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The movers and shakers of Cannes Lions 2018

The French Riviera sets the backdrop for Cannes Lions, the global event that rewards those working in the creative industries. The big hitters from advertising, music, digital and film will flock to the 65th incarnation of the sought-after creative...

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Cannes Lions Contenders 2018

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity remains a cornerstone event for the advertising industry, even now, in its 65th year. Whilst there are plenty of changes to consider at this year's festival, with Publicis “taking a year...

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Is art advertising (2)?

Is art advertising? Sometimes it can look like it. Equally, advertising can sometimes look like like art. Take the fascinating example of State Street’s “Fearless Girl”. Under cover of night, she was placed directly opposite...

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Creative Opinions: GDPR

This week, on May 25, data protection rules across Europe will undergo the biggest change in the last two decades. It's a change two years in the making. In April 2016, after years of negotiations and legal tussling, officials agreed upon the...

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Poolcast: Talking all things Cannes Lions with Philip Thomas

On a rather less than spectacular London spring day, we sat down with Philip Thomas, CEO of Ascential Events, the parent company of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and its five associated Festivals, Money2020, and a diverse...

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Four first date tips for marketers to woo consumer hearts

For many, the royal wedding between Harry and Meghan brings inspiration for those looking to find their perfect partner - filling consumers with a lot of love and joy. Brands, publications and consumers alike have all been speculating about the...

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A closer look at AI in marketing

Are you ready for the AI take over? Depending on what you read, the robots are either on their way to take our jobs, or they’re already here. Delivery drivers, telemarketers, the Taxman - no one is safe. Apart from content and creativity...

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Empathy is everything in content design and creation

I recently directed a piece of video content which we hope will form the bedrock of a campaign driving awareness of a specific disease. The disease and its symptoms are taboo. The content and its story are empathetic. Sufferers of this disease...

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Creative Opinions: Sir Martin Sorrell and the end of an era

This week, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO and Founder of the world's largest advertising agency network, WPP, resigned from his post amidst circling 'personal misconduct' allegations that remain (at the time of writing) unresolved, much to the...

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Is art advertising?

Probably the most successful art director of all-time is Rene Magritte. He has had more of a hand in more award-winning ideas than even Neil Godfrey. And Godfrey was named by D&AD as the most awarded art director in their 50-year...

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A basic guide to fair licensing

We are surrounded by UGC. People continuously share millions of images, videos, and art, with most of us not giving a second thought to who might take and re-use our visuals without permission. For people within creative industries, unauthorised use...

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VR & AI - The Next Generation Of Immersive Content

Opinion by Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder, REWIND AI is everywhere in the media at the moment, but it’s all quite confusing. What does artificial intelligence actually mean? What’s the difference between a chatbot, AI interfaces, Siri and the...

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Is advertising art?

Over twenty years ago, I originated (I think) what has become a cliché. I put together a Better Briefing workshop for some of the suits and the planners in the agency. I thought they should know what does and does not help creative people do...

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A disloyal customer, a chatbot, and a really bad movie.

AI and Customer Retention Practices. A semi-fictional case study. It’s a dark and stormy night. About 10 pm. Maria walks into a store. She goes straight to the pharmacy aisle. She is looking for Melatonin, a popular herbal supplement to aid...

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What makes a great UGC campaign?

Since its inception more than 10 years ago, user-generated content (UGC) has had a storied career. From a few videos on a then little-known website called YouTube in 2006 to full-blown media campaigns harnessing the power of real people, the...

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How To Master the Omnichannel Brand Experience

The original article was published on Brand Quarterly. Knowing the difference between a brand providing a multichannel and omnichannel experience for your consumers is vital to understanding how to ignite true brand affinity. In an age of...

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Will Designers Dream of Electric Sheep?

I’m baking bread. You should too. It’s fun. Creative. Somehow messy. I personally don’t follow a recipe; it’s a pretty straight-forward process. Below is a standard recipe:(1) Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add the sugar, 1...

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Think Big, Go Small: Why influencer marketing isn't about reach

Despite what many marketers and PR agencies still believe, influencer marketing is not a popularity contest. Whilst it’s clear that the use of influencer campaigns continues to rise, with 87% of marketers using them in their strategies, there is...

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6 reasons why AI is so hot right now

Haven’t you heard? Artificial intelligence (AI) is so in at the moment. Forget about jobs in architecture or social media. Everyone wants to know about AI research scientists and machine learning roles. AI is all the rage. What once was seen...

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Autism & Creativity

It may seem unlikely, but people on the autistic spectrum have been an integral part of the creative industry for decades, without the industry necessary knowing that. Thinking differently is not only a mantra but also a characteristic that is valued...

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The Best Booths in London

At The Flash Pack, we obviously love photo booths! There's something really nostalgic about cramming into a booth with your friends; getting snapped and receiving a print. All around The Flash Pack studio, you can see booth prints taped to screens,...

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Why is Facebook building a neuroscience centre?

Facebook has long been one of the world’s most recognised innovators. The social media giant is now taking its research to the next level, having announced investment in a dedicated neuroscience centre. However, Facebook’s new initiative is...

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Do we still need Cannes?

Last night I was invited along to the Cannes Lions Official Launch at the rather swanky Mondrian London at Sea Containers. The room was filled with about 50 key members of the press from the usual suspects and a broadcast was streamed to about 500...

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Jack of All Trades: Why the classic agency model needs fixing

The traditional agency model used to work. An agency builds a team of trained and dedicated full-time 'creatives.' A client brief lands, a team of in-house talent is assembled, and tasks are assigned. The work is delivered and the time billed - all...

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Will virtual reality change how we use social media?

Opinion by Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder of REWIND A common criticism of VR is that it is isolating. While VR will always separate you from the real world, it can and will bring people together to communicate, experience, and play in a truly memorable...

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Personalisation is the future of marketing

Recently in marketing, there has been a lot of talk about approaches that had fallen out of favour, such as podcasts and direct mailers, making a resurgence. Is it nostalgia that is turning agencies heads backwards? The changing economic and...

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Creative Foundations for VR

Opinion by Tom Fenwick-Smith, Creative Director, REWIND Back when I began my journey in advertising, digital advertising was pretty niche - above-the-line was still king; Facebook and Twitter were the new kids on the block. We knew they were going...

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Coloro: The story so far with Thorsten Traugott

The global b2b media company Ascential, home to WGSN and Cannes Lions, has launched a revolutionary new product set to contemporize the global color industry: Coloro - The Color Code. Refined with 20 years of scientific innovation led by CTIC (China...

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