You won't believe these 5 Marketing Campaigns failed!

Best of minds, all the money in the world, all the data in the world & so on. Sometimes even these ingredients do not guarantee the taste of success in the marketing world.

All we can do is learn from other’s (and our own) failures.

We have curated a list of marketing campaigns that didn’t obtain the desired results. There is always something to learn from these failures. How you deploy this learning into your digital marketing campaign is what matters.

The following are the top 5 marketing campaigns that were thought to be the best ideas in the conference room but failed to work eventually.

1. Pepsi:

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In 2017, Pepsi experienced one of the biggest marketing failures in recent history. Pepsi came up with an advertisement that depicted model & TV star, Kendall Jenner. She joins a street protest and eventually defusing tensions between protesters. This happens simply by handing a can of Pepsi to a police officer.
 
The commercial enraged the audiences, as they felt that it trivialized important issues such as racism, police violence, etc.
 
The company stated in their defense that they intended to send a message of “peace, unity, and understanding”. However, the advertisement simply came off as insensitive.
Eventually, Pepsi pulled off the ad.
 
By this, we learn how some depictions are sensitive for your target audience and how on digital marketing platforms you should be more careful. Understanding your thought process and possible reactions of your audience are the main crux of digital marketing.

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2. Sony:

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Playing with colors is definitely not safe when your ad metaphors take human form. Sony experienced a marketing disaster in the year 2006. Sony celebrated the launch of their latest white PlayStation Portable (PSP) with giant billboards & that was a mistake, a big one.

The billboards had a primary theme, a white woman overpowering a black woman, representing the latest entrant’s dominance over the older version of the portable console.

Sony surely did not intend the ad campaign to be racist, but it did come off like that. For all we know, the worst misstep was the way Sony responded to the outrage. Rather than simply apologizing for their mistake, they defended their campaign.

The Ads had a primary theme, a white woman overpowering a black woman. This was representing the latest entrant’s dominance over the older version of the portable console.
 
Sony surely did not intend the ad campaign to be racist, but it did come off like that. For all we know, the worst misstep was the way Sony responded to the outrage. Rather than simply apologizing for their mistake, they defended their campaign.
 
While you strategize your digital marketing campaign make sure you are open to your audience and maintain your reputation online. How customers perceive their brand is completely dependent on your digital marketing platforms as they are spontaneous and large in number.

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3. Gap:

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Recently, Gap’s blunder was a revised logo. The company wanted to freshen up their look and they decided to experiment with a new logo. The campaign was straightforward.

However, the problem was that the people naturally respond in a negative manner to this sort of change. Further research stated the problem was that the new ago did not register as fresh or cool.

  1. Landing pages
  2. Download to gated content
 
Sometimes, the audience does not love a drastic change. In the digital marketing world, you should be careful about what chaos you should leverage.
Tip: Moment marketing is a brownie point in digital marketing. 

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4. Dove:

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Dove was hugely applauded for their super successful “Real Beauty Campaign” that featured real women in a positive light.

It is a benchmark case study in the field of marketing.

Things did not go in the same direction when Dove released limited edition packaging that was designed to present varied representations of female bodies. The packaging sent a wrong message as it seemed like women’s figures were being compared to shapeless soap bottles.

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5. Airbnb:

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The company launched their ‘floating world’ marketing campaign, which includes an image of a water-themed house sitting on the water.

The caption said “Stay above water” & “live aquatic life with these floating homes”

Sometimes, the timing just isn’t right.

This campaign was launched in August 2019, at the time when Houston was attacked by Hurricane Harvey.

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Digital Marketing is an effective, efficient & vital tool for your business but it can be a tricky space. At Mindstorm, our objective is to outline efficient and  & effective marketing strategies for our clients. We offer a number of social media marketing services that can take your brand to the next level. Our services include digital brand strategy, development of channel strategy, content planning, copywriting, creative design, social media management, reporting & analytics, and management of social media support.

The main key to digital marketing is to leverage chaos. We are here to help!

 

 

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