• Adam Conner

Special Edition: Faking Authentic

On today's episode, a special edition of Authentic Influence: a deep-dive into what happens when a brand attempts to fabricate authentic moments in marketing, sparked by the recent backlash to Peloton's 2019 holiday ad.

The episode features three perspectives:

  • Andrew Essex, former CEO of Droga5; current CEO of Plan A, a creative holding company

  • Peter Horst, founder of CMO Inc.; former CMO of Capital One / Hershey / Ameritrade

  • Mike Shields, CEO of Shields Strategic Consulting; former advertising journalist for BI, WSJ, and AdWeek

Today, you'll learn:

  • The context of the Peloton ad, and the general reaction to and backlash surrounding it

  • Perspectives on peers and consumers as the gold standard of authentic messaging

  • Why, despite those perspectives, brands are continuing to pump millions into faking authentic

  • Thoughts on "critic culture": an increasingly sensitive public which comes together in "piling on" to things it dislikes

  • The juxtaposition between the Peloton and the viral parody it inspired

  • Outlook: how could brands feature more real consumers going forward?

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Music: "Streetview" by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License (CC BY-SA 4.0)