Since 2002 Red Bull has been advertising that it’s energy drink will, “give you wings”. For some, this statement is clearly a metaphor, knowing that an energy drink doesn’t have the capability of giving a consumer literal wings. However, others took it more literally. Unsatisfied with the product because they had yet to sprout wings, buyers began to fight back with false advertising.
With this messy lawsuit, one wonders how Red Bull is handling the situation. Well, they are offering $10 to any person who purchased Red Bull since 2002, if they fill out an online application. Although Red Bull settled the litigation with the sum of money, they still believe they aren’t in the wrong. A spokesman for the company stated, “Red Bull maintains its marketing and labeling have always been truthful and accurate, and denies any and all wrongdoing or liability.”
When it comes to advertising, you have to also consider the role that it will play in Public Relations. Because when an advertising stunt goes wrong the only thing your company will gain is bad PR.