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Trends

I Suck

As creatives, we are so damn hard on ourselves. Every Art Director or Copywriter has felt like they suck or that they're an imposter at some point in their career. I know I've definitely dealt with my fair share of self doubt in my creative...

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Features

The unique creative culture of Royal Tunbridge Wells

As the agency prepares to turn 50 next year, Southpaw's MD Tom Poynter highlights the creative culture of one of England's best-loved spa towns. Situated in the heart of ‘The Garden of England’, this spa town takes its name from the...

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Technology

Vodafone discover that connection is key to unlocking creativity

Half of all small businesses in the creative industry say that technology levels the creative playing field in a fiercely competitive industry according to new findings launched this week by Vodafone. The research, which surveyed 500 creative...

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Careers

Tons Of Tips For New Art Directors and Copywriters

What advice would you give Art Directors and Copywriters trying to get into the advertising industry? This compilation video holds the answers to that question from over 15 Advertising Creatives. The advice varies from entry-level pros to seasoned...

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Advertising

Is Son-Heung-min the biggest brand in South Korea?

Son-Heung-min is more than just a footballer in South Korea and a new short documentary-style film for Bleacher Report Football proves it. The forward, who currently plays for north London club Tottenham Hotspur, has been in England since 2015, but...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Managing your finances

Okay, so this is a tough one for most people to be honest, but as a freelancer, this is very important. You don’t know when your next paycheque is coming in and have to do your own accounts. When you set up as a freelancer, you have three...

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Advertising

Almost Famous: Shining the spotlight on celebrity relations

Just how far does the apple fall from the tree? Does Sibling rivalry multiply in the face of fame? Barnaby Slater interviews family members of famous figures in new podcast series Almost Famous. You probably haven’t heard of Barnaby Slater....

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Features

How ad agencies can tackle sexual harassment

One in 10 advertising industry employees have suffered sexual harassment at work in the last 12 months, a recent report by think tank Credos revealed. These shocking findings came despite previous steps taken by the industry to stamp out such...

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Trends

How M&S brought the virtual world of Christmas ads to life

Every year, the highly anticipated Christmas advertisements mark the start of the festive season. As in previous years, the Christmas ads in 2019 follow the same generic theme of an emotionally-driven story where the public falls in love with the...

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Careers

How ads are born

One of the most frequent questions I get from students is: "What are the steps a project goes through in an advertising agency?" Today, I'll take you through the process of an ad's lifecycle from the initial briefing to the final execution. This is...

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Trends

Does advertising lack originality?

They say Christmas is a time for giving. But first it’s a time for watching all the big brand ads so we can decide what to give and where to spend our money. And with the bulk of this year’s spots now released, what do they say about the...

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Features

The trouble with buzzwords in branding

I can’t help but sigh when I hear someone talking about buzzwords. Or using them. Or… you get the idea. The problem is the advertising and marketing industries love a buzzword but they don’t always use them responsibly. So - get...

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Advertising

Saatchi & Saatchi creates Fake Views for Operation Black Vote

Operation Black Vote (OBV) has launched a campaign that uses real quotes from politicians to encourage Britain's youth, particularly Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, to register to vote. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi London, a hard-hitting...

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Events

Global Creative Calendar: December 2019

While most of this decade is history, I hope you are ready, willing and able to celebrate the best days yet to come. Are you focused on sharpening your skills for the new year ahead? If so, some of the world's most elite organisers are preparing to...

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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Networking

Networking is separate to finding clients because it’s not really about getting work, but meeting people. I know personally how hard this can be, being an awkward dude with a shit ton of anxiety. Talking to strangers is tough, but you’ll...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing politics home for the BBC

With the 2019 general election fast approaching in the UK, the BBC has launched a promo for its coverage leading up to 12 December. Created by BBC Creative, the film puts the power in voters’ hands by showing a diverse range of families across...

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Design

Byron marks 12 years in the UK with new brand identity

It’s been 12 years since Byron arrived in the UK and since then a host of American-style diner restaurants have entered the scene including Five Guys, Patty & Bun and Shake Shack. With a successful decade and a bit under its belt, now Byron is...

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Advertising

Tesco continues time-travelling theme in Christmas campaign

British supermarket Tesco has continued the trend of taking viewers back to past times with its Christmas ad for 2019, while continuing to celebrate its 100-year anniversary. In the ad, created by BBH London and Stink, one of the retailer's delivery...

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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...