The year in review: Awkward ad placements

Mumbrella presents the most awkward advertising placements of 2014.

Clear Channel, India. Right above a billboard in the heart of Mumbai that promotes Clear Channel’s commitment to the environment is an electronic message that makes the outdoor ad firm look rather hypocritical.


Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. So, the brand ambassadors of one of Asia’s top hotel chains were supporters of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central pro-democracy movement, apparently.

Mandarin Oriental billboard at Occupy Central


Sportsbet, Australia. What better place for an ad for a betting firm that next to a story about Singapore’s now-famous ‘I want Germany to win’ anti-gambling ad that went viral after correctly predicting the outcome of the World Cup?

The Guardian story anti-gambling ad


Tile, Australia. A targeted ad for Tile, a useful-looking device that allows the user to track anything it is stuck onto with their iOS device, did not look great running next to a story about the missing Malaysian Airlines jet MH370.

Tile ad

Nando’s, Singapore. Though clearly intentional, the chicken restaurant chain did a pretty good job of making Singaporean commuters look daft on the MRT.

Nando's MRT campaign


Tod’s, Singapore. Singapore’s ‘Cultural heroes’ as featured in the Life! section of the Straits Times probably didn’t think they’d such great legs, courtesy of an ad for shoemaker Tod’s.

Tod's ad


Hong Kong government, Right in the heart of the Occupy Central movement in Admiralty was a poster calling on Hongkongers to vote, although the poster it was pointing to with its ‘This way to the polling station’ message probably did not give would-be voters much confidence in the future of Hong Kong politics.

Hong Kong government ad


Viagra, Hong Kong. An ad that called on the men of Hong Kong to ‘Man up’ and take an erectile dysfunction remedy made for an uncomfortable neighbour next to an ad for a family movie.

Viagra ad


Seen any we’ve missed? Let us know and we’ll add them to our list.


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