Rock Hard Ads - An Advertising Podcast

Sandy & Ashley

A weekly podcast about all things advertising. Two ladies in the industry discuss, criticize, laugh at, and judge brand campaigns, agency news and shakeups, weird commercials that make no sense, and everything in between.

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This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Coronavirus sucks and the ad industry is feeling it, some brands stink up International Women’s Day (Shell, we’re looking at you) and some do it right, and BMW makes a kinda big but also kinda not change. Then, Ashley’s Six Pack Story is all about the wasteland of advertising that is Reddit and how Adobe broke through, and Sandy’s story goes behind the scenes of Small Business Saturday to tell us how American Express turned it into a movement.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Mar 2020

36 min 9 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, the debate of JIF vs GIF continues (even though it’s definitely, no question, a hard G), we finally talk about the moldy whopper, Reddit gets into advertising, the hottest new artist is squeaky clean, and Vayner posts a really dumb job listing. Then, Ashley talks trash and perfume during her story about Etat Libre D’Orange’s I Am Trash scent. And Sandy says no to things that don’t matter but yes to Amy Poehler in Pure Leaf Tea’s new campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2020

38 min 2 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, KFC is a shoe-in for weirdest fast food restaurant ever, a circle back on a failing brand (or not brand), Heineken is NOT for the man of the table, Pepsi proposes, things only happen in Vegas, and good agencies make bad work. Then, Sandy talks about Valentine’s Day marketing from a brand that wants to become a lifestyle brand - Pornhub, and Ashley’s Six Pack Story gets its groove on with chickens and cats from the commercial wars between Mercedes and Jaguar.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2020

25 min 47 sec

This week, we recap the Super Bowl ads we loved and really didn't love, give them some random, totally made up awards, then give out the coveted 8-Pack Award (which is also totally made up). Our winners (which isn't always a good thing): Microsoft Hard Rock Bud Light Doritos Mountain Dew Google Planters Oikos Avocados from Mexico Rocket Mortgage Reese's NFL Hyundai Jeep   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2020

42 min 39 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, meat invades Tik Tok, Planet Fitness gets in on the Peloton fun, Baby Yoda is the cutest thing in the entire world and Ashley is willing to fight you on that, Bogusky peaces out, Gen Z is skeptical while boomers love mail, and the Northern Lights save you money on Northern flights. Then, Sandy gets back to her favorite topics – politics – to talk about the advertising campaign behind this year’s census, and Ashley’s Six Pack Story is Coke, the Diet kind, not the drugs kind (maybe).   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2020

40 min 47 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, politics invades the Super Bowl, Papa gets more pizza, Facebook finally does some good, January is damp and moist, Sprite bullies a bully, and looks are all that matters. Then, Ashley gives New Jersey’s fire Twitter account the attention it deserves, and Sandy’s Six Pack Story is all about raising dating standards with OkCupid’s new campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2020

32 min 31 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, we circle back on Pandora, Toyota, John Lewis, Budweiser, and Aviation Gin. Plus, Lebron sells his soul, Guinness works on transparency, and the NFL wants advertisers to pay up. Then, Ashley’s whistles a festive tune for her Six Pack Story about Corona’s classic holiday ad, and Sandy does her sorta annual wrap-up of agency holiday cards, with a very special one from yours truly.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2019

28 min 14 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Sandy and Ashley are on the same wavelength, the Peloton girl has a nice night out, Netflix gets Twitter all hot and bothered, VW says goodbye to the Beetle, and Pantone announces we’ll all be blue in 2020. Then, Ashley’s Six Pack Story circles back on the greasy pizza man himself, Papa John, and Sandy twerks to her favorite music with Pandora’s new campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2019

29 min 55 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, a year in review for our fave agency, Ashley circles back on one of her least favorite campaigns, Super Bowl advertising ramps up, an activewear brand uses “ambassadors”, and a vending machine in a very specific place sells CBD. Then, Sandy’s Six Pack Story is an overview of some of the best holiday ads of 2019, and Ashley digs into the weirdness that is Gen Z and Tik Tok.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2019

36 min 42 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, we’re very opinionated about meth, it’s hard to poop in front of bae, a warehouse in Denver is transformed into Phonetopia, fire happens fast, scooters are powered by rage, and more brands hop on the AirBnB train. Then, Ashley’s Six Pack Story is all about a publicity stunt gone wrong, and Sandy eats fresh with the story of Subway’s ill-fated spokesperson.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Nov 2019

36 min 46 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Disney+ launches in a big way, Chili’s gets in on the branded merch play, juicy sexy hamburgers return to 72andSunny, Lite beers go at it, Instagram crushes influencers’ dreams, noise gets recycled, and Netflix partners with Nick Nick Nick Nick Ni Nick Nick Nick, Nickelodeon. Then, the cat-lady herself (Ashley) dives into the world of meows for Meow Mix’s famous jingle, and Sandy’s Six Pack Story is about a home away from home with AirBnB India’s touching campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Nov 2019

35 min 20 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Bud Light puffs out their chest with a timely ad, MillerCoors is going through ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, a hellish new type face surfaces, West Virginia is mysterious, Boeing misses the mark, Twitter does not approve this message, and the Paris Olympics logo is uptight. Then, Sandy feels all the mom feels during her Six Pack Story about Water Wipes and their parenthood campaign, and Ashley breaks out the claws to talk about White Claw and Natty Light Seltzer.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2019

36 min 27 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Patron becomes Insta-worthy, someone gets to stay in Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse, Christmas now happens in October apparently, KFC does another ridiculous and amazing thing, Starbucks goes dark, Oreo is a mystery, and Trip Advisor may do some advertising in the near future. Then, Ashley murders your thirst with a Six Pack Story about Liquid Death, and Sandy blends up a story about NutriBullet.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2019

26 min 47 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Colonel Sanders gets romantic, movie theaters come to you, a motivational sleeper yawns, Lil Jon says “YEAH” to sandwiches, and HBO does their part to help destigmatize mental illness. Then, Sandy gets creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky to talk about the Addams Family film marketing, and Ashley makes you jump with a classic viral video that’s actually an ad.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2019

29 min 45 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Victoria tries to make her secret more inclusive, Burger King shuts up, a female-led marketing company publicly shames a female applicant, creepy children sing about breasts, and men get their periods. Then, Ashley gets wacky for her Six Pack Story about inflatable Tall Boys, and Sandy goes for the hard sell in her story about infomercials.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2019

33 min 35 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, you can now vacation on the toilet, a famous bad parking job gets redemption, SPORTS, brand mascots get sexy, WeWork is basically a non-profit, and gamers become fashionistas. Then, Sandy depresses us with a history of PSAs, and Ashley falls but still gets up to talk about Life Alert.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2019

36 min 32 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, you should quit your day job, sexist ads can GTFO, a giant hand is hugely creepy, Twitter switches up their video ads, Hotels.com says “I do” and Adidas is celebrating the future in the present. Then, Ashley gets saucy with her Six Pack Story about McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, and Sandy only speaks the truth when it comes to Liberty Mutual’s marketing.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2019

28 min 27 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Gerry goes to congress, Uber has yet another new face, ketchup gets inked, Nordstrom blows our minds, women like beer too, and the Taco Bell hotel is full of farts. Then, Sandy gets freaky with Jimmy Johns and their freaky fast subs, and Ashley puffs up to talk about the wonderful world of false advertising and puffery.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Aug 2019

34 min 11 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, a legendary agency closes, a McDonald’s campaign gets McInappropriate, people are storming things because they can’t stop all of us, a museum gets high, and gamers drink DNA. Then, Ashley digs into the lesbians-and-Subarus stereotype, and Sandy dips her Six Pack Story into nacho cheese with a cinematic Taco Bell campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Aug 2019

28 min 5 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, condiments get into the ice cream game, Chase hates copywriters, Burger King does the Impossible, Bill Nye becomes the Nitro Guy, and meats storm Area 51. Then, Sandy’s Six Pack Story is obviously about Hotels.com and their spokes-captain, and Ashley turns cereal on its side to tell the story of Diamond Shreddies.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Aug 2019

26 min 4 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, we actually circle back for a change, cheese and wine come together, kids gets wilder, and Ogilvy employees are angry. Then, there’s no “Summer Lovin” in Ashley’s six pack story about some of the season’s worst spots from Stella Artois and Jeep, and Sandy uncovers Juul’s sketchy marketing to teenagers.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jul 2019

34 min 45 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, breakfast is on its way, things get stranger and product placement-ier, PSAs give us chills, Prime Day is cringe, streamers sell out, and GOT takes the nomination throne. Then, Sandy has good things to say about a car commercial (WHAT) and Ashley takes a break to talk about Kit Kat.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jul 2019

38 min 23 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, the game of coffee cups is on, clowns are scary, happy meals are not so happy anymore, Facebook changes AGAIN, Instagram takes away our life source, fake people try to sell us stuff, and the bud knight is back. Then, our guest host, Emma, leggos of her Eggo long enough to tell us about the brand’s advertising, then Ashley won’t have trouble sleeping ever again thanks to a pretty unknown Casper campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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May 2019

43 min 16 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, cable can suck it, McDonald's gets techy, Jimmy Fallon is a vertical filmer, March Madness ratings are mad, the sky is falling, and babies have boogers that need to be sucked out. Then, our guest host, James, gives his perspective on LGBTQ+ representation and tokenism in advertising, and Ashley tells a story of two siblings, or maybe lovers, in an internet-famous Folgers commercial.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Mar 2019

37 min 19 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, a sex toy gets its time in the spotlight, you need to wipe your peach, Instagram makes a play for our wallets, beer is beer is beer, seafood drops a track, and trivia stands between you and a good night’s sleep. Then, our guest host, Sammie, talks about that amazing white stuff we all love, Hidden Valley Ranch, and Ashley takes us down the spiral of controversial United Colors of Benetton ads.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Mar 2019

36 min 55 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, KFC gets weirder and crowdfund-ier, Facebook censors, Budweiser gets un-sexist, a card game wants to make a creative’s job easier, an intern goes a little too far, and Vimeo's new spots are confusing and weird. Then, our guest host, Jonas, talks about a SFW version of some NSFW stuff from Diesel, and Ashley tells the story of how Pepsi almost killed Michael Jackson.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Mar 2019

35 min 53 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Coors Light is ready to mingle, Gillette wants you to put your deodorant on in a very specific and weird way, earth is the hottest new destination,  mayo is getting musty, and Papa Racist is out. Then, our guest host, Jimmy, wants you to CALL IN THE NEXT 5 MINUTES to hear about these infomercial origin stories, and Ashley’s Six Pack Story may end in a naked breakdown after talking about KONY 2012.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Mar 2019

34 min 46 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, the Oscars say no to a host and yes to better ratings, the wild west gets rebranded, another day another beer, weird cat stuff, and even more corn-troversy. Then, Ashley heats things up with the marketing behind 50 Shades of Grey, and Sandy gets chills talking about Nike’s newest inspirational spot.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2019

33 min 27 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Planet Fitness gets a new gym buddy, you can swipe right on some old trees, the corn-troversy gets heated, an ad agency opens that is totally an ad agency but says they that hate ad agencies, the Oscars are sold out, yet another YouTube scandal, and a heartwarming Chinese New Year campaign makes Sandy’s hormones flare up. Then, Sandy takes us back to the origins of #MeToo with some powerful survivor story PSAs and Ashley’s Six Pack Story introduces the voice of nature, and she is PISSED.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2019

39 min 8 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, there’s a war against brunch, emojis have a dance battle, pizza is pizza is pizza, you can finally live your taco dreams, “Like a Girl” lives on, napkins get creepy, and the Jolly Green Giant is DTF. Then, Ashley explores the wacky world of perfume ads, and Sandy gets into conjunction junction’s function with her Six Pack Story about a new Cheerios campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2019

36 min 21 sec

This week we do our own version of a Super Bowl commercial recap by giving out special awards to our favorites and definitely-not-favorites. Who will win the coveted 8-Pack Ad Award? Which spot fell flat enough to get the Flaccid Ad Award? Tell us which awards you want to give to this year’s Super Bowl commercials, and we’ll talk about them next week!   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Feb 2019

36 min 55 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, steakhouses take their rivalry to the streets, bubbles of ketchup are apparently romantic, candy gets musical, racist people get discounts, and Pepsi throws some soft drink shade. Then, Sandy takes it back to the 90s for the a story about the Beanie Baby craze and Ashley’s Six Pack Story is another Super Bowl throwback with GoDaddy’s racy, yet effective commercials.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2019

38 min 54 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, we need to talk about Gillette. And that’s it. Then, Puppymonkeybaby, Puppymonkeybaby, Puppymonkeybaby, and Sandy is DTF - Down To Fill you in about OKCupid’s campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2019

34 min 42 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Fiji finally talks, Kanye gets dissed by the King, Amazon may feel a woman’s wrath, a new ad placement is goin’ up, straws go bye-bye, and Geico throws it back. Then, “Hey Sandy, tell us about the voice behind Siri,” and Ashley’s Six Pack Story is all about the woman, the myth, the legend, the kind-of-annoying…Flo from Progressive.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2019

33 min 6 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Arby’s wants you to wear them, Cannes is in the giving mood, a caravan of buses drives home a powerful message, and social networks are taking over the world. Then, Ashley does some investigative reporting to find out who was responsible for the Fiji Water Girl, and Sandy’s Six Pack Story pops and doesn’t stop with the origin of Pringles.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Jan 2019

36 min 3 sec

This week, Sandy and Ashley circle back on stories from 2018 with updates on: a baby colonel, a hilarious apology from KFC, sketchy Facebook still bein' sketchy, an attorney general who won't show you their you-know-what, IHOwhoevencaresanymore, that statue that's been the talk of the industry for 2 years now, responses to racism from Starbucks and Nike, the Froot Loops cult, "Because I Can't Even", the controversial Jason Peterson from Havas, and the latest episode of the Bogusky Show. Thank you for an amazing year!   See stuff we talked about at www.rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2018

32 min 25 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Papa Johns wants people to like them again, Lyft says “no” to the L and “yep” to sitting in traffic, Spotify playlists tell chill-inducing stories of homeless youth, ugly Christmas sweaters get even uglier, a Google training exercise goes wrong, and Bogusky may or may not be wrestling Porter? Then, Sandy invades your privacy with Elf on the Shelf and Ashley’s Shix Pack Shtory ish all about Dollar Shave Club.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2018

41 min 51 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, the Payless stunt is questionable, some agencies are way better than others, lighters make us tingly, Victoria’s Secret throws shade and gets it right back, Burger King confuses us, and thank u, next. Then, for your consideration, Ashley’s Six Pack Story tells us about Hollywood award show bribery tactics, and Sandy’s Got Milk when she talks about the iconic slogan and campaign.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Dec 2018

38 min 38 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Wonderbra says hello again, Black Friday turns into Black Multiple-Days, O’Douls is responsible, London says “Bye Felicia” to junk food ads, Copper Mountain announces their new AOR, CP+B is up to some weird stuff, you can travel to experience nothing, and we answer an email. Then, congested Sandy can’t taste the rainbow, but tells us about Skittles ad campaigns, and Ashley puts on her geek hat to talk about a creative (and super catchy) video game marketing stunt.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Nov 2018

36 min 12 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Pinterest apparently didn't have a CMO until now, Carl’s Jr falls off the station wagon, people feel up a statue for a good cause, a “viral hit” makes Ashley cringe, and Volvo pumps it up. Then, Ashley prevents simple goiter with Morton Salt and the evolution of their mascot, and Sandy grabs a pint to tell us about the story behind Ben & Jerry’s, in that order.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Nov 2018

35 min 1 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Reese’s accepts your crappy candy for payment, Instax goes through the roof, Nebraska isn’t for everyone, Friday Health Plans covers your butt, Facebook is sketchy again, and Allbirds gets weird. Then, Sandy wants you to vote (shocker) with her Six Pack Story about controversial political ads, and Ashley takes a shot at a story on Sauza 901 Tequila’s campaign with Justin Timberlake.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Nov 2018

39 min 3 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Papa Who-Now gets a new agency, Bogusky wins a Quitty, Domino’s just keeps doing Domino’s things, Kleenex finally realizes it’s 2018, an article gets Sandy fired up, and a buttery roll gets its film debut. Then, Ashley goes ad-free with a Six Pack Story about cities that have banned advertising, and Sandy never stops with her story about the Energizer (Duracell?) bunny.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2018

30 min 51 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, it's another Tide ad, advertising goes all in on the return of The Conners, binging TV changes you in the best ways, the Insta founder spills some T, grapes get tough and murdery, and the NFL is single and ready to mingle. Then, Sandy passes go to tell her Six Pack Story about the scandal of McDonald's Monopoly, and Ashley lets the hate flow with Verizon and Thomas Middlewhatshisface. See today's stories at www.rhapodcast.com  To see our Picks of the Week and discuss today's stories with other humans, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/  Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast  

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Oct 2018

37 min 16 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Little Caesar’s gets caught with DiGiorno, Havas Chicago deals with Fishbowl drama in a strange way, hungry people click on weird Snickers ads, CP+B keeps closing offices, Truth.com says you can’t get it up, and mac and cheese talks to you. Then, Ashley talks about the one tweet from Oreo that changed social media marketing, and Sandy’s Six Pack Story comes with a super special announcement! See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Oct 2018

38 min 44 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Donuts get the dunk, IHOP gets hoppy, Instagram founders bounce, NY sees goats goin' at it, and Gen Z really likes junk food. Then, Ashley panders to millennials (or is it Gen Z?) with Subway's attempt at remaining relevant, and Sandy gets real with Chipotle's latest campaign about their super real ingredients. See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Watch our Picks of the Week and discuss today's stories with other humans on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/ Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2018

34 min 21 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, KFC's new colonel is beary sweet, Uber changes their logo AGAIN, Amazon makes an oopsie, Arby's decides for you, and Denver starts it up. Then, Sandy isn't Sandy until she takes a bite of the awesome Snickers campaign, "You're Not You When You're Hungry", and Ashley's Six Pack Story does wonders for women (except not really) with WonderBra's advertising.  See our Picks of the Week and talk to other real humans about today's stories on our Facebook Group - Rock Hard Ads https://www.facebook.com/groups/340981736378961/  Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2018

36 min 6 sec

Since we're states away from each other, we decided to record a special episode to introduce our brand new campaign we've been working so hard on. See the work here: https://youtu.be/OZKqvHDlhAU https://youtu.be/Vtg8pD03g_c   Tell us what you think! (only good things though)   Join our Facebook group (Rock Hard Ads) Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2018

23 min 15 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, the DMV concept is finally done and no one cares, drugs come in vending machines and the Denver Airport lizard people rise up. Then, Sandy takes a knee to tell us about Nike’s latest campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, and Ashley also gets down on one knee to propose the story of diamond engagement rings and their advertising origins. See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising in our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Sep 2018

38 min 29 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Papa Racist is back again, P&G tries to trademark stuff LOL, KFC wants to name your baby, Miracle Whip spreads to Florida (GET IT?!), and Nike and Serena Williams give a metaphorical finger to the French Open. Then, Ashley’s Six Pack Story makes us embarrassed about our own bodily functions with the origins of deodorant advertising, and Sandy speaks The Truth about some heavy opioid ads. See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com Talk to real humans about today’s stories and all things advertising at our Facebook group (the only place you’ll find our Picks of the Week!) - Rock Hard Ads Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Aug 2018

34 min 39 sec

This week in Hot Off the Bench Press, Dove dives into cartoons, Burberry’s new logo is the most basic, a Boulder shop closes down, a judge decides the identities of Diet Madison Avenue don’t need to stay private, Bogusky is Bo-back-sky, and zoodles have oodles of issues on live TV.   Then, Sandy clips in to tell us her Six Pack Story about Peloton’s rise to cycling power, and Ashley feels the love with Jolliebee’s Valentine’s Day campaigns.   See everything we talked about at rhapodcast.com   Join our FB group (Rock Hard Ads) to see our Picks of the Week and talk about the stories with real life people.   Twitter & Instagram: @rhapodcast

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Aug 2018

37 min 21 sec