The Titanic: Bad Marketing at its Best.

I thought it would be appropriate to create a marketing post that related to the wonderful Titanic, as it is the 100th anniversary of its demise this month.  I should add that I am a truly avid Titanic fan (not just of the movie, but of the ship itself).

Old Fashion Marketing

Marketing tactics in the beginning of the 20th century were very basic and traditional. In fact, Titanic advertisements were limited to print media, such as brochures, flyers, newspaper articles and posters. However, word of mouth advertising also plays a great role in the effective promotional strategy of the ship.

So what was the Titanic marketing team’s main strategy?  I would have to say the infamous slogan of the titanic, which was that the ship was “unsinkable”.

Unsinkable Claims Cause Sinking?

In fact, it was noted in an article by Printwand, that the “unsinkable” claim may actually be considered a factor in the disastrous result of the ship. This campaign’s purpose was to promote the ships overall quality and prestige as a means for targeting first class passengers. However, the claim spread like wildfire and could be seen as creating a false sense of assurance to the crew and captain. As a result, fewer precautions were taken. After all, at the time that the ship hit the iceberg, it was travelling at a speed of 22.5 knots, with 23 knots being the maximum speed possible. Not to mention, it was travelling at this speed in an area known for being populated by icebergs, with 7 iceberg warnings received on April 14th (the day it hit) from various ships in the area.

However, it’s debatable that if the Titanic did not use such a self-assured slogan, would this disaster be held in such high regard? After all, there have been numerous disasters at seas, ones with greater tragedies, which never received as much exposure as the Titanic. In my opinion, the mere irony of advertising the ship as unsinkable and having it sink on its maiden voyage is one reason that  holds great weight for why the ship is still talked of today.

Lest We Forget

Let us all take the time this upcoming April 15th 2012 to remember the 1517 lives that perished  from the Titanic’s disastrous fate 100 years ago.


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Printwand. (n.d.). How an ‘Unsinkable’ Marketing Campaign Led the Titanic to Disaster. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from Printwand:

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2 responses to “The Titanic: Bad Marketing at its Best.

  1. So timely, given yesterday’s news about the cruise industry’s 3rd unfortunate mishap in just a few months. It will be interesting to see what the industry (and brands) do to regain traveler’s trust. Near, far, wherever you are…

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