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Elton John takes it away in John Lewis Christmas ad 2018

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad has finally arrived and is led by the story of British music legend Sir Elton John who fronts the film. The Boy and His Piano opens on the singer in his living room as he begins to play his classic tune Your...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

John Lewis puts away the big guns for Christmas

Last year, Sainsbury’s came under a lot of criticism for their World War II-inspired Christmas ad. Some agreed that it was a tear jerker, while others - in spite of the great attention to detail in terms of period costume accuracy and so on -...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Design

John Lewis gets big headed about its latest revamp

John Lewis has created the largest home department in central London with a dramatic revamp that includes five individual creative spaces, and an installation designed to calculate customers’ design tastes. The brand's flagship department at London...

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Features

Watch and comment: John Lewis’ 150th anniversary commercial

Taking a primetime advertising spot last Saturday night during Britain’s Got Talent, the new television commercial celebrating John Lewis’ 150th anniversary was revealed. Created by Adam & Eve/DDB, the ad is called Never Standing Still,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

What do apostrophes make? Prizes! The day John Lewis bagged my loyalty

Contrary to popular urban myth, I am not a member of the Apostrophe Protection Society. Yes, I did write a blog about Waterstone’s and the decision from their powers that be to get rid of the apostrophe in 2012. My blog did, incidentally,...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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News

Hey, sugar. Is John Lewis' Christmas ad too treacly?

Could they have been the most expensive two minutes in advertising history? Well, if they weren’t, they certainly weren’t far off. Last Saturday during X Factor - and therefore requiring the sign-off from pop mogul Simon Cowell himself -...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

Creative Opinions: Sir Martin Sorrell and the end of an era

This week, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO and Founder of the world's largest advertising agency network, WPP, resigned from his post amidst circling 'personal misconduct' allegations that remain (at the time of writing) unresolved, much to the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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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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Trends

Adapt or die: 5 design principles for today's luxury brands

The world is changing fast, and luxury consumers are changing with it. So, what should luxury brands do to adapt, and how can design help? As a generation, we’re far better off than our parents. Millions can now afford things that were once...

Posted by: Lewis Moberly
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Advertising

UK's top 10 TV ads of all time revealed

The UK’s favourite TV ad of all time has been revealed by a new study from independent creative agency, Impero. The Rebranding Advertising research saw 1,500 consumers asked for their most iconic spots ever with brands such as Cadbury, John...

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Features

Cannes Lions 2019: The contenders

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is underway and tonight the first awards ceremony will take place at the Palais des Festivals where the first wave of winners will be announced. Ahead of the five awards shows taking place every...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Building (Jeff) Bridges with Amstel

Amstel is the local beer of Amsterdam and recently, its creative agency adam&eveDDB launched an ad that sees Hollywood actor Jeff Bridges appear as a canal bridge to promote togetherness for the brand. The result is an unforgettable piece of work...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

4 ways to amplify your brand purpose through film

After speaking at the Brand Film Festival in London recently, I decided to share my approach when using video in a campaign with a cause (capital ‘C’, or otherwise). Film can be an incredibly powerful way of amplifying your brand purpose,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Diversity is easy, inclusion is the hard part

Diversity has been a major topic over the past year and continues to make headlines in the creative sector and beyond. But how do you make sure the conversation around the issue turns into something impactful which inspires change? A panel at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

YouTube Music ad makes top 10 list for EMEA

YouTube has released its overall 2018 EMEA ads leaderboard, which includes a spot for its music service, YouTube Music, in at number nine on the list. The top spot is taken by German online real estate portal Immowelt, with its epic narrative...

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Advertising

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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Features

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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Features

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: Uber Agency
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News

Connect: London 2018 - what a week!

Creativepool held its annual Connect: London festival at Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery last week with two days of inspiring talks, workshops and networking events for the creative industry. The packed programme saw the action take place across...

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Design

Rebrand roundup: Wahaca, Waitrose Free From, Labrador and more

Wahaca by Without Mexican-style street food restaurant Wahaca in the UK has has been given a rebrand by London-based design studio Without with a focus on illustration. The new branding centres around a line-drawn, illustrated logo of a hand...

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Advertising

Top hires this week

Proximity London adds Tan Proximity London has hired Ben Tan (above) as head of strategy to lead and oversee the growing department. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Tan joins from BBD Perfect Storm where he was executive planning...

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Features

Simon Frederick on why Black is the New Black

As photographer/director Simon Frederick peers down the stairway overlooking his current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, it’s a significant moment. Black is the New Black features 30 prominent black personalities from the worlds...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Features

The power of cake: Content is making TV tastier than ever

From unpredictable reality shows to unmissable drama, TV programming is stronger and more captivating than ever, and there’s no better example than The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). Even after its controversial £75m move to Channel 4...

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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Pablo Pablo continues to gather momentum with the recruitment of Harriet Knight, from Ogilvy as Head of Account Management; and Marcus Eley, from Grey as Head of Production. Tim Doust, founding Partner of FCB Inferno, will also join as Non-executive...

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Features

Unboxing unboxing

How packaging can drive sales and build advocacy at the heart of the unboxing experience. If you haven’t seen or heard about the unboxing trend consuming the internet then you’d better crawl out from behind that pile of plain cardboard...

Posted by: The Space Creative
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Advertising

Account Wins of the Week

Snap LDN - Good Hemp SNAP London has been appointed lead creative agency for Good Hemp and will be working on the immediate launch of their new chilled milk product into key retailers. Good Hemp was founded by Glynis Murray and Henry Braham in 1998,...

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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Sonic Union NYC-based audio studio Sonic Union announces the addition of composer/experiential sound designer/mixer Rob Ballingall. Working out of both its Bryant Park and Union Square locations, Rob offers his talents in music and audio post, with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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