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MassiveMusic find the voice for Samsung's Bixby assistant

International music agency MassiveMusic has worked in close collaboration with its voice sourcing and casting arm, MassiveVoices, to find the voice of Bixby, Samsung’s personal voice assistant. The voice assistant, which is now publicly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Olivia Colman lends her voice to an important TFL campaign

Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police, City of London Police and M&C Saatchi have teamed up for a new campaign that encourages people to report any unwanted sexual behaviour (USB) they experience on public...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Opinions - The voice over artist

by John Fountain Successful voice-over talents often earn thousands in session fees and residuals, and more frequently than not, in less time than a half hour of work. Becoming a successful voice-over talent for television and radio commercials,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Shouting at machines - How to smartly design for voice user interfaces

The advent of voice assistants like Amazon Alexa has brought about a brand new discipline for brands, designers and marketers to get acquainted with. Designing a voice user experience is not the same as designing for a traditional UI. If you want...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Inspiration

Alexa, give me 3 ways to optimise my voice search SEO

There have been some wild predictions made about the seemingly inevitable dominance of voice search within SEO. 30% of searches will be done without a screen by 2020, for example. Or, even more incredibly, 50% of all searches will be voice searches...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Inspiration

AI in Voice needs UX - are your UX skills developed enough?

The most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on were ones where challenges were presented through the change and innovation of technology, which ultimately affects social culture, communication and human interaction. We are now experiencing fast...

Posted by: Sam O'Brien
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Leaders

Publicis pull out of Cannes and WPP voice doubts

Shares in Ascential, the owner of Cannes Lions, fell more than 3% after Publicis Groupe said it would not enter the awards next year. Sir Martin Sorrell, meanwhile, CEO of WPP, adland's other big hitter, has said that “the jury is out” on...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

McDonald's pull tone-deaf dead dad ad

After receiving a barrage of bad press from medias both social and mainstream, McDonald's has bowed to public pressure and pulled their latest TV ad. The spot in question has been accused of “exploiting childhood bereavement” by not only...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

The Voice invades UK shopping centres in ambitious DOOH campaign

ITV, now home to The Voice UK, is kicking-off an interactive DOOH campaign to promote the show’s brand new coaching line-up ahead of the rebooted show’s debut on ITV. The week-long campaign domination features coaches Gavin Rossdale,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

AKQA launch a Christmas card that comes to life by voice

With the proliferation of modern distractions like mobile phones, tablets and games consoles demanding the face time of children across the world, the simple, elegant art of the children’s book has been all but lost in the mobile era, which is...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: How Sonos found its voice

When Sonos opened their first retail store in New York’s SoHo this summer, it was a pioneering moment for the brand. Having dominated the wireless speaker market, eclipsing other competition easily and steadily along its 14 year journey, Sonos...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Leaders

How technology is shaking up the voice-over industry

I guess you know you're an advertising geek when you spend time spotting which actor is currently doing the voice-over on which spot for which brand. At the moment Caroline Quentin and Hugh Dennis seem to be leading the pack in the UK, with at least...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Spot the voice with Freeview's Freddy

Comedy might be an incredibly subjective art form, but it's also a very effective one, especially when it comes to advertising. One form of comedy that has always left me cold, however, is the hidden-camera/reality TV setup, which invariably casts an...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Paul Rudd replaces Jeff Bridges as the “Voice Of Hyundai”

Comedic actor Paul Rudd, who is perhaps best known for his roles in comedy hits such as Anchorman, I Love You, Man and This Is 40, and is currently filming a role as the superhero Ant Man in the Marvel film of the same name, has been named as the new...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

From condoms to cannabis: how to market your taboo product

The conversation around controversial and taboo sectors is changing. Topics that used to be hard to tackle even ten years ago are now out and in the open, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities for marketers and brands. It does, of course,...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

A Copywriter’s Guide to Communicating with AI

How often do you open Google to look up a synonym with your Thesaurus of choice? A writer's life is quite challenging as it is, and doing that as a job means that sometimes your brain just won't collaborate. Luckily, researchers all around the world...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Three tips on how to write through the crisis

In a crisis, good communication matters more than ever. From supermarkets to airlines, brands are having to find the right words to set out their position and help customers make sense of the world right now. As a copywriter, I know how quickly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

How to create and activate an effective brand strategy

This blog looks at how a good brand strategy can help you change the way people think, feel and act. But you have to embed it across the whole customer and employee experience, not just the brand expression. Branding is, and always has been, about...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Behind the Idea: Spamming your boss for equality

9 out of 10 men believe that men and women should take time out to care for their family, whereas only 2% of parents take this up. The Shared Parental Leave policy introduced by the Government is complicated and often only offers men statutory pay,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Why it pays to play the long game in the build-up to Black Friday

Black Friday has fast become the standout date in the UK ecommerce calendar. It may well be yet another transatlantic import to the UK retail scene, but it’s a date that consumers are looking out for and a date that ecommerce brands have very...

Posted by: Stickyeyes
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Leaders

The dos and dont's of marketing to students

Library Red Bull-infused all-nighters. Sticky campus clubs and £1 apple sour shots. Waking up at midday hungover, only to repeat the cycle again. There’s an endless supply of student stereotypes to choose from, propelled from both cultural...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Member Spotlight: Flipping the script with copywriter Vikki Ross

Brand and tone of voice specialist Vikki Ross didn’t take your average route into copywriting but has carved out a successful career by going off script. “I’m from the school of Work Your Arse Off,” she says. “I did...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Turn up the volume on your brand identity

It’s obvious when you think about it. Your brand speaks to your audience. It occupies ‘mental space’ in the minds of your most loyal consumers. You NEED to know how it sounds to your customers. But you probably won’t find...

Posted by: ifour
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Inspiration

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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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Brave moments with DixonBaxi

DixonBaxi’s co-founder Simon Dixon believes designers and other creatives should stop worrying about what others are doing and enjoy the moment. “They can be desperate for the next big thing and fear they are missing out,” he...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The stylus is mightier than the sword

In an image-saturated advertising world, it can seem like an impossible task to defend your brand from invisibility. When it comes to finding a direction for your brand, rebrand or campaign, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Your instinct may be...

Posted by: ifour
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Leaders

New Asian food branding builds on Without's Wahaca work

London-based Without Studio has designed the brand and packaging identity for new Asian food brand Kelly Loves, building on its previous work for well-known Mexican food company Wahaca. The branding, inspired by Korean food entrepreneur Kelly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

A guide to reviewing your brand: 13 key questions

We understand that a full-rebrand is a big deal and requires quite a level of commitment and valuable resources. The strength of your brand gives you an advantage over your competitors, so we recommend re-assessing your branding every so often. This...

Posted by: Progression Design
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Workshop

Top 5 copywriting tips from creative director Max Vinall

As a writer with nearly 30 years’ experience (currently creative director at Jellyfish, and Copywriting, Branding and Tone of Voice trainer), let me tell you one thing: The words matter. Whether you write for the web, social, TV, film, the...

Posted by: Max
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Industry

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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Leaders

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: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Creatives and AI: Are they the perfect match?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating the pace of many industries - and the creative fields are no exception. While there is still a stigma of fear towards AI in some sections, the majority are beginning to see the positive impact the tech is...

Posted by: Lobster
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Leaders

Creating brands, not design

By Dan Gladden, associate creative director at Pearlfisher New York Great design - it will set your brand on the path to success, right? Challenger brands look to the icons they want to be and often come to our table with the understanding that...

Posted by: Pearlfisher

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