Consumers have a complicated relationship with advertising campaigns. On one hand, the popularity of ad-blocking software bears witness to the growing ambivalence that online readers have for AdWords, commercials, and promotional offers. This has become an issue both for websites that depend on ad revenue, and for companies that depend on ads to bring in clients and traffic. On the other hand, research shows that consumers don’t hate advertising per se — they just want it to be better. Furthermore, successful advertisements not only win new customers to a brand, but sometimes go viral in completely unironic ways.
Not every company has the money to launch a multi-million dollar commercial. But by looking at prominent examples of advertising campaigns that failed and backfired spectacularly, it’s possible to isolate trends that marketers should avoid at all costs.
The Kendall Jenner Pepsi Commercial
In the history of bad advertising,