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Technology

Time for new Apple products. But is all the fuss justified?

Of all the things Apple do well, creating a hullabaloo is one of the best. Despite ongoing wars and Scotland's bid for independence, the launch of a new product still performed well in the news agenda on Tuesday. Live from Cupertino, the world's...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Design, Outdoor, Print & Publishing winners announced

The first round of awards were handed out at the opening show of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity last night with focus on the Communication and Health Tracks. Grands Prix in Communications went to Google Creative Lab New York,...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Online vs offline: How valuable is going viral?

‘Going viral’ is often seen as the pinnacle of success for marketing or advertising teams, with the social significance of a brand measured in likes, mentions and re-shared posts. Recently, however, businesses have started to question...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Trends

UX: The power of listening

Last month, Matter of Form’s UX team headed to The School of UX’s UX Conference to hear from speakers on the theme of how designers can help businesses grow through UX and marketing. Products have traditionally been designed with a...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Features

Is your brand stronger than your product?

Ever worked with a brand where you’ve completely drunk the Kool-Aid and, in your mind, that brand’s products are categorically the best? I’m torn about whether that’s a good thing. I’ve always kept a degree of...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Inspiration

Celebrate 15 years of INSA at the D&AD Festival 2019

D&AD and Shutterstock unveiled a colourful mural at the entrance of the D&AD Festival to celebrate 15 years of influential artist INSA’s body of work. File under 'Unresolved' can be found in Ely's Yard on the exterior of the Old Truman Brewery...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Dream Pack print ads say Stop the Killing

After a group of Game of Thrones stars recreated a SodaStream ad to raise awareness about the damage being caused by single-use plastic this week, a new print campaign from Ecquador echoes the message. Paradais DDB is the agency behind the work, for...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advice

10 reasons why branding is important

Branding is much more than a logo or a single graphic element associated with your organisation. When thinking about your brand, you really want to consider your entire customer experience… everything from your logo, website, social media...

Posted by: Progression Design
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Features

Anatomy of a crowdfunding campaign

Crowdfunding has changed how entrepreneurs bring new products to market. It has allowed thousands of innovating entrepreneurs to raise money, build brand awareness and join a broader conversation with large numbers of potential backers, all while...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Careers

The evolution of UX

UX as a career is one of the fastest growing, exciting sectors in the interactive industry. The demand for UX talent is at an all-time high, driven by the ever-changing world in which we live and those organisations that hold customer and business...

Posted by: ADLIB
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Advertising

IKEA launches free sustainable ‘product’ range

Swedish furniture brand IKEA has launched a new campaign promoting a range of free ‘product’ ideas encouraging consumers to live more sustainably. From upcycling empty jars to repurposing tins and making your own trellis, The Lagom...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Social Media

Use of #ad more than doubles on Instagram

The number of influencers promoting products on Instagram has increased significantly in the past year, with the use of ‘#ad’ more than doubling in that time to +133%. A new influencer marketing trends report from Socialbackers, an...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Continuous innovation: How to do new things when everyone's always busy

Many modern digital teams have established a strong process and culture of continuous delivery across their core products, which has led to an increased demand on designers, engineers, product managers and so on. From here, through solid design...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Your type on paper: How brands can hit it off with Love Island in 2019

Love Island is now ITV2’s most watched show ever, which has made brand association with the programme highly desirable. The launch of the fourth season of the reality TV show last year, which follows a group of twentysomethings in their quest...

Posted by: TVSquared
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Features

Context is key: How to create impactful ads on the right platform

We’re a nation of coffee addicts. We’re also addicted to coffee brands. This has become apparent in the FMCG sector, where well-known coffee shop brands can be seen lining supermarket shelves as they continue to exert their dominance in...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Industry Influencers: Javier Suso

Javier Suso, CEO of VCCP Spain, talks about increased competition for ad agencies and what his company is doing to combat that threat in this industry influencer interview. He also outlines the importance of company culture, how his former bosses...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Mobile World Congress 2019: A virgin's view

As someone who hasn’t set foot inside an exhibition hall since my dad took me to the London Motor Show in Earls Court in 1995, I was intrigued to see what my visit to this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the Fira de Barcelona would...

Posted by: Matt Box
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Technology

Vype launches new vaping tech at the top of the Gherkin

British American Tobacco (BAT)’s e-cigarette brand Vype unveiled two new products at a launch event held at the top of London's Gherkin building last night. The Vype iSwitch and Vype iSwitch Maxx devices are aimed at smokers who are yet to...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Coca-Cola sends love letter to the Premier League

The director of a new ad from Coca-Cola in the UK has described it as a "love letter to the Premier League" as the drinks brand launches a new partnership with the football division. Where Everyone Plays is helmed by Stacy Wall and created through...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

A Conversation with… The Economist’s Denise Law

More than just a newspaper, The Economist Group is a media company that challenges readers to critically examine the fundamental issues facing our planet. From its inception in 1843, The Economist continues to provide bold ideas, a global...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Trends

Retail trends 2019: Ian Scott

Human interaction, the high street and 5G are all areas of focus in Ian Scott's retail trends report for 2019. The Williams Lea Tag shopper marketing and innovation manager sheds light on his predictions for the shopping space and how the point of...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

Innocent 'energised' by Brand Team Annual win

Smoothie brand Innocent’s Annual Brand Team of the Year win in 2018 energised its whole creative team, according to Katie Rosen, group head of creative. The department has grown by 10 - from 8 to 18 - in her five-year tenure since she joined...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Social Media

Agencies under increasing threat from influencers

The head of social at one of the world’s largest cereal brands believes advertising agencies are under increasing pressure from a new generation of social influencers. Joseph Harper, who looks after social campaigns in the UK & Ireland at the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Trends

Five social media trends for 2019

Claire Lancaster, head of social media at IF Agency, starts the year with her prediction of the key trends that will define the next 12 months in social media, content and influencer marketing. "I expect reach, dialogue and influencers to all reduce...

Posted by: If Agency
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Advertising

Why customers are the new competition

Brands need to be authentic and transparent in today’s modern media landscape in order to engage customers and get closer to audiences. As technology continues to disrupt the market, the likes of Spotify, Amazon and Netflix are changing the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Trends

Predicting the death of the influencer

One of the biggest YouTuber festivals arrives in the UK next month and ahead of the launch, Jim Louderback, the company's CEO, offers his predictions for the year ahead... There’s a lot happening in the world of online video, social platforms...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

How to survive in the new age of creativity

Agencies are going through an unprecedented time of change with technology having a significant impact on business and how they are defined. So how can they survive in this new age of creativity? Laura Jordan Bambach, chief creative officer at Mr...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Five things to avoid when choosing your logo design

By Paul Heaton, owner and creative director at Reform Studio. Logos are signs, marks of identity designed for easy recognition. They are used by every kind of organisation in every part of the world, from international corporations to charities and...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

10 video marketing trends for 2019

The prospects for video makers and marketers in 2019 are beginning to heat up. The film and video industry is changing rapidly, with new gear, formats, channels, and avenues for advertisements gaining momentum every day. Let’s look at the top...

Posted by: Shutterstock
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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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