🥽 How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future of Virtual Reality

"The Mandalorian" tries on some 501's. The Justice League stars in a gory new R-rated animated movie. ADWEEK asks: What brands would you want to shelter with most? Starbucks switches up its strategy for the time of COVID-19, and more. From June 26. 

IN THIS EPISODE

🚀 Disney+ hit "The Mandalorian" tries on some of their favorite 501's (at 1-min, 34-sec)

💥 The SuperFriends it ain't: The gory new, R-rated "Justice League" animated movie is pure <BLEEP> (at 3:38)

🕹 Virtually House Bound: The impact of COVID-19 on the future of virtual reality (at 5:07)

🏘 ADWEEK wants to know: With what "house" of brands would you want to shack up with most? (at 9:39)

🖖🏽 Turns out James T. Kirk may be into little green men, too (at 12:53)

🧗🏻‍North Face joins brands boycotting Facebook–will more join the party? (at 14:09)

☕️ Starbucks' plans for a post-"third place" world (at 14:45)

Approximately 17-minutes, 3-seconds. For US audiences.

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🎁Interview–GiftSuite CEO Sangita Verma: Gifting in the New Normal

HEADSHOT_Sangita Verma_GiftSuite_CEOIn a recent interview, GiftSuite CEO Sangita Verma shares how she's redefining the gift-giving experience in the time of COVID-19.

GiftSuite's unique brand of thoughtfully-curated, tech-forward curios includes a water bottle with a UV-C LED bottle cap that sanitizes your water and can do the same for your keyboard and mobile phone at the wave of your hand.

It's a timely and insightful conversation with a serial entrepreneur who has made a name for herself by spotting hidden opportunities and capitalizing on them. From June 16.

IN THIS EPISODE

🦠 Plan C: 3 top tips to marketers in a post-pandemic world (at 1 min, 45 sec)

⏱ Crisis marketing: Working at the speed of the news cycle  (at 4:43)

💡 The idea behind GiftSuite and  its Life 2020 collection (at 5:57)

💦     The germicidal bottle cap you didn't know you needed (at 8:04)

☮️     Finding the off-switch: The little device for calming your Vagus nerve (at 9:10)

🕴 You're never too young to launch a startup (at 10:36)

Approx. 11 minutes, 48 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


✊🏻 McThankYou Meals, Nationwide's Voices & More

A look at HBO Max, because there just aren't enough subscription video streaming services out there. Plus: McDonald's gets McThankful, and Nationwide is hearing "Voices," as the Ricks are back with some all-new Loaded Questions. From May 18. 

IN THIS EPISODE

📺 Another week, another new subscription video streaming service (at :30 seconds)

🍔 McDonald's has a message for healthcare workers and first responders (at 1:52)

⏯ Nationwide Insurance lets you give some advice to your future self (at 2:54)

Approximately 5 minutes. For US audiences.

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🔑 3 Keys to Marketing in a Post-Pandemic World

The Ricks share some of insights on marketing's new normal. Non-essential worker Barbie makes the most of quarantine. Baby reveals come to Zoom. Plus, are virtual barbers head and shoulders above the real thing? From June 26. 

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✂️ Weeks into lockdown, Rick W. is digging for his Flowbee (at 1-min, 11-second)

💇🏻‍♂️ Rick M. decides to cut his own hair—so what could go wrong? (at 1:50)

📈 Do out-of-work barbers have a future in consulting? (at: 3:00)

🏠 Sheltering-in-dreamhouse: Meet non-essential worker Barbie (at: 4:10)

🛍 Just how much has the coronavirus pandemic changed marketing? (at 5:38)

🌎 The digital world's population boom (at 6:50)

🍕 BOPIS with a side of pizza: Your business model, revisited (at 9:12)

💈 Will the new barbershop experience come with nitrous oxide? (at 11:00)

🎪 Can VR save trade shows? (at 11:34)

🤑 Is it time to cut your marketing budget? Or double down? (at 16:05)

🤝 Deal making in a post-handshake world (at 16:57)

👶🏻 Baby reveals, by way of Zoom (at 19:30)

Approximately 20 minutes, 40 seconds. For US audiences.

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❤️ 5 Brands Millennials Love Most

It's a quick round of Loaded Questions as we reveal the five most beloved brands to Millennials. From March 22.

IN THIS EPISODE

🥜 Enter: Gif Peanut Butter - but isn't it really a soft "G"? (at :25 seconds)

💘 Which 5 brands have Millennials needing a few minutes alone? (at 1:35)

💗 … And what about Generation Z? (at 3:05)

📖 Ebooks and white papers: Where do they best fit in the marketing funnel (at 3:3)

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📺 Top 5 Spots You Didn't See During the Big Game

🍕 The top 5 spots you weren't allowed to see during Super Bowl 2020. From February 3. 

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Listen to: 📺 Top 5 Commercials You Did NOT See During the Super Bowl

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Pop Quiz: 2020 Super Bowl Commercials

📺 It's a super-sized game of Rick and Rick Loaded Questions about some of this year's biggest Super Bowl commercials. Who scores? Who fumbles? And which spots do you remember best? It's an AdBowl 2020 pop-quiz with a Rick and Rick twist.

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IN THIS EPISODE

📸 Will the real Kyle Shanahan please wave for the camera (at 50-seconds)

🍎 In a first, Steve Wozniak is mentioned in a conversation about the Super Bowl (at 2-min, 2-sec)

🖖🏻 … Then again, so is George Takei (at 2:38)

☝️ Parachute Pants: 30 years later, and you still can't touch this—thanks to Cheetos Popcorn (at 3:47)

🍫 #SnickersFixTheWorld: Who knew the solution to all our problems was to feed the Snicker's Hole? (...anyone besides us, that is) (at 4:56)

💑 Google monetizes an old man's memories in a moving spot (at 5:58)

🎨 Missy Elliott and H.E.R. Paint it Black—but what exactly is "it"? (at 7:01)

🏚 Met Life sends you four different kinds of love—'cuz you're going to need it (at 8:20)

🧗🏻‍♀️ Microsoft Surface scores a touchdown (at 10:05)

🚙 "Tough Never Quits," but neither do Kia's product shots (at 11:46)

⚡️ Martin Scorsese and Jonah Hill par-tay with Coca-Cola Energy (at 12:47)

🍺 Budweiser celebrates the typical, awesome American—and automates "Wassup" with home smart devices (at 13:25)

🥑 Quibi, Pop-Tarts, Audi's "Let It Go" and more: The Super Bowl 2020 WTF Department (at 14:47)

🏎 The Porsche museum is ready to roll, and we're here for it (at 15:57)

📺 Our final takeaways on AdBowl 2020 (at 17:16)

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🍿 Gen Wow Review: 'Star Wars Ep IV: The Rise of Skywalker'

We need to talk about that final battle with Palpatine, his regenerative powers, his ever-changing strategy, that whole Force Dyad deal between Rey and Kylo Ren, what Finn wanted to tell Rey, where the Babu Frik is the Baby Yoda merch, and a whole lot more. It's our super-sized, spoilerrific review of the final chapter of "The Skywalker Saga." 

IN THIS EPISODE:

⚔️ Gen X-wing fighters: A nostalgic, 42-year history of The Force (at 1 min., 38 sec.)

🚀 From dystopia to the Death Star and heroic derring-do (at 4:02)

👽 Episode IV: An unsure thing—and an unmade, low-budget sequel (at 5:09)

👾 Where's the Baby Yoda and Babu Frik merch? (at 7:04)

💵 Box Office Bonanza? Or total bummer? (at 7:21)

🎥 The Fandom Menace: Was making "Skywalker" a mission impossible? (at 8:16)

💥 The plot quickens—is it the ultimate Chiasmus gift? (at 10:17)

🎬 Bond, Psychic Bond (at 13:39)

✌🏻 Rey of light—how she beat Palpatine (at 14:32)

♛  Master chess? Or random changes? (at 17:22)

🔌 What's with all these new Force powers? (at 19:36)

🎁  The ultimate Chiasmus gifts (at 21:30)

🍹  Sexuality and "Force sensitivity"  (at 22:50)

🙏🏻  Piece de resistance: Keeping the faith  (at 25:31)

💣  The empire's single point of failure (at 26:50)

👍🏻👎🏻 Final grades (27:50)

🎄 Party of 5? Or 4? (at 31:00)

📺  "Skywalker's" stars, as seen on TV (at 31:42)

🤖  How well do you know your droids? (at 32:30)

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Approx. 33 minutes, 40 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

 

 


🎄 'The Free Guy,' Coke Zero Lightsabers, 'Crisis on Infinite Earths,' 2019's Fastest-Growing Brands

🎄 "The Free Guy." Coke Zero bottles wage an OLED-based lightsaber battle. Netflix makes it safe for other nice brands to make the naughty list on Twitter. ''The Crisis on Infinite Earths" has begun. The Peloton Wife gets a new beginning—thanks to Aviation Gin. The 5 fastest-growing brands of 2019, and more. From December 8. 

IN THIS EPISODE:

🎁 One Rick is ready for Christmas—the other, not so much (at :40 sec)
 
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💊 Blue Pill, Red Pill: DC or Marvel? McDonald's or Taco Bell? Rick W. has a surprising answer (at 2:55)
 
🎬 Ryan Reynold's "The Free Guy" trailer drops, and the Ricks are here for it (at 3:56)
 
💥 "The Crisis on Infinite Earths"—the mother of all TV crossovers has officially begun (at 5:57)
 
📣 Netflix tweets, "What's something you can say during sex, but also when you manage a brand Twitter account"—you won't believe how other brands respond (at 8:43)
 
🍸 The Peloton Wife gets a new beginning—courtesy of Aviation Gin (at 10:25)
 
⚔️ Coke Zero bottles use OLED diodes to wage a lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren (at 12:18)
 
📈 Door Dash, Impossible Foods, White Claw, Postmates and ?—the 5 fastest growing brands of 2019 (at 13:37)
 
🧒🏼 👴🏼 Which brands win most with Millennials and Boomers? (at 14:24)
 
🎅🏼 Which CPG brand helped create Santa as we know him today? (at 15:19)
 
Approx. 17 minutes, 32 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

🎁 Cybertruck Blows Up The Internet, The Lightsaber That ... Meows? And More

🎅🏼 Tesla's Cybertruck takes the Internets by storm, and not all goes well. The holiday yule log gets spit-roasted—ASMR style. Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrong. The 'Christmas Pizza' that's covered in turkey and gravy—and served in a singing box, plus a whole lot more. 

🚀 Rise of Skywalker: How will this chiasmus conclude the chiasmi? (at :42 seconds)
 
📺 What the hell is The Mandalorian? And why isn't that Boba Fett and Yoda? (at 2:28)
 
📐 Tesla Cybertruck: Big splash, or botched launch? (at 3:45)
 
🔫 Our Top 3 Tech Toys for Holiday 2019—including a Lightsaber that … meows? (at 6:30)
 
💣 Our Top 3 Tech Toys Gone Wrong—including one inspired by Tesla (at 8:30)
 
🍕 The Christmas Pizza comes lathered with turkey, gravy, and a psychotic theme song (9:54)
 
🥩 The Beef Drool Log comes with ASMR-like sound effects and … an AI-based personal assistant?  (at 11:15)
 
🎄 Cardi B or Anna Kendrick? Will the holiday TV spot imposter please stand up? (at 12:25)
 
🛍 From Santa's WTF workshop: animal dissection kits, fluffy pets with removable fur and other gifts for children (at 13:18)
 
☃️ Some holiday chestnuts about goosing the kids, making memories and more (at 14:00)
 
🥁 The Ricks reveal the title of their future Claymation holiday television special (at 14:58)
 
Approx. 15 min, 40 sec. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.