For Leaders and Learners

The creative industry’s connection to inspirational, educational and thought-provoking content.

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Workshop

Let's Stop BSing In Advertising

We're all at least a little bit guilty of at some point BSing our way through a presentation, from talking about industry-changing trends that still aren't completely defined (like 5G) as if we're experts, or throwing a skill on our résumé that...

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Leaders

Integrated payments: the key to a unique shopping experience

UK Ecommerce is set to account for almost a quarter of all retail spend in the UK in 2020, and it’s well documented that the high-street is struggling to compete with online retailers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has even called 2019...

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Inspiration

Member spotlight - The bleak beauty behind Ken Gerhardt's lens

As the 2nd ranked photographer on Creativepool with over 40 years of experience, Ken Gerhardt certainly knows more than most about the art of photography. In recent years, he’s rediscovered his love for black and white film, feeling that the...

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Industry

Creativepool Annual 2020 - The Most Judging Panel Announced

We’ve roped in an enviable roll call of top tier creatives and marketers to cast their considered critical eyes over the work that lit up Creativepool in 2019. Pulled from every corner of the industry, with representatives from some of the...

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Workshop

Burnout: It's not just for millennials!

While agencies are understandably focusing on the wellbeing of their younger workers, stress affects all of us. When asked to give an insight into how we approach mental health at Southpaw, our CEO Tom Poynter argued that senior industry staff are at...

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Features

Getting to know - Doing digital differently with David Wharram

For this week’s getting to know, I sat down with David Wharram, the CEO of Coast Digital - a digital marketing agency that prides itself as an agency that thinks about digital marketing “in a different way.” What does that mean...

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Inspiration

15 things millennials want from the workplace

Millennials seem like a complicated generation through and through. They keep rewriting the way our society works and that can be confusing and tough for the people trying to retain Millenials in the office and give them work. Suddenly, cubicles...

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Inspiration

What Does An Art Director Think About While Illustrating?

Internal monologue has been a hot topic as of late so I thought I would share a glimpse into my brain and my thoughts while illustrating a poster of LeBron James. I discovered that my brain is a bit all over the place while designing but I'm sure I'm...

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Leaders

Why data’s time will never run out in the hourglass economy

In almost all areas of the economy the middle ground is on the decline. In grocery, powerhouses Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda have been assailed by discounters Aldi and Lidl. In fashion, social media is rendering luxury labels more...

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Inspiration

Getting to know - The big ideas of Kevin Forister

If you have been reading Creativepool for a while then Kevin Forister is probably a name you’re well aware of. For years now, Kevin has been spoiling us with his weekly videos geared towards inspiring aspiring creatives and we’ve also...

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Inspiration

The Rise and Rise of Gamification

Just like comic books and the recent rise of nerd culture, long gone are the days where gaming was seen as something for kids or only limited to games consoles. The normalisation of gaming on various platforms has increased so much that it was only a...

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Leaders

Innovation, brand value and the customer journey

Consumer decision making is changing, and that’s impacting brand loyalty. This became clear to me while I was researching a presentation I made at an event held to examine the role and the market opportunity presented by online video. One of...

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Workshop

The key to building a successful employee training programme

One of the essential element of any successful business is well-trained employees. Skills, training, experience and knowledge are always in high demand. Efficiency and safety are the names of the game and the more productive an employee is, the...

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Inspiration

Behind the idea: The problem with wrinkles

Sexual innuendo continues to be a favourite tool of advertisers for a simple reason - it works and it’s usually effortlessly funny. Such is the case in this spot by Procter & Gamble’s multi-agency shop Woven (with teams from Grey),...

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Workshop

A Fun Little Exercise On Building A Brand

Today's video is all about brand building. At my first agency, Screamer Co., we helped client's find their brand voice. In the discovery phase of doing that, we hosted a fun little exercise to help them look at their brand in a fresh, new way. It was...

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Workshop

How to Retain Your Audience in 2020

Do you actively think about how your visitors come to you? If you’re still relying on erratic websites and referral traffic, the mercy of social media algorithms, and Google - where over 50% of today’s searches result in zero clicks - you...

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Industry

Creativepool Annual Spotlight: AKQA show us how to believe again

AKQA has been a big part of the Creativepool community in one form or another since its initial inception. The agency has been a Creativepool member since 2013 and has been behind dozens of featured projects and award-winning Annual entries over the...

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Industry

Creativepool Annual Spotlight: Mother make us laugh and cry

Having begun life almost 30 years ago with just three incredibly creative individuals sat around a table, Mother has blossomed in the last few decades into one of the most beloved agencies not only in London but the creative world at large. Mother...

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Leaders

Eco or ego? The environmental impact of awards ceremonies

When it comes to paying lip service to environmental causes, the creative industries don’t exactly hold a monopoly but they are far from innocent either. As the generic public continues to ‘wake up’ to the realities of climate...

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Inspiration

Selling Sobriety: Merging the wellness and drinks markets

Dry January has become something of a phenomenon. Established by a health charity in the UK in 2013, the world now over celebrates sobriety at the end of the festive period - much to the chagrin of many a licensed premise. Supermarkets saw sales of...

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Leaders

Shortcutting Video: The proven effectiveness of 2-second ads

A research and neurological study from IPG Mediabrands Netherlands and publisher Sanoma has revealed that an ultra-short advertisement is able to convey brand, product and message much more effectively than the first few seconds of a regular spot -...