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Sepmre

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According to Advertising Age, the Avis “We Try Harder” campaign was one of the top 10 in advertising history. It was the ultimate simple idea that conveyed a great idea that was truthful and believable. The strategy—to state strongly a self-effacing underdog position—also tapped into people’s sympathy for underdogs.
 

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Their slogan was:

We're number two. We try harder.

It exploits sympathy for the underdog. (Hertz was the big dog, or top dog.)
 

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The strategy exploited the sympathy people have for those who come in second place. This strategy said emphatically but self-mockingly that Avis was aware it was not the leader.
 
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