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Innovation, brand value and the customer journey

Consumer decision making is changing, and that’s impacting brand loyalty. This became clear to me while I was researching a presentation I made at an event held to examine the role and the market opportunity presented by online video. One of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Member Spotlight: David Istvan on never settling for the comfort zone

A cursory glance at the work of David Istvan and you might be forgiven for thinking he’s something of a loud and effervescent personality. He is, however, a decidedly humble, socially-conscious and provocative illustrator that has spent the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Behind the idea: The problem with wrinkles

Sexual innuendo continues to be a favourite tool of advertisers for a simple reason - it works and it’s usually effortlessly funny. Such is the case in this spot by Procter & Gamble’s multi-agency shop Woven (with teams from Grey),...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

Creativepool Annual Spotlight: The humble artistry of Chris Shaw

A talented animator with a unique style and vision we caught up with Chris Shaw recently to discuss his award-winning project “The Crossing,” which claimed the People’s Choice award for Animation in last year’s Creativepool...

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Creativepool Annual Spotlight: The disruptive beauty of BBD Perfect Storm

BBD Perfect Storm is a modern agency for a modern world; an agency that understands culture needs to be shaped not by reflection and appropriation but by setting the agenda. Since opening in 2013 (the same year as Creativepool, as a matter of fact),...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

How to Retain Your Audience in 2020

Do you actively think about how your visitors come to you? If you’re still relying on erratic websites and referral traffic, the mercy of social media algorithms, and Google - where over 50% of today’s searches result in zero clicks - you...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

Creativepool Annual Spotlight: AKQA show us how to believe again

AKQA has been a big part of the Creativepool community in one form or another since its initial inception. The agency has been a Creativepool member since 2013 and has been behind dozens of featured projects and award-winning Annual entries over the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

Creativepool Annual Spotlight: Mother make us laugh and cry

Having begun life almost 30 years ago with just three incredibly creative individuals sat around a table, Mother has blossomed in the last few decades into one of the most beloved agencies not only in London but the creative world at large. Mother...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Eco or ego? The environmental impact of awards ceremonies

When it comes to paying lip service to environmental causes, the creative industries don’t exactly hold a monopoly but they are far from innocent either. As the generic public continues to ‘wake up’ to the realities of climate...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

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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Features

Shortcutting Video: The proven effectiveness of 2-second ads

A research and neurological study from IPG Mediabrands Netherlands and publisher Sanoma has revealed that an ultra-short advertisement is able to convey brand, product and message much more effectively than the first few seconds of a regular spot -...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Great customer experience adds value and makes our lives better

A conversation with David Shulman, chief experience officer of VMLY&R on how his recent visit to India shaped his opinions on the significance of customer expereince. The often-ignored subject of customer experience is gradually becoming an...

Posted by: David Shulman
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Creativepool Annual Spotlight 2020: Mark Richardson of Superfried

Freelancing is one thing but being a one-man design studio is another entirely. Enter Mark Richardson; the man who founded Superfried in a London bedroom back in 2007. Now based in the centre of Manchester, Mark has managed to build up an incredible...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

Why it’s worth £6,000 a month to keep you out of a job

Dreams are funny old things. You’re playing for Scotland and you’ve just scored the winning goal in the dying minutes of the World Cup final - a clear giveaway this is a dream ­- the referee’s blown the whistle… and you...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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Features

Behind the Idea: Drinks have no gender

Heineken has launched a new global campaign, “Cheers to All”, with a light-hearted view on the stereotypes that are associated with ordering certain drinks. Through the light-hearted film, which shows men and women being served the wrong...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: IMAX Creative

As part of our series shining a spotlight on Creativepool Annual winners from last year, we sat down with Andrew Almendras, creative director at IMAX Creative, to discuss the company’s Brand Team of the Year gold award win. Andrew offered up...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Who is The Integrator?

The mere mention of disconnection evokes thoughts of seclusion, lacklustre relations and of course, the dreaded situation of being offline at the worst time. In business strategy and organisation terms, it points to the opposite of what it takes to...

Posted by: Klaus
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Careers

What is the difference between web development and web design?

Anyone looking for a new website or to redesign an existing one will have likely at some point been confused by the terms "web development" and "web design." Even if you thought you had an idea what they were about, the lines can become so blurred...

Posted by: Cefar
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Features

Member Spotlight: Learning to accessorise with Joanna Godbold

Every once in a while, I like to break out of my comfort zone and explore a side of the creative industries that I might not have much (if any) stock in. Fashion is one such avenue. My fashion sense primarily stretches to jeans, t-shirts...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

CES 2020: the symbiosis of human and machine

“Humans are the reproductive organs of technology.” ― Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants If CES 2020 was anything to go by, humans across the globe have been hard at it, before giving birth to some extraordinary tech (as featured) in...

Posted by: Posterscope
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Features

Is the future vertical? How portrait formats are changing creative

From landscape to vertical, smartphones and social media have changed the way the world views content. Mobile screens got bigger, Snapchat and Instagram Stories were launched, and vertical content was born. Now, more videos are watched on mobile than...

Posted by: The Flash Pack
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Features

Behind the Idea: Freeing your ambition with The Open University 

The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution, recently launched a campaign to inspire people to harness their ambition through education and achieve life-changing results with the university’s flexible offering. The...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Oscar Pop: The 2020 Academy Awards through a Shutterstock lens

With the 2020 Oscars right around the corner, Shutterstock has just officially unveiled its latest Oscar Pop! poster series. A tradition among Shutterstock’s design team, the series combines the vibrant and sometimes playful colours, styles and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Three ways retail psychology can help save the high-street

The consumer sales landscape has been in a state of flux for some time with almost weekly news stories of store closures, losses, and the death of the high street becoming the norm. Hopes were riding on strong Black Friday and Christmas sales over...

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How writing can help you grow your business and shape your world

Every brand needs a strategy. Without one, you have no clear path from where you are to where you want to be. It’s easy to waste time, and hard to make decisions, because everyone has a slightly different idea of what success looks like....

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Advice

Focus on freelancing: You’ve got the gig, now what?

5 ways to collaborate better with your new client When starting out as a freelancer, it’s not uncommon to think that the hard part will be getting new clients in the door. While that’s certainly no easy feat, making those clients...

Posted by: OpenText Hightail
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Trends

10 digital marketing trends to watch in 2020

Ten years ago, display advertising was in its infancy and Promoted Tweets were yet to make their debut. Times have changed considerably. Intelligent and automated technologies have increasingly super-charged digital marketing efficiency - so much so...

Posted by: Caroline Burgess-Pike
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Careers

Creative insights: Oliver Lyu on a career in stock music 

Shutterstock isn’t just the internet’s go-to repository of stock images, it’s also home to thousands of stock music tracks that offer a more affordable solution for filmmakers who might not have the funds to licence Taylor Swift...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: Breaking bread with the Big Buoys

As part of our series shining a spotlight on Creativepool Annual winners from last year, we sat down with post-production specialists Big Buoy, the studio that claimed two top places in last year’s annual. Their big win was for post-production...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

Stand apart from the crowd: What a recent report means for freelancers

Just more than half (55%) of B2C marketers outsource at least some of their content marketing activities according to a recent Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs survey. So what can you do to set yourself apart from the other talented...

Posted by: OpenText Hightail
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Trends

Another Industry to Disrupt

When we started The Pop Up Agency and proposed a different approach to solving briefs, we were met with both love and resistance. Many established companies were skeptical of our agile methods and some people said it would be impossible to solve...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Features

Member spotlight: Learning, observing and unlearning with Luciano Koenig

An artist with a colourful eye and a passionate heart, Luciano Koenig is a man with advertising in his veins. The photographer and art director, who is also the Creator and Editor of digital creativity magazine LIKE CREATIVITY, has claimed more than...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

Making the jump from Designer to Head of Design

The jump from designer to Head of Design is like that from musician to conductor. A designer is a highly skilled specialist that performs as a part of a larger ensemble. The Head of Design decides how to interpret new works, unifies the performers,...

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Features

Colour - It's Personal (using orange in graphic design)

In my professional life, colour has, of course, played a key part in my work, whether it be graphic design (for professional services, education or publishing); photography; or fine art - colour rules. So, if colour is personal - and it is - how can...

Posted by: Alan

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