Vinny’s Velvet Hammer

Vinny Warren of The Escape Pod likes what he calls “the hard sell.”

What is the hard sell? The hard sell is the ad that instantly makes you want what’s being advertised. You’d think this would be the permanent orientation of advertising ALL THE TIME. But it isn’t. People can get a bit lax in good economic times. And forget their real job. Recession makes you keener. We’re all watching our spending a lot more closely.
The hard sell is where advertising craft comes into play. It separates the wheat from the chaff. I love the hard sell. You know those infomercials that you watch and instantly make you want what’s being sold? I love them. Because they very obviously work. And great advertising very obviously works. Always. We can all feel it. We just want what’s being advertised.

In two related posts Warren offers up examples of the hard sell. Here they are:

It’s clear from the examples VW gives that the hard sell in Warrenese isn’t a blunt instrument. Rather, a velvet hammer.

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  1. Vinny’s Velvet Hammer – the band i was born to front! Too late now 🙁

  2. Oh, that is a good band name. I hadn’t thought of that (even though I thought of it).

  3. There is no dichotomy between creative advertising and advertising that sells, and anyone who says there is probably isn’t good at either.