Ad Hoc is a show about advertising. Each episode offers new perspectives, exploring a range of creative, strategic, and scientific insights behind the ads you see every day.
I'm a Toys-R-Us Kid: Why We Remember Ads
From jingles, to the ads you saw as a kid on your family’s TV, to the mattress ads you hear on your favorite podcast—ads can be deeply memorable. There is no clear formula to ensure that ads stick with you, but a combination of several elements can make 30-second spots memorable for years. Our guest is Manuel Garcia-Garcia, a leader at global firm Ipsos who studies the brain and advertising.
In Times of Crisis: How Habitat for Humanity Manages Its Message
Chris Clarke, head of marketing for the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity, talks through the ways the international nonprofit has honed its message and how it navigates ethical issues, humanitarian needs, and fundraising following natural disasters or times of great need.
Starbucks and Latte-Drinking Liberals: The Connection Between Brand and Purpose
Whether you’re looking for a car or a bag of potato chips, the brands behind the thing you buy have a specific set of values associated with them. For instance, when you think of Starbucks, do you think liberal or conservative? Polarizing or inclusive? The co-founder of ad agency Enso talks about the metrics his company developed to understand perceived purpose and value.
The Design of Big Box Stores: How Stores Engage and Retain Customers
From the moment you walk through the doors of a retail store, it works to live up to the promises of its ads—and it continues to sell you. Om Marwah, Global Head of Behavioral Science at Walmart, takes us around a Sam’s Club, sharing insights into store design and the ways retail gamification can boost sales.
A Recipe for a Novel Product: Marketing the Impossible
The vast majority of new products fail. They sound like great ideas but they can’t break into the habits of their customer. The COO of Impossible Foods, a fast-growing startup with a plant-based burger, shares strategies they’re using to make their product the next household name.
Democracy in Peril: Ads and the Internet
Over the years, political campaigns have chased voters as their media preferences have evolved and individuals have become easier to target with ads. There was once a time when Americans would gather around a radio or TV and share the experience of a presidential ad. Nicco Mele, Harvard professor of politics, media, and public policy, says the way political advertising targets niche groups is putting civic dialog at risk.
Loving this pod especially the Impossible Foods Episode!
Fantastic podcast with insights into marketing decisions. Useful not just for marketing professionals (which I'm not), but also to educate consumers about how marketers sell us products/ideas. Mat's questions move the show along without being obtrusive, or assuming too much. He allows the experts he's interviewing to really explain their issues while keeping the show on topic.
Insightful and informative!
I really enjoyed listening to Ad Hoc's first episode. It had some great insights on advertising in political campaigns and how an advertisement's rhetoric can be used for different purposes. I would recommend this podcast to anyone interested in digital media, rhetoric, advertising, and politics.