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Features

Time with clients is precious – here’s how to make the most of it

Modern communication technologies have changed working life for marketing professionals. Many moons ago, before the advent of the World Wide Web, the only way to effectively engage with your clients was by setting up lengthy in-person meetings....

Posted by: Prezi
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Features

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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Advice

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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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Kevin Myers' art packs a punch

Some of the characters in Kansas City-based illustrator Kevin Myers’ portfolio include Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine. But there are also lesser-known characters like Hellboy, The Main Man and Dawg and Silver Surfer...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

6 ways to get commissioned as an illustrator

Getting your first commission as a creative in any field can be tough, but with self-belief, perseverance and a solid plan of action, you can bag that first client and kick on. Following a recent interview with California-based freelance cartoonist,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Joseph Ford’s photography makes people disappear

Photographer Joseph Ford’s subjects include dynamite fishing, butterflies flying out of people's mouths, a railway line merging into a zipper and a crocodile attacking Lacoste sneakers, but a series that also stands out is his Knitted...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Careers

The Freelancer Grind: Creating an eye-catching portfolio

You need a strong online portfolio to be able to make a good impression on prospective clients. Many designers I meet have weak portfolios and wonder why they don’t find work. Your portfolio showcases you as a designer, your skills and...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Malane Newman's cartoons make America look great

Imagine going to a theme park that caters to different generations with each ‘land’ representing a different decade and a “little bit of Disney magic”. Life in the 50s - Generation Land is a realisation of that place in poster...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

The Freelancer Grind: Understanding your role as a freelancer

I'm Hashmukh and I’ve been a freelancer since 2013. I’m a motion designer and 3D illustrator working in advertising. I’ve had the privilege to work with a range of clients and brands, big and small. Born and bred in east London,...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Careers

Fishing for Account Based Marketing

ABM writing is nice work if you can get it. And you can. For an industry where clear language is meant to be currency, the world of copywriting doesn’t half love those acronyms. B2B or B2C? What’s the expected ROMI? How are you...

Posted by: Mr. Write
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Features

Getting to Know... Elmwood's Ian Schofield

Brand design consultancy Elmwood recently appointed Ian Schofield as non-executive director to advise clients on sustainability. As the former own label manager of Iceland Foods and an expert on packaging reuse and recycling, he led the charge of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Maximising Studio Output

Ove the last 12 months, London-based design company Studio Output has shifted its focus with an increased emphasis on digital work. “Believing that brands are defined by their digital experiences, we’ve evolved from a generalist design...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

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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Advice

Top 10 reasons to update your website

If you're responsible for the website of your business or organisation, it can sometimes be a case of out of sight, out of mind once it's up and running… you may only look at or amend one or two pages from time to time until someone points...

Posted by: Progression Design
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: The bigger picture with Charis Tsevis

Charis Tsevis’ personality is as complex as his art. Having grown up in Athens, he’s developed a passion and appreciation for different cultures which has influenced the way he works. “I’m a dedicated scholar of gestalt...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Unboxing freedom and individuality for Zalando

Fashion and lifestyle platform, Zalando, has launched a new campaign celebrating free thinkers and and self-expression through Grey London. Led by an ad starring well-known personalities Adwoa Aboah, Alice Hurel, Felicity Hayward, Rain Dove and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Getting to Know... ENGINE's Lisa Parfitt

Lisa Parfitt is MD of ENGINE Sport & Brand Experience, a member of the European Sponsorship Association, and was recently appointed to professional network Women in Football's board. As well as being passionate about her job, Parfitt's love of sport...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why aren't brands doing enough for the environment?

It's no secret that the planet is suffering. Aside from Brexit, it's been the biggest thing affecting the news agenda for the past few years and coverage is only set to increase. But if the decay and gradual demise of our world is so important, why...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

An insider's guide to the 3D animation pipeline

The process of creating a 3D animation is much more complex than most people think. The number of steps to produce a 3D animated video can vary a great deal, depending on the animation studio involved and the scale of the project itself. But...

Posted by: Dream Farm Studios
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Technology

Mixed reality will have as big an impact as iPhone

The founder of immersive production studio REWIND has predicted that mixed reality will have as big an impact on the world as the iPhone did when it was first released in 2007. Sol Rogers, who is behind augmented and virtual reality work for the...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advice

Top 5 tips on getting the most from your profile

Header image: Mike Perkins At the time of writing, Creativepool is now home to well over 270,000 creatives, with 20,000 companies using the platform to find talent from across the globe. If you are a member on the platform, standing out among so...

Posted by: Michael Tomes
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Features

Is over specialisation killing creativity?

From influencers to social and audio only, there’s been a proliferation of niche agencies in the last few years. While specialists are always going to be necessary, consumers now have more touchpoints than ever before. So, are brands at risk...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Getting to know... Grey's Diego Medvedocky

Diego Medvedocky was recently promoted to president of Grey Latin America, a role he holds in addition to being chief creative officer of the region and president of Grey Argentina. Medvedocky joined the agency as ECD in 2013 and it has made a major...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Why we need to be braver with creativity

Working in the creative sector allows you to experiment, be adventurous and most importantly get excited about the work you’re delivering. But it’s about time we got braver. We need to be proactive, stand out and help our clients step out...

Posted by: Clarity
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Features

Gender stereotyping: No smoke without fire

This month in advertising has been dominated by a cream cheese bagel-scoffing dad abandoning his baby to a conveyor belt, a pram-pushing mum and moon-walking men. The first bans the ASA has handed down since its gender stereotyping legislation came...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Features

Creative director Jodine Bell on Principals and design

Jodine Bell is creative director at Australia- and New Zealand-based strategic/creative agency Principals. Her career has gone from strength to strength since her early days at design studio Switch as she develops a team and culture at in the...

Posted by: Portfolio Recruitment (AKLD) Limited
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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: The house style of AKQA Casa

“It’s like living in an amazing house with your best friends,” say Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga, executive creative directors at AKQA São Paulo, about what it’s like to work at their studio known as 'AKQA Casa'. The...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Port Elizabeth and beyond with illustrator Rebecca Hayter

Freelance illustrator Rebecca Hayter lasted just three months in her role at a design company before following her heart and going it alone. While the structure, salary and guaranteed workflow were nice for a while, her personal beliefs and stance on...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

3 things that will shape the future of ecommerce

It seems rarely a day goes by without the word 'ecommerce' coming up. The growing ubiquity of ecommerce in the UK (by 2023, it will have a predicted 97% penetration rate) - combined with the much-mooted “death of the high street” - means...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

Why personalisation is key for property marketers

“When it comes to video - and pretty much everything else - the more personalised the content, the higher the chances of conversion.” John Rampton, entrepreneur. What is personalised marketing? Personalised marketing is the creation...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Technology

How to write a website brief

You’ve decided your business needs a new website. You’ve agreed a budget (that you WILL stick to!) so what do you do now? Well, appointing a website design (and development) agency is your next step. You’ll need to write a...

Posted by: Progression Design
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Features

Company Spotlight: Picture Farm at your service

When asked how he’d like integrated production company Picture Farm to be perceived, Todd Stewart, partner and creative executive, says the aim is to be known as a “helpful” multi-disciplined collaborator first and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Entertainment

Final straw: Oval Space and The Pickle Factory go plastic-free

Two of London’s most popular music and events spaces are set to be the first multi-purpose venues to eradicate the use of single-use plastic. Oval Space and The Pickle Factory are taking the action, dubbed Oval Green, in a first step towards...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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