For Leaders and Learners

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Features

How travel brands can use influencers for global growth

Today, a deserted holiday destination is hard to find. More likely than not, you’ll be enjoying the sights alongside a wall of outstretched arms attempting to take the perfect selfie while a drone whirs overhead. The pressure to achieve the...

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Advertising

Animation meets live action in McDonald’s Christmas spot

Fast food chain McDonald’s has unveiled its Christmas campaign for 2019, which is based on a young girl with a big imagination and tells the story of Archie the Reindeer. Created by Leo Burnett London, Passion Animation and Outsider, the film...

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Careers

A creative's guide to getting a raise

Asking for a raise as an Art Director or Copywriter can be pretty terrifying. But it doesn't have to be. It just takes a little preparation, a little confidence, a little timing, and a little 4 minute and 26 second video. Watch at your leisure....

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Design

How to visualise the fear of public speaking

Pritam Biswas, of The Commas, is the artist behind the design of Speechless, a pocket-guide to public speaking and effective communication that was launched last year. If you work in the creative industries and have ever been at a loss for words...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Returning clients

80% of your work comes from 20% of your clients. Returning clients are what will keep you in business and constantly working. So, be sure to keep good relationships with the people you have previously worked with so your phone is always...

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Features

Why Coke's zero sugar Cinnamon campaign lacks fizz

Coca-Cola has built some iconic and memorable advertising campaigns over the years and has certainly spread the festive cheer in regards to Christmas. From now until the end of the year, Coca-Cola UK has reintroduced its zero sugar Cinnamon limited...

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Advertising

John Lewis Christmas spot fuels fire for Waitrose merger

John Lewis has finally launched its Christmas ad for 2019, which tells the story of a little girl and her excitable dragon, Edgar, and unites the brand with partner company Waitrose. The spot, created by adam&eveDDB and directed by Dougal Wilson, is...

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Advertising

All the ads of Christmas 2019 (continued...)

Following our round-up of the first wave of Christmas ads from all the big UK retailers and others such as Amazon, Macy's and Cineworld, it's time to take a look at the latest seasonal spots doing the rounds this week. Entering the fray are...

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Trends

5 marketing trends for 2020: Yuval Ben-Itzhak

2019 was the year TikTok exploded and influencer marketing gained traction, especially with marketers in beauty, fashion, e-commerce and auto. In 2020, we predict that influencer marketing will continue to grow and that social commerce will achieve...

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Features

The future with 5G

As we hurtle towards the end of 2019, and constantly find ourselves asking where the year has gone, we need to start considering what the world will look like as we head into the next decade. The ways in which consumers and brands interact are...

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Design

Freedom typeface marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

A film and new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall has been created as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the structure coming down in November 1989. The film, created by HEIMAT Berlin, includes sirens, dogs...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Showing can-do spirit for Leonard Cheshire

Health and welfare charity Leonard Cheshire’s film Actually, I Can aims to inspire people to get involved with its volunteering activities through a powerful story about a disabled man called Charlie. Created by 3angrymen Productions, it...

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Features

Breaking into advertising with The Copy Samurai

In today's advertising car interview, we learn about how to break into the advertising industry from Braylond Howard aka The Copy Samurai. He talks through his journey with the Marcus Graham Project to emerging into the agency world. Come along for...

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Advertising

Renault Clio's love story takes place across three decades

A new spot for the All-New Renault Clio follows a beautiful love story 30 years in the making as the car’s various versions remain an ever present. Created by Publicis-Poke, the spot is set to the iconic Oasis’ track Wonderwall and...

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Advertising

D Double E voices first UK Christmas ad for IKEA

UK grime act D Double E provides the soundtrack to IKEA’s first ever Christmas ad launching today, as he waxes lyrical about being house proud and silencing the critics. The spot, created by Mother, features a couple who become racked with...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Invoicing

Okay, so now the job is done, it’s time to invoice and get that money! Although you might think this is the easy part, sadly it’s not always the case. Staying on top of payments is important in making sure you get paid, on time, and...

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Advertising

All the ads of Christmas 2019 (so far...)

It's the start of November, which means it's time to put the kettle on, sit back and watch the barrage of Christmas ads already launched by brands this year. In the mix at this point are many of the big supermarkets with celebs such as Mariah Carey...

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Advice

5 ways to create better marketing content

Agencies, in-house teams, freelancers - no matter who you are, our working lives are dominated by digital content. So what’s the challenge heading into 2020, and more importantly, what can you do to increase both the wellbeing and productivity...

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Design

Royal Mail puts its stamp on Christmas 2019

British postal service Royal Mail has unveiled its Christmas Special Stamps for 2019 with a new Nativity theme. Created by London studio Charlie Smith Design and paper-cutting artist duo Hari and Deepti, the collection is both contemporary and...

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Careers

The copywriter’s toolkit - part 3: How to get paid

Let’s look at an all-too-familiar scenario. The deadline - which was already tight - got moved up. The brief that you’d agreed to got changed as their client added more aspects to it. But in the interests of professionalism you cut all...

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Design

Design in Motion Festival takes over Amsterdam Centraal Station

The Design in Motion (DEMO) Festival will take over the Netherlands' largest train station, Amsterdam Centraal for 24 hours this week by showcasing some of the best work in the space on 7 November. The city's biggest public transport spot welcomes...

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Advertising

Publicis Conseil launches Mission to Earth

A robot reminisces about a world it once knew in a new spot from French agency Publicis Conseil. Created for construction materials company Saint-Gobain and directed by Wilfrid Brimo, memories of human life are projected onto a screen to convey the...

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Advertising

Kia celebrates football fans in new Europa League campaign

European football returns this week and Kia Motors has teamed up with Innocean and Sydney/Seoul-based production company Calltime for a cinematic follow-up to last year’s UEFA Europa League partnership. In a continuation of 2018’s...

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Trends

How to make the most of your Christmas holiday in 2019

Christmas is a time for friends, family and a nice break away from the office for most people, and this year, festive loving workers are using a holiday hack to maximise the period in 2019. The two popular options are either 12 days or 16 days...

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Trends

The font resource guide

Have you ever seen a typeface you really liked in public and wish you knew how to figure out what font it was? Also, where the heck do you go to download awesome fonts for free? Today, we scour many resources to help you identify and pick fonts for...

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Features

Are brands doing enough for the planet?

The creative industry can help brands contribute to the greater good, in ways that feel genuine and authentic. It’s clear that consumers are becoming more attuned to brands acting in socially and environmentally beneficial ways and they show...

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Advertising

The Force is female in new Cineworld Christmas campaign

Cineworld unleashes The Force in a new campaign to promote its Christmas gifting range while also looking ahead to some of this winter's biggest blockbusters. The ad begins with a spirited game of Charades during a festive family gathering on...

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Features

Getting to Know… Hnry's James Fuller

In three years, Hnry has become Aotearoa New Zealand's fasted growing tax agent and happily calls itself your 'financial sidekick'. It's an ideal option for freelancers as it provides all your invoicing, payments, expenses and tax services in one...

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Trends

How brands embraced Halloween in 2019

It's the scariest day of the year and there's no getting away from the fact that Halloween offers another opportunity for brands to buy into the celebration with spookily-themed products and marketing. Beyond big boxes of orange pumpkins on show at...

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Entertainment

A chronological timeline of The Conjuring Universe

The Conjuring is one of the most popular horror film franchises ever and is sure to be a go-to choice for Halloween fans again this year. To get in the spirit, we thought we'd take another look at freelance producer and​ writer Tom Jorgensen's...

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Advertising

What happens when an independent agency is sold?

Zulu Alpha Kilo is raising a glass (of lemonade) to independent agencies in adland with a funny spot that shows what happens after a company sells out to a buyer. The Toronto agency has created videos tackling a variety of well-known industry pain...

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Advertising

Mexican short delves into Mayan underworld to remember the dead

A new short film for beer brand Victoria shows that Halloween is more than just about scary costumes and explains the culture behind Mexico’s Day of the Dead (2 November). Created by Ogilvy Mexico and MediaMonks, Xibalba tells the story of a...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Guide: Being on the job

I wasn’t too sure whether to make this an article or not. But, I’ve learnt the importance of having a professional attitude to your work and relationship with your clients. This can be as simple as emails! No slang or abbreviations...

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Features

Why some intuition is better than others

There’s a word that used to be thrown around in creative circles for a long while that’s become a bit of a dirty one: intuition. I was having dinner with a designer friend who was telling me about a recent idea for a feature he had at...