11 Marketing Fails So Epic They Deserve Their Own Hall Of Shame

These are either grounds for termination or pure genius.

Branding is the surest way for a company to make a first impression. With slick ads, advertisers can embed ideas about its offerings in the minds of consumers who, numb to the constant bombardment of images, words, and jingles, pick out novelty and remember it.

Unfortunately, novelty isn't always a good thing. When marketing goes awry, the company is forgotten, and their faux pas remembered as little more than disastrous, hilarious fails.

Although that accomplishes half of the mission — making a first impression — it's not a great way to consistently sell a product. 

Here are 11 of the funniest marketing and advertising fails we could find. Enjoy.


1. Not sure we'd want to drink that.

Not sure if a marketing win or fail.

2. They could have folded it ANY other way.

Marketing fail

3. Um. Yeah. COME ON.

Marketing fail: Howard University is a historically black college

4. Placement. It's all about ad placement.

Advertising FAIL

5. Hey, is that a...?

Marketing fail?

6. Why would ANYONE have thought this was a good idea for an ad?

Marketing Fail

7. PICK a better font next time.

marketing genius or font fail?

8. That's DEFINITELY a... Oh, it's a BONE.

Advertising fail in Slovakia. (Vapnik = Calcium, and that thing supose to be bone)

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9. Subtle, Big Pharma. Subtle.

Ad Fail or Ad Success

10. What is that elephant doing?!

Blue Waffle Marketing FAIL!

11. There's so much wrong with this.

Marketing fail...

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