Under the Influence with Terry O'Reilly
S11E20 - Brilliantly Bland: Why Boring Sells
Season 11, Ep. 20
This week, we look at boring products. There is a truism in the marketing world - boring sells. And in some of the biggest categories, boring products are the runaway best-sellers. Why do we overwhelmingly choose white cars, gray wall paint and beige carpets? And what does that say about us?
Saturday, May 20, 2023
The Phrase That Pays: Marketing Contests
Season 12, Ep. 20
Marketing contests can be tricky business.On one hand, contests can be designed to help companies achieve certain business goals.On the other hand, companies can lose control over them pretty quickly.This week, we look at some of the most interesting – and hilarious – marketing contests.Including one about a city that held a contest to name a new building – and the public voted overwhelmingly to name it after a past mayor named Harry Baals.True story.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Canadaland Goes Under The Influence
Jesse Brown, founder of Canadaland Podcast Network, and Terry O'Reilly have a fun conversation about the business of podcasting, the line between journalism and advertising and how Terry had to get used to being touched by strangers.
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Billboards Are Always in Bloom
Season 12, Ep. 18
Billboards are one of the biggest creative challenges in the marketing world. They need to be seven words or less. They need to contain an idea. And they need to communicate quickly as people speed by. This week on Under The Influence, we look at the most creative billboards from around the world. We’ll talk about a car maker that used tiny billboards to get inside their competitor’s vehicles. How one airline used a billboard that could detect planes passing overhead. And we’ll tell you the hilarious story of a billboard stunt gone wrong that involves a giant… muffin.