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What do copywriters say about copywriting? And are they right?

A copywriting pal of mine has drawn my attention to a collection of quotes about, well, copywriting. I'm always delighted when these things crop up, because I feel sure blog posts on design and art direction outnumber pieces on copy by about a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

What does working with John Hurt have to do with copywriting?

John Hurt, Sir Neville Marriner and I walked into a bar... No, that isn't the opening of a joke; it actually happened on Saturday. (Yes, it really did.) Luckily, there was no rerun of any alien-bursting-out-of-the-stomach scene. Always a bonus. So,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

*&%££!! On copywriting, artichokes and swearing.

I think I've only ever met two people who never swore. One for moral and religious reasons, the other had taught herself not to, because she thought she was doing it too much. I admired them both for their self-control and adhering to something they...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Spraycan copywriting

Here's a true story. Back in the late 70's, right smack in the middle of punk rock, I studied graphic design at Hounslow. Unlike some of the more respectable educational establishments, Hounslow was a bit rough and 'edgy'. The area around the college...

Posted by: Creativepool
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10 great copywriters' blogs (That avoid the subject of copywriting)

As you are no doubt well aware, copywriters are, of course, some of the brightest, kindest and most imaginative people walking this planet. Indeed, when God was busy spooning out the talent, he took a particular shine to the marketing wordsmith -...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Where have you bean? Heinz roll out new TV spot, copywriting saved.

I felt sure if we waited long enough, someone would grasp the nettle and prove that the art of copywriting isn’t dead, just having a lie down. The fact that this little miracle has been achieved by one of the nation’s best known (and best...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

We're all writers now. How recession damages copywriting.

There are many signs that something is going wrong. The scarcity of invitations to join the staff of a particular agency; the lack of requests to pencil out dates in your diary and the distant memory of those top-dollar, overnight emergency...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Who's killing copywriting?

Recent months have seen a swathe of articles predicting the end of the traditional, journalistic newspaper. Indeed, I have commented on the topic on Creativepool. But, as far as I'm aware, there has been no suggestion that the art of copywriting may...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Top hires this week

Arnold steps down at AMV Rosie Arnold (pictured) is to step down from her role as creative partner at AMV BBDO. Arnold was most recently head of art and creative partner but spent 33 years at BBH, where rose to creative director, prior to joining...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Benk + Bo bring you the Workshop Zone @ Connect: London

Benk + Bo, the multifunctional space for creatives in Spitalfields, London, are bringing their Scandinavian design and aesthetic to the Workshop Zone at Connect: London on November 21 and 22. Join them for a cup of coffee and learn about how the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Why great design needs great copy

Resplendent in a white silk dress and crimson cape, the Queen steps gracefully down from her golden chariot and begins a slow, dignified walk into Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by the ancestral Mistress of the Robes and Archbishop of Canterbury, the...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Somesuch Alex Lill joins the Somesuch roster worldwide for music-video and commercial representation. Alex Lill, known for his genre-defining music videos for artists such as Sampha, Joey Bada$$, Lil Yachty and Melody's Echo Chamber. His...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Little moons, sacred gins and other stories

Pearlfisher London - Little Moons Pearlfisher London has created a new brand identity and packaging for Little Moons - artisan producers of premium gelato mochi ice-cream. A new identity and packaging design were needed to unify the two ranges -...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Partizan Emma Westenberg is a Dutch director, born in California and based in Amsterdam who has justed been named as the latest addition to the Partizan roster. Her work can be described as a confident mix of classic visual tropes, fashion and fine...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Cannabis-infused caramel and other stories

Noise13 - Dovana All woman-led San Francisco agency Noise13 has unveiled a cute, playful identity for Dovana, a “sophisticated” range of cannabis-infused caramel. The agency was approached by the “mom and pop duo,” who...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

AnalogFolk Independent digital agency AnalogFolk, has announced the appointment of Fredrik Dahlberg as Creative Director. Dahlberg will be responsible for the development of the agency’s copy arm as well as bolstering the agency’s...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Rebrand Roundup: UKIP, Moonpig, Dropbox, Auto Trader and other stories

Moonpig (in-house) Online card and gift retailer Moonpig has rebranded, swapping out its cartoon pig mascot for a simpler, typographic look. Designed by Moonpig’s in-house design team in collaboration with consultants Cat Totty and Ian Styles,...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Hoot Comedy Tom Bazeley, (second from left) former CEO of M&C Saatchi, is rejoining the world of production and IP to become chief executive of Hoot Comedy, a comedy production company he helped set up five years ago. He will rejoin Hoot Comedy this...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Inspiration

Inside the Mind of Guilherme Jahara, CCO at F.biz

Guilherme Jahara has been Chief Creative Officer at São Paulo’s F.biz since January 2014, a position he took on with more than 20 years' experience in the industry already under his belt. Guilherme's resume is a rather dazzling affair -...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week: Super Bowl Special

David&Goliath - KIA Kia is wasting no time in teasing its Super Bowl ad this year. After releasing two short teaser spots last week, the automaker has now released another teaser spot starring its celebrity spokesperson, Melissa McCarthy. The latest...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Harness the Power of "Why" In Your Brand Story

We all remember great stories. It’s what helps us make connections, strengthens our memories and inspires action. So it is no surprise that brands who use storytelling are the ones that get noticed. Storytelling in marketing is not a new...

Posted by: Emma McCarthy
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has announced the appointment of the highly regarded Sian Cook to the role of Managing Partner. In her new role, Cook will lead one of the agency’s largest accounts, Woolworths. Cook comes to the role from BBH, London...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

#fansofcannes: Depaul - There's another side to the story

The poster campaign for Depaul, the homelessness charity, exemplifies how copywriting can deliver a real sucker punch in emotional impact. “There is another side to the story” is the creative idea, and the execution is pleasingly literal,...

Posted by: Jones Knowles Ritchie
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Features

Branding Bud: Bringing Cannabis to Market

With the US seeing states legalising weed (Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado) there’s something of a scrabble to rebrand cannabis to a mass audience. Should health benefits be the calling card, targeting yoga bunnies looking for that extra...

Posted by: Jade French
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Advertising

Top 5 Ads of the Week: Week 3

FCB West - Electronic Arts Electronic Arts and their agency FCB West have hired educational children's entertainer Bill Nye (the science guy) to front a brand new campaign to launch the next evolution of its gaming subscription service, Origin...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Saatchi & Saatchi, Langland and CAHG sweep the Best of Health Show

Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney had a great run at the 2015 Best of Health Show, which was held this Tuesday (November 24) at the Café de Paris in central London. In this, the 20th year of the awards, which celebrate healthcare advertising, the guests...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

The Muppets follow in Sylvester Stallone's footsteps for Warburtons

I love The Muppets. Three of the movies sit easily in my top 50 of all time, “Rainbow Connection” still brings me to tears almost every time I hear it, and I even managed to sit through the woeful display that was “Muppets from...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Do you really need to send that tweet? #PossiblyNot

For about five or six years, I have blogged for Creativepool. During that time, I’ve written 254 blogs, most of which I hope have been either interesting or amusing, informative or insightful. Some will have been more of one than the other, of...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison

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