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"Don't just copy and paste with your entry" - #JudgeSpotlight

Brand Team of the Year is an interesting category to score. Judges are exposed to a number of brilliant brands and their creative strategies, and like in the case of EVEN Creative Founder Dan Wilkinson, there will always be something amazing to learn...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Positive Perspectives from Latin America - #AnnualSpotlight

Last year, a communications agency from Latin America surprised us all across the board by being awarded the PR Agency of the Year prize in Annual 2020. One year later, and the energy of Sherlock Communications (also to be rendered as Sherlock Comms...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Looking back on Annual 2020

Shiny covers have started to flood our social channels, as the trophies for last year’s Annual 2020 reach our winners this week. Looking back on the year that’s just been, it’s hard to say this wasn’t somewhat of an...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The magic of award-winning animation with Ambassadors - #AnnualSpotlight

Ambassadors is a creative production studio driven by the belief that craft makes all the difference. It is a testimony to Ambassadors's love for the industry and craft of animation that they were able to become our very first Creative Services...

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Leaders

What is digital sustainability, and why should you care?

It's easy to conceive sustainability in its most tangible form - innovative packaging solutions, plastic waste, plant-based products and so on. But what about that email you just sent? What kind of impact does our digital footprint leave on the...

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Features

Can creativity change the world?

How can creatives change the world? We are just about coming out of a society-shattering pandemic, one that brought a cataclysmic series of changes into our daily habits. With the gap between consumers and brands now shrinking by the day, the...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

Annual 2021 Judges Unveiled: Heineken, Ogilvy, TikTok and more...

Creativepool has officially selected the full line-up of judges for Annual 2021, the Creative Industry’s ‘Most’ Award currently open for submissions until 27th May. With a diverse blend of incredibly inspiring industry and...

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Features

This new wave of brand purpose isn’t a pandemic fad

We’ve seen brands rise and fall during the last decade, but never as fast as in 2020. A correct approach to brand purpose could make or break a brand in the last year-and-something, and those regarding brand purpose as a shiny checkbox for...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Discussing emotions with the Global CEO of Sweetshop - #JudgeSpotlight

If there is one thing this pandemic has shown us, it was the power of emotions and how much that matters for advertising. However, Wilf Sweetland, Global CEO of Sweetshop, argues that brands have all gravitated towards the same emotions last year,...

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Inspiration

Riding on a dream with Anastasia Beltyukova - #AnnualSpotlight

We can't help but love everything that Anastasia Beltyukova (aka Tribambuka) creates for the world to see. With a beautiful dreamlike style and wondrous little creatures populating her art, Anastasia is an incredibly talented illustrator with true...

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Leaders

How a pandemic changes brand perceptions

There's no denying that the pandemic has changed consumer behaviour worldwide, forcing the whole creative industry to find new ways to adapt to a new normal. What was perfectly reasonable and effective in a world dominated by reason and logic, such...

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Leaders

Why big brands need design systems

It is now yesterday's news that the consumer experience has almost entirely shifted online as a result of a global pandemic. With such sudden change in behaviour, consumers have honed their taste in regards to interactive experiences, and they are...

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Leaders

Brands must make sustainability for the many, not the righteous few

Consumers are not stupid. Anyone who's been in the advertising game for long enough will know that, and they will also know that underestimating customer expectations is a recipe for certain failure. Still, customers will be looking for the best...

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Features

You don’t need the big budget to embrace purpose

Early last year, Unilever doubled down on brand purpose and argued that investing more in purposeful communications is the smart thing to do for any brand. That was January 2020, and since then, a global pandemic has proven Unilever quite right, with...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Why you should care about business purpose in your workplace

About exactly 6 years ago, PWC published a study on the importance of purpose in the work environment. The multinational network highlighted the disconnect between claimed business purpose and the way business leaders operate on a human level. The...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Beauty beware - the B-Corps are coming

The global vegan market is predicted to reach $31.4 billion by 2026. The rise of the plant-based diet has recently generated a whole new wave of consumer awareness in certain sectors, with environmentally conscious consumers looking for greener...

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Industry

Celebrating innovation with Huckletree and Otherway - #BehindTheIdea

It is universally acknowledged that creativity thrives in constraints. The past year has been a great measure for that, showing the best and most innovative business leaders shining in a fierce game of 'Adapt or Die.' To celebrate all these...

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Features

The role of Adland in the climate crisis

It’s a problem as old as advertising itself, much debated in the industry every time one dares unearth the topic: Adland sells stuff. As such, it is intrinsically in Adland’s nature to be utterly and completely unable to reach true...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

7 reasons why you should enter Annual 2021

After a year like 2020, the need to celebrate and have some lighthearted fun is now more relevant than ever. With the Annual 2021 submissions deadline now only a month away, we thought we’d let you know of 7 great reasons why you should enter...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

A lens to fulfil all dreams - #AnnualSpotlight

The incredibly talented photographer that is Richard Wadey certainly isn't new to appearing on these virtual pages. However, albeit shortlisted several times in The Annual since its inception, it was not until Annual 2020 that Richard grabbed a...

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Leaders

Design for people, not just the planet

For every person who will take durable jars to refill, there’s thousands who won’t. In the race to reach sustainability and be regarded as the greenest brand in the biz, consumers are often overlooked. This is not to mean that their...

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Job Description: Creative Team

The Creative Team in the advertising, digital or marketing sector is responsible for generating attention-grabbing ideas that will entice the consumer or target audience. Members of the team work together to develop conceptual campaigns designed to...

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Inspiration

Mosaics of creative excellence - #AnnualSpotlight

The first time we laid eyes upon Charis Tsevis's work, we knew we'd found something incredibly special and unique. For some reason that still escapes our best guessing exercises, Charis loves mosaics and has founded a whole, entirely personal style...

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Inspiration

Oscar Pop! 2021’s Best Picture Nominees as Original Pop Art Posters

When casting an eye back over the goings-on this week, I felt a subtle pang of despair. Between the capitalist nightmare that was the ill-fated European Super League, David Cameron lobbying dramas and… more Prince Philip, it all just felt so...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

How to make your reduced marketing budget work harder

As the coronavirus crisis continues to hit cash flows, force redundancies and cause disruption to normal business operations, thousands of companies across the UK are currently operating on reduced marketing budgets. Though putting marketing...

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Features

What makes IAMS top dog in the pet food game? #BehindTheBrand

When it comes to pet food, there are arguably a handful of brands that sit at the top of the grand pantheon. Whiskers and Pedigree are perhaps the most immediately recognisable to even those who would never dream of letting a furry friend share their...

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Industry

The past present and future glories of Shutterstock - #BehindTheBrand

Shutterstock is a name that has slowly but surely become almost as ubiquitous as Google and Wikipedia. The fact it's managed to do so in under 20 years is a testament to not only the flexibility of the platform, but the power of the brand. In our...

Posted by: Creativepool

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