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Behind the Idea: Standing out with courage in a sea of festive frivolity

With the festive season in full swing (nine days and counting), Toyota debuted its 2019 holiday spot last week as part of an ambitious and heartfelt campaign featuring genuine military service members returning home to their families for Christmas....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Festive Feels: All the ads of Christmas 2018

Burberry - Close Your Eyes and Think of Christmas Vodafone - Christmas Covered Agency: Ogilvy UK Director: Gary Freedman Production: Independent Films Visa - #KeepItLocalThisChristmas Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Director: Chris...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

'Tis the season for festive creative

Cover image "Deer Santa" by illustrator Pete Ellis Whether they be a model maker, photographer, filmmaker, agency, agent or designer, it's a pleasure to see the amazing work that's uploaded every day by the Creativepool community. Here is a roundup...

Posted by: Heather Deacon
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Leaders

Sainsbury's Christmas ad: the bad taste of festive chocolate?

Ah, advent! The gateway to Christmas! Today is the day when millions of children all over the country are opening the first window on their advent calendars and devouring that first overpriced and possibly over-wrapped square of chocolate - assuming...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Leaders

Festive Jumpers Galore

We're in the festive spirit of things and it looks like we're not on our own! Some of our favourite recruiter clients have been enjoying festive moments from Secret Santas, Office Parties to Christmas Jumper Days. Here's some tweets that helped us...

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Inspiration

Selling Sobriety: Merging the wellness and drinks markets

Dry January has become something of a phenomenon. Established by a health charity in the UK in 2013, the world now over celebrates sobriety at the end of the festive period - much to the chagrin of many a licensed premise. Supermarkets saw sales of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

This corporate folk kit might be the only useful corporate Christmas gift

Last Christmas (though it was only a few short weeks ago, of course), Lithuania-based design agency FOLK created an alternative to boring Christmas corporate gifts known as the “Corporate Folk Kit.” This kit was gifted to their partners...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

All I want for Christmas is nothing: Breaking the Secret Santa curse

Christmas is wonderful and everything, but if there’s one thing about it that becomes more and more tedious as the years drag on - it’s the presents. As a child, there’s something undeniably magical about waking up at the crack of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

How M&S brought the virtual world of Christmas ads to life

Every year, the highly anticipated Christmas advertisements mark the start of the festive season. As in previous years, the Christmas ads in 2019 follow the same generic theme of an emotionally-driven story where the public falls in love with the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Does advertising lack originality?

They say Christmas is a time for giving. But first it’s a time for watching all the big brand ads so we can decide what to give and where to spend our money. And with the bulk of this year’s spots now released, what do they say about the...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Leaders

Holidays Are Coming as Coke launches biggest ever Christmas campaign

While many see the launch of the annual John Lewis ad as the sign that Christmas can truly begin, there’s nothing more iconic than Coke’s Holidays Are Coming spot. A few weeks ago, the brand's annual Christmas Truck Tour set off to tee...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Why Coke's zero sugar Cinnamon campaign lacks fizz

Coca-Cola has built some iconic and memorable advertising campaigns over the years and has certainly spread the festive cheer in regards to Christmas. From now until the end of the year, Coca-Cola UK has reintroduced its zero sugar Cinnamon limited...

Posted by: Steve Wignall
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Leaders

John Lewis Christmas spot fuels fire for Waitrose merger

John Lewis has finally launched its Christmas ad for 2019, which tells the story of a little girl and her excitable dragon, Edgar, and unites the brand with partner company Waitrose. The spot, created by adam&eveDDB and directed by Dougal Wilson, is...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

All the ads of Christmas 2019 (continued...)

Following our round-up of the first wave of Christmas ads from all the big UK retailers and others such as Amazon, Macy's and Cineworld, it's time to take a look at the latest seasonal spots doing the rounds this week. Entering the fray are...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

D Double E voices first UK Christmas ad for IKEA

UK grime act D Double E provides the soundtrack to IKEA’s first ever Christmas ad launching today, as he waxes lyrical about being house proud and silencing the critics. The spot, created by Mother, features a couple who become racked with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

All the ads of Christmas 2019 (so far...)

It's the start of November, which means it's time to put the kettle on, sit back and watch the barrage of Christmas ads already launched by brands this year. In the mix at this point are many of the big supermarkets with celebs such as Mariah Carey...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Royal Mail puts its stamp on Christmas 2019

British postal service Royal Mail has unveiled its Christmas Special Stamps for 2019 with a new Nativity theme. Created by London studio Charlie Smith Design and paper-cutting artist duo Hari and Deepti, the collection is both contemporary and...

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Inspiration

How to make the most of your Christmas holiday in 2019

Christmas is a time for friends, family and a nice break away from the office for most people, and this year, festive loving workers are using a holiday hack to maximise the period in 2019. The two popular options are either 12 days or 16 days...

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Leaders

The Force is female in new Cineworld Christmas campaign

Cineworld unleashes The Force in a new campaign to promote its Christmas gifting range while also looking ahead to some of this winter's biggest blockbusters. The ad begins with a spirited game of Charades during a festive family gathering on...

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Inspiration

How celebrating Christmas can boost your productivity

Christmas is less than two months away and research has shown that not enough companies are getting in the spirit, missing the chance to boost productivity. A study carried out by UK retailer Christmas Tree World has found that 74% of employees are...

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Leaders

Why it pays to play the long game in the build-up to Black Friday

Black Friday has fast become the standout date in the UK ecommerce calendar. It may well be yet another transatlantic import to the UK retail scene, but it’s a date that consumers are looking out for and a date that ecommerce brands have very...

Posted by: Stickyeyes
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Leaders

Reports of the death of advertising are false

There has been talk of the death of advertising as a new media landscape continues to evolve but is there any truth in the claiming that creativity’s best days are over? Federico Garcia, ECD at Huge New York, defended its case at Connect...

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Leaders

Why the right music is key to cracking Christmas campaigns

By Heather Andrew, UK CEO, Neuro-Insight... With Christmas ad spend set to hit an all-time high, the race is on again to achieve the coveted most memorable ad. Previous years have taught us that the aim of the game with festive spots is emotional...

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Inspiration

Why brands are striking a chord with emotive campaigns this Christmas

This November - just like every November in recent years - the nation waited in anticipation for their favourite Christmas ad to officially usher in the beginning of the festive season. Below, Greg Clark, MD of Sheffield-based creative agency,...

Posted by: Über Agency
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Leaders

Account Wins of the Week

J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong - Nikon J. Walter Thompson Hong Kong has been reappointed as the regional digital agency-of- record for Japanese camera manufacturer Nikon. As the incumbent, J. Walter Thompson retains its duties encompassing...

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The Power of User Generated Content (UGC)

Authenticity is key in this always-on world, and nothing does more for your brand than making authentic connections with consumers. To better help your message rise above the clutter and stick in a consumer’s consciousness, you need content...

Posted by: Jukin Media
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Leaders

Have yourself a merry little GIF-mas with Enjoy Digital

Leeds-based integrated digital marketing specialist, Enjoy Digital, is spreading some extra special festive cheer this December with the launch of its interactive online Christmas GIF generator. The online application is available here:...

Posted by: Enjoy Digital
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A year of OOH with Primesight

In 2017, Primesight continued to expand in the world of OOH with the introduction of InLinkUK, winning more airport media contracts and enabling more creative solutions than ever before Here's a round-up of another incredible year: The Wish: 99...

Posted by: Primesight

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