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A Copywriter’s Guide to Communicating with AI

How often do you open Google to look up a synonym with your Thesaurus of choice? A writer's life is quite challenging as it is, and doing that as a job means that sometimes your brain just won't collaborate. Luckily, researchers all around the world...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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The copywriter’s toolkit - part 1: The secret archives

Building your library of spell books If there was a stereotypical mug for copywriters, it would have a slogan along the lines of ‘You don’t have to be a bibliophile to work here, but it helps!’ Actually, it would probably be...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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Portfolio Critique: Copywriter takes on adidas

Isabella Ciardelli, a current account co-ordinator seeking to become a future copywriter, threw her book my way for a nice and friendly portfolio critique. She took on powerhouse brand adidas and also showed off her bilingual skillset in a campaign...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Flipping the script with copywriter Vikki Ross

Brand and tone of voice specialist Vikki Ross didn’t take your average route into copywriting but has carved out a successful career by going off script. “I’m from the school of Work Your Arse Off,” she says. “I did...

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How to become a copywriter in a year

Recently, a viewer reached out with only a year left before graduation and asked what he should do for the next 365 days to become a copywriter. Luckily, I know a guy who did just that. Today, we take a drive with Carter Skeen to see how he became...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Job Description: The Copywriter

Do you want to write for a living? In advertising, a copywriter is one of the most valued members of the team. They are the voice of the brand. I've put a quick video together on the qualifications needed if you're interested in becoming one. Thanks...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Portfolio Critique #4 - Jacques Chouinard, Copywriter

Today we critique the portfolio of a copywriter who has just entered the ad game. In a copywriters book, it's important to analyze both the ideas and the writing skills/style. And that is exactly what we are going to do on Jacques Chouinard's...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Job Description: Copywriter

Creative copywriters are employed by agencies both permanently and on a freelance basis to develop advertising concepts. They mainly deliver the words and verbal content that accompanies the visual elements. Agency copywriters usually work in close...

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I’m the best copywriter in the world ever – guaranteed*

Nobody likes a show-off. Unless they’re on X Factor and have zero talent, of course; THEN we like a show-off because it makes the dismissive “you’ve got four noes” that bit sweeter. But seriously, if you’re going to brag...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Inspiration

At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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The ten things every copywriter hates to hear (and the ideal responses):

1. "I've changed the copy, so I'm sending it back for you to make it read properly." Ah! So you couldn't resist meddling with the perfectly good copy I sent to you - and now you want me to put it right. Right? 2. "I know it's not in the brief, but...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Could you help this copywriter find work in Chicago?

The Creativepool network spreads far and wide and maybe you could help a fellow creative in need of help. Damien James is a US copywriter who has spent the last three years with his wife and children working in Krakow, Poland. Last week the time...

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Features

A freelance copywriter's letter to Santa.

by Magnus Shaw. Dear Santa, I'm not sure if you're aware, but Christmas is coming. Next week, apparently. With this in mind, I thought I'd better drop you a note to outline some of the stuff I'd like you to provide. I suggest you take the Harley...

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The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

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5 Minutes with... Sarah McCartney - Copywriter and Perfumer

by John Fountain. Head writer at Lush from 1996 to 2010, Sarah is now Head of Ideas at the writing agency Afia. As an author she has penned 'The Fake Factor', 'Online Marketing in 7 Days (for people who can't avoid it any longer)', and '100 Great...

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Inspiration

Is Groupon's copywriter on acid?

Like many other people, the first email to pop into my inbox each morning is from Groupon, offering me a wealth of hot stone massages, teeth whitening, stately home breaks and exotic cuisines for a fraction of their normal prices. I often sleepily...

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Meet Nick Asbury. Award winning copywriter.

Nick is a writer for branding and design. His work has won two Yellow Pencils in D&AD Writing for Design and appeared in the annual four more times. Personal projects include Corpoetics, a collection of poems made by rearranging corporate copy, and...

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Inspiration

Vinnie Chieco. The freelance copywriter who named the iPod.

The year is 2001. Vinnie Chieco, a freelance copywriter from San Francisco is sitting in the offices of Apple Inc. He and a small group of other freelance writers are here to name a rather interesting new product Apple is launching. Before the...

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Features

LGBTQ+ representation deserves more than a yearly nudge

Stonewall’s legacy lives on today. Peaceful marches of Gay Pride movements all around the world, from Europe to the US and beyond, echo the days of riots and violence which erupted at the dawn of the Seventies. The LGBTQ+ community has come a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Fighting the Rise in LGBTQ Abuse with The Gate London

Not all the consequences of COVID-19 make the headlines. A simple sentence, enough to have us focus in on one of the unspoken issues of the pandemic. LGBTQ abuse has risen tremendously during lockdown, and social distancing has pulled off the plug...

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Behind the Idea: How to Seize the Awkward with Droga5 and the Ad Council

We've just wrapped up Mental Health Awareness Month and we've seen some incredible works from all across the creative industry to fight the stigma of talking about your mental health, whoever you are and wherever you are from. With suicide as the...

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Three tips on how to write through the crisis

In a crisis, good communication matters more than ever. From supermarkets to airlines, brands are having to find the right words to set out their position and help customers make sense of the world right now. As a copywriter, I know how quickly...

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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...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Interview Questions For Advertising Creatives

If you're prepping for an upcoming interview in the creative advertising field (specifically to become an Art Director or a Copywriter), this video just might be for you. The contents of this video contain questions I've asked in interviews over the...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Getting to know: The ‘wonky mind’ of Simon Callender

Simon Callender isn’t just Creative Planning Director at Initials, he’s also a keen motorcycle enthusiast with an Amazon series under his belt! But we’re not here to talk to him about that today, we’re here to talk all things...

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Year 2 Recap + I Have Officially Been Spoofed

Year two in the books for this creative advertising channel. I think it's been pretty successful. Lots of love and positivity + we got spoofed haha. Here is a quick 'thank you' video: I appreciate each and every one of you who has made me a part of...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Steps To Creating An Ad Campaign From Scratch

If you want to be an Art Director or Copywriter, you've got to have a portfolio. But putting a portfolio of work, of ads, of campaigns together is kinda terrifying in the beginning. Where do you start? Well... you could start with this video. :)

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Getting to Know… Iris Worldwide’s Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter was recently promoted to Global Executive Creative Director for iris Worldwide and has been working for the agency from his base in London for 15 years now. A man with creativity in his bones, Grant is an incredibly insightful...

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