1. Sooper nahin tha junoon
Technically from the tail-end of 2018, but the repercussions were felt well into 2019. Perfect example of why throwing money at marketing challenges is not always the best strategy.
2. Careem Runaway Bride Ad
Brilliant, ballsy ad. But perhaps Careem underestimated the pushback from the Pakistani everyman and annoyed some of their target demographic in the process.
3. Insert royal couple here
Catching trends is cool, but you have to craft the content angling wisely. Just photo-shopping something into the grid and slapping a caption on them is just lazy, Pakwheels.
4. Ariel’s Chaar Deewaari Narrative
You know you have messed up when religious types are issuing mini-fatwas against you. Powerful narrative, but unfortunate timing (too close to Aurat March) sent the public on a witch-hunt.
5. Anything featuring Ahmed Shah
Just crass opportunism. It is bad enough that we did not learn from our mistakes with the chai wala fiasco. But the brands milking this kid for marketing mileage are just plain evil.
Umair Kazi is Partner, Ishtehari.