Advertising Age magazine created a list of the biggest marketing follies of 2011. These are a list of the years biggest blunders in marketing. It includes companies like Groupon, the Huffington Post and Utah's own Overstock.com.
The skin care company launched an ad campaign that featured clean-shaven sharp-dressed men tossing parts of their old selves.
One of the ads depicted a black man tossing a severed head with an Afro with the words "Re-civilize yourself" below.
Internet outrage led to the company's apology.
The Huffington post, a news aggregating blog, indefinitely suspended Amy Lee, one of the sites bloggers, for using too much of an Advertising Age article in her post.
Gawker, a competing blog, pointed out that she was only doing what she was taught.
After pressure from competitors, the Post reinstated Lee.
The beginning of the discount dealer's Super Bowl commercial makes it seems like a public service announcement about aid for Tibet.
The ad quickly switched from Tibetan sympathy to an actor pitching a Groupon deal for a Tibetan restaurant. The awkward jump in commercial caused a social media outrage on the Internet.
Click here for Groupon's Super Bowl ad.
Netflix made the decision to split its mail-only DVD and streaming services in July. The change was unexpected for many of the movie service's customers.
Reed Hastings, the company's chief executive, sent out an email beginning with the phrase "I messed up."
The Federal Trade Commission announced that shoe maker Reebok agreed to a $25 million settlement on charges that it had misinformed consumers about toning shoes and their health benefits.
Reebok stands by its shoes, claiming that the settlement was only to avoid a legal battle.
The nationwide bank quickly abandoned the idea to charge customers a $5 monthly fee after public outcry.
The national retailer tried to cut ties with Amazon and launch its own site, but the redesign came with a few bugs.
Site crashes, broken links and other problems made for a rough launch in August after the company decided to develop its own e-commerce technology.
After battling with the producers of "Two and a Half Men," Sheen sent a number of strange Tweets and made angry rants on radio shows.
Sheen was fired from the show and Ashton Kutcher took his place.
The pop star appeared in a commercial for Fiat where she was driving through the Bronx in one of the company's vehicles, or at least she was supposed to be.
The shots of Lopez driving the car were done in Los Angeles and the Bronx scenes were shot with a double.
Click here for Fiat's ad.
"I think if it all works really nicely, you'll just see Overstock.com fade away and O.co take its place," Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said, according to Advertising Age.
Now, to the confusion of their customers, Overstock went back to its original name after the re-brand missed its target.