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Leaders

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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Workshop

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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Leaders

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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Leaders

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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Industry

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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Inspiration

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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Leaders

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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Inspiration

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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Industry

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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Workshop

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...

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Leaders

Reports of the death of advertising are false

There has been talk of the death of advertising as a new media landscape continues to evolve but is there any truth in the claiming that creativity’s best days are over? Federico Garcia, ECD at Huge New York, defended its case at Connect...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Mark Melling

Verizon Media-owned global creative studio RYOT's head of EMEA, Mark Melling, believes it's time for advertising move on from being passive and one-way and that we have the tools and technology to make it happen. He gives his wider thoughts and...

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Industry

Tech trends from CES 2019

Over a five-day period, I attended one of the largest consumer electronics conferences in the world, CES, to dive into the new tech and innovations that will be changing the advertising landscape in the foreseeable future. If we don't keep up, we'll...

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Leaders

How to survive in the new age of creativity

Agencies are going through an unprecedented time of change with technology having a significant impact on business and how they are defined. So how can they survive in this new age of creativity? Laura Jordan Bambach, chief creative officer at Mr...

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Leaders

It's only the beginning for mixed reality

Sol Rogers, founder of immersive production studio REWIND, believes mixed reality is still in its infancy and said we’ve only seen a glimpse of what’s possible in the future for the technology. He took the audience at...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Sam Walker

Tech and data will try try - and fail - to outshine creativity in 2019 according to Sam Walker. The ECD at London creative studio Uncommon offers his thoughts on the year ahead. What will be the biggest trend in 2019? The trend of talking about...

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Leaders

How to solve advertising's pricing issue

Advertising’s pricing model has become ever more complicated as the industry evolves with clients and agencies seeking the best value for their investment of time, money and people. But how do you put a cost on creativity? Every agency and...

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Workshop

Portfolio Critique: Everyone loves a dog campaign

An aspiring Art Director named Tony Chiang emailed me to rip his book apart and that is exactly what we are going to do today. Part of being a creative in this industry is building a tough skin and Tony's willingness to get critiqued mixed with his...

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Leaders

Five things to avoid when choosing your logo design

By Paul Heaton, owner and creative director at Reform Studio. Logos are signs, marks of identity designed for easy recognition. They are used by every kind of organisation in every part of the world, from international corporations to charities and...

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Industry

Five reasons to enter Annual 2019

There’s less than a month left to enter this year’s Creativepool Annual and as 2019 gets into gear, it's time to start preparing your submissions for this year’s book. Now in it’s sixth edition, the Annual offers a collection...

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Leaders

The truth about our digital dependence

As technology evolves, we continue to become much more dependent on our smartphones. The online world affects almost every aspect of our lives and it’s hard to go a single day without consuming some form of content from the internet. In this...

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Leaders

Brands need to let go of control

Brands should be more open minded about how they speak to younger audiences, according to a panel at Creativepool’s inaugural Connect: London event. The two-day festival saw key members of the ad, design and branding worlds come together to...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Carl White

Global CEO and co-founder of Nano Interactive, Carl White, talks about a shortage of talent and encourages greater collaboration in his thoughts for the year ahead. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field? I expect to see massive...

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Workshop

Year one channel update

As year one of the YouTube channel wraps up, I wanted to take a moment to explain why I started it in the first place. I've been so blessed by the support over the last year and am excited for what creative advertising craziness we can get into over...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Hugo Drayton

Digital ad tech firm Inskin's CEO Hugo Drayton offers his three big trends for the industry in 2019 as well as explaining how Brexit, Blockchain and GDPR will affect advertising and creativity. What will be the biggest trends in 2019 in your field?...

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Workshop

How to get hired as a creative

At the University of Texas' Portfolio Critique, I sat down with creative director turned creative recruiter, Frank Oggeri, to find out what he looks for in candidates and their portfolios. Here, I pick his brain to get the recruitment perspective on...

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Leaders

10 video marketing trends for 2019

The prospects for video makers and marketers in 2019 are beginning to heat up. The film and video industry is changing rapidly, with new gear, formats, channels, and avenues for advertisements gaining momentum every day. Let’s look at the top...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Ming Chan

A further blurring of agency lines and overcoming an identity crisis are on the cards in 2019 according to global digital agency The1stMovement's LA-based CEO, Ming Chan. He offers his thoughts on what's ahead and urges companies to be more nimble...

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Industry

Global Creative Calendar: January 2019

In the months ahead, this Global Creative Calendar will once again open exciting new doors of possibility. Entering any one of them is sure to impact your life for the foreseeable future - and also, most likely, in far-reaching ways that you could...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Ed Preedy

Ed Preedy, MD at computer vision company GumGum, believes there'll be much more visual content on the internet next year and explains how companies can harness the trend. He's also enjoyed the recent spate of retro ads and highights the increased...

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Leaders

Ad trends 2019: Dan Carter

Don't make Instagram campaigns purely for the sake of it and if you're an agency, have a clear specialism. Dan Carter, ECD at American agency Set Creative outlines what went on in 2018 and offers his thoughts on the year ahead. What will be the...

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Features

The most sought after celebs of 2018 and ones to watch next year

2018 was the year when Harry married Meghan, Cardi B went stratospheric, and football brought the world together. Shutterstock has analysed search and download data to determine the past year's most searched for newsworthy names and events around...

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Leaders

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

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Industry

How Yarza Twins bottled diversity for Annual 2018

Click on Spanish sisters Eva and Marta Yarza’s Creativepool profile and you’ll be met with an avalanche of colour. The creative duo, better known as graphic design studio Yarza Twins, picked up a silver prize in the Annual in 2018 and...