🛣 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)

Approximate 20 min, 16 seconds.

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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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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)
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🥞 Kellogg's: Eggo/Stranger Things (at 7:12)
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🚫 March for Our Lives: Vicious Cycle (at 9:05)
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🍲 KFC: 11 Herbs & Spices (at 11:10)
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🤫 Rick Does ASMR for Team Toronto (at 14:00)

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Barbie's Out to End 'Dream Gap' for Girls (Podcast)

In the Season Two Premiere of Rick & Rick: How Mattel's Barbie wants to put an end to the "Dream Gap" for girls, McDonald's Gets all Banksy on us, and a whole lot more.

Does P&G want exclusive rights to use WTF, LOL and NSFW? (at 5:13)

From the McNutty Department: McDonald's get all McBanksy on us (at 7:30)

Brands and politics don't mix? A YouGov consumer survey begs to differ (at 11:00)

Barbie wants to put an end to the "Dream Gap" for girls (at 13:37)

2018's top Halloween costumes, consumer spending & more (at 16:00)

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GEN WOW Pop Quiz: AI-Generated Halloween Costumes, Deep Fakes & The Impact of GDPR

It's time for everybody's favorite quiz on recent news from the intersection of marketing, media, tech and pop-culture. Good luck!

1. The New York Times recent reporting on The Spooky Side of Machine Learning, included a project in which artificial intelligence was trained to come up with Halloween costume ideas. Which of the following was not one of the costumes created by AI:

A. Zombie Schoolgirl

B. Toaster Boy

C. Ruth Bader Hat Guy

D. Frankenstein's Bunny

E. Vampire Baseball Clown

ANSWER: E      According to the Times, the neural network in the project produced different names at different stages or "epochs" of training that included Zombie Schoolgirl, Toaster Boy, Ruth Bader Hat Guy, Frankenstein's Bunny and Baseball Clown, to which we changed to Vampire Baseball Clown. One of our favorites was Donald McDonald, a cross between Ronald McDonald and the Donald. None of these, however, beat McGrimace dressed as Thanos at ComicCon.

 

2. Which of the following was not seen as a potential global development in next few years according to a new survey of C-level executives from AT Kearney:

A. Global 500 companies will be increasingly vulnerable to fake news campaigns

B. Corporate leaders will increasingly be expected to play roles in society beyond narrow corporate interests

C. Backlash against GDPR in the will inspire other countries to slow down efforts to expand privacy regulations

D. Extreme weather events will act as a drag on economic growth

Answer:  C     According to eMarketer reporting on a study titled "2018 Views from the C-Suite: An Annual Survey of Global Business Executives" from AT Kearney, each of these is something C-suite executives expect to see in the next few years - except for item C. Instead of a backlash against GDPR, the survey finds executives believe GDPR will inspire other countries to expand privacy regulations. Case in point: California's Consumer Privacy Act will have a dramatic impact on how tech companies, collect, store and use consumer data when it goes into effect in 2020.

 

3. Which of the following television shows had their premiere on October 25, 1971?

A. The Superfriends

B. Electric Company

C. Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

D. The Brady Kids Go to Rehab

Answer: B     The Electric Company debuted on October 25, 1971 and starred heavy hitters from stage, screen and improv—including established stars like Rita Moreno, as well as lesser known performers like a guy named Morgan Freeman who went on do a few things after leaving the show.

 

4. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on Deep Fakes, which are:

A. Fake news items created by the imaginary Deep State

B. Videos made with AI that make it possible to show anyone saying anything you want

C. Videos made with Ai that makes it possible to show anyone do anything you want

Answer: B     Deep fakes are videos that can be made to match people's facial expressions and voices to make it appear as if they are saying anything you want them to say (see the WSJ video above). In a society where reality is questioned, this technology may have enormous implications—further breaking people into tribes that only believe what they want.

 


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

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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-Peak Smartphone Altered Carbon & 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

 PLUS: Learn more about RICK MATHIESON and RICK WOOTTEN.


'PEAK MILLENNIAL' & THE 'FUR BABY' ECONOMY (PODCAST)

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Ah, Millennials.

As Rick & Rick continue their rants, raves and ruminations on marketing, media and popular culture, they turn their attention to a recent ADWEEK article citing research that finds 44% of Millennials think of their pets as 'starter children.'

Anyone who's ever had a child knows just how naive that is, of course. But you can't fault younger Millennials for being clueless about something they haven't yet experienced. 

You can, however, fault self-styled marketing gurus who claim there's somehow some secret to marketing to this demographic that only they can reveal.

By now, most marketers understand that demographics are growing increasingly irrelevant. Technology now allows us to target the consumers most likely to purchase our products, regardless of superficial categorizations based on age.

As Fiona O'Donnell, Senior Lifestyle & Leisure for research firm Mintel once put it so well:

Companies or brands that successfully market to Millennials are ones that recognize that there is no such thing as a 'Millennial'—just individuals or groups of individuals who are at a similar life stage and have lived similar experiences. They want to be treated for who they are, rather than lumped together and labeled.

That's not to say those shared life experiences aren't important or leverageable. But ultimately, like all individuals, they want what they want, no matter their ages.

Of course, that doesn't mean Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten aren't going to have a little fun at their (and the so-called gurus') expense.

The Ricktators sound off here:

RICK & RICK RULE THE WORLD: 'PEAK MILLENNIAL' & THE 'FUR BABY' ECONOMY

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The IoT at Retail: A Look at the Store of the Future (Video)

A look at some of the ways retailers are using the IoT to supercharge the in-store experience. You can read a lot more about this topic in my books BRANDING UNBOUND and THE ON-DEMAND BRAND. Just saying.

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