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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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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

Are you pricing your agency services the right way?

As businesses, agencies have the grave burden to make profit with which they can generate growth and help the team thrive. With that in mind, pricing your agency services is arguably the most difficult part of founding and running a successful...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Here’s why a good client-agency relationship goes both ways

Clients. We love them, sometimes we hate them. They are what keeps this industry going - the makers of the creative sector, in a sense. Without them having needs, agencies wouldn’t be offering solutions; it is a business relationship based on...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Step outside of the box - #MemberSpotlight

If there is one designer in this industry with which delicacy of style and quality of craft meet, that must be freelance graphic designer and surface pattern illustrator Camilla Blom. As one of our certified studiopro, Camilla is one of our Top 50...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

What does the end of cookies mean for marketing data insights?

Cookies are crucial to understanding customer behaviour online, but in recent years, having to accept or reject cookies has become somewhat of a nuisance for the average online user. Also, one can argue they're not exactly the best for privacy. In a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Word to the Winners of Annual 2020 - #AnnualSpotlight

To say 2020 was an eventful start to the decade would be a tremendous understatement. We've seen the industry come together even while apart, as a pandemic brought about one of the biggest social crises in the history of humanity and protests for...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Go your own way | By the CEO of Redwood BBDO

This new wave of purpose comes with a caveat: brands are eager to jump on the most popular causes, and sometimes forget about their own, true essence. Purpose should be personal. It should be lived and breathed every day, from the brand's core and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Rethinking sustainability with Nestlé and FutureBrand - #BehindTheIdea

When Nestlé Brazil turned to FutureBrand São Paulo with a new challenge, the team was tasked with a rather ambitious brief: to highlight the company's commitment to sustainability with a renewed brand architecture, whilst showcasing the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

"Traditional design can still have a real impact" - #JudgeSpotlight

With over 25 years of experience as an art director and designer, Wellmark Executive Creative Director Mark Sammartino was a perfect fit for the Annual 2020 Publishing panel. As a juror for one field of creativity that kind of lost its essence with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

You are not designers

A call to arms to the creative industry Terminology of job roles is a surprisingly potent thing. For years we at SomeOne shunned them, refusing to enter into the argy bargy of ‘my job is bigger than your job’. But it soon became clear...

Posted by: Simon Manchipp
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Leaders

Be proud of your work! - #JudgeSpotlight

"As an Italian, Silvia grew up surrounded by art and has always been fascinated by it, in particular interactive installations and immersive experiences." This is how Creative & Art Director at MullenLowe London Silvia Sella kicks off her bio here...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Why craft matters - With the ECD of Name & Name - #JudgeSpotlight

When entering a craft-focused category, how do you make your project shine? What are those truly amazing projects that catch the eye and leave a lasting impression on the industry? Ian Perkins is the Executive Creative Director at Name & Name, a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The humble confidence of The Dubs - #AnnualSpotlight

As our number-one ranked content agency on Creativepool, The Dubs certainly has a few noticeable Annual wins under their belt - and 2020 was no different. Crowned our People's Choice Small Agency of the Year and awarded the People's Choice in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

How AKQA became our 2020 Agency of the Year - #AnnualSpotlight

It is not every day that you get to become Creativepool's top ranked digital agency. The folks at AKQA are all incredibly talented and work hard to make sure their unique voice is heard in the industry, and no one year passes without them sharing...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Churning through lockdowns with UKTV and Peter Allinson - #AnnualSpotlight

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." It is with these immortal words by Billy Ocean that Head of Design at UKTV Peter Allinson recounts his own experience with the past year of lockdowns and restrictions, moments of doubt and anxiety for...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Award-winning design all Round - #AnnualSpotlight

Freelance designer and illustrator James Round had never entered The Annual prior to 2020. The moment he did, he grabbed two Bronze prizes and was shortlisted for several others. He is now the #5 ranked Creative in the community, and for some really...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

A pinch of Imagination - #AnnualSpotlight

As our top ranked Experiential Agency, the team at Imagination certainly has some fire in them and they want to make sure the entire creative industry knows about it. As you will read further below, Imagination knows how wonderful it is to be able...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The great humility of Tanya Brookfield, CEO of ELVIS - #AnnualSpotlight

Remember the Golden Goobilee? You should. It was the brilliant ad that enraged conservatives back in February, to the point that an anti-LGBT petition tried to stop it from circulating online. Obviously they failed, and the beauty of that ad remains...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The very special place that is Taxi Studio - #AnnualSpotlight

As our 2020 People's Choice Independent Agency of the Year, Taxi Studio certainly isn't new to the Annual nor to winning prizes for award-winning work. Being our fourth ranked design agency on Creativepool, Taxi Studio's profile is an explosion of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

The Reverse Selfie of Dove and Ogilvy – #BehindTheIdea

Dove has become an incredibly well-known brand for challenging the established standards of "beauty" and promoting natural beauty across all ages. With this campaign by Ogilvy, the brand reached entirely new heights. The video campaign below shows a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Exclusive Judges Insight: How to Craft a Perfect Annual 2021 Entry

The Annual 2021 deadline is now little more than a week away. Like every year, entries have been flowing in from all over the industry, and if you are thinking about putting the finishing touches on your entries, you are probably not alone in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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