#EscapeTheClown: BK is Using AR to Troll Mickey D's And We Are There for 'It'

 

Just when you think Burger King can't top the crowning glory of last year's Whopper Detour campaign promoting its mobile app, it pulls off a battle royal from within its chief rival's own stores. 

Last year, BK won countless awards for geo-targeting offers for a 1-cent Whopper to customers who come within 800 feet of a McDonald's (see the success story below). But BK Germany may have upped the ante—again. 

In a cross promotion celebrating the release of "It Chapter Two," Burger King is using advertising on Facebook and Twitter to invite consumers to download its mobile app and scan a review of "It" within a movie magazine McDonald's distributes in-store.

According to The Drum, when consumers download the app, they're able to play an augmented reality-enabled mobile game that displays a "flee and run" route to the nearest BK. If they make it there within a certain amount of time, they're able to buy a Whopper for just one cent. 

It's just the latest in the kind of inventive campaigns that helped BK clean up at this year's Cannes Lions Advertising Festival—and at the cash register. And in truth, BK's unorthodox philosophy about marketing has been on display as far back as its work with CPB Group.

With this brilliantly devious cross-promotion, the QSR might just win "Creative Brand of the Year" for a second year in a row. 

 

 


🌮 Inside the Taco Bell Hotel, Why You're a Cyber-stalker, Summer Movie Scorecard & More

What really went down at the Taco Bell Hotel. Our Summer '19 Box Office Scorecard. Why YouTube seems to think robots deserve animal rights. Spidey's future with the MCU, and more. From Sept 2.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🕷 Did Spidey Really Get Spiked From the MCU? (at 2 min, :30 sec)

👀 Why We're All Cyber-stalkers Now (5:55)

🤖 Why YouTube Thinks Robots Deserve Animal Rights (7:28)

🌮 What Really Went Down at the Taco Bell Hotel (9:17)

🌐 Enter: The Holo-sphere (11:34)

🎬 The Battle to Rank Among the Top 10 Movies of 2019 (14:33)

⚔️ What movie ranked dead last in the top 100 movies this summer? (15:30)

🍅 Which of these movies got the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes this summer (16:03)

🦈 Which summer 2019 movie tried to be this year's "Meg"? (16:48)

Approx. 18 min, 25 sec.

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📺 Lucky Charms Marshmallows Go Super-sized, The Banana Splits Return, 'The Boys' Goes Big Time & More

The Ricks discuss Amazon Prime's superhero satire, "The Boys." Super-sized Lucky Charms marshmallows are coming to a s'more near you. The Banana Splits are back—in a gory new, R-rated movie. McDonald's McFizz cups are getting double takes for all the wrong reasons. "Friends" gets its own LEGO set, and a whole lot more. From August 27.

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IN THIS EPISODE

👨‍🏫 The Ricks talk Back to School and pre-Internet gaming in the good old days (at :25 sec)

🗓  The Ricks have a big milestone coming up (at 1 min, 40 sec)

🧜‍♀️ It's summertime, so of course Pumpkin Spice Lattes are already back (at 2:00)

🥤Remembering McDonald's Shamrock Shakes of yesteryear (at 2:32)

🍌The Banana Splits are back, in an very violent, R-rated horror flick (at 3:35)

📺  Why you need to drop everything & watch "The Boys" on Amazon Prime (at 5:08)

🥛 Did somebody say McWTF? McFizz is an unintentional eye-opener (at 9:00)

😸"Friends": Old TV comes with perks—LEGO's Central Perk Playset (at 10:13)

🥣 Lucky Charms Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: Magically Delicious? (at 11:20)

🚀 "Star Wars Barbie" rocks the geek look—for an out-of-this-world price (at 12:34)

📸 Instagram and WhatsApp get new names (at 14:13)

📱 Verizon sells Tumbler to Automattic … for how little? (at 15:05)

🦸🏻‍♂️  Look who's coming to CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" (at 15:52)

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'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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🍗 KFC Busts a Move, AR Dragons, CX Sells & More

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🍗 KFC's new 'Bucket Bangers' Spotify playlist. AR dragons dive-bomb baseball fans. Parents name their kids after 'Game of Thrones' characters. ASMR affirmations for creative directors. Plus: The secrets of CX appeal and a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE: 

🎉 A shout out to special listener (at :40 sec)

🐲 SK Telecom's augmented reality dragons dive-bomb baseball fans (at 1:03)

🏰 Parents are naming their children after their favorite 'Game of Thrones' characters (at 3:15)

👟 Move over, Laurel & Yanny: How you see these tennis shoes tells you whether you're right- or left-brained (at 4:20)

🎧 Top 5 ASMR Affirmations for Creative Directors (at 6:10)

🍔 Traffic Jam Whopper: Burger King will deliver right to your car door when you're stuck traffic (at 9:30)

🎶 KFC busts a move with a finger-licking playlist with all 46 hip hop tunes that mention the brand (at 11:20)

🛒 CX Appeal: Top 4 things customers value most when it comes to a positive customer experience (at 12:57)

🚶‍♀️🚶 The high price of even one bad customer experience (at 15:53)

👩‍👧‍👦 Age-old Mom-isms that apply to CX (at 17:28)

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Coca-Cola's Silent Print Ads You Can Hear, BK's Unhappy Meals & More

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Coca-Cola's silent print ads you can hear. Burger King's New Unhappy Meals. Leadership Advice from Artificial Intelligence. Plus: How to think like a futurist, ASMR for Artists, and a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE:

🍿  Will 'Avengers' End 'Avatar's' Reign and Top $3 Billion? (at :35 seconds)

🧠  Leadership Slogans from Artificial Intelligence (at 2:30)

🎧ASMR Affirmations for Artists (at 3:48)

🗣  Social Media Toughens Up (at 6:36)

🥤Coca-Cola's Silent Print Ads You Can Hear (at 10:09)

🍔        Burger King's Unhappy Meals (at 13:14)

🛍        The #1 Channel for Customer/Retailer Communications (at 16:14)

🔮5 Top Ways to Think Like a Futurist (at 16:14)

🛒The #1 Most Powerful Tool for Driving In-Store Traffic

(Approx. 21 min, 35 sec. For US audiences. See cookie and privacy policies for Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify and all streaming services.)

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🛣 Our Second Annual Marketing Predictions Episode

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We get in touch with our inner Pre-Cogs as we reveal our top three predictions for digital marketing , media, and more in the year ahead. That's right: It's our 2nd Annual Predictions Episode, and if our recent Predictions Scorecard episode is any indication, this is an episode you don't want to miss! From March 7. 

IN THIS EPISODE:

👑 Is Disney Domination at risk this year? (at 1:07)

🎬 Will 'Avengers: Endgame' really be 2019's box office champ?
(at 1:15)

⚡️ … Or will 'Captain Marvel' blast her way to the top? (at 1:44)

👾 Are you ready to hit the GaaS - as in, "Games-as-a-Service"? (at 2:02)

🤖 Is MarTech cruising on autopilot, or in for a turbulent reality check this year? (at 7:07)

📚Will marketing go old-school in the months ahead? And what would that even mean? (at 8:35)

📣 Will 'Deep Fakes' mean real headaches for business and society this year? (at 10:34)

👨🏻‍🎨 Will AI replace the advertising creative director? (at 12:47)

🛒 Will shortsighted C-suites give up on CX initiatives in a softening economy? (at 15:08)

😎 Is VR ready for the arena? And what happens if it's not? (at 16:53)

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🔮 Our 2018 Marketing Predictions Scorecard—1 Year Later

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It's time to review what we got right, and what we got wrong, in our first annual predictions episode in early 2018. Which of our  prognostications on marketing, media, tech and pop culture turned out to be spot on? Which ones were serious misses? It's time to grade the good, the bad and the WTF predictions—one year later.

IN THIS EPISODE

🍡Pez Candy: Time for a 'Rick & Rick' Dispenser? (at 1:07)

🏛Politics: Did More Brands Take Sides, or Channel Switzerland? (at 2:07)

🏈 The San Francisco 49'ers: Touchdown? Or Fumble? (at 3:51)

🔠 Google Parent Alphabet: Playing the Name Game? (at 4:12)

🗣'The Post-Screen Internet': Are More Brands Prepping? Or Procrastinating? (at 4:36)

🍎Apple: Spit-Shined? Or Bruised? (at 7:27)

🏰Disney: The #1 Box Office Winner Every Month of the Year? (at 9:55)

😎 AR & VR: Are Brands Getting Their Goggles On? Or Playing 'Wait-and-See'? (at 13:58)

🎬Video Marketing:  ⏩? Or ⏸? (at 16:36)

🍕Brand Digital Innovation: Delivering? Or in a Ditch? (at 17:36)

🧠A.I. in 2018: Milestone? Or Reality Check? (at 18:27)

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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

 


Gen Wow Pop Quiz: White Castle WTF Edition

Gen Wow Loaded Questions: 1. White Castle's VP of Marketing recently admitted to which of the followingRiddle us this, and then riddle us some more:

1. White Castle VP of Marketing Kim Bartley recently admitted to which of the following:

A.  Preferring Big Macs to Sliders

B.  Spending a night binging on a Castle Pack of waffle sliders, fish nibblers and beer

 C. Spending a year as a vegetarian

D. Spending too much on a new Maserati

Answer: C

According to Ad Age, White Castle CMO Kim Bartley admitted to recently spending a year as a vegetarian after White Castle's failed attempt to add salads and so-so results for a veggie slider. But it helped pave the way, apparently, for the far more successful Impossible Slider, which is made of a meat-like substance that's meat-free.

 

2. Last seen during the Super Bowl, this CPG brand campaign has made a return visit to the NFL during Thursday night football:

A. Pringles Stackers "Wow"

B. Tide "It's a Tide Commercial"

C. Mr. Clean's "Clean AF"

D. Hefty's "Cray-Cray Party Moms Get Turnt"

Answer: B

Tide is bringing "It's a Tide Commercial" to football fans. Because you know football fans are deeply concerned about their laundry detergent .

 

3. This Halloween, US consumers are expected to:

A. Tune in for the 29th edition of the Simpson's "Halloween Treehouse of Horror"

B. Tune in for the 30th edition of the Simpson's "Halloween Treehouse of horror

C. Spend $3.2 billion on costumes led by 1. Princesses, 2 Superheroes, 3 Batman characters and 4 Star Wars characters

D. Spend nearly $2.6 billion on such delicacies as Snickers, Reese's, M&Ms and Coffee Makes Me Poop Gum

E. All the above, except for A

F. All the above, except for D

Answer: E

All of the above except for A. This is the 29th edition of the Simpson's "Halloween Treehouse of Horror," and according to the National Retail Federation, US consumers will spend $3.2 billion on Halloween costumes. Plus: they will spend $2.6 billion on candy—including Snickers, Reese's, M&M and such novelty candies as Coffee Makes Me Poop Gum, Bacon and Cheese Flavored Crickets, and National Embarrassmints. In all, US consumers will send $9 billion on Halloween crap this year.

 

4. According to a recent ADWEEK article entitled, "How Mr. Rogers Taught Me Everything I Need to Know about Marketing," which of the following is not one of those pearls of wisdom:

A. Be inclusive of ideas, differences of opinion and ways to get things done

B. Learn to apologize for hurt feelings, misunderstandings and problems requiring remediation

C. Learn to apologize for your stupid ideas

D. Learn to apologize for your stupid ideas, especially the one you had last week

E. Both C and D, but definitely not A and B

Answer: E

The article included such Mr. Rogers-inspired advice for marketers as, "Be inclusive if ideas, differences of opinion and ways to get things done;" "Learn to apologize for hurt feelings, misunderstandings and problems requiring remediation;"as well as "Don't ever be afraid to admit you don't know," "Be kind," and more.

 

5. A new consumer gadget called Portal is which of the following:

A. A new video chat device from Facebook

B. The second sign of the Apocalypse

C. A new video chat device from Facebook that uses AI to react to callers' movements by automatically panning in and zooming out and adjusting sound levels

D. A new chat device from Facebook that uses Amazon Alexa, thereby positioning the devices as competitors to Google Home and Apple's HomePod.

E. A, C and D

F. A, C, D and B depending on your point of view

Answer: E or F

Portal is a new video chat device from Facebook that could transform chat and even social media by bringing it into the living room. Or maybe it's this year's version of the Facebook Phone that took the nation by storm. It uses AI to react to callers' movements by automatically panning in and zooming out and adjusting sound levels. It also uses Amazon Alexa, thereby positioning the devices as a competitor to Google Home and Apple's HomePod. Given the fun we've all had with Cambridge Analytica and other incidents in recent times, it could very well be the second sign of the Apocalypse, depending on your point of view.