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Advertising

Coca-Cola sends love letter to the Premier League

The director of a new ad from Coca-Cola in the UK has described it as a "love letter to the Premier League" as the drinks brand launches a new partnership with the football division. Where Everyone Plays is helmed by Stacy Wall and created through...

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Technology

How to get the most out of blockchain

There are unlimited opportunities for creatives and companies when it comes to working with blockchain technology, including a fairer and more reliable way of proving facts. Simon Gill, chief experience officer at global digital agency Isobar, said...

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Technology

Why the word 'innovation' is exhausted

The term ‘innovation’ can be interpreted in so many ways which means it gets commonly overused in the creative industry, according to a panel at Connect: London. In a session entitled The Best Way to Kill Innovation is to Sell it, the...

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Features

A Conversation with… The Economist’s Denise Law

More than just a newspaper, The Economist Group is a media company that challenges readers to critically examine the fundamental issues facing our planet. From its inception in 1843, The Economist continues to provide bold ideas, a global...

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Awards

Annual 2019 deadline extended

Creativepool has extended the entry deadline for its annual awards competition, which means you have two more weeks to submit your work. Annual 2019 brings a fresh approach to awards by offering entrants a unique platform to celebrate their creative...

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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The rest

As well as food, automotive and tech-inspired spots, there was an entertaining line-up of ads for a range of other brand categories. Here are the best starting with an action-packed ad for the NFL. NFL - 100-Year Game Pampers - Stinky Booty...

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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The tech

Tech companies relished the chance to get in on the Super Bowl action once again this year with serial advertisers and first timers entering the fray in 2019. Here are the best ads involving telcos, TV streamers, music companies and more to air on...

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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The cars

While Super Bowl 53 served up plenty of ads for food and drinks brands on Sunday, there was also the usual bout of car commercials. Here's a selection of the best to touch down. Toyota - Toni Audi - Cashew Mercedes - Say the Word Kia The Great...

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Advertising

All the ads of Super Bowl 53: The food

Now that the dust has settled after the New England Patriots won a record sixth Super Bowl in Atlanta on Sunday, it’s time to judge who won brand bowl in 2019. While it wasn’t a vintage year for football on the field, the ads typically...

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Trends

Advertisers must also be technologists

In advertising, it's important that you keep up with the latest technology in order to figure out more efficient and effective ways to connect with your consumers. Today, we interview director of technology, Ivan Mayes, to get his take on where the...

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Inspiration

Creativepool Spotlight: Ben the Illustrator

Having won a silver award in last year's Creativepool Annual for New York City Department of Transport, self-employed artist Ben the Illustrator is the focus of this Spotlight Q&A. Find out about his route into the industry which has led to working...

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Advertising

Linear production 'too long and expensive' - Shutterstock chief

The growth of video on social media has contributed to a need for cheaper, faster branded content, according to a marketing executive at Toronto-based Shutterstock Custom. Paul Cowan, VP of enterprise and SMB marketing, believes the introduction of...

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Events

Global creative calendar: February 2019

It's been 32 years since South By Southwest launched in Austin, Texas. March will see more than 150,000 people will convene in the city once again to redefine the cutting-edge in interactive, film, music and culture. The event will focus on trends...

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Advice

How to run a successful creative hack

Organising a creative hack can be a great way of getting people to interact with your brand and overcome a problem as part of a team. Non-profit organisation Sightsavers works to protect eyesight and the fight for disability rights and held a...

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Technology

How to spot a Twitter bot with Gravity Road

Twitter has rolled-out various functions to reduce the amount of abuse, harassment and unwanted engagement on its platform in the past few years. They have included allowing users to block certain words from replies to their tweets as well as...

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Trends

Retail trends 2019: Ian Scott

Human interaction, the high street and 5G are all areas of focus in Ian Scott's retail trends report for 2019. The Williams Lea Tag shopper marketing and innovation manager sheds light on his predictions for the shopping space and how the point of...

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Awards

Innocent 'energised' by Brand Team Annual win

Smoothie brand Innocent’s Annual Brand Team of the Year win in 2018 energised its whole creative team, according to Katie Rosen, group head of creative. The department has grown by 10 - from 8 to 18 - in her five-year tenure since she joined...

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Social Media

Agencies under increasing threat from influencers

The head of social at one of the world’s largest cereal brands believes advertising agencies are under increasing pressure from a new generation of social influencers. Joseph Harper, who looks after social campaigns in the UK & Ireland at the...

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Careers

Portfolio Critique: Not a middle finger

At UT's Portfolio Critique, I met a student writer by the name of Hayley Dupree. She is brimming with talent and has some of the best one-liners I have seen from a student copywriter's book as of late. Let's check them out in this week's portfolio...

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Technology

Only 4% of brands have succeeded with AI

Of the 50% of brands that have attempted to work with artificial intelligence (AI), only 4% have succeeded according to a creative technology team at London-based agency AnalogFolk. Simon Richings, ECD, and Miguel Alvarez, director of technology,...

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Advice

How to cut down on freelance admin

Sponsored Post As a creative freelancer, you’ll often have more choice over projects and freedom in the way you work compared to people who work full-time for one company. But you’ll also have more paperwork to handle - something that is...

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Trends

Life in the living room: Why TV still matters in 2019

- By Rhiannon Murphy, head of TV at the7stars - Television, or at least our relationship with it, has changed. Over the past 20 years we’ve gone from celebrating the launch of a fifth terrestrial channel on our TV screens in the UK to...

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Careers

Culture is more important than talent, says Havas CEO

The culture at a company is more important than the talent employed, according to Chris Hirst, European and UK group CEO at Havas. The exec held a session at Creativepool's Connect London festival and shared his thoughts on what makes a great leader...

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Technology

What skills do you need to collaborate with AI?

Tim Hole is a high-performance specialist and founder of Breathe Labs, a company providing coaching, training and collaboration systems to the creative industry. As well as implementing systems to help people work better together as humans,...

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Trends

Five social media trends for 2019

Claire Lancaster, head of social media at IF Agency, starts the year with her prediction of the key trends that will define the next 12 months in social media, content and influencer marketing. "I expect reach, dialogue and influencers to all reduce...

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Awards

How KFC told Suppertime Stories for Annual 2018

Last week, Matthew Barnes, ECD at Ogilvy South Africa explained how he and his agency created an engaging digital campaign for confectionary brand Cadbury to win an Annual in 2018. But they didn’t stop there. For fast food company KFC, the...

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Advertising

Why customers are the new competition

Brands need to be authentic and transparent in today’s modern media landscape in order to engage customers and get closer to audiences. As technology continues to disrupt the market, the likes of Spotify, Amazon and Netflix are changing the...

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Advice

Photoshop tutorial: Colourising black and white photos

Colourising black and white photographs can infuse life and a new point of view to the photo that has not been seen before. In today's photoshop tutorial, I will show you some simple tools to add a punch of color to photos from our past.

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Advertising

Diversity is easy, inclusion is the hard part

Diversity has been a major topic over the past year and continues to make headlines in the creative sector and beyond. But how do you make sure the conversation around the issue turns into something impactful which inspires change? A panel at...

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Advertising

Advertising is not a craft, it's a business - Sir Martin Sorrell

The former founder of agency network WPP has hit out at creatives in the advertising industry by suggesting that too many are living in the past. Sir Martin Sorrell spent 33 years building WPP into a global powerhouse with the network welcoming the...

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Awards

10 tips on how to win an Annual

The deadline for entries to this year's Creativepool Annual awards is fast approaching and with just over two weeks to submit your work, we've compiled a list of top tips to get you on your way. From telling your story and presenting the results...

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Trends

Zine culture tops Shutterstock trends in 2019

Shutterstock has launched its eighth annual Creative Trends Report, which predict major trends in 2019 as well as what will be the rising topics and one to watch in the year ahead. The overbearing theme of the findings is that there will be a...

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Advertising

YouTube Music ad makes top 10 list for EMEA

YouTube has released its overall 2018 EMEA ads leaderboard, which includes a spot for its music service, YouTube Music, in at number nine on the list. The top spot is taken by German online real estate portal Immowelt, with its epic narrative...

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Trends

Predicting the death of the influencer

One of the biggest YouTuber festivals arrives in the UK next month and ahead of the launch, Jim Louderback, the company's CEO, offers his predictions for the year ahead... There’s a lot happening in the world of online video, social platforms...

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Awards

How Ogilvy won an Annual award in five seconds for Cadbury

Cadbury’s classic Gorilla ad from 2007 has become a staple of the brand’s identity over the past decade or so. And while the work has notched millions of views on YouTube since launching on TV, the brand wanted to tap into the digital...

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Advice

How to Survive the January Self Assessment Rush

Everyone knows that preparing and filing your annual Self Assessment return is stressful. Between grappling with HMRC’s rules, putting together your evidence of income and allowances and racing against the 31st January deadline, it can feel like an...