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4 marketing trends emerging during the pandemic

No sector will come out of COVID-19 unscathed. From production to freelance design, every creative in the industry has likely been forced to reinvent during the pandemic. This includes marketing. Whether it is a larger focus on upskilling and...

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Marketers, please don't take advantage of the pandemic

There is a fine line separating sympathy and blunt exploitation, which means it takes as little as a misinterpreted image to fall on the wrong side of a conversation. COVID-19 is proving to be an ‘unprecedented time’ and a...

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Life post-COVID might be worse than we expect

Well that was quick, wasn’t it? A few months stuck at home, non-stop doomscast for a couple of weeks, then at some point the industry got used to it (or got bored enough) and started to cope, one way or another. We’ve heard of both...

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Will coronavirus revolutionise live experience?

Coronavirus has brought the live event industry on its knees. Festivals and awards have been cancelled, meetings have moved online, and it's not like the strain on the events industry is relaxing any time soon. But who says this is all negative? If...

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Outing Adland's Homophobia

First, let’s address the pink elephant in the room and say: yes, things have obviously come a long way since Stonewall, and no, in an ideal world, being an LGBT+ BOGOF creative team wouldn’t be noteworthy. But this isn’t an ideal...

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When it comes to creativity, is it Game Over for Humans?

My fingers feel the smooth plastic on the keyboard as I type this sentence. I hear the rhythmic clatter of the keys. I know I am human. But how do you know? The words you’re reading right now could have been generated by a machine....

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The overnight shift towards E-Everything. Do you feel exposed?

The more time we spend in lockdown, the more people are starting to realise that COVID-19 was not a cataclysm for the business world - it was a catalyst of change, an occasion to adapt or die and accelerate innovation for those ready to embrace...

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The road to Marketing Hell is paved with good predictions

To say that 2020 hasn’t turned out exactly as predicted for advertisers and marketers would be an understatement. So, if the experts can’t get it right - why do we as humans still need predictions in times that are seemingly...

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Design Grant Opportunity to Tackle the Coronavirus Outbreak

In support of global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, International Design Awards (IDA) and European Product Design Awards (ePDA) are introducing four special “COVID-19 Design Innovation Grants” worth over $14,000. The two leading...

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Introducing the Inside Out Awards™ 2020 Judging panel

We are delighted to announce this year’s Inside Out Awards™ Judging panel. We have worked hard to select a diverse team of judges with a range of knowledge, experience and skills. Our expert Judges all hold senior positions, are highly...

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Why now’s not the time for your brand to go quiet

Recent history has shown that in times of crisis it’s the brands that stay in touch with their customers and offer genuine care and value that come out of tough times stronger and better for it. By applying the lessons of 2008 to today, we can...

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Indigo Design Award Announces 2020 Shortlisted Design Winners

Indigo Design Award is thrilled to announce our shortlisted 2020 design winners in all areas from Best Graphic Design to Games and Discovery of the Year. We spent the past year scouring the globe for the best in visual design from jaw-dropping...

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Five Essential COVID-19 Adaptive Marcom Tips, Week of 27 April

Image Source: From IABC’s COVID-19 Resources, https://www.iabc.com/covid-19-resources/ Being an excellent communications consultant is highly demanding. On top of all the other diligence and expertise, sustaining professional development is...

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Fill our survey – How are you coping with Coronavirus?

The creative industry is going through challenging times. With the COVID-19 pandemic looming over the future of the job market, we don't know when and if things will ever go back to normal. But that does not mean we must stay put and wait. As a...

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UK Inside Out Awards™ 2020 - Now open for entries.

Showcasing the very best of the UK’s in-house creative talent. The Inside Out Awards™ recognise and honour the very best in-house creative talent from across the UK. Highly regarded within the design industry the Awards identify and...

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Who owns the future of sport?

When it comes to engaging the fans of the future, some sporting organisations and sponsors could be doing more. Imagination's Creative Strategist, Alex Beazley-Long, discusses below. A changing landscape In the past, sports organisations did not...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Integrated payments: the key to a unique shopping experience

UK Ecommerce is set to account for almost a quarter of all retail spend in the UK in 2020, and it’s well documented that the high-street is struggling to compete with online retailers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has even called 2019...

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Why data’s time will never run out in the hourglass economy

In almost all areas of the economy the middle ground is on the decline. In grocery, powerhouses Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda have been assailed by discounters Aldi and Lidl. In fashion, social media is rendering luxury labels more...