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Features

Are automotive brands accidentally alienating the female market?

By Erminia Blackden, head of strategy at Partners Andrews Aldridge... Women are in the driving seat for 85% of all purchases. This includes cars and trucks in the US, yet the industry as a whole seems woefully ill-equipped to serve its current and...

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Advertising

Ads of the Week

Barbie - The Dream Gap Project Starting at the age of five, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs. They stop believing their gender can do or be anything. This is the Dream Gap and this is the year toy brand Barbie begins working to...

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Advertising

Account wins this week

Tribal Worldwide gets social with AT&T Tribal Worldwide, a division of DDB Worldwide and Omnicom, has been selected by telco AT&T to run its corporate social media account, effective immediately. Tribal will service the business out of its...

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Inspiration

Next-Gen Brand Builders You Should Know

If you spend a bit too much time sitting in back-to-back meetings, planning rollout dates, looking at demographics and campaign performance analytics you can sometimes be in danger of forgetting what ‘it’ feels like. What is it exactly?...

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Design

Rebrand roundup: Mr Kipling, FIX8, Festival PIEL and more

Mr Kipling by Robot Food Strategic brand agency Robot Food has redesigned the look of Mr Kipling cakes in the US and Australian to boost its international appeal. The company is known in the UK for its ‘exceedingly good cakes’ slogan...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique #5 - Carlos Melo, Graphic Designer

Today's portfolio critique comes to us from Carlos Andrés Melo from Bogotá, Colombia. This graphic designer has some killer typography skills and is on his way to do some special things. Please give Carlos some love or critique in the comments of...

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Proximity London adds Tan Proximity London has hired Ben Tan (above) as head of strategy to lead and oversee the growing department. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Tan joins from BBD Perfect Storm where he was executive planning...

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Features

Simon Frederick on why Black is the New Black

As photographer/director Simon Frederick peers down the stairway overlooking his current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, it’s a significant moment. Black is the New Black features 30 prominent black personalities from the worlds...

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Social Media

Brands cut through with Banksy remakes

Street artist Banksy caused a stir this week with a tongue-in-cheek stunt which saw one of his pieces self-destruct after selling for £1m (US1.4m). An original version of his Girl with a Balloon picture was fitted with a secret shredder which...

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Advertising

Ads of the Week

Amazon Prime Video - Great Shows Stay with You Droga5 London has launched a new campaign to promote Amazon Prime Video’s programming slate led by four funny spots called Jack Ryan, Lucifer, Outlander and Vikings. The ads are shot by Steve...

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Tapestry Treatment: Halloween Makeover

Are you or your colleague in need for a Halloween Makeover this year? It's hit that time of the year again where we give a halloween makeover to the winner of our Tapestry Treatment competition using the magic of post production - no make up, props...

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Advice

Self Assessment webinar

New webinar: The what, when and why of Self Assessment 18th October @ 10 am Filing your Self Assessment is the dirty laundry of the small business world - you know it needs doing, but you put it off again and again until you no longer have a...

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Features

October's Essential Reads

Our CEO, Anant Sharma, rounds up his best reads of the month, from a luxury boutique that only exists in a messaging app to keeping it real with AI. I thoroughly enjoyed the overview of Vice’s history. I had no idea it became so large it was...

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Advertising

Account wins this week

Ford parks WPP, names BBDO Car manufacturer Ford has selected Omnicom’s BBDO Worldwide as its new lead creative agency after 75 years with WPP. Wieden+Kennedy was also involved in the pitch which launched in April and the agency has taken a...

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Advice

How to get a mortgage as a contractor

Getting a mortgage as a contractor can seem intimidating. Are there any special self-employed tips you need to be aware of? What about the rumour that contractors just can’t have one? These kind of questions and fears are often left...

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Features

Creatives and AI: Are they the perfect match?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating the pace of many industries - and the creative fields are no exception. While there is still a stigma of fear towards AI in some sections, the majority are beginning to see the positive impact the tech is...

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Advice

Key tips on successful group brainstorming

Brainstorming, coming up with ideas, and literally getting paid to think are the best parts of our jobs as creatives. In advertising, group brainstorming is the most efficient and effective way to solve a client's problem and, in this video, I...

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Inspiration

Women who code: Hacking stereotypes

There is a pressing need for women in coding. Despite overwhelming interest in computer science by girls in lower stages of school, only a fraction continue to graduate in a relevant discipline. With Computer Science jobs predicted to be the...

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Publicis Group unveils leadership team Publicis Groupe has appointed Jo Coombs as chief operating officer (COO), reuniting her with the company’s chief executive Annette King, who she worked with at Ogilvy UK. The new leadership team also...

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Features

Creating brands, not design

By Dan Gladden, associate creative director at Pearlfisher New York Great design - it will set your brand on the path to success, right? Challenger brands look to the icons they want to be and often come to our table with the understanding that...

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Features

The power of cake: Content is making TV tastier than ever

From unpredictable reality shows to unmissable drama, TV programming is stronger and more captivating than ever, and there’s no better example than The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). Even after its controversial £75m move to Channel 4...

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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

McCann drives Opel/Vauxhall in Europe Vauxhall-owned car manufacturer Opel has appointed McCann Erickson as its new international creative agency. McCann replaces previous partner Scholz & Friends and will pick up the account as of January 1,...

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Design

Rebrand Roundup: FC Barcelona, BBC2, Mailchimp and more

FC Barcelona - Summa European footballing giant Barcelona is renewing its image with a rethink of the iconic crest design and an official introduction of a nickname regularly used by fans. The new logo, created by Spanish consultancy Summa...

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Careers

The Journey - Mark Van Duinen, Director Of Studio Services

Today we take a drive with the head of the studio department at TracyLocke, Mark Van Duinen. We take on his journey and talk tech/general advice on breaking into the industry and staying there. His perspective is one that I truly admire as he has a...

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Features

Give your marketing the overnight test

Ben Matthews, principle planner at Havas Helia explains how having kids and applying the rules of parenting can help your marketing strategy… Being a planner often means applying knowledge from outside the traditional business sphere to...

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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Saatchi & Saatchi London taps 72andSunny ECD Saatchi & Saatchi London has hired the former ECD of 72andSunny New York to be its new chief creative officer. Guillermo Vega will join the agency on October 1 following the departure of Andy Jex, who...

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Events

October 2018 Creative Calendar

Every year, the Cannes Lions score the global branded communications and marketing industry on Reach, Communication, Craft, Experience, Innovation, Impact, Good, Health and Entertainment. The latest edition of the Creative Calendar is designed to...

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Features

Why Weight Watchers' name change is a step in the right direction

Slimming company Weight Watchers has rebranded as WW with a renewed focus on wellness and health, rather than weight loss. While the change represents an evolution of thinking at the company, the fact that the heritage letters have been retained has...

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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

Ogilvy UK wins MOBO London-based ad agency Ogilvy UK has been appointed by the MOBO Organisation to handle brand development and strategy across its awards and other entities. The MOBO Awards began in 1996 and has since become one of Europe’s...

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