๐ŸŒฎ 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:

๐Ÿ•ท Did Spidey Really Get Spiked From the MCU? (at 2 min, :30 sec)

๐Ÿ‘€ Why We're All Cyber-stalkers Now (5:55)

๐Ÿค– Why YouTube Thinks Robots Deserve Animal Rights (7:28)

๐ŸŒฎ What Really Went Down at the Taco Bell Hotel (9:17)

๐ŸŒ Enter: The Holo-sphere (11:34)

๐ŸŽฌ The Battle to Rank Among the Top 10 Movies of 2019 (14:33)

โš”๏ธ What movie ranked dead last in the top 100 movies this summer? (15:30)

๐Ÿ… Which of these movies got the highest rating on Rotten Tomatoes this summer (16:03)

๐Ÿฆˆ Which summer 2019 movie tried to be this year's "Meg"? (16:48)

Approx. 18 min, 25 sec.

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๐Ÿ“บ 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 backโ€”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

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ The Ricks talk Back to School and pre-Internet gaming in the good old days (at :25 sec)

๐Ÿ—“  The Ricks have a big milestone coming up (at 1 min, 40 sec)

๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ It's summertime, so of course Pumpkin Spice Lattes are already back (at 2:00)

๐ŸฅคRemembering McDonald's Shamrock Shakes of yesteryear (at 2:32)

๐ŸŒThe Banana Splits are back, in an very violent, R-rated horror flick (at 3:35)

๐Ÿ“บ  Why you need to drop everything & watch "The Boys" on Amazon Prime (at 5:08)

๐Ÿฅ› Did somebody say McWTF? McFizz is an unintentional eye-opener (at 9:00)

๐Ÿ˜ธ"Friends": Old TV comes with perksโ€”LEGO's Central Perk Playset (at 10:13)

๐Ÿฅฃ Lucky Charms Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: Magically Delicious? (at 11:20)

๐Ÿš€ "Star Wars Barbie" rocks the geek lookโ€”for an out-of-this-world price (at 12:34)

๐Ÿ“ธ Instagram and WhatsApp get new names (at 14:13)

๐Ÿ“ฑ Verizon sells Tumbler to Automattic โ€ฆ for how little? (at 15:05)

๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ  Look who's coming to CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" (at 15:52)

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๐Ÿ’ฅ 2019 Cannes Lions Grand Prix Winners, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report & More

Internet Trends ReportInside Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report. Grand Prix Winners from this year's Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Miller Light turns a beer into a game controller. Plus, all the coolest Funko toys headed to San Diego Comic-Con, and a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE

๐Ÿ•ท    'Spider-Man: Far from Home' arrives just in time (at :48 sec)

๐Ÿฆ‡    Poll about best Caped Crusader leaves out Adam West, fans go batshit (at 1:26)

๐Ÿป    Miller Lite turns a beer can into a game controller, and we'll drink to that (at 3:39)

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป      Who's a better Internet role model: Keanu Reeves or Mark Hamill?  (at 6:20)

๐Ÿคก      Chuckles, Krusty, or Pennywise? Funko's funky Comic-Con line up (at 8:32)

๐Ÿ“ฑ      Key insights from Mary Meeker's 2019 Internet Trends Report (at 10:20)

๐Ÿ†      Grand Prix winners at the 2019 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival (at 19:08)

โญ๏ธ     Holy Hollywood icons: Look who's getting a star on the Walk of Fame (at 22:03)

๐Ÿฆ     2019 Cannes Lions' Buzzword Bingo (at 22:40)

๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ    More special edition toys coming to San Diego Comic-Con (at 24:04)

Approx. 27 min.

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๐Ÿš€ 'Space' Jam, Gillette's 'First Shave,' Booze as the New Wellness Drink & More

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Pearl Jam's out to party like it's 2062. Booze wants to be the new wellness drink. Gillette's "First She." Man-size Kleenex and more.

In this Episode:

๐Ÿš€ "Space" Jam: Pearl Jam's New Space Needle Time Capsule
(at 1 min, 30 sec)

๐Ÿ’ฅ ComicCon: Marvel & WB Pull Out of Hall H
(at 4:27)

๐Ÿธ Booze is the New Wellness Drink?
(at 5:57)

๐Ÿง”๐Ÿฝ Gillette's "First Shave"
(at 8:38)

โ›‘ Shocking Los Angeles: "Mass Shooting Insurance"
(at 10:30)

๐Ÿž One Outdoor Brand's Search-Jacking Jumble
(at 12:33)

๐Ÿคง Inclusion: "Man-size Kleenex"
(at 14:18)

(Approx. 15 min, 40 seconds)

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๐Ÿง”๐Ÿฝ Dollar Shave Club's 'Dad Bods,' IKEA;s Sitcom Living Rooms & More

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Dollar Shave Club celebrates 'Dad Bods.' Ikea turns your living room into the set of your favorite sitcom. How to become a bolder brand. Top on-page SEO factors. And enter: The Bancake List, targeting iHob haters, plus more.

In this Episode:

๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ“บ ๐ŸŽง iTunes, RIP (at :52 seconds)

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป Apple's $999 monitor stand (at 2:30)

โ–ถ๏ธ Disney v. Netscape (at 3:52)

๐Ÿฆ‡ Batman Does Buehring (at 5:30)

๐Ÿ™ˆ Dollar Shave Club Puts 'Dad Bods' on Display (at 6:40)

๐Ÿฅž iHob's 'Bancake List' (at 8:25)

๐Ÿ›‹ IKEA's Sitcom Living Rooms (at 9:55)

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ How to Be a Bolder Brand (at: 11:14)

๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ Top On-Page SEO Factors (at 14:07)

๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ Crazy Upcoming Animated TV Shows (at 15:03)

๐Ÿป Getting Fined for Bailing on Your Brew Crew (at 16:30)

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๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ '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 beโ€”plus a whole lot more.

IN THIS EPISODE:

๐Ÿฟ 'Wick' wows Wootten (at :50 seconds)

๐Ÿฒ Name 'Game': 'GoT' finale and the babies named after the show's characters (at 1:42)

๐Ÿ˜ก Red Son: 'BrightBurn' reimagines the mythology of Superman (at 2:42)

๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ New Lego playset is one of the 'Stranger Things' we've seen this week (at 3:47)

๐ŸŽฎ Sony's gaming pact with Microsoftโ€”did anyone tell the PlayStation team?(at 4:56)

๐Ÿ’‘ LaCoste commercial is a visual tour de force (at 8:03)

๐Ÿคน๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Meet the Chief Engagement Officer: The changing role of the CMO (at 10:48)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Molly Ringwald for President? Gen X runs for office (at 14:02)

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

๐Ÿ’‹ 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.


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 candyโ€”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.

 


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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Burger King Brings AI-Fueled Hilarity to its TV Spots (Video)

Burger King's AI Written TV Commercials

Copywriters the world over can breathe a sigh of relief: AI won't be taking their jobsโ€”at least not yet.

In a new campaign, Burger King demonstrates what happens when TV commercials are written by a machine learning algorithm with "advanced pattern recognition capabilities." Let's just say it's not what one might expect given all the hype around AI these days.

Then again, how else would you get lines like, "The chicken crossed the road to become a sandwich,"  "The Whopper lives in a bun mansion, just like you,"  and "Math is tasty ... eat the math. BK logo appears."

On top of its recent "Whopper Neutrality" and "Chick Tax" stunts, the King is on a role. It's secret? According to the brand, it's all about learning from hackers to establish what it calls "brand relevance."

Tasty, indeed.

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2030 Job Titles That Don't Yet Existโ€”and Lessons BK Learned from Hackers

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In an episode from July, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten discuss the hot topics in the week that was in marketing, media and pop-culture, including:

โ€ข IHOB, Revisited (:30)

โ€ข Have the 'Star Wars' movies been sidelined? (1:53)

โ€ข Summer box office roundup (6:40)

โ€ข Marvel stars who weren't Marvel fans growing up (this is gonna hurt) (8:06)

โ€ข Blast from the past: An IBM portable computer spot from 1975 (this hurts, too) (9:40)

โ€ข New augmented reality business cards (12:52)

โ€ข 2030 job titles that don't existโ€”yet (14:20)

โ€ข Lessons Burger King learned from hackers (18:00)

 

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