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30 Provocative Advertising Efforts

A Collection of Marketing That Deliberately Courts Controversy

— February 25, 2011 — Marketing
One of the main goals of effective marketing is to get consumers talking about your product, and it is from that philosophy that these provocative advertising efforts take their cues.

Featuring some of the most daring and controversial campaigns of recent history, this provocative advertising collection explores how sometimes, dancing dangerously close to the edge of propriety can produce some truly memorable messages.

Implications - Some of the memorable ads featured within this list include the cringe-worthy bite mark art ads, gritty celebvertising featuring Megan Fox and the hilarious seductive sumo advertising campaign. There is a lot of creativity that goes into creating these awesome ads, so sit back and enjoy advertising at its finest.
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Crucified Contemporary Campaigns
Crucified Contemporary Campaigns
These 'Museum MADRE' Ads Will Gather Attention
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Dream-Wrecking Ads
Dream-Wrecking Ads
The Psifter Mattress Commercial is the Humorous Truth
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Shattered Alcoholism Ads
Shattered Alcoholism Ads
The Alcoolicos Anonimos De Minas Gerais Campaign Hits Hard
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Banned Religion Ads
Banned Religion Ads
The Rejected Super Bowl Ad Featuring Christian Bible Readings
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Trashy Burger Ads
Trashy Burger Ads
The Heal the Bay Campaign by RLR Advertising Urges People to Recycle
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Misunderstood Auditory Ads
Misunderstood Auditory Ads
The 'Mini' Hearing Aid Ad is a Comical Way to Make You Listen
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Unlikely Celebrity Spokespersons
Unlikely Celebrity Spokespersons
The 2011 Super Bowl GoDaddy Commercial Features Joan Rivers
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Bloody Holiday Branding
Bloody Holiday Branding
Gianfranco Pampaloni's Valentine's Day Store Display is Really Bizarre
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Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
Hitler-Esque Burlesque Ads
The Viktor Rydberg Cabaret Campaign is Tasteful Yet Revealing
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Suggestive Heart-Shaped Branding
Suggestive Heart-Shaped Branding
The 'Love Thy Body' Campaign is a Provocative Marketing Strategy
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Evil Candy Ads
Evil Candy Ads
The Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste Fights Little Kid Cavities
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Bite Mark Art Ads
Bite Mark Art Ads
The Mint Z Advertisements Show Off Creative Chewing
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Steamy Celeb Advertising
Steamy Celeb Advertising
This Kim Kardashian 2011 Super Bowl Sketchers Commercial is Racy
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Masochistic Health Marketing
Masochistic Health Marketing
The Cancer Society of Finland Army Ad Aims Where it Hurts
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Seductive Sumo Advertising
Seductive Sumo Advertising
This 2011 Subaru Forester Commercial is Heavy-Hitting Hilarity
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Steamy Sportswear Campaigns
Steamy Sportswear Campaigns
The Puma Love Run Campaign Was a Daring Dash of a Marketing
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Beautifully Tragic Zombie Trailers
Beautifully Tragic Zombie Trailers
This Dead Island Official Trailer Will Blow Your Mind
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Controversial Junk Food Ads
Controversial Junk Food Ads
The Doritos Super Bowl 2011 Commercial Raises Eyebrows
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Crime Boss Campaigns
Crime Boss Campaigns
The Kopenhagen Fur 2011 Promo Pics for Copenhagen Fashion Week
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Animaltarian Advertisements
Animaltarian Advertisements
This Deutscher Tierschutz Message is Gory and True
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Clown's Play Prophylactics
Clown's Play Prophylactics
L'eXtase Extra Long Condoms are Big Enough to Sculpt
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Gritty Celebvertising
Gritty Celebvertising
Armani SS11 Showcases All of Megan Fox's Best Assets
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Bulletin Board Bombshell Ads
Bulletin Board Bombshell Ads
The Rag & Bone SS11 Campaign Invites Contact with Models
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Cannibalistic Caffeine Campaigns
Cannibalistic Caffeine Campaigns
These Cafe Taina Coffee Ads Keep You Alert
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Hotel Debauchery Shoots
Hotel Debauchery Shoots
The Silencio Shoot by Lynsie Roberts is Devilishly Daring
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Filthy Contraceptive Ads
Filthy Contraceptive Ads
This Muddy Tulipan Condoms Campaign Rings in Sensual Spring
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Erotic Game Advertisements
Erotic Game Advertisements
These Phantasm Ads Feature Naughty Boy Thoughts
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Ban-Inducing Advertising
Ban-Inducing Advertising
Some Banned Superbowl 2011 Commercials Aim To Fail for Publicity
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Chiseled Clothing Campaigns
Chiseled Clothing Campaigns
The Abercrombie & Fitch SS11 Ads Star James Preston
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Clutching Cancer Campaigns
Clutching Cancer Campaigns
The Love Yourself First Ads Get Touchy-Feely to Promote Awareness
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