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5 easy tips to send the best holiday gifts to your freelance clients

December is a bit like the Valentine’s Day of freelancing - a chance to show appreciation to your significant clients for everything they’ve done for you since you first met. This may involve sending freelance holiday cards, gifts and...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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7 simple ways for freelancers to win big clients

It is a widely known fact that big clients do things differently. The largest organisations in the modern brandscape will have millions of dollars to spend in marketing budget, but they obviously won’t be keen on spending them all in a risky...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

How Wonderstuff reaches clients without pitching | #CompanySpotlight

Based in North East England, Wonderstuff is a wonderfully ambitious branding agency with a great heart, committed to making each client's journey unique. Wonderstuff does not pitch. The team has been expanding solely through referrals and word of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Purpose isn’t just a shiny tick box to offer your clients

Love the new Conscious products made-in H&M. At least 50% of Conscious products is made from sustainable materials! And the remaining half, well… We don’t care about that, do we? H&M often makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

The impact of remote filming on clients and producers

Among the many innovations that the 2020 Covid crisis accelerated, remote filming is certainly the most interesting. If anything, because it was a proper life-saver for an entire sector. Both the events and the production industry have been forced...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

#FreeFortnite: How to stand up to the bully

Fortnite. For many, we wouldn't need to say anything else. Equally regarded as the joy and despair of kids and parents all around the world, Fortnite has risen up the charts in recent years and it looks like it's there to stay - at least until...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Returning clients

80% of your work comes from 20% of your clients. Returning clients are what will keep you in business and constantly working. So, be sure to keep good relationships with the people you have previously worked with so your phone is always...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

The Freelancer Guide: How to find clients

Finding clients, or ‘new business’ is tough. They are often like buses, you wait ages for one, then all of a sudden two or three arrive at once. This is evident more so for creatives, as we are not very tuned to the business side of...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Leaders

To hug or not to hug? The 'right' way to greet colleagues and clients

Who'd have thought that greeting people would become such a 21st century problem? Of course, the protocols for saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' have varied from culture to culture, country to country, for millennia. Indeed, in France (where they're very...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Workshop

A guide to handling unpaid invoices and refusenik clients.

Creativepoolers in the fortunate position of holding down a fulltime staff job will be familiar with the warm glow of the monthly payslip. Sure, you'd probably like the net total to be larger, but at least your earnings show up on a predictable...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Over promise, under deliver. How lazy clients kill campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw. A couple of years ago an ailing roadside restaurant chain called in a radical TV chef to boost their menu and therefore their revenues. They refurbished some tired looking outlets, hired new people and ran a fairly hefty marketing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

How to... Get bigger clients

by Printed.com. Every small business strives to win bigger and bigger clients who have more money to spend, but if you're going to to do this you need to pitch your services in a way that appeals to them and gives them confidence that you can...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

How to avoid being bullied by your client

You can hear horror stories from all over the industry, and unfortunately any agency leader can tell you that they are far too common. Clients leveraging their influence and the power of their wallets to have agencies submit to abusive behaviour,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Swiss-inspired precision from a creative lifer | #MemberSpotlight

It's clear to anyone with enough experience in the industry that inspiration can take many forms. From podcasts to architecture, there's no telling what will trigger your imagination next. For freelance Art Director & Graphic Designer Betim Bozkurt,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Would Facebook rather protect its advertisers than its users?

Facebook claims to have cracked its rather awkward 'ads on offensive pages' problem. This week the social network's Director of Policy announced the site has completed the task of 'narrowing down the number of pages where ads will be shown'. Which...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

The design industry declares a climate emergency

With so many other emergencies circling us right now it can be unfortunately easy to forget that the most critical existential crisis remains the environment. Thankfully, the design industry hasn’t forgotten. Or at least that’s what...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

#GettingToKnow Brooklyn Brother’s latest signing, Orlando Warner

This week we’re getting to know former Engine Creative Director and current ECD at The Brooklyn Brothers, Orlando Warner. While he’s only been in his ECD role for a few months, Orlando has already been making waves over at Brooklyn...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Global creative calendar: October 2022

Each year, the Cannes Lions score the global branded communications and marketing industry on Reach, Communication, Craft, Experience, Innovation, Impact, Good, Health, Entertainment, and even more. The latest edition of our Global Creative Calendar...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance events designer?

Now that the pandemic has gently receded into the background hum of everyday life, the events sector has finally started to come back to life. Indeed, we recently celebrated a pretty spectacular event ourselves with our 2022 Annual launch earlier...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Top 10 most exciting creative directors on Creativepool

Design guru. Master mediator. Highly skilled multitasker and delegator. A good Creative Director is all these things and more. They are the calm head on top of the creative shoulders that bring focus and identity to a company. They are, in essence,...

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Features

How to hire a great studio manager – 5 top tips

Studios are busy and often chaotic environments that need to be run like the tightest of ships if they want to achieve their goals and produce quality work at scale and at speed. That’s why studio managers play such an integral role. According...

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Workshop

How much should I charge as a freelance creative director?

Creative directors are amongst the most coveted individuals in the creative industries. They are generally recognised as kings and queens of their respective fields - masters of all trades that can wield relationships as confidently as they wield...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The new vanilla (or 'How Trends Work')

Well, there’s a thing. A few articles up (the one about yellow) I made a rather tongue-in-check prediction about ‘next years colour’ and yesterday afternoon what drops into my inbox? “Colour of the Year 2023 - Wild...

Posted by: Richard
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Leaders

#GettingToKnow the unique creative mindset of George Gottl

LA-born George Gottl is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of UXUS, a leading global strategic design consultancy. But it’s so much more than that. When Gottl and his team are working with a client they are cultivating a one-of-a-kind...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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