Rick & Rick: The One with 2018 Predictions in Marketing, Media & Tech (Podcast)

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It's our big predictions episode as Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten reveal their top 5 predictions (some tongue-in-cheek) for marketing, media and technology in the year ahead.

What will 2018 have in store for AI, augmented reality, virtual reality, content marketing and more?

Listen now to find out:

Rick & Rick: Jan 2018 Predictions in Marketing, Media, Tech & More

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Rick & Rick Top 10: Best Campaigns in AR, VR, Mobile, Social & More

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Call it "The Rick & Rick Awards."

This special edition of Rick & Rick Rule the World looks at how Nike, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Doritos, Wendy's and others are fueling fandemonium and driving sales through some absolutely blockbuster digital experiences spanning key categories, including:

• Augmented Reality

• Virtual Reality

• Mobile Marketing

• Social Media

• Viral Video

• Digital Outdoor

- and more

 LISTEN NOW: Rick & Rick Rewind 2017: Best Campaigns—AR, VR, Social, Mobile & More

(Approx. 22 min)

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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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Top 10 Social Media Campaigns 2017

Top 10 Best AR Campaigns 2017 GenWowAwards_2017By now you know the drill about how social media is becoming a central component of virtually every integrated marketing campaign. And it's true.

While many of this year's GEN WOW AWARDS winners are indeed part of broader campaigns, our picks this time out tend to either be the primary channels used in the campaign, or are standalone efforts.

In fact, some of the most interesting entries this year were little more than simple tweets, even one-offs, that made an impact in the social media year that was.

#10 OLD SPICE: 'Simu-Date-Her'

This is the Facebook Live campaign your Facebook Live campaign would be—if it was Old Spice. In honor of Valentine's Day, Old Spice enabled Facebook users to control a real man and interact with a real woman on what passes for an almost life-like date in the social media age. Hilarious and sad at the same time.

#9  KFC: 11 Herbs & Spice (Girls)

KFC's Year of Major Madcap Marketing Stunts is coming to a close—and what a year it was. From a creepy animatronic drive-thru robot  to a Mother's Day romance novella that helped boost sales 40%, the Colonel has been flying his freak flag with pride - helping the brand extend 13 quarters of same-store sales growth since Q3 2014. But it may be a recent social media stunt that prompted Marketing Dive to name KFC its Marketer of the Year for 2017. In October, an astute Twitter user discovered that KFC's Twitter feed only follows  11 people—six people named "Herb" and the five members of the pop band Spice Girls. Makes you groan and smile at the same time. Kudos to KFC.

#8  WENDY'S & CARTER WILKERSON: #NuggsForCarter

KFC's not the only QSR finding social media success this year. Wendy's scored big when a 17-year-old kid named Carter Wilkerson tweeted "Yo, @Wendy's how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" The fast fooder's response: 18 million—or roughly 6X greater than the existing record: Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar Selfie. The kid made it happen—and did something remarkable along the way. He helped raise money and awareness for both foster care adoption and breast cancer research. For that, this Gen Wow award's as much for Carter than it is for Wendy's—and he deserves it.   

#7 MCDONALD'S: Snaplications

What's a year in social media without yet another fast food brand making our rankings. A perennial favorite, McDonald's earns a spot with its "Snaplications" campaign, an effort to recruit teens while turning them into free publicity machines on Snapchat. How? Through filters of course. According to the Verge, here's how it worked: Prospective employees could apply a McDonald's hat and name tag filter to their faces and record a 10-second video to pitch why they would make a great employee. Participants were then sent a link to the company's digital careers hub where they could download application form. It's unclear why anyone would go through the extra rigmarole, but it surely couldn't hurt their chances.

#6 DENNY'S: Serving Up a Modern Meme Masterpiece

Who knew Denny's could poke fun at our unhealthy obsession over each new social media sensation? In March, the restaurant chain posted one of those "zoom in" posts where you typically find some kind of banal promotional message. Only here, you got something else entirely—a scavenger hunt of sorts with a reveal that read: "Has this distracted you from overwhelming existential dread lol." As Adweek put it at the time: "Ouch, Denny's. Way to remind us that we're all just frittering away what few scan moments we have before our inevitable demise." It also generated nearly 3X more retweets than Oreo's famous "Dunk in the Dark" tweet. Definitely food for thought.

#3 ROYAL CARIBBEAN: #SeekDeeper Snapchat Scuba Goggles

As part of its #SeekDeeper campaign, Royal Caribbean outfitted three well-known divers with "SeaSeekers," custom scuba masks with built-in Snachat Spectacles. Beyond capturing footage on the migration of whale sharks, coral reef restoration and the Great Blue Hole in Belize, Adweek reports the cruise line hopes to equip its shops with these masks so guests can rent them out and instantly share their underwater adventures via Snapchat.

#5 AMERICAN GREETINGS: #GiveMeaning to Mother's Day—'Tattoo'  

You're going to feel this one. "Tattoo" is a Mother's Day video that follows a young woman as she gets her first tattoo and reveals its special meaning to her. This campaign is part of American Greeting's #GiveMeaning campaign designed to help people honor those who've mattered most to them. Read more here.

#4 HEINZ: Instagram #FoodPorn

Heinz's "Irresistible Posts" Instagram series used geolocation to target local users looking for stories around lunch time. If they swiped a Heinz post featuring mouthwatering creations form a celebrity chef, it triggered the ability to order the contents of the post, which Heinz delivered in a personalized box. Insta-success. And tasty, too.  

#2 HEINEKEN: #OpenYourWorld—'Worlds Apart'

The popular beer brand pulled off what Pepsi didn't seem able or well suited to do this year—mostly by not trivializing issues and by bringing people who are worlds apart a little closer. Oh, and by reinforcing the role Heineken actually plays in the world—as an ice breaker. Pretty powerful stuff, actually—meant to open up honest and open-minded online conversations instead of perpetuating partisan echo champers. We'll drink to that.

#1 AMEX: Guns & Roses Facebook Campaign

Sometimes it pays to listen. At least, that was the case with this Facebook campaign promoting a Guns & Roses concert. Knowing full well that 90 percent of Facebook users watch videos with audio turned off, AMEX snuck in a surprise. Those who activated audio got a surprise—a voice over that told them the first 50 to text in the name of the band's lead singer would win a free ticket to the concert. How might your brand incentivize people to view your video advertising?

 

With that, congrats to all of this year's winners. And look for social elements in other categories in coming days, as the 2017 GEN WOW AWARDS continue.

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HP TV Spot Sparks Sentimentality—And Forgetfulness (Podcast)

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Rick & Rick talk about sentimental TV spots and it sparks a senior moment when they can't quite remember the name of a certain song from years gone by.

RICK & RICK CAN'T REMEMBER

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Marketing 'It': From Viral Outdoor to Virtual Reality & Beyond (Podcast)

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"It" is a hit. 

But why? In a podcast recorded during the movie's big opening weekend, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten talk about marketing campaign behind "It," which includes an ambitious VR experience, guerrilla marketing and more.


But was any of it even necessary? Or was this a movie that was just destined to make a killing? 

RICK & RICK RULE THE WORLD: MARKETING 'IT'

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Animated Short 'Extinguished' Sure to Light Up Your Heart (Video)

It's hard not to love this 3-minute, CGI-animated short from college students Jacob Mann and Ashley Anderson.

“Once we had the idea that you could represent love as a flame, we decided to do a romantic love story,” Anderson tells the Daily Dot. “We wanted to make it everyday and relatable, but also sort of magical and fantastic.”

Done and done.

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Robot Colonel Sanders Isn't The Only New KFC Freakiness (Video)


From the WTF Dept: There's a National Fried Chicken Day.

From the WTF Dept: There's a al Fried Chicken Day.

Oh, and this Funny or Die video captures what happens when a robot Harland ("Human Assisted Animatronic Linguistic Networked Device") Sanders takes orders at the drive-thru to celebrate.

Still, as strange as it may seem, this isn't even KFC's oddest promotion.

Yesterday it was reported KFC has a new Colonel Sanders smartphone (insert your own "finger clicking good" joke here).

And let's not forget the Colonel Sanders superhero comics from DC.

As if we could ever unsee them.

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