2030 Job Titles That Don't Yet Exist—and Lessons BK Learned from Hackers

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In an episode from July, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten discuss the hot topics in the week that was in marketing, media and pop-culture, including:

• IHOB, Revisited (:30)

• Have the 'Star Wars' movies been sidelined? (1:53)

• Summer box office roundup (6:40)

• Marvel stars who weren't Marvel fans growing up (this is gonna hurt) (8:06)

• Blast from the past: An IBM portable computer spot from 1975 (this hurts, too) (9:40)

• New augmented reality business cards (12:52)

2030 job titles that don't exist—yet (14:20)

Lessons Burger King learned from hackers (18:00)

 

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The Tech Marketers Love vs. the Tech Consumers Want

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In a all new podcast,  Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten talk:

Netflix's hit series, Altered Carbon: It's not as far fetched as you may think (:36)

How to live inside HBO's "WestWorld" at SXSW (20:15)

KFC's Royal FCK-up (5:20)

NASA's new Coca-Cola Insta-Slushie (10:28)

The disconnect between the tech marketers love and what consumers actually want (6:24)

Whether brands really need a "voice agency of record (15:00)

Plus a whole lot more

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Rick & Rick: The One with the Super Bowl Ad Trends 2018 (Podcast)

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It's a Rick & Rick Rewind back to Super Bowl Sunday and the show we recorded the morning of the big game. In a special expanded episode, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten tackle:

  • Who we think will win the year's biggest games—football and advertising
  • Whether the estimated $5.2 million cost to run a 30-second commercial is even worth it
  • What research says about Super Bowl ROI and what the money would buy you in digital media
  • Super Bowl ad trends leading into kick-off—the viral videos, social media plays, teasers and more
  • Digital game plans from Pepsi and Mercedes—from virtual reality to branded mobile games
  • Our favorite spots and what we make of them

Some of the spots we talk about in this episode:

Amazon: Alexa Loses Her Voice

Doritos Blaze vs. Mt. Dew Ice

Avocados from Mexico

Jack in the Box: Martha Stewart

Toyota: Good Odds

Pringles: Flavor Stacking

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The One With Forced Super Bowl Memes, Polarizing Brands & Gen Z Slang

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What makes a Super Bowl meme most?

In the latest episode of Rick & Rick Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten look at Pringles' and Skittles' efforts to manufacture memes in their Super Bowl ads this year.

We'll also take a look at the brands Republicans, Democrats and independents love (to hate).

Plus: Burger King pulls off one whopper of an adverprank with its take down of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules.

Oh, and don't forget research on why Marvel's movies are so much better than DC movies—and a new translation guide for Gen Z. It all starts here:

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(Approx 12 mins)

 

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Taco Bell's New 'Web of Fries,' KFC's Freaky 'Comfort Zone' & More

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In this week's episode of Rick&Rick, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten talk about:

Taco Bell's New Trailer: 'Web of Fries'

KFC's Freaky Pot Pie 'Comfort Zone' Relaxation Videos

Drone Lifeguards Save Lives

Magic Leap's Big Reveal

Plus: Get our take on Facebook's New Algorithm and more. It's double the Ricks for double the insights and double the fun. Get a fresh serving now: 

(Approx 11 mins)

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RICK & RICK DO ASMR

Rickandrick_logo2Ever heard of ASMR? If you haven't, you soon will.

See what happens when Rick Mathieson does his best to elicit an "autonomous sensory meridian response" (the aforementioned ASMR).

Once strictly the domain of Internet geeks, even celebrities are doing ASMR these days—which means marketers can't be far behind. (Check out the one of the better—okay, pretty awesome—entries, from Ashley Graham, below):

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Top 5 Brand 'Adverpranks' 2017 (Video)

Top 10 Best AR Campaigns 2017 GenWowAwards_2017No fooling: It was another banner year for advertising pranks.

Usually, but not always, this form of advertising is designed to create tension with unwitting subjects caught on video in order to drive home a point or to promote a brand and its offerings. As longtime GEN WOW readers know, this dynamic works especially well for promoting horror movies.  

A trend that picked up speed in 2017: More positive, "purpose-driven" pranks, which is a development we wholeheartedly endorse. Not that we don't also still enjoy less altruistic efforts, too.

Here are a few of our faves from the year that was:

5. Fox-TV: 'Aliens in NYC'

This promo for the upcoming season of 'The X-Files" had three separate elements: The hand, the alien and the agents.

4. Kellogg's Frosted Flakes: 'Sudden Superhero' Prank

Frosted Flakes teamed up with Prank It Forward to pull this very positive prank on a young boy who once drew an anti-bullying comic book featuring a hero called Super Fight Guy. Makes you realize there are plenty of good people to prank in the year ahead.

3. Burger King: 'Bullying, Jr'

This is one Whopper (Jr.) of an adverprank. It captures footage from a BK restaurant to compare how many real-life customers will speak up when there's something wrong with their Whopper Jr. vs. how many will speak up to stop bullying happening right in front of them. It's not a pretty picture. But thankfully, two Good Samaritans show up to redeem our faith in humanity. A must watch, and a clever way to promote this BK sandwich.

2. Sony: 'Rings' Video Scares the Living Daylights Out of Shoppers

Even nearly a year later, we're loving this adverprank promoting 'The Ring' sequel. Fans of the franchise are very familiar with its "First you watch it, then you die" conceit—though this would freak out anyone, even without the backstory.  Sure, it's no "Devil's Due" or 'Telekinetic Coffee Shop," but it gets the neck hair bristling just fine.

1. Heineken:  'Worlds Apart'

Heineken pulled off what Pepsi seemed to have been attempting with its ill-fated Kendall Jenner spot, but couldn't. And it did it by not trivializing issues, but put them front and center—bringing people who are worlds apart at least a little bit closer. Oh, and by being true to the role Heineken actually plays in the world—as an ice breaker. Good stuff.

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Rick & Rick: Top 10 Ads on YouTube in 2017 (Video)

Rickandrick_logo2Some began life as Super Bowl spots. Others started as YouTube ad buys. Whether through virality or by paying their way there, they all became what ADWEEK calls the Top 10 Most Watched Ads on YouTube in 2017.

Then they met Rick & Rick.

Watch the spots (#1 is below) and then listen to what Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten have to say about each and every one of them. Let us know if you agree, disagree or have your own take—we'd love to hear from you. 

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The #1 Most Viewed Advertisement on YouTube in 2017

 

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'Ho, Ho, Ho—Merry Chiasmus': The One with the Jedi (in Triplicate)

Rick & Rick talk "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and the chiastic structure of the franchise's trilogies within trilogies.

It's only opening weekend, and one of us has already seen the film three times. But we're not naming names.

Not that it would do us any good. 

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Top 10 Mobile Marketing Campaigns of 2017 (Video)

GenWowAwards_2017Longtime readers know that my annual list of favorites in mobile marketing rarely, if ever, have anything to do with "mobile advertising."

Why? For one thing, I believe that transferring ad models from one medium to another is beyond boring. For the other, just because an ad on say, Facebook, happens to be consumed on a mobile device doesn't make it mobile.

Still, as I discussed in my first book, BRANDING UNBOUND: The Future of Advertising, Sales & the Brand Experience in the Wireless Age, far too many marketers still think of mobile as a channel for variants on the age-old banner ad.

But this year, there were signs of life, innovations unique to the mobile medium or stemming directly from it. In fact, some efforts had nothing to do with a device called a phone—smart, mobile or otherwise. As it happens, the travel category figured prominently in our best-ofs.

Here's a purely subjective look at 10 that stood out to us in 2017.

#10: Faber Castell: 'The Never-Ending Forest' App

This augmented reality app from Faber Castell enabled kids to point their mobile phones at the brand's eco-friendly color pencils to watch them tome to life. They could then snap photos of up to 12 different animals, matching pictures with information about the animals and their habitat.

Among the results: 600,000 downloads in just 90 says, 76 million impressions, 4.5 million engagements on Facebook and Instagram, and more. A powerful way to educate and entertain through the power of augmented reality.

#9: Delta: 'The Dating Wall'

Delta put up scenes of nine exotic destinations on a wall in Brooklyn so singles in New York City could take selfies for their online dating profiles—as if they were jets-setting, globe-trotting bon vivants. All the better to inspire suitors to swipe right for romance.

#8: Amstel Light's 'Snatch' AR Game

It's like Pokémon Go - with beer. Dutch beer brand Amstel has teamed up with mobile AR treasure hunt app Snatch to give away 10,000 free pints to people who "snatch" and hold onto their prizes for up to six hours. Oh, and in addition to the free beer, there are 20 bikes at stake—and three trips to Amsterdam. They had us at "AR" and "beer," but those will work, too.

#7: S7: Ticket to Ride

In another travel-related mobile marketing initiative, Russian airline S7 bemoans the fact that consumers nowadays live vicariously through other peoples' Instagram images, "like places you've never been to, follow people, you'll never meet" - and encourages people to travel IRL. The airline even provides an incentive: A special web app where consumers can upload images of destinations they'd like to visit. The app generates a visual of a ticket to that destination, and offers a discount toward a purchase of real tickets there when consumers share it online.

#6: McDonald's Turns Drink Trays Into iPhone Boom Boxes

We're McLovin' this new promotion from Mickey D's, which turns their recyclable drink trays into boom boxes for your iPhone. It's not the first time this has been done, of course—Coca-Cola once famously turned a magazine print ad into a speaker system for mobile phones as well. But that doesn't make McDonald's promo any less fun (our loud).

#5: KLM Audio-Enabled, Location-Aware Luggage Tags

KLM Airlines is thinking beyond the flight to help visitors to Amsterdam make their way around town. Its new audio-enabled, location-aware "Care Tag" offers audio tips on things to see and do, based on where you are at any time. What's interesting is it consists of a speaker and an offline GPS module, so there's no telephony or Internet connection required. The voices even come from KLM crew members." Indeed, it's a perfect example of a travel brand using digital, data-based technology to extend the brand experience in a unique and compelling way.

#4: 'The Call': Send Personalized Videos About the Dangers of Driving High

An excellent personalized video campaign from Drug Free Kids Canada. Parents can send personalized videos warning against driving while high to their kids. Just as the onscreen character is receiving text messages from their parents wondering where they are, kids receive similar texts from their parents. It's a great conversation starter, and it joins a long list of brands using it for highly personalized video messages (see The On-Demand Brand for more). But here, it's put into service for a very good cause. Kudos to all involved.

#3: Coca-Cola Bottles Feature Removable Wristbands for Music Fests

Check out this inventive packaging from Coca-Cola, which came complete with removable wristbands that offer potential entry to music festivals. According to Marketing Dive, 75% of the teens in the target market were exposed to this campaign, which helped produce an 11% spike in sales. Even when they didn't win, consumers collected the bands as fashion statements. Talk about having a Coke and a smile.

#2: Recruit Lifestyle Company: Seem Mobile App

This Cannes Lions Mobile Grand Prix winning initiative enabled men to test sperm quality with their mobile phones. According to Advertising Age, when men put a drop of semen on a special lens applied to the phone, the app shoots video of the sperm and analyzes it for count, concentration and mobility. This was marketing that also helped improve people's lives—and a job well done.

#1: Gorillaz Augmented Reality App

You gotta love this campaign, which was awarded the Gold Lion at Cannes this year. As you enter the app, it superimposes elements from the make-believe band's albums onto your real-world surroundings, acting as gateways to an immersive Gorillaz House in celebration of the group's return after a seven-year hiatus. The festivities included more than 500 geo-located "House Parties" that saw 125,000 fans in 146 countries search for AR Gorillaz houses in their markets to stream Gorillaz' new album, Humanz. Let's just say it was a bit of a success. Major kudos to all involved.

 

Plus: These mobile winners are just for starters. Be sure to check out other mobile entrants in numerous categories throughout this year's GEN WOW awards for more.

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