One awesome picture says more than a 1,000 words, right? In the hope that you find an awesome one, you go on the hunt for stock photos for your marketing. The you crawl the endless stock photo sites for header images & blog visuals.
But that’s exactly when things can turn nasty pretty quick. In fact, every time I see a bad stock photo used, I cringe and want hide or run away.
For this reason, this post is going to pull out a sample of some of the most unusable & ridiculous stock photos for marketing when you’re actually on the hunt for the good stuff.
In case you see stuff like the below during your image search...keep clicking.
“The corporate money plant stock image. Because generating GDP is just like growing a carrot. True story!”
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s just another super cheesy business super hero.”
“Our homework, ladies and gents, is to find out what this guy is doing for work.
Aaaaand ... go!”
“A bit creepy, mate - and also not the best time to be shaking hands.”
“Seriously, who plans their SEO & Content strategy like this? If marketing was really that easy.”
“Also, gravity called out sick that day.”
“Because business people always carry brief cases and pens, right?”
“A great successful day at work ends on top of a mountain.”
“Hooray, we have no ideas!”
“Susan, are you okay? You look a little puzzled.”
“These headsets would be awesome if we didn’t have to hold them up all day.”
“Wait...shall we try Helvetica instead of Times New Roman?”
“Not trying to be a smart arse, but your stress might be coming from your sub-par filing system, mate.”
“Stand back guys, innovation is happening (inside this light bulb)”
“That’s how we always get ready for important tasks ahead. Our enormous, bright office.”
“This is 100% accurate. Every time I write something, my typewriter explodes from the awesomeness.”
“You sly dog, you!”
“Want to know how to spot a truly successful business person? They can draw shiny arrows in the air with their finger like E.T. himself. It’s quite the skill.”
Stock photo sites are getting better and less stocky these days, but still, there are lots of weird and creepy photos that leave you wondering who the heck would take them for their marketing. But every time you still see them thrown in to blog headers, LinkedIn carousel posts or used in graphic design in general, us designers cringe a little inside.
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