Steve Jobs Explains “Think Different” And Why Most Clients Can’t Be Apple

If you’re like me, no doubt you’ve had clients sit in conference rooms and say things like, “We want to be like Target.” Or “We want to be like Nike.” Or, the big one these days, “We want to be like Apple.”

Well, if you haven’t seen this video, check it out. It’s Steve Jobs, introducing the “Think Different” anthem ad from 1997 in an internal video. And in seven minutes, he eloquently sums up why Apple is Apple and most of our clients can’t ever be, even if they’re differentiated in their product categories.

Above all, it reminded me, that even talking about advertising, Steve Jobs was a helluva presenter. How many Creative Directors, Account Directors or Agency CEOs could present a new campaign to a client with that much skill?



About Dan Goldgeier

Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. Dan is also a columnist for and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.