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🏆 Landing Legoland—Q&A With Whit Hiler, ECD at Ad Age 'Small Agency Of The Year' Cornett

If the trajectory of Whit Hiler's advertising career strikes you as unconventional, that's only because it is. Forget the background in art or copy. Hiler took a different route to becoming an executive creative director—and so far, it's working out pretty darn well for him.

In fact, mere minutes into a conversation with him, two things happen. First, you can't help but like the guy. And second, you start to appreciate the virtue of possessing just the right amount of naïveté to pursue ambitions someone who "knows better" might foolishly dismiss out of hand.

In this Rick and Quick interview, this ECD at Lexington, Kentucky-based ad agency Cornett (teamcornett.com) talks about his evolution from car salesman, to agency new business rep, to award-winning creative chief. Along the way, he shares how this 50-person Ad Age "Small Agency of the Year" (2021) scored a little account called Legoland Resorts—and helped A&W fix a 40-year-old "marketing fail." From March 21.

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IN THIS EPISODE

🚗 Driving a Modern Don Draper: The evolution as a 21st Century Mad Man (at 0:58)
👕 From retail logos to Legoland Resorts: How hard lessons beget big wins (at 1:24)
👩🏻‍💼 Behind every great ad agency: The wife-slash-boss leading Cornett (at 2:38)
🥊 Joining and jousting A-List agencies for the win—one interlocking plastic brick at a time (at 6:00)
🍔 Helping A&W fix a 40-year-old marketing fail with a little help from "A Beautiful Mind" (at 8:19)

Approx. 11 minutes, 15 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🏈 Pop Quiz: What's Your Super Bowl Ad Recall?

📺 On February 12, advertisers spent millions to showcase their commercials during one of the year's biggest television broadcasts. But how well do you remember their spots? In an episode recorded on Super Bowl Sunday, the Ricks test your recall and discuss the best—and worst—commercials of Ad Bowl 2023. From February 28.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

💰 A :30 second spot during this year's Super Bowl will cost you … how much? (at 02:03)
🏰 One man's Super Bowl commercial is another man's Castle Idaho (at 03:02)
🔺 Jack Harlow, Missy Elliott and Elton John push all the angles for this brand (at 03:59)
🚬 Maya Rudolf clams up over her effort to replace M&Ms with … something chewier (at 05:14)
😮‍💨 Jeep 4xe may destroy animal habitats, but at least it won't pollute them (at 06:28)
🐾 What's the best spot from this year's Super Bowl? Our ruff guesses (at 07:29)
🙏🏻 He Gets Us—but do we get Him? Our hot take (at 10:18)
🎭 Ben Stiller and Steve Martin really love Pepsi Zero Sugar … or do they? (at 12:26)
🤐 TurboTax gets footloose–but what is Melissa McCarthy saying in that Booking.com spot? (at 13:42)
💊 The cast of 'Breaking Bad' wants to give you the munchies—will you bite? (at 14:36)
🤣 Rick W. poses a question that has everything—except a correct answer (at 15:52)

Approx. 17 minutes, 7 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


📈 2023 Trend Watch (Concl)—Influencer Marketing, Experiential, Home Automation & More

🔮 In the conclusion to their 2023 Trend Watch, the Ricks discuss the waning influence of influencers. Brands recommit to experiential marketing. Home automation sees new adoption. And while Rick M. has trouble with pronouncing "2023 Trend Watch" while Rick W. struggles with the name of Pantone's Color of the Year. From February 22. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

🤩 Influencer marketing loses altitude while community gains new clout (at 0:40)
🐣 The rebirth of Experiential Marketing—no consumer devices required (at 2:26)
🛠️ Home automation and its use cases rev up, but we may not even recognize it (at 4:44)
🔕 Memo to brands: easy-to-manage notifications, please (at 8:18)
🫣 Consumer sentiment, ethical AI, and other CMO concerns for 2023 (at 9:41)
🛍️ From Metaverse to AI: What's hot or not to retailers in 2023 (at 11:01)
🎨 And Pantone's Color of the Year is … easy for you to say (at 11:34)

Approx. 13 minutes and six seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🛣️ 2023 Trend Watch (Pt 1)—TikTok Tour De Force, EV Backlash Ahead?

The Ricks share some of the key themes and top trends they'll be tracking in 2023—including the potential for new successes on hand for TikTok, LinkedIn and others as ad dollars shift from Meta and Google, a possible backlash for the EV sector, and more. From January 29.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🤐 A very Wootten wardrobe malfunction (at 1 min, 5 sec)
☔️ California's atmospheric rivers recede—leaving some unexpected car issues (at 02:30)
🕶️ Is this the Year of VR (again)? Trying our hand at reverse predicting (at 05:10)
🍿 Will that old Odd-Year Magic work wonders at the box office? (at 06:15)
📢 With digital ad dollars shifting, is TikTok poised for take-off? (at 08:17)
📺 With FAST and leadership changes, will the streaming wars see casualties? (at 10:59)
🔋 Is a backlash brewing with the rise of the Anti-EV crowd? (at 11:43)

Approx. 13 minutes and 25 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🔮 Our 2022 Predictions Scorecard, Cuffing Season Pick-Up Lines From ChatGPT, 'The Volume' & More

In our annual Predictions Scorecard episode, the Ricks revisit their big predictions for the year—what they got right, what they got ridiculously wrong, in the worlds of marketing, media, tech and pop culture. Plus: Cuffing Season pick-up lines generated by ChatGPT, Netflix's "1899" cranks up "The Volume," and a whole lot more. From December 28, 2022. 

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IN THIS EPISODE:

📖 Rick M sends Rick W a "Die Hard" children's holiday gift book (at 1-min 57-sec)
🎬 "1899" on Netflix cranks up "The Volume" (at 3:25)
🦶🏼 Rick M's predictions about a Lotrimin-branded NFT (at 5:00)
📺 Overly-optimistic about box office, but nailing streaming(at 5:48)
🏢 Mixed results on predictions for the hybrid workforce (at 7:37)
📈 Adding a "D" for "Democracy" to ESG Funds? Not yet (at 9:46)
🦠 "What Covid?" by Summer & return to lockdowns by Fall? (at 10:50)
0️⃣ Nailing the # of Tesla Cybertrucks delivered in 2022 (at 12:36)
🌐 Metaverse: Boom time or empty & sad virtual worlds? (at 13:37)
🤖 ChatGPT's best pick-up lines come with warnings (at 17:35)
🤬 Survey says: "The gift that keeps on grating" (at 19:52)
🏈 Look who's advertising in Super Bowl LVII (at 20:48)

Approx. 22 minutes and 20 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.