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Inspiration

Member Spotlight - Growing gracefully with Woven’s Mark Bower

Mark Bower has watched 'digital marketing' come of age over the last 20 years and admits it's been a wild ride. A lot has happened. But he’s convinced we are, even now, just getting started. This week, in the midst of a global meltdown, we...

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Leaders

Why the future of content production is in cloud storage

The streaming services market is flourishing, with many established entertainment brands now rushing to create their own platforms, such as HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock. Having failed to capitalise on a sector that’s been dominated by...

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You Little Jerk – Creating Culture with Larry Hubatka

Today's video is all about the culture within an advertising agency, what it is and how we can effect it. To help me cover the topic, we're going to get a little help from the book "You Little Jerk" by Larry Habatka. It's a great, quick read filled...

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How can brands adapt to change in the luxury sector?

As luxury consumers' behaviour changes from 'having' to 'being', experiences are being increasingly valued as much as products. Brands can capitalise on this by creating experiences that are the sweet spot between brand aspiration and brand vision....

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The Employer Guide to Remote Working

As the world prepares for even more strict measures of lockdown, we decided to provide guidance on how to handle remote working for your employees. The below guide collects information from official sources, such as the UK Government's website, and...

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Remote Control: Monetising your lockdown

Panic mode has officially been engaged and no industry is safe from the fallout. The tendrils of COVID-19 have spread with wanton abandon, latching onto every sector; decimating some whilst only wounding others. For freelancers, the sting is...

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How to Help Fight the Pandemic with your Creative Skills

It doesn't matter if you are a designer, a writer, a brand or an agency; the world is coming together to fight the spread of COVID-19, and the creative industries have certainly heard the call. As the whole world prepares to lock down, knowing about...

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How to win in the new retail landscape

Retail is not dead, boring retail is dead As we all know, the retail industry has been through a period of immense flux. However, after a difficult few years it feels like it’s emerging from the dark and a new retail landscape is bringing...

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How to create and activate an effective brand strategy

This blog looks at how a good brand strategy can help you change the way people think, feel and act. But you have to embed it across the whole customer and employee experience, not just the brand expression. Branding is, and always has been, about...

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Leaders

Powered by experience: welcome to the future of marketing 

Millennials and Gen Z consumers are over owning “stuff.” Instead, they’re after memories - 82% said they’ve participated or attended at least one live brand-related experience, according to Eventbrite, while 72% said...

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Behind the Idea: Committing to Europe in a post-Brexit world

The Guardian recently launched a new dedicated series entitled "This is Europe" which pledges its ongoing commitment to Europe in the wake of Brexit. To support This is Europe, the Guardian is running a multi-layered marketing campaign in...

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Investing In Your Craft

Whether it's committing to learning a new skill or developing further professionally, betting on yourself and simply giving yourself the opportunity to progress is vastly important to your overall career growth. Sometimes it can come at a slight...

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3 golden rules for being a better freelance partner

Freelancers (like you) are increasingly becoming an integral part of the modern business environment. Technology and collaboration tools allow people to work from anywhere and communicate with anyone, at any time, all over the world. And online...

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Industry

How to Craft a Winning Annual 2020 Entry in 7 Simple Steps

There is only one week left to the Annual 2020 late deadline. It is time to get your works ready for submission. Numerous factors go into crafting the winning entry. If you're wondering where to start, here's our 7-steps guide to a perfect Annual...

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Member Spotlight: Robert Hooper on why we need more dreamers

Rob Hooper describes himself as a digital illustrator that “helps people bring their ideas to life with witty ideas and punchy visuals.” He’s been working in the creative industries for 35 years, migrating from a start in design and...

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Designing for small spaces - Facing the challenge

When I was young, my uncle gave me his stamp collection. I was instantly captivated by all these beautiful miniature artworks from across the world. I would spend hours poring over them, organising and reorganising them, by colour, or by countries...

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Stanford the Flying Pig: Up, Up and Away!

Liz Carlston had written a book. She wanted to self-publish it on Amazon but needed to make her book different from everybody else’s. Children’s books all look the same nowadays: arty-farty and scratchy. Loose creations that look more...

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VR and 360 content can help in times of audience isolation

It can be tough out there! Current issues surrounding the worldwide COVID-19 crisis can bring certain industries some unwanted challenges. For meetings & events this is obviously a challenge, while those who need to promote more physical aspects of...

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Who’s your swimming pool nemesis?

Swimming is great. Really, really great: even a gentle paddle makes for a fairly decent workout and the buoyancy of water even helps by taking some of the gravitational strain out of the equation. The necessity to prioritise breathing means that...

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Why spending money does not buy you friends

This week, Michael Bloomberg called time on his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to run against President Trump. The New York billionaire laid out roughly $550 million in just over three months of campaigning. Bloomberg spent a mind-boggling...

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Behind the Idea: Spamming your boss for equality

9 out of 10 men believe that men and women should take time out to care for their family, whereas only 2% of parents take this up. The Shared Parental Leave policy introduced by the Government is complicated and often only offers men statutory pay,...

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Industry

Are Creative Awards Useful for Brands?

Let’s be honest, sometimes it can feel as though ‘awards season’ never truly ends. The creative industries are riddled by jaded marketers that regularly bemoan the industry’s tendency to invest far too much time and money on...

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Behind the Idea: Faking Royalty with loyalkaspar for CNN

Creative branding agency loyalkaspar recently created a series of live-action spots to promote the new CNN documentary series, “The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty,” which uses archival footage and interviews with insiders and experts...

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What Is An Art Director?

What even is an Art Director? That's the question I asked many current and past Art Directors in today's video and well... it's kind of hard to explain. The role is broad and multifaceted so summing up the job in a simple and concise way is kind of...

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Agency Spotlight: Standing apart with PB Creative

A creatively-led independent brand design agency that has had their work featured on Creativepool three times already this year so we thought it was about time we gave them the spotlight treatment. We sat down with PB Creative founder Ben Lambert...