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Purpose isn’t just a shiny tick box to offer your clients

Love the new Conscious products made-in H&M. At least 50% of Conscious products is made from sustainable materials! And the remaining half, well… We don’t care about that, do we? H&M often makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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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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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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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

Business goals and purpose are not incompatible

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rise in popularity for brands who are more purpose-driven. The past year has shown us how important it is to have a purpose to which your customers can connect, one key message that can be described in one sentence...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Traditional brand purpose has made consumers complacent

But a new wave of change-makers is here to change that… Is the branding industry’s obsession with purpose simply encouraging consumers to maintain bad habits? Nowadays we expect brands to weave a sustainable or charitable message into...

Posted by: B&B Studio
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Leaders

How to nail your brand's purpose

Purpose is a buzzword we've heard quite a lot in recent years. To some it's just a nice-to-have, a pleasant addition to the mission of your brand and a good complement for your products. For others, purpose is something else. It is direction,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Adrian Penu's quest for purpose

Inevitably, you have to try your hand at different things before you find your true vocation. It was the case of artist Adrian Penu, who spent some time with photography, film and various crafts before landing in fine art and painting. Since then,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

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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Features

Here’s why a good client-agency relationship goes both ways

Clients. We love them, sometimes we hate them. They are what keeps this industry going - the makers of the creative sector, in a sense. Without them having needs, agencies wouldn’t be offering solutions; it is a business relationship based on...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Go your own way | By the CEO of Redwood BBDO

This new wave of purpose comes with a caveat: brands are eager to jump on the most popular causes, and sometimes forget about their own, true essence. Purpose should be personal. It should be lived and breathed every day, from the brand's core and...

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Industry

Rethinking sustainability with Nestlé and FutureBrand - #BehindTheIdea

When Nestlé Brazil turned to FutureBrand São Paulo with a new challenge, the team was tasked with a rather ambitious brief: to highlight the company's commitment to sustainability with a renewed brand architecture, whilst showcasing the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Stop caring about the job title - you should focus on the company

Have you ever seen a job ad for the perfect job role? I’m not talking about the role that makes you consider whether leaving your current position would be a good idea. I’m talking about the one that makes your eyes glimmer, and your...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Step out of your comfort zone

There’s a common understanding in the fiction writing scene, according to which conflict drives story. Even outside of fiction, it is a common storytelling technique to highlight the struggles of your characters to make them more relatable. We...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Industry

7 reasons NOT to enter awards

Industry awards. Who needs them, right? Shows assembled by organisations who are building a business on the industry and its professionals. And with each one comes a set of doubts, disappointments and sometimes misconceptions which tend to undermine...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

We must adopt "Regeneration" now

To those who closely observed the creative and advertising industries in the past year, it may seem like the pandemic was a catalyst for change and it brought about a shift in consumer habits that wouldn't have happened before. In truth, and at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

How AKQA became our 2020 Agency of the Year - #AnnualSpotlight

It is not every day that you get to become Creativepool's top ranked digital agency. The folks at AKQA are all incredibly talented and work hard to make sure their unique voice is heard in the industry, and no one year passes without them sharing...

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Leaders

Reframing the role of creativity in sustainability

"There is nothing new under the sun." This ancient expression from the Book of Ecclesiastes made it through to us to this day, and it is especially relevant to the world of creativity: there isn't really anything new and original, just remakes and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

How HarrimanSteel invited the industry to "fly its flag" - #BehindTheIdea

To say that 2020 was a year of tumult is easily an understatement. With lockdowns, BLM protests and increasing awareness about climate change, it truly was an incredible start of the decade and one during which brands learned how to embrace purpose...

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Inspiration

Churning through lockdowns with UKTV and Peter Allinson - #AnnualSpotlight

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." It is with these immortal words by Billy Ocean that Head of Design at UKTV Peter Allinson recounts his own experience with the past year of lockdowns and restrictions, moments of doubt and anxiety for...

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Leaders

A crime of mass production – By VMLY&R London CCO Laurent Simon

The advertising clutter is real. According to research from the industry and beyond, consumers are exposed to an average of 8,000 ads every single day and all of these aim to sell products en masse, creating more problems than the ones they claim to...

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Inspiration

The great humility of Tanya Brookfield, CEO of ELVIS - #AnnualSpotlight

Remember the Golden Goobilee? You should. It was the brilliant ad that enraged conservatives back in February, to the point that an anti-LGBT petition tried to stop it from circulating online. Obviously they failed, and the beauty of that ad remains...

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Industry

The Reverse Selfie of Dove and Ogilvy – #BehindTheIdea

Dove has become an incredibly well-known brand for challenging the established standards of "beauty" and promoting natural beauty across all ages. With this campaign by Ogilvy, the brand reached entirely new heights. The video campaign below shows a...

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Features

Exclusive Judges Insight: How to Craft a Perfect Annual 2021 Entry

The Annual 2021 deadline is now little more than a week away. Like every year, entries have been flowing in from all over the industry, and if you are thinking about putting the finishing touches on your entries, you are probably not alone in...

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Leaders

How can we *truly* make a difference for the industry?

A chat with the authors of Sustainable Marketing, published by Bloomsbury Business Some time ago, we worked on a piece about greenwashing and the harm it can do to the industry on the short and longer term. Too many organisations are still making...

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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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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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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

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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