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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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Industry

In Time Swept Ruins, All That Stands Are The Strong Foundations

You know us; we toe the line of optimism and realism every day. In the integrated marketing industry, and just as people who operate in the world from a brand strategy perspective, we’ve gotten pretty good at keeping things real, unfiltered,...

Posted by: Rock Candy Media
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Inspiration

Why better digital branding means a better 2021

2020. Well, that was crap. So look, we know it was a rubbish year, and we know you heard another 1,278 times that it was a rubbish year before that rubbish year was done. So instead of listing out a myriad of reasons why 2020 was a dumpster fire of...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Inspiration

The Animation Trends to watch out for in 2021

2020 was... interesting. An interesting time for all of us, from artists to writers and everything in between. It was also an interesting year for animation, and who knows what will happen in 2021 with that? With people still stuck at home for the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Listening, Pivoting and Adapting with the Ogilvy Sydney CSO

When Ogilvy Australia CEO David Fox approached Toby Harrison, Toby was probably not expecting that he would soon become the one driving a substantial change in Ogilvy Australia's structure. Moving the company from compartments and silos to working...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

What's next for agencies in 2021?

The year we’ve just been through will certainly make history. We’ve seen society move from globalised, frenetic and somewhat overcrowded streets to the unforgiving solitude of our own houses pretty much overnight. And the ways we coped...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

From freelancing to owning a business and beyond - #MemberSpotlight

In one way or another, freelance designer and creative Hiten Thaker has been in the creative industry for the best part of 20 years. A highly focused and entrepreneurial professional, Hiten has worked for a plethora of high-profile clients and you...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The most popular Web Design trends for 2021

Anyone following the video games industry has probably seen this coming for a while, but we humans love interaction and most of all, we love games and stories. There’s nothing quite like a good interactive experience with our web browser to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Learning start-up culture with the Global CCO of BrandOpus

Unconventional, yet remarkably intuitive. This is the philosophy guiding each and every creative strategy, thought and move for BrandOpus, born as a start-up and now boasting offices in London, Melbourne, Chicago and New York. Like many great...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: Saving Bros with Movember & Sky Media

It's hard to say 2020 was a simple year for mental health - and, well, health in general. Even in this climate, charities and fundraisers have been hard at work to improve health all across the globe, beyond the damages that COVID-19 was already...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

2021: Predictions for an Unpredictable Year

One thing we can predict for the year ahead is that what will have unfolded 12 months from now is most likely unpredictable. Our shift online has undoubtedly accelerated across the board - markedly with older generations who are typically slower in...

Posted by: Wolff Olins
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Leaders

Freelancing through a Pandemic - With Content Strategist Nick Carson

Surely Nick Carson has seen quite a lot in his many years as a Content Strategist and Copywriter. But all of his freelance and creative experience couldn't possibly prepare him for what 2020 had in store - a global pandemic that put a halt to a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Best Art Directors of 2020

10 of the most talented art directors to look out for in 2021. Being in charge of how things are supposed to look is no mean feat. Imagine having to come up with the full aesthetics of a project in tandem with a copywriter, under heavily strict...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best Graphic Designers of 2020

10 of the most exciting and talented graphic designers to keep an eye on in 2021 Good graphic design is easy to spot. But excellent graphic design? You need to have a specific kind of eye, taste and interest to understand what that is all about. The...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Best Illustrators of 2020

Whether you’re looking for talent or inspiration, take a look at these amazing illustrators to get you on the right track. Nothing like a good 10 months stuck at home to get creative. Right? Well, if you’re like me, by now you realised...

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...

Posted by: SGK
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Industry

Behind the Idea: how AMV BBDO celebrates 'Xmess'

We can all relate with the young man in the Merry Xmess Christmas ad. It is the ones we love the most that make the biggest mess at Christmas time. Parents, lovers, siblings, other relatives - but that's exactly what makes Christmas special. We are...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

How freelancers can prepare for Brexit today

And what the self-employed need to know about leaving the EU. That’s right, I used the dreaded ‘B’ word. As you can imagine, Brexit will have a certain impact on freelancers in the UK, and to an extent, to those working from Europe...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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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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Inspiration

How Nigel Harniman makes the average look extraordinary - #MemberSpotlight

If there is one key takeout that you could gain by Nigel Harniman, it is the delightfully provocatory advice (which we love) to not become a prostitute to the business. It's quite easy to get lost in a race to the bottom and only reason in terms of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Finding a new energy: The story of Tag's Chief Creative Officer

Admittedly, Tag Collective Arts had their work cut out for themselves back in August. Reuniting all the companies under the Tag umbrella into Tag Collective Arts was no mean feat, especially in the middle of a global outbreak. The business needed to...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Classy Creativity: a Chat with Cheddar Creative

It takes guts to find the courage to start from scratch. It can go either way. Too many have fallen under the weight of poor planning, but those who have succeeded give us hope that we can do the same. Cheddar Creative is a prime example of that. In...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

5 Sectors to find Creative Jobs after the Pandemic

Clearly, this has been an interesting year for everyone in the creative industry. Whether you are in the music industry, in live events, production or freelancing (aka: trying to hold onto your clients), 2020 has brought a new, unprecedented range...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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