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The Nike+ FuelBand and your guilt ridden-January self.

Today we are half way through the worst month of the year - hooray! And how are we doing, people? How's your Dry January going? And your new fitness routine? How about those New Year Resolutions? If the doom and gloom, incessant rain and the next...

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Inspiration

Anatomy Of A Headline

I've always loved advertising headlines. Long before I embarked on a copywriting career, I'd amuse myself by creating new versions of lines I saw in magazines or tube trains. Even as a kid, my mum (an English teacher) would point out headlines she...

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Hive mind. How are British Gas getting on with their new brand?

The post-Christmas advertising landscape is a rum old scene. The big retailers have withdrawn - some to lick their wounds, others to bathe in glory and ass's milk. This leaves the field pretty clear for other, less seasonal outfits, to pitch their...

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London Collections: Men

You may have noticed an increase in the number of sharply-dressed gentlemen wandering the gloomy streets of London this week, the reason for this is not a showcase of an expertly chosen Christmas gifts but the 4th season of London Collections: Men...

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Very telly. The best of 2014's new TV shows.

As the Christmas schedule proved, telly in 2013 was a very hit and miss affair. On the one hand, we had the hilarious glory of 'Gogglebox'; on the other, the clunky scripts of Matt Smith's last days in 'Doctor Who'. Still, we're a week into a new...

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Features

How to get your work noticed by a Creative Director

So it’s 2014 and you’re on a quest to land a new job at a brilliant agency. But how do you make sure you stand out from the hundreds of people doing exactly the same? Our Creative Director, Martin Homent, shares his tips and insight into...

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Features

'Ello, 'ello, 'ello. What’s all this 'ere, then? #CuriousCop

Happy new year to all you Creativepoolers. Hope you had a blast - and not necessarily of reality. Lord knows we have enough of that for the rest of the year, so I hope you had a day off from the doom. I wonder how many of you went down to the Thames...

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Inspiration

Meet the Executive Creative Director, Wesley Hogg of Reading Room

Tell us a bit about you Wesley... I began working in the creative industry in 1998 after studying at Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths. Early on I specialised in digital and was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to ride the...

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Unlucky for some. How 2013 let me down.

For all its joys and thrills, fun and frolics, 2013 still managed to deposit a substantial quantity of manure into our desperate existence. So, as 2014 crashes unbidden into our lives, let us exorcise the demons which threatened to engulf us this...

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Advertising executives? - Why don't you open your mind?

Saturday afternoon was spent lazing about underneath a tree on Hampstead Heath, me and my friends slowly working our way through a gigantic picnic. Whilst doing a bit of cloud watching, we spotted a helicopter pulling a gigantic PKR Poker banner...

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Inspiration

Nice artwork? What about the call to action?

Too often at printed.com we see fabulous flyers, leaflets and stickers with killer design and spot-on messaging, but there's something missing no call to action! To give your printed marketing materials a chance to work, it's so important to include...

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Advice

Compromised. The joy of having your gmail hacked.

When you’re self-employed there’s little that can upset the equilibrium quite as much as someone from Timbuktu taking over your email account. Last week this happened to me and let me tell you, it is damned annoying. In fact in the...

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Create11 The right side of London

I know I am always banging on about how great East London is and I'm sure it is highly irritating for those of you who don't live here but maybe my ramblings on are perhaps slightly useful for those of you who do so here is the latest in the I heart...

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Royal Wedding Causes Flurry of New Designs on Everyday Items

You are aware, I'm sure, that Prince William, heir to the throne, is to marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011. What you may not be aware of, however, that the national celebration has caused an outbreak of organisations to jump...

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Fashion's New Year's honours

The 2013 New Year's honours list has been drawn up and announced. This year it consists of a female-heavy list of special mentions and an ominous absence of big names such as Andy Murray and David Beckham whom were both expected to receive...

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Features

"That ad campaign cost too much." No **** Sherlock.

When I blogged about the John Lewis Christmas ad a few weeks ago - the one featuring the hare and the bear…and the despair of the rather wet Lily Allen cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ - a lot of people balked at the...

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Inspiration

Personal best. What 2013 did for me.

For all its trials, hardships, wars and woes, 2013 still managed to inject some wonderful stuff into our busy, pressured lives. So, with 2014 snapping at our heels, this would be an appropriate moment to celebrate the things which enhanced the human...

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Features

Drive Like A Girl: patronising, discriminatory...or clever?

Most people would probably agree that, these days, we are a much more touchy-feely nation than ever before. Or much more “politically correct”, if you want to be more politically correct about the label. But advertising is still one of...

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Festive Jumpers Galore

We're in the festive spirit of things and it looks like we're not on our own! Some of our favourite recruiter clients have been enjoying festive moments from Secret Santas, Office Parties to Christmas Jumper Days. Here's some tweets that helped us...

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Top 10 Creativepool Companies of 2013

2013 is nearly over, and hasn't it flown! We have had a great year and thought we would take a moment to showcase our Top 10 companies of the year. These are the companies with the most views and follows. Some award winning, talented and awesome...

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Inspiration

Two trends influencing the performance of your brand

The best-laid strategies have to be amenable to change. In the long term, market forces, cultural changes and technological innovation can all shift the foundations you’ve built on. And as Darwin explained: it’s not the strongest that...

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Features

Panic stations: leaving London and moving to t’sticks

As I sit down to write my blog today, I’m a bit anxious. You see, we moved on Saturday. But this was no ordinary move. I’ve left the creative centre of the country (and some would argue of the world) and gone to live in a place where...

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It's a wrap. Introducing this year's best Christmas campaign.

Understandably there's been quite some fuss about the John Lewis 'Hare and Bear' Yuletide spot. Not only is it high profile and eye-catching, but the cartoon alone cost somewhere in the region of £7m. With that sort of investment, you 'd hope it...

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Pringle all the way

Each year around this time, Pringles hits the US and UK shelves with new, limited-time-only, holiday-themed flavours. The flavours are festive and unexpected. They are flavourful and experimental products that are likely to be disgusting. White...

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Features

Meet the Creative Director, Colin Byrne of VCCP

Tell us a bit about you Colin... I'm a 6ft 3" one-time professional surfer and ex Abercrombie & Fitch model stuck in the body of a 5ft 10" balding Brightonian. Creative Director at VCCP, father of two beautiful daughters and husband to a very...

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Features

YouTube and You: are you doing yourself out of a job?

“That’s the power of social media” - that’s what they keep telling us. Yep, social media can indeed be harnessed and used to great effect by an enormous range of businesses - from sole traders to multinationals. For some of...

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Merry Christmas to our Poolers

A short animation to say Merry Christmas and thanks for your support in what has been a big year of changes for us at Creativepool. Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks to Darren Thompson for helping us create our festive greeting.

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That other social network. The rise of Google Plus.

So, you think you know your social media? What's the biggest social network in the world, then? Right, Facebook. Even my Auntie Janet knows it's Facebook - and I don't have an Auntie Janet. Okay, which social network is the second biggest? Twitter,...

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Inspiration

Threadless. Making shirts awesome since 2000.

Threadless is a creative community that makes, supports, and buys great art. It has evolved from an online t-shirt design company into an international community-driven design platform featuring merchandise designed by and for its fan base of nearly...