All it takes is a single marketing mistake to bring the down the reputation of your business—the one you’ve worked very hard to establish. Due to the ever-increasing competition in the market, some business owners rush their advertising campaigns without looking at the entire picture. In a world where inappropriate advertising can easily irk consumers and deflate profits, you need to be very cautious in branding your business.

Examples of Marketing Disasters

The advertising world saw several massive marketing fails from some of the world’s biggest companies and franchises in 2014. Apple shelled out a hefty $100 million to gift half-a-billion iTunes subscribers with U2’s Songs of Innocence recording—the band’s first in 5 years. Unfortunately, a lot of customers were not happy about receiving music without their permission and Apple had to quickly develop a button to remove the songs to placate the irate community.