" contains a double negative.
- Lucky Charms are widely known as being "magically delicious!" However, early advertisements did not feature this slogan. Later on, the jingle was expanded to list all of the contents of the box. St. Louis rock band The Urge used this slogan on one of their albums.
- "Have it your way" was one of the first attempts at a Burger King slogan that did not fail immediately. The campaign lasted from the 1970s (with the memorable "hold the pickle, hold the lettuce" song) until today.
Did You Know?
The "you deserve a break today" jingle for McDonald's was invented by a famous pop singer — before he became popular. What was his name? Are you a fan of Barry Manilow, perhaps?
More Fun Ad Facts
- Ronald Reagan once appeared on an ad for Chesterfield Cigarettes welcoming people to have the "merriest Christmas any smoker can have—Chesterfield mildness plus no unpleasant after-taste."
- Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots were a popular toy that featured the memorable slogan, "you knocked my block off!"
- While NBC is now a national network, the National Biscuit Company used to include the letters on their package. Their advertising logo, and their name, changed years later—to Nabisco.
- Although the company Viacom, one of the top in the entertainment industry, is not well-known for a particular slogan, the company is responsible for one of the most popular advertising slogans in history: "I want my MTV!"
- "Foster's—Australian for beer" is obviously not used in Australia. The slogan there is, "The Amber Nectar."