“We must get down to individuals. We must treat people in advertising as we treat them in person": First Edition of Claude C. Hopkins Classic Autobiography My Life in Advertising

  • My Life in Advertising.

My Life in Advertising.

Item Number: 6005

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927.

First edition of the legendary advertiser’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. near fine in a very good dust jacket.

Claude C. Hopkins was one of the great advertising pioneers. He believed advertising existed only to sell something and should be measurable and justify the results that it produced. He worked for various advertisers, including Bissell Carpet Sweeper Company, Swift & Company and Dr. Shoop's patent medicine company. At the age of 41, he was hired by Albert Lasker owner of Lord & Thomas advertising in 1907 at a salary of $185,000 a year, Hopkins insisted copywriters researched their client products and produce "reason-why" copy. He believed that a good product was often its own best salesperson, and as such he was a great believer in sampling. To track the results of his advertising, he used key coded coupons and then tested headlines, offers and propositions against one another. He used the analysis of these measurements to continually improve his ad results, driving responses and the cost effectiveness of his clients advertising spend.