Do any of these marketing situations sound familiar?
Your mind is spinning in the morning as you are driving, taking the train or even biking to the office, going over all of the items that you need to read, brainstorm, draft, email, call about, etc…
Ideas are coming in fast, fed by data on sales, the competitive environment, previous projects, brainstorm sessions and everything that you encounter. Yet you stare at a blank screen, unable to write even an email subject line.
Your most recent marketing experiment definitely did not go as you expected, or an event that you planned fell flat on its face. Now it’s time to pivot and try again.
You look at your calendar, your project management boards, your email inbox and the flashing light on your phone, and you know before you sit down that it’s going to be a crazy day. You’re tempted to turn around and leave the office.
At these times we some powerful words to remind us that others have been here before us and come out on the other side.
At these times, we turn to marketing quotes.
Marketing Quotes to Start Your Day Right
Need a little push to get up the courage to open your inbox or read the comments on your Facebook page? Pour another cup of coffee and try these marketing quotes out.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
“Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel smart.” – Joe Chernov
“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” – Timothy Ferriss
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Leverage the strength that you have: that no one else can be you.” – Todd Wheatland
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
Great Marketing Quotes for When You Need Motivation
It’s Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm, and you’ve got a massive pile of reports, emails, analytics, and articles on your desk. How do you avoid the temptation to get lost in the Twitterverse instead of tackling the hard, yet vital projects that are looming?
Hopefully these motivational quotes will help.
“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.” –Jack London
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca
“Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.”– William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” – Jane Yolen
Quotes For When Failure Strikes
Everyone experiences failure at least once in their marketing career (if we’re being honest … more than once).
It’s how whether or not you fail but how you handle failure that is the key to your success. Failures are great events for learning, and failing fast and learning from it has become a critical skill.
Don’t beat yourself up when things don’t work out. Just examine what happened and apply what you’ve learned.
Then follow the advice in these great quotes.
“The secret to being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn’t fatal.” – Seth Godin
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”– Winston Churchill
“Sometimes when you innovate you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs
“Fall seven times and get up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis
“A wounded deer leaps the highest.” – Emily Dickinson
Quotes for Creating Content
There’s that cursor again, blinking out at you from an empty screen. There are days when we hate the sight of our keyboards, but we’ve got to write something anyway.
When you’re running low on inspiration but high on “to-do’s,” take a look at these quotes and see if they get your creative juices flowing again.
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.” – C. J. Cherryh
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” – Benjamin Franklin
“You can’t sell anything if you can’t tell anything.” – Beth Comstock
“A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway
“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.” – Harlan Ellison
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner
“…as you’ve noticed people don’t want to be sold. What people do want is news and information about things they care about.” – Larry Weber
Quotes For When Marketing Tasks Pile Up
It can be hard to remember that continual efforts over time will bring results when you can’t see the bottom of your to-do list. Productivity, organization, and removing blocks on your path to progress are vital parts of a marketer’s skill set.
The quotes from these masters of getting stuff done can help you on your way.
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
“I find the harder I work the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
Marketing Quotes to Drive You to Improve
Whether it’s taking a class or powering through a new guide, marketers need to be learning and improving their skills constantly.
When you’re burned out by “real” work, however, it’s hard to find the time or energy for self improvement.
These guys know the hurdles, and they also know how to start overcoming them.
“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word — excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl Buck
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi
“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb
Which Marketing Quotes Inspire You?
Did we leave out your favorite marketing quotes? Remind us in the comments.