19 Incredible Advertising Fails

Apple new york timesTwitter / New York TimesThese unfortunately placed ads make the New York Times’ Apple flub look like nothing.

Last week, we reported on an unfortunate incident on the New York Times website, where an Apple ad featuring a deep-sea snorkeler ran right beside a headline about Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 being at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

While it certainly wasn’t the best combination of story and advertisement the New York Times could have wished for, we’ve absolutely seen worse.

Both on the internet and in physical locations, brands have found their ads in places that would make any marketer uncomfortable — like a Burger King billboard beside a heart disease awareness ad, or when a visitor to Michael Vick’s statistics page on ESPN was shown an ad for dog food.

While these missteps might keep marketers up at night, they sure are pretty funny for the rest of us.

Run, baby!

Better than being for sale, at least.

Misplaced ad or arch trolling?

Call this tactic 'foreshadvertising.'

No words.

This interactive stunt reportedly got two of the network's senior staffers suspended.

On the bright side, prices were probably pretty low at the time.

McDonald's doing its part.

Why, god?

Newtown coverage is a bad place for gun ads.

Not anymore.

You'd think dog food brands would make sure their ads don't show up beside Michael Vick.



Pro tip: Turn the aeroplane around.

Maybe just don't sell advertisements next to this story.

UPS goes the extra mile for its customers.

OK, that's just funny.

Now take a look at some ads that were inappropriate no matter where they ran.

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