Ogilvy & Mather is an international advertising, marketing and public relations agency based in Manhattan, and is a WPP company. It operates 450 offices in 120 countries with approximately 18,000 employees.
In 1972 Ogilvy & Mather, Sydney first developed the line “Don’t Leave Home Without It” as a means of educating Australians how to use the country’s first credit card. Created by Ian Latham and David Prentice. Three years later in 1975, the line was adapted by Ogilvy & Mather New York to “Don’t Leave Home Without Them’ ad campaign for American Express Traveler’s Cheques, featuring Oscar Award-winning actor Karl Malden. The “Don’t Leave Home Without It” slogan was revived in 2005 for the prepaid American Express Travelers Cheque Card. After Malden’s departure, American Express continued to feature celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Wes Anderson, Ken Watanabe, Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O’Brien.In 2007, Ogilvy Stockholm developed the “Animals in the Womb” campaign for Ford Flexifuel, which was nominated for the Cannes Lion Award and for the GuldΓ€gget Award in 2008
Ogilvy & Mather was founded in 1948 by David Ogilvy, as “Hewitt, Ogilvy, Benson, & Mather” in Manhattan. The company became a leading worldwide agency by the 1960s. Central to its growth was its strategy of building brands such as American Express, BP, Ford, Barbie, Maxwell House, IBM, Kodak, NestlΓ©, Cadbury and Unilever brands Pond’s and Dove.Ogilvy & Mather was built on Ogilvy’s principles, in particular, that the function of advertising is to sell and that successful advertising for any product is based on information about its consumer.His entry into the company of giants started with several iconic campaigns:”The man in the Hathaway shirt” with his aristocratic eye patch; “The man from Schweppes is here” introduced Commander Whitehead, the elegant, bearded Brit, bringing Schweppes (and “Schweppervesence”) to the United States.; “At 60 miles an hour the loudest noise in this new Rolls-Royce comes from the electric clock”; and “Pablo Casals is coming home β to Puerto Rico”, a campaign that Ogilvy said helped change the image of a country and was his proudest achievement. “Only Dove is one-quarter moisturizing cream”. This campaign helped Dove become the top selling soap in the U.S.In 1989, The Ogilvy Group was purchased by WPP Group.