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Marketing language: the 8 worst marketing slogans ever

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: the language a brand uses in its marketing matters.


A lot.

Sure, having a great product to sell or offering a top-notch service is important too, but it’s making sure people know exactly how awesome your particular product or service that really moves units.

Want to drive revenue for your brand? You’ll need your brand’s marketing language to be on point at all times.

Don’t believe us?

Well you might, once you take a gander at 8 of the worst marketing slogans of all time…


1) “Pork: the other white meat” – National Pork Producers Council

Marketing Language: the 10 worst marketing slogans of all time

Nice try, pig farmers! When “red meat” was getting some bad press back in the late 1980s, the finest minds in the pork industry combined to fund an ill-advised campaign designed to shift pork into the healthier category of “white meat”, where chicken and fish had languished in relative comfort for years. Just how stupid do they think we are?


2) “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” – M&Ms

marketing language: the 10 worst marketing slogans of all time

Anyone who has ever held an M&M in their hands for more than 6 seconds is well aware that this slogan was never anything more than a gigantic lie.


3) “Always in beta” – New balance

marketing language: the 10 worst slogans ever

Hmmm… So, basically, you haven’t finished testing these expensive shoes to determine if they are any good or not yet? Also, what percentage of the world’s population actually understands what “in beta” means? Double fail.


4) “Every bite is a different temperature” – Hot Pockets

marketing language: the 10 worst marketing slogans ever

For anyone who ever thought that there was no earthly way to make a hot pocket sound less appealing, there is this gem. What a weird thing to say about a food product.


5) “Impossible is nothing.” – Adidas

marketing language: the 10 worst marketing slogans ever

Remember those fridge magnet sets that just had random words on them that you could make fridge poetry out of? Then you know where crap like this comes from.


6) “Be Stupid” – Diesel


marketing language: the 10 worst marketing language slogans ever

In marketing language, “attention-grabbing” doesn’t always mean “good”. Sure, appealing to the “anything for a Facebook image likes” generation is a strong move, but is it really necessary to insult them at the same time?


7) “Nothing sucks like an Electrolux” – Electrolux

marketing language: the 10 worst marketing slogans ever

As much as we enjoy this particular slogan, how it got past committee is anyone’s guess.


8) “It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken” – Perdue Chickens

marketing language: the 10 worst marketing slogans ever

There’s a lot to unpack here. In fact, far to much to really get into. But surely we can all agree that this slogan is, at the very least, a really weird thing to say.


Yes, getting your brand’s marketing language just right can be tough, but it’s pretty important.

Need help upping your brand’s marketing language game? Give Phrasee a call and see what our AI-driven marketing language optimisation platform can do for you and your brand!

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