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)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZvKsByBpSs

🚫 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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2018 Best AR/VR Campaigns (Podcast)

It's awards season here at Gen Wow, and this is the first of a series of special episodes where the Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten 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

 


2018's Top Halloween Costumes, McDonald's Goes All Banksy on Us (Podcast)

GW_halloween_stats_2018In an All-New Podcast Episode:

🐽 Are Muppets Asexual? Did Anybody Tell Ms. Piggie?

🎃 2018’s Top Halloween Costumes & Stats

🍔 McDonald’s Goes All Banksy on Us

👍🏻 Why Brands Should Take Side—or Not

Plus: ‘Loaded Questions' & More!

2018's TOP HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, BANKSY + MICKY D'S & MORE

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(Approx. 25 min)


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.

 


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 jobs—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.

Watch more of the commercials, here.

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2030 Job Titles That Don't Yet Exist—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:

• IHOB, Revisited (:30)

• Have the 'Star Wars' movies been sidelined? (1:53)

• Summer box office roundup (6:40)

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

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

• New augmented reality business cards (12:52)

2030 job titles that don't exist—yet (14:20)

Lessons Burger King learned from hackers (18:00)

 

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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

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The One With Forced Super Bowl Memes, Polarizing Brands & Gen Z Slang

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What makes a Super Bowl meme most?

In the latest episode of Rick & Rick Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten look at Pringles' and Skittles' efforts to manufacture memes in their Super Bowl ads this year.

We'll also take a look at the brands Republicans, Democrats and independents love (to hate).

Plus: Burger King pulls off one whopper of an adverprank with its take down of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules.

Oh, and don't forget research on why Marvel's movies are so much better than DC movies—and a new translation guide for Gen Z. It all starts here:

Or listen on iTunes: The One with Super Bowl Memes, Polarizing Brands, Gen Z Slang & More

(Approx 12 mins)

 

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