Every week, we answer a common question about marketing or an aspect of business. In one of our contests, someone simply sent us the phrase “funny marketing moments” when we asked “what confuses you about marketing?” They misunderstood the question, but we’ll run with it!

This week, we’re going to shake it up a bit. Times are tough and scary right now and we could all use a laugh.

This week, we are going to be sharing seven of our favorite funny marketing moments and fails. 

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1. IHOP’s IHOb campaign 

Source: AdWeek

This tremendously successful marketing campaign is also one of the funniest marketing stunts in the last few years. If you don’t remember, not too long ago, IHOP pretended to change its name to IHOb to promote the fact that they were selling burgers. It was all a publicity stunt, but they sold FOUR TIMES as many burgers after that campaign.

2. Starbucks van sliding doors fail

Source: Bored Panda

I’m a Dunkin man myself, but this is a little harsh. 

3. Fire your billboard designer

Souce: B Media Group.

I’ve got a feeling that this is a road hazard. 

4. Bad billboard placement

Source: Medium

Or maybe this is actually great billboard placement.

5. Unexpected honesty

Source: Bored Panda

I’ve lost my appetite.

6. The style of the future

Source: Bored Panda

Don’t know if that was the look they were going for. But hey, you do you.

7.  That’s not fair…

Source: Bored Panda

Man, I’m hungry now.

We hope that you guys enjoyed this article! It is a change of pace from what we usually post, but we hope that our little dose of humor will help you get through a tough day!

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Maria Teresa Fernandez Ferreira · April 6, 2020 at 9:52 am

I liked it a lot

Javier Vallejo · April 6, 2020 at 9:54 am

hehehe very funny but unfortunate announcements

    Shannon Smith · April 7, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Great read, thanks!

Sara Zielinski · April 6, 2020 at 1:16 pm

These are hilarious marketing moments.

Kakhaber Khmelidze · April 6, 2020 at 4:09 pm

Good info for the current difficult times.

Jacque Mann · April 6, 2020 at 6:31 pm


Somveer Kumar · April 7, 2020 at 6:50 am

Ha..ha..ha.. very much humorous marketing..

Margaret Gallagher · April 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Great read – you never really know what people will say and do – these are hilarious

sameh · April 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm

give me a good laugh thanks

Martin · April 7, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Just shows you need to be careful and monitor the strategy is sound

Vyoshka Britt · April 7, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Thats too funyy!

Karen Petrychko · April 7, 2020 at 9:23 pm

This is pretty funny alright 💚💚

Sara Schwab · April 8, 2020 at 2:47 am

I woulds love to learn about this

Satish Rajpoot · April 8, 2020 at 3:22 am

The style of future is amazing

Sharon Freemantle · April 8, 2020 at 8:19 am

So funny really brightened up my day

Ashok Kumar · April 10, 2020 at 3:18 am

Ha.. Ha.. So funny.
How to make these?

Jack Loco · April 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Funny article and it brightened up my mood.

Shellie Clark · April 10, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for giving me a good laugh!!

Aline Azevedo · April 10, 2020 at 11:56 pm

It’s funny to see that even bigger brands makes mistakes as well!

julio cesar flores · April 11, 2020 at 10:46 am

These are hilarious marketing moments.

Julie Flora · April 11, 2020 at 10:59 pm

This really gets you thinking of what ways are smarter when it comes to marketing your business on a billboard!

Carolyn Navarro · April 12, 2020 at 9:37 am

The way that guy looks down at the legs is perfect! I wonder if Starbucks repainted vans?

Jessica wallace · April 12, 2020 at 8:18 pm

So funny! For sure going to share! Good laugh thank you!

Francis john · April 13, 2020 at 4:07 am

So funny actually faced this problems.thanks

Abdu · April 15, 2020 at 7:34 am

Very funny, informative as well

Rena walter · April 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

Thank you for the info!

StefanoIceCubeR · April 17, 2020 at 11:51 am

the number 4 is top!

Rlhcat · April 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm

How hard was it to come up with some of these ads?

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