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Inspiration

Here's all the best 2021 Christmas ads in one place!

All the 2021 Christmas campaigns in one place As we all know, there’s no Christmas without a heartwarming, tear-duct-shattering series of lovely Christmas campaigns. Brands and agencies line up every year to release a stream of Christmas ads...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The 10 best ever Christmas ads that you should watch today

It’s that time of the year! In mid-November, brands usually rush to release their best Christmas ads and capture a precious slice of attention from their target audiences. Due to the shortage crisis, this year was a bit different, but...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Ads that made history: the Christmas Truce of Sainsbury’s

I was in a classroom, leaning over my desk as my Storytelling tutor dimmed the lights in the room, when I watched the 1914 Christmas ad for the first time. As someone who hadn’t lived in the UK until 2017, I’d apparently missed out on a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Behind the Idea: How the Sainsbury's 2020 Christmas Ads came to life

Six years ago, Sainsbury's made one of the most unforgettable and compelling ads in the history of advertising. 1914 is quite easily one of the best Christmas ads ever made, showing the power of stories bringing people together - even in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Here's all the best 2020 Christmas ads!

All the 2020 Christmas campaigns in one place Every year the same story: agencies and brands coming together to release a stream of beautiful Christmas ads for the joy of us all. It has almost become tradition. There’s no Christmas without a...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

3 simple ways to gracefully turn down freelance work this Christmas

This Christmas is set to be one of the biggest ever, as the world returns from a couple of years in lockdown looking to really enjoy the holidays this time around. Some freelancers have been struggling to find work in the last few months of this...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

Can you be forced to take annual leave or to work over Christmas?

As the Christmas period draws near, businesses are starting to plan their work over the holiday period. And while December tends to be a quiet month in the industry, there are still posts to schedule, projects to complete and deadlines to meet. This...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

Here’s how you can still enjoy Christmas as a freelancer

We’re little over a month away from Christmas, but to a freelancer, the holidays must hardly feel like holidays anymore. It’s been almost two years since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, and whilst I can only hope business has gone back...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Have you already seen Christmas ads go up? Here's why

There’s been an ever increasing sense of unease around the industry in the past few weeks, as a number of retailers announced that supplies have been slow to come, and there is a labour and stock shortage in the UK expected to last until...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Festive Sustainability: Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and family celebrations. Yet, it can be a time of excess and over-indulgence - from gifting to greeting cards and glitter - we question if the glamour is worth the garbage. Figures show that the festive season...

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Industry

Behind the Idea: Christmas is this "Very" Moment

We've seen so many Christmas ads that by now we are used to all the unboxing, red-dressed gift-bearers and poignant moments that we so deeply link to Christmas. That's why Very and Grey London wanted to do something different. Something focused on...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

How neuroscience can save Christmas for brands

Yes, it's September, and you're not the only one wondering where the year went right now. Excuse the 'C' word, but Christmas is around the corner, at least for consumers. Brands will already have most of their planning ready for this year, and they...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

This corporate folk kit might be the only useful corporate Christmas gift

Last Christmas (though it was only a few short weeks ago, of course), Lithuania-based design agency FOLK created an alternative to boring Christmas corporate gifts known as the “Corporate Folk Kit.” This kit was gifted to their partners...

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Features

Behind the Idea: Giving the gift of reading this Christmas

Last month, Penguin Random House collaborated with London-based studio Anyways Creative to create the ‘Books Make Us Better’ campaign to promote the joy of reading by gifting books at Christmas. The campaign aims to appeal to readers of...

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Inspiration

All I want for Christmas is nothing: Breaking the Secret Santa curse

Christmas is wonderful and everything, but if there’s one thing about it that becomes more and more tedious as the years drag on - it’s the presents. As a child, there’s something undeniably magical about waking up at the crack of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

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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Leaders

Holidays Are Coming as Coke launches biggest ever Christmas campaign

While many see the launch of the annual John Lewis ad as the sign that Christmas can truly begin, there’s nothing more iconic than Coke’s Holidays Are Coming spot. A few weeks ago, the brand's annual Christmas Truck Tour set off to tee...

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Leaders

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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Leaders

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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Leaders

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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Leaders

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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Leaders

D Double E voices first UK Christmas ad for IKEA

UK grime act D Double E provides the soundtrack to IKEA’s first ever Christmas ad launching today, as he waxes lyrical about being house proud and silencing the critics. The spot, created by Mother, features a couple who become racked with...

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Leaders

All the ads of Christmas 2019 (so far...)

It's the start of November, which means it's time to put the kettle on, sit back and watch the barrage of Christmas ads already launched by brands this year. In the mix at this point are many of the big supermarkets with celebs such as Mariah Carey...

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Leaders

Royal Mail puts its stamp on Christmas 2019

British postal service Royal Mail has unveiled its Christmas Special Stamps for 2019 with a new Nativity theme. Created by London studio Charlie Smith Design and paper-cutting artist duo Hari and Deepti, the collection is both contemporary and...

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Inspiration

How to make the most of your Christmas holiday in 2019

Christmas is a time for friends, family and a nice break away from the office for most people, and this year, festive loving workers are using a holiday hack to maximise the period in 2019. The two popular options are either 12 days or 16 days...

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Leaders

The Force is female in new Cineworld Christmas campaign

Cineworld unleashes The Force in a new campaign to promote its Christmas gifting range while also looking ahead to some of this winter's biggest blockbusters. The ad begins with a spirited game of Charades during a festive family gathering on...

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Inspiration

How celebrating Christmas can boost your productivity

Christmas is less than two months away and research has shown that not enough companies are getting in the spirit, missing the chance to boost productivity. A study carried out by UK retailer Christmas Tree World has found that 74% of employees are...

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Leaders

Commodore C64 set for Christmas comeback

Retro Games has finally released details of its long-awaited reimagining of the best-selling home computer of all time, the Commodore C64, with a December release date slated. The full-sized version of the 80s classic will launch in time for...

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Leaders

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

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Inspiration

Why brands are striking a chord with emotive campaigns this Christmas

This November - just like every November in recent years - the nation waited in anticipation for their favourite Christmas ad to officially usher in the beginning of the festive season. Below, Greg Clark, MD of Sheffield-based creative agency,...

Posted by: Über Agency
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Leaders

Elton John takes it away in John Lewis Christmas ad 2018

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad has finally arrived and is led by the story of British music legend Sir Elton John who fronts the film. The Boy and His Piano opens on the singer in his living room as he begins to play his classic tune Your...

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Leaders

Festive Feels: All the ads of Christmas 2018

Burberry - Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas Vodafone - Christmas Covered Agency: Ogilvy UK Director: Gary Freedman Production: Independent Films Visa - #KeepItLocalThisChristmas Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Director: Chris...

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