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.


🍿  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

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Ecommerce: The Buyer's Journey to Your Site Goes Through Amazon (Survey)

Survey Says: Up to 70% of onlin shoppers start with Amazon
















For nearly 70% of online shoppers, the path to your brand or retail website goes through Amazon, according to a global survey of  4,500 consumers cited by MarketingLand. It turns out 44% of consumers often check Amazon, and 24% always do, when shopping online. When they don't start there, their first stop is Google, of course. But either way, 89% will cross-reference Amazon at some point in the online purchase process. What does that mean for your online marketing strategy? 



🔮 Our 2018 Marketing Predictions Scorecard—1 Year Later










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.


🍡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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Things Our Grandkids Won't Believe We Said in 2018

Things kids won't believe we said in 2018

From an episode of Rick & Rick from earlier this year:  Rick Mathieson & Rick Wootten talk  about what data now shows IHOP'S "IHOB" stunt was a grand slam (sorry, Denny's). Plus: Things our grandkids will be amazed that people said in 2018.

Approx: 24 min

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The Tech Marketers Love vs. the Tech Consumers Want

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-Peak Smartphone Altered Carbon & More


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





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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Stop the Insanity: Peak Pumpkin Spice is Here (Podcast)

Rick & Rick—Peak Pumpkin Spice
What hath Starbucks spawned?

The ever-popular coffeehouse chain scores a seasonal hit with its Pumpkin Spice Lattes and now every brand and its mother has to have its own pumpkin spice something. Anything. It doesn't even seem to matter what it is.

Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten aren't having any of it. And when they audit some of the ridiculous products brands are offering this year just to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, you're not going to believe what they found. But fair warning: Its not for sensitive stomachs.


>>Click to Listen to 'Rick & Rick—Peak Pumpkin Spice' on iTunes<<

 (Approx 4 min 25 sec)

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WeChat's New BingoBox Store: No Checkout, No Cash, No Clerks (Video)

On the heels of our recent post about Amazon Go, it's worth noting this automated convenience stores powered by WeChat. There's no checkout. Instead, customers scan QR codes to enter the store, select products, then pay using their WeChat mobile wallets.

How soon we'll see this sort of thing in the US is anyone's guess, but it can't be that far off.

Indeed, it's actually not tremendously different than using Apple's Store app at Apple locations, where you can walk in, scan an item and walk out.

Except that BingoBox has, you know, junk food. Hard not to love that. 

Read more, here. —Rick Mathieson

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McDonald's Turns Drink Trays into iPhone Boom Boxes (Video)

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).

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Is 'Amazon Go' the Future of Whole Foods? (Video)

Mobile_amazon_go_rick_mathieson_genwow_generationwow As goes Whole Foods, so goes the future of grocery stores?

A lot has been made of Amazon's recent announcement that it will acquire Whole Foods for a whopping $13.7 billion (insert your own "Whole Paycheck" joke here).

Many  have speculated the brand will continue to operate as it has, with enhanced pre-ordering and home delivery. But Amazon may have something far bigger in mind.

As Business Insider recently pointed out, Amazon released a video back in December on a concept it calls 'Amazon Go'.

Here, shoppers use an Amazon Go app to pre-order items in a virtual cart. When they get to the store, they simply walk in, scan the app at a turnstile, pick up the items they want, and walk out the door, without ever digging for cash, writing a check, swiping a card—or ever standing in line.

Using what Amazon calls "Just Walk Out" technology, Amazon Go leverages "deep learning algorithms, computer vision and sensor fusion" to keep track of what you pick up in-store. It'll even know if you put something back, or picked up additional items, and update your order. Everything's automatically charged to your account when you walk out the door.

It's a fascinating and compelling vision. It's also one shared by many others, of course.

It's been well over a decade since I started chatting with Seth Godin, Tom Nicholson and others about the concept—and how elements of it have already been applied for brands such as Prada and Tesco—as showcased in my books, The On-Demand Brand and Branding Unbound.

What I think is especially elegant about Amazon's concept is that it at least appears to remove the need for things like RFID tags to be applied at the item level, and for readers to be set up throughout the store—something that has so far proven costly and impractical. At least from this video, the technology appears to be completely invisible to the customer. The first Go location opened for Amazon employees in Seattle earlier this year.

It'll be a blast to see how the concept develops, and what role if any Whole Foods ultimately plays in its evolution.

However things play out there, it's hard to imagine some version of this concept is not just the future of Whole Foods or even just the grocery category.

It's the future of retailing itself.

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