'New Coke' Returns, Fortnite Just Does It, Magical Marketing Words & More

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New Coke returns after 34 years. Nike gives Fortnite characters some badass kicks. Magical marketing words. Your chances of dying from everyday activities, and more.

In this Episode:

😡 "Brightburn" Torches the Superman Mythos (at :52 sec)

🕺🏻 Don't Go Dancing: Your Surprising Chances of Dying Doing Everyday Things (6:01)

🥤 New Coke Returns in Cross-Promo for "Stranger Things" Season 3 (at 8:52)

👟 Nike Skins Jump into Fortnite (at 10:08)

🧒🏼 "Runaway Train" Music Video Brings Geolocation to a Good Cause (at 11:10)

🎩 18 Marketing Words That Boost Conversion (at 13:07)

🍔 BK "Whopper Detour" Case Study (at 14:22)

👩🏼‍🎤 Snap's Singing a New Tune (at 16:06)

(Approx. 17 min 30 sec)

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🧟‍♂️ 'Stranger Things' Lego Set, Gen X Runs for President, and 'The New CMO'

Rickandrick_st_playset2Move over, Eggo Waffles: 'Stranger Things' has its own Lego Playset, now. Gen X runs for President and gets upstaged by a Millennial. Why the role of the CMO isn't want it used to be—plus a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🍿 'Wick' wows Wootten (at :50 seconds)

🐲 Name 'Game': 'GoT' finale and the babies named after the show's characters (at 1:42)

😡 Red Son: 'BrightBurn' reimagines the mythology of Superman (at 2:42)

🧟‍♂️ New Lego playset is one of the 'Stranger Things' we've seen this week (at 3:47)

🎮 Sony's gaming pact with Microsoft—did anyone tell the PlayStation team?(at 4:56)

💑 LaCoste commercial is a visual tour de force (at 8:03)

🤹🏻‍♀️ Meet the Chief Engagement Officer: The changing role of the CMO (at 10:48)

🇺🇸 Molly Ringwald for President? Gen X runs for office (at 14:02)

⏳ At T-minus 6 months, are you ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act? (at 15:07)

💋 The lip-lock that broke the Internet (at 16:03) Approx 17 min, 35 sec. For US audiences only. See cookie and privacy policies for SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, and all other applicable sites, apps, and streaming services.


2018 Best AR/VR Campaigns

It's awards season here at Rick and Rick, and this is the first of a series of special episodes where the Ricks count down the year's bests in a whole host of marketing channels. We're talking mobile marketing, digital outdoor, augmented reality, viral videos, branded games and a whole lot more.

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In Part 1: The Best Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Marketing in 2018. That's right—it’s a roundup of each of our top 3 favorite initiatives in AR and VR from the marketing year that was, including:

 

🖼 #3: VR: Musée de l’Orangerie: 'Claude Monet: The Water Lily Obsession' (Rick W)/At 3:38

Wins best use of VR in a museum exhibit

 

👨‍🚀     #3: VR: National Geographic 'One Strange Rock': 'Astronaut Reality Helmet' (Rick M)/At 5:23

Wins best experiential promotion involving space helmets


 

😎 #2: Oculus Go VR Hardware (Rick W)/At 7:50

Wins for best VR enablement technology

 

⚽️     #2: VISA FIFA Football Shooting Experience (Rick M)/At 10:56

Wins best use of Live AR involving a swift kick to the balls

 

🏊‍♀️    #1: National Geographic: AR Issue (Rick W)/At 14:25

Wins for best use of AR in print

👟    #1: NIKE: REACTLAND (Rick M)/At 17:05

Wins for best use of Live AR/Gamification to get off your ass and go for a run

 


Best Social Media Campaigns 2018

All-New: From KFC, to Domino's to Kellogg's and more, the Rick & Rick Awards continue as the Ricks count down the Top 3 Social Media Campaigns 2018.

In This Episode:

🛡 Rick Gets Overprotective

🍗 KFC: Royal FCK-Up (at 1:30)
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🍕 Dominos: Pothole Fixer (at 3:45)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDd-HP3FA4s

🥞 Kellogg's: Eggo/Stranger Things (at 7:12)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZvKsByBpSs

🚫 March for Our Lives: Vicious Cycle (at 9:05)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=T66XegbMLJs

🍲 KFC: 11 Herbs & Spices (at 11:10)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK5AbkbyWmM

🤫 Rick Does ASMR for Team Toronto (at 14:00)

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Best Mobile Marketing Campaigns 2018 (Podcast)

Burger King, Nike, ESPN and more. See what makes a winner most, as the 2nd Annual Rick and Rick Awards continue with Best Mobile Marketing 2018. Winners include:

💥 Brand Reborn: "Player Unknown: Battlegrounds" took its rapidly shrinking world by storm to become the #1 mobile game of 2018 (at 2:02)

🍔 Trolling Mickey D's: BK's #WhopperDetour offered 1-cent Whoppers if you're within 600-feet of a McDonalds location—generating 1 million downloads in its first 36 hours (at 4:30)

👟 NIKE AR Shopping: Nike launches its "Kyrie 4 Red Carpet Edition" sneaker with a test of Facebook Messenger's AR feature (at 10:25) Learn more here.

🏀 iPhone Interrupted: ESPN scores with this test promotion for its coverage of the NBA finals that made use of iPhone's AirDrop feature to freak people out (at 7:02) Learn more here.

🏃‍♀️ 'Legend' is Born: Adidas "Here to Create Legend" created on-the-fly, personalized videos for all 200,000 runners in the Boston Marathon, complete with their personal stats—and has them ready to view and share within just a few hours (at 13:40)

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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

 PLUS: Learn more about RICK MATHIESON and RICK WOOTTEN.


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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(Approx. 8 min)

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Video Game Movies & Robot Buddhist Priests (Rick & Rick Podcast Ep 1/Pt 1)

 

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Welcome to 'Rick & Rick Rule the World!'

In this all-new Gen Wow iTunes podcast series, everybody's favorite Rickheads rant, rave and otherwise ruminate on whatever's hitting their Geeks-&-Mad Men radars these days.

Our Ricks include Rick Mathieson—writer, author and executive creative director at iMathieson, and Rick Wootten—vice president of marketing and sales operations at 24/7.

Their mission: To share a little of their ongoing stream-of-consciousness about all things cool in movies, TV shows, comics, video games, media, marketing and advertising. You name it, they've probably got something to say about it. Either way, it's going to be fun.

All the Ricksomeness starts here:

RICK & RICK RULE THE WORLD: VIDEO GAME MOVIES & ROBOT BUDDHIST PRIESTS (EP1/PT 1) ON ITUNES  (6 MIN)

 

 

 

 


Pokémon Go—to Switzerland: Funny Promo for Town of Basel Features AR (Minus the 'A')

 

Still loving this hilarious video promoting the town of Basel, which capitalizes on the Pokémon Go craze with a fun stunt. Hey, the game's supposed to get you outside, right? Why not make a vacation out of it. I want to shoot a prank like this just for fun.

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Play 'Buzzword Bingo'—CES Edition

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This is one game that's easier to play than avoid.

We're all guilty of overusing tech industry buzzwords. And why not? They play a useful role as common shorthand that (conveniently) confers an aura of "cool" to those fluent in the lingua franca of 21st century business.

But as CES 2016 reaches its climax, many of us are finding ourselves facing buzzword burnout over what feels like an egregious level of noise pollution emanating from Las Vegas over the last few days.

“Disruptive.” “Influencer.”“(Anything)-Hacking.” “Unicorn.” I'm sure we've heard them all this week, many times over.

Never mind that some of this lingo could be headed for limbo faster than Kim (or any other) Kardashian can “Break the Internet.”

“Unicorn,” for instance, is quickly morphing into “unicorpse,” as concerns grow that companies like Gilt, Tango and SFX Entertainment may prove emblematic of some of these hard-to-find beasts with billion-dollar valuations may ultimately fare.

In the meantime, GEN WOW found some catharsis in a piece this week by Shawn Paul Wood in PR Newser, lamenting some of the most irksome buzzwords found in news stories and press releases.

When we mentioned the article in our GEN WOW LinkedIn Group, member Rick Wootten, senior director of global marketing for Seagate, mused about having some fun with it all—in the form of a game of "Buzzword Bingo."

That sparked an in-group and subsequent email conversation about developing a mobile app for facilitating a decidedly tech industry-centric version of the game at events such as, well, CES.

"It's natural for industry buzzwords to come and go in cycles, but sometimes enough of them peak at the same time to create Lingo Overload," Wootten says. "We're experiencing one of those times right now—and I think we should make the most of it!"

It's a great idea—and one that might prompt us all (myself included) to be a little more judicious about how often (and how accurately) we use these phrases.

Best of all, while it could take even the most agile development team (another buzzword) days or weeks to produce a full-blown app, we figured we'd just mock up a bare bones Buzzword Bingo card so you can start playing today.

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How to Play

  1. Each time a news story or press release using one of these painfully overused words or phrases hits your inbox or browser window, mark off a square.
  1. Capture the link to the story or release for validation.
  1. Mark off a solid horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of lingo—and BINGO!

If the mood strikes us, we'll try a formal round this coming Post-CES news week. Who knows, there might even be a prize involved.

That is, if the game doesn't go too fast. A three-minute audit of my inbox and news feeds this morning produced plentiful junk jargon, including:

“SHARING ECONOMY”

A particular pet peeve. Not merely because it’s so overused, but because there’s no such thing.

So far as I can tell, the total number of so-called “sharing economy” companies that are “sharing” anything comes to zero.

That Uber driver isn’t “sharing” her car. You have used an app to request a ride that you will pay a fee for using. The only thing that may get "shared" is polite conversation on the way to your destination. The far more accurate term is “the on-demand economy,” since that’s truly the distinction separating many of these new services from what has come before. Then again, I'm biased.

Perp:  Business Insider (quoting a car company executive). Again, I am including links not to call out the pub or its sources—we're all guilty of geekspeak—but rather to document buzzword use so I can claim my square.

 "IoT" & "IoE'

Ah, "The Internet of Things" or "The Internet of Everything." Whatever variant you want to use, it’s surely vying to be #1 biggest buzzword at CES this year. Perps just today include EE Times, ZDNet and EWeek.

"DISRUPTIVE"

Actually, I take back what I just said about "IoT;" this one could very well take the cake, with numerous entries this morning, ranging from Forbes’ look at “The Five Most Disruptive Innovations at CES” to WIRED's "Best of CES" and beyond.

And this is all in under three minutes.

What do you think your card might look like in the same amount of time?

Could games like this raise our awareness and encourage us to seek other terms and phrases?

Or are these words, flawed as some are, just too useful and compelling in (catchphrase alert:) the marketplace of ideas?

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