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Agency v freelance. Better pay, better work or better life?

Years back it was said that creative people that chose to go freelance were either too old to be considered for full-time employment or simply not good enough to cut it in a top agency. In those days, I’m going back to the 80’s here, the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Industry

How to choose a design agency

Design is a fundamental pillar of the creative journey. Whether you’re a retail brand looking to stand out from the herd, a startup trying to cultivate some kind of identity or an agency looking for something special to pull your latest...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Pursuing a healthy work-life balance - #MemberSpotlight

Being a creative professional isn't a job - it's a life commitment. We think creative, work creative, dream creative and sometimes even entertain us with creative hobbies. It's like a curse, but one we're much happy to have. Yet when Designer & Art...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

What does the Best Place to Work For look like?

The new year is upon us, January is almost over, and chances are you’ve been spending the past few weeks thinking about the next steps in your career. Or perhaps you would like to know how to make your business the best out there for employee...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

The value of collaboration in creative work

How do you establish a collaboration-friendly infrastructure in your team, especially in these corona times? Among the many things the pandemic has done for us, losing team meetings and face-to-face interactions was a hard blow to all of us, and few...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: how do you build an agency's identity?

Funny enough, it's quite unusual to see creative and branding agencies working on their own brands. It happens - but not as much as one would hope to see. And yet good agency rebrands, when done right, can be a good indicator of the level of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Is Covid killing the holding agency model?

In the middle of what some analysts have defined the worst recession since Second World War, this year we have sadly grown accustomed to all the bad news of layoffs, pay cuts, redundancies, furloughed workers and such. It comes to no surprise that,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Why your work environment matters – With Group CEO Russ Lidstone

"Life is too short to work with people you don't like or respect." Russ Lidstone grew up in a small fishing town in Devon. Not many can easily get out of that life. To an extent, your roots and background are exactly what defines you, and it's not...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Talking pen, paper and torment with Severn Agency

Severn describes itself as something more than a simple design consultancy, they see themselves as a “multi-disciplinary studio” that sees great design as much more than decoration. With each new job they set out to understand their...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The warmth and inclusivity of Being Agency

If the founder of Being Agency could change one thing about the industry, it would be the perception that you need to go big or go home. Looking at the pictures of the team below, and reading words by the founder herself, Being Agency sounds like an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Annual 2020: who will see your work this year?

We are exactly one week away from the Annual 2020 final submissions deadline. As you are starting to put the finishing touches on your entries, you might be wondering who will actually see the work you submit. Aside from being scored by our esteemed...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Creative Energy, Teamwork and Motivation of SMACK Agency

It is unusual to hear someone say that they always start working near the end of a deadline, because they are far more productive under pressure. Though one may think that this is the easiest way to mess up, SMACK agency and its co-founder Lubna...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Abusers Always Work from Home, and Wunderman Thompson wants to stop them

We've heard it, we've seen it around - reports of domestic abuse have gone up tremendously during the UK lockdown. The victims are stuck with perpetrators with little to no chance of escaping the loop, a problem which is very much alive as we...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Agency insights on how to remain creative during lockdown

Doomsday may not have befallen us yet, but a few of my acquaintances dare to disagree. Being stuck at home with 18-month-olds (and sometimes with 81-year-olds) makes some of us wish we could just step outside and catch that blessed virus once and for...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Agency Spotlight: Standing apart with PB Creative

A creatively-led independent brand design agency that has had their work featured on Creativepool three times already this year so we thought it was about time we gave them the spotlight treatment. We sat down with PB Creative founder Ben Lambert...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

The Maturation of the Startup - A guide to starting your own agency

So you want to start your own creative agency? Well, good luck! If building a business is like raising a child, then nurturing a team of passionate, sensitive creatives is like being a first-time father or mother and caring for a sick infant....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Agency Spotlight: The eclectic passions of the Deep

Deep is a design agency focused on branding, design for print and digital communications. The agency has existed since the turn of the century and has spent the last 20 years carving out a niche for itself on London’s fashionable Union Street....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Why creative-based socials are invaluable to agency culture

Following an influx of newbies to the creative and design teams we wanted to start a ritual for our people to come together socially. This would be a regular calendar event they would look forward to, input into and that would add an insight into the...

Posted by: Proximity London
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Features

A moment with The Visual Agency

Indigo Award had the pleasure of meeting not one, but three extraordinary talents behind The Visual Agency-a multifaceted design company that has been taking the world by storm since 2011. The faces behind the enterprise are Giacomo Bettiol as...

Posted by: Indigo Design Award
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Workshop

Why grad teams should think twice about joining a small agency

Think Small. One of the greatest ad campaigns ever created. But forget cars, I’m talking about small agencies. I know what I would be thinking as a shiny new ad grad reading this, but hear me out fledgeling creatives. When you embark on your...

Posted by: Rickie Marsden
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Features

Why you should use an inbound marketing agency

You know what inbound marketing is, right? The idea that to attract prospects and convert them to customers, you’ve got to give them something of value first? Which could be that useful blog about the importance of knowing your buyer persona....

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Inspiration

5 questions for the agency of tomorrow

The relationships between agencies and their clients are under increasing scrutiny. Brands are being pushed to reduce marketing costs while delivering more personalised content tailored to the needs of multiple channels with less time permitted to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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WARC to join Cannes Lions’ new digital offering, The Work

Digital subscription business WARC brings expert guidance and insight on marketing effectiveness 15 June 2018 - Cannes Lions today announces that WARC, the global authority on advertising and media effectiveness, will become a part of its digital...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The future of the agency model is the hands of the disruptrepreneurs

Eight years ago, Martin Sorrell pointed out how journalists like to pronounce things dead, even when they’re not. Sorrell was talking about the death of the advertising industry in general and the death of the holding company in...

Posted by: London Advertising
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Leaders

Advertisers show growing appetite for in-house agency services

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of advertisers are shifting towards stronger relationships with fewer suppliers as the move towards on-site and in-house solutions gains momentum, according to a new ISBA study. The study reveals that external agencies are...

Posted by: Sharon Whale
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Leaders

Who will see my work in the Annual 2018?

Every year, we put creativity at the forefront of what we do with our unique award. One of the main questions we get asked each year is, "Who will see the work that I submit?". Winning a Creativepool Annual is not just about celebrating your...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Why I moved from agency to freelancing

Becoming a freelance designer (or any kind of freelance) is not an easy decision to make. It’s pretty tough actually. You give up on things like having a fixed salary, paid vacations and stability in your financial life that some people love. But...

Posted by: Fernando Ifran

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