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The Week In Advertising

Jackpot Joy - Bus Stop There's so much to baffle me here (which leads me to suspect these people are not really addressing me). Does Barbara Windsor really need money so badly that she's forced to appear in online bingo ads? Can't Eastenders give...

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Inspiration

Recreating the Super Bowl Ads Brick By Brick

This month A+C studios released 'Brick Bowl', a self-initiated challenge to recreate the best of the Super Bowl 2015 commercials as a stop motion animated film, using thousands of Lego bricks in less than 36 hours. A+C Studios is an animation...

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Co-op Pharmacy relaunch goes Well

The UK's third-largest pharmacy chain (and largest independent pharmacy) recently relaunched its 780 stores under a new brand and a new name. The Co-operative Pharmacy, which employs over 7,000 staff across the country, has been rebranded as...

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Saatchi & Saatchi earn themselves some Goodwill

Goodwill and the Ad Council have teamed up to launch a series of new public service advertisements (or PSAs) revealing how clothing and household items donated to Goodwill have helped, and will continue to help, people in the US struggling to find...

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Amazon unveil Firstborn Audible ad

Amazon recently rolled out a new campaign from New York-based digital agency Firstborn for its audiobook producer and retailer, Audible. Audible posits itself as the Netflix of audiobooks, with a monthly payment plan for under a tenner that gives...

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Proof that bigger isn't always better

Iv'e never been a fan of vast spaces. I wouldn't exactly call myself a hobbit or anything, but Iv'e always favoured a cozy environment over an elaborate, expansive one. It might have something to do with my upbringing. For the first 15 years of my...

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HP double your desktop's design potential

Hewlett Packard is launching a new desktop computer in the UK that aims to help designers move seamlessly between physical and digital platforms by implementing both a vertical touchscreen and a horizontal touchpad. The machine is an interesting...

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Does two mouths mean twice the flavour?

VCCP recently unveiled a new international campaign promoting the 13th annual International Summit of Gastronomy, Madrid Fusión food festival. The festival, which is the largest of its kind in the world, was held earlier this month in the Spanish...

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Enter the cardboard art studio

Acclaimed artist Tom Burckhardt is certainly no stranger to the concept of making something out of nothing. In his paintings, a selection of which will be on display at a solo show taking place at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York later this...

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Ad World is crazy in Love

Depending on your point of view, Valentine's Day is either the most romantic day of the year, or a cynical ploy designed to separate gullible lovebirds from their hard earned cash, which was originally birthed for the sole reason that a group of...

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Revenues are up at Twitter - so where now for the social network?

Whenever financial commentators comment on the fiscal possibilities of social media, the focus falls of Facebook. Understandable, I suppose. A fifth of the world's population has an account and the whole platform seems permanently balanced between...

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Features

Step inside the Jelly Kitchen

Ever wondered what inspires the jelly talent? What drives them? What a typical day is like? jelly London's Head of Creative Comms Rachael Guiver, went behind the scenes with jelly Kitchen's A team to find out how it all started, what they love most...

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Topman declare open season on YouTube

Men's clothing retailer Topman recently launched a brand new YouTube initiative dedicated to connecting with fans and creative communities across the UK using specially selected artists who they believe embody the Topman brand. The project is called...

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Leo Burnett announce new top dog in China

It was announced yesterday by Leo Burnett Asia Pacific CEO Jarek Ziebinski, that Danny Mok has been appointed as CEO of Leo Burnett China, effective as of today (February 10). Mok will report directly to Ziebinski, and will be responsible for the...

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A window into the world of sex

There are few things in life less sexy than numbers. Even the number 69 only approximates a sexual position, and is more a cause for mild amusement than genuine arousal. This project by the creative agency Nice and Serious for the Wellcome...

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The BAFTAs: the award goes to...the dinner jacket

So, it looks we have a winner in the Eton versus Harrow battle. Yes, Eddie Redmayne toddled off with the BAFTA for Best Actor last night, leaving Benedict Cumberbatch with a more enigmatic expression of stiff-upper-lippedness than ever. Oh, sure, I...

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Etsy suffers the wrath of T-Swift

Whilst she might come across as all sweetness and light in her music videos and on her seemingly unending, globe-trotting adventures, pop-star of the moment Taylor Swift certainly has a nasty side (or at least her representatives do). It was...

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BBH say you can win 50 years of KFC

Finger licking fast-food chicken brand KFC is celebrating 50 years in the UK with a series of campaigns created by BBH London. The work will span the whole year, beginning with the multichannel “Families” campaign that launches today....

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The Week in Tech

Snoop Dogg takes cannabis enthusiasm to its logical conclusion Rapper, actor and entrepreneur (you read that right) Snoop Dogg (the artist briefly known as “Snoop Lion”) is reportedly attempting to raise $25 million in order to invest in...

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Saatchi & Saatchi say “Labour isn't working”

Saatchi & Saatchi has not only announced that they won't be backing the Labour Party for this year's general election, but expect the Conservatives to win. CEO Robert Senior said that, though the agency handled the advertising for Labour's campaign...

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The Black Cab Interviews present Ann Wixley

Ann Wixley, Creative Director at OMD UK, talks with Creativepool founder, Michael Tomes. Hear Ann's thoughts on the connection between performance art and experiential creativity, creating and producing ideas and their impact. Ann was a ballet...

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Business Roundup

JWT - US Marine Corps Following a government-mandated request for proposal, the United States Marine Corps has renewed its advertising contract with JWT Atlanta, a relationship that has now lasted 67 years. Since its last review in 2007, J. Walter...

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Top Hires of the Week

McCann Worldgroup McCann announced this week that it has named Eric Silver as regional chief creative officer for North America. He joins McCann from his own independent agency, Silver+Partners, where he has served as chief creative officer since...

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The Awards Update

Facebook Awards Submissions are officially open for the 2015 Facebook Awards (formerly the Facebook Studio Awards), which celebrates top creative work on Facebook (and Instagram this year). This year’s awards feature four additional...

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Amazon's first brick & mortar

As a self-professed creature of the online age, a solid 90% of my shopping is done from the comfort of my own home, most often at my office desk, occasionally whilst on the toilet (don't tell me I'm the only one). As such the idea of a brand such as...

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EasyJet streamlines its livery branding

It was unveiled recently that easyJet, the affordable airline that almost singlehandedly made orange cool again (sort of) has dropped the “.com” from the side of its planes in order to bring the look more in line with overall advertising and...

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Natalie Portman escapes wedding by helicopter

Anton Corbijn might be more famous for his band photography and music videos (for seminal acts such as U2 and Depeche Mode), but his recent forays into film, which include the stunning Joy Division biopic “Control,” and last year's “A Most...

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Ogilvy CommonHealth find fame in the future

Two Ogilvy CommonHealth mainstays were inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame's Future Famers Program at an awards dinner held at the Pierre Hotel in New York on tuesday night (February 3). Account executive Lisa Gelbman, and content...

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The First Virgin Hotel opens in Chi-town

Is there anything Richard Branson can't do? Well, besides affordable space flight (too soon?) and soft drinks (anyone who remembers Virgin Cola no doubt still has nightmares about it) of course? It would appear not, as the billionaire Virgin tycoon...

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The Week In Advertising - Superbowl Special

Jamie Casino - Casino's Law It's hard to overstate the importance of the Superbowl to Americans. Ostensibly a sports final, it's actually a televisual event which unites the country annually - and the commercial breaks are just as important as the...

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Downing Street gets lit up!

Over the last weekend, tourists and passers by might have noticed the front door of number 10 downing street, the residence of Prime Minister David Cameron, looked a little different than usual. Specifically, that it's usually blank, black face had...

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J20 create an oddly perfect blend

Less than a week after it was announced they had officially been handed the brand's digital portfolio, TH_NK has launched an innovation new campaign for Britvic's J20 soft drink featuring a unique combination of spoken word poetry and orchestral...

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Kellogg's attempt to beat the banker

Kellogg's were recently announced as the new official sponsors of the popular Chanel 4 game show “Deal or No Deal.” The popular cereal brand have chosen to use the opportunity to promote their All-Bran range of cereals, which has recently been...

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Can VR help your mental health?

ProReal in mental health Full disclosure here; I suffer from mental illness. I have since I was 13, and it's something I have had to live with every day since. I see no reason not to divulge that information, as I personally don't believe it in any...

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MADE gets physical

The online furniture store MADE has made its most ambitious move yet into the physical realm with a new flagship showroom (its largest yet) based in the centre of London. The new store opened on Saturday in Soho on Charing Cross Road, and fills a...