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Awards

Cannes Lions 2019: Essential party guide

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 is less than a month away and while that may seem like plenty of time to get your calendar in order, it’ll be here before you know it. Planning your rosé sessions in the sun can...

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Advertising

Slinky Halifax ad goes beyond the big screen

An ad for UK banking brand Halifax has become the first to utilise a new technology in cinemas, which sees the 60-second film go beyond the big screen. That New Home Feeling is created by adam&eveDDB and follows a slinky toy as it moves around a...

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Features

Perspective: How brands can make the most of Amazon Advertising

With a market share of 4.2%, Amazon is now the fifth largest retailer in the UK, accounting for £4 in every £100 spent. According to market research company Mintel, a staggering 86% of UK shoppers use Amazon, with under a fifth stating...

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Design

New Dirty Beets branding is as fresh as its food

The new brand identity for vegetarian burger company, Dirty Beets, was created by London-based Designhouse and is themed on a hand-drawn tattoo. The powerful, contemporary wordmark uses a customised version of Harbour Bold and the visual identity is...

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Events

Young creatives set to crash the stage at Creative Circle 2019

This year’s opening president's address at the Creative Circle Ball will be delivered with a difference as young creatives are given a voice at the event. Ana and Hermeti Balarin, ECDs at Mother London, are inviting students and those in the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Why Foster’s brought back Brad and Dan

Foster’s heroes, Brad and Dan, returned to screens recently in a multi-media campaign that sees them once again playing agony uncles to Brits in need. Created by adam&eveDDB, the work marks the brand’s biggest advertising investment...

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Advertising

Uncommon tells the story of television for ITV

UK-based broadcaster ITV has launched a new ad fronted by legendary newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald that shows how stories we see on screen can affect us. The 90-second ad, created by Uncommon Creative Studio and directed by Billy Boyd Cape, features...

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Features

Why gaming should be taken more seriously

Gaming’s got a strange reputation. It’s not got the respect that film, literature and even television has. However, as an industry its success is staggering. In the UK the gaming market is now worth a record £5.7bn, that’s more...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Advertising

7 ads that prove Carlsberg wasn't all bad as new pilsner launches

Danish beer brand Carlsberg recently took the brave decision to launch a new campaign criticising the taste of its own product to promote the launch of a new pilsner. The work has seen social videos emerge featuring employees reading out negative...

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Advertising

Waitrose issues apology over 'racist' Easter packaging

UK reatailer Waitrose has issued an apology after receiving customer complaints about a trio of chocolate ducklings being sold in its stores. The set of ducks included three types of chocolate that were labelled as crispy, fluffy and ugly, with the...

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Features

Industry Influencers: Chris Hirst

Prior to being named global CEO of Havas Creative, Chris Hirst was CEO and chairman of Havas UK and Europe. As UK CEO, he led 1,800 people across both creative and media disciplines, so he knows a thing or two about management. Recently, he wrote a...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: How Gerard Butler hijacked Enterprise

This week, car rental firm Enterprise launched a high-octane campaign featuring Hollywood star Gerard Butler to communicate how the brand helps consumers get things done whether it be a house move or family visit. Below, Joe Stamp and Tom...

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Features

A Conversation with... OHMME’s Louis d’Origny

You’d be forgiven for thinking that yoga is an exclusively female pursuit, judging by the amount of athleisure-clad women you’ll see in most city brunch spots on any day of the week. And yet - more and more men are realising the benefits...

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Features

A Conversation with… Klarna’s Dan Spencer

Klarna is transforming how we pay. The Swedish bank, founded in 2005, provides game-changing flexible payment solutions for customers and merchants allowing consumers to pay for their shopping days, weeks or even months after the purchase. With...

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Advertising

International Women’s Day 2019: News brief

Wunderman launches Fund Female initiative Wunderman UK is launching a new initiative called Fund Female, encouraging its employees to consciously support female-owned businesses. Starting today and running for a week, staff will take up the...

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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Changing perceptions of Race for Life

Race for Life returns in 2019 with a message to encourage everyone to join the charity event and help beat cancer through a campaign by Anomaly. Matt Roach, one of the creative directors on the project, talks about what went into making the work and...

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Features

Oscars 2019: Who will win big at Sunday's Academy Awards?

Every year, Digital Cinema Media (DCM) launches a Fantasy Film League for the media and advertising industry, asking for predictions on who will win big at the Oscars which will be held this Sunday (24 February) in 2019. As the deadline to enter is...

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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...

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Advertising

Engagement better than eyeballs for brands

Content which engages the right consumers rather than attracting an endless stream of clicks from irrelevant customers is what brands should be aiming for. A panel at Creativepool’s Connect: London festival agreed that it is better for content...

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Advertising

Ryan Giggs’ brother Rhodri signs for Paddy Power

Rhodri Giggs has been unveiled as the face of Paddy Power’s new ‘loyalty’ campaign via an ad which mocks his ex-pro footballer brother Ryan and the affair which shocked the UK. In the tongue-in-cheek spot, Rhodri pokes fun at...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Trends

Life in the living room: Why TV still matters in 2019

- By Rhiannon Murphy, head of TV at the7stars - Television, or at least our relationship with it, has changed. Over the past 20 years we’ve gone from celebrating the launch of a fifth terrestrial channel on our TV screens in the UK to...

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Careers

Culture is more important than talent, says Havas CEO

The culture at a company is more important than the talent employed, according to Chris Hirst, European and UK group CEO at Havas. The exec held a session at Creativepool's Connect London festival and shared his thoughts on what makes a great leader...

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Awards

How KFC told Suppertime Stories for Annual 2018

Last week, Matthew Barnes, ECD at Ogilvy South Africa explained how he and his agency created an engaging digital campaign for confectionary brand Cadbury to win an Annual in 2018. But they didn’t stop there. For fast food company KFC, the...

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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...

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Advice

How to Survive the January Self Assessment Rush

Everyone knows that preparing and filing your annual Self Assessment return is stressful. Between grappling with HMRC’s rules, putting together your evidence of income and allowances and racing against the 31st January deadline, it can feel like an...

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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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Advertising

Ad trends 2019: Mark Melling

Verizon Media-owned global creative studio RYOT's head of EMEA, Mark Melling, believes it's time for advertising move on from being passive and one-way and that we have the tools and technology to make it happen. He gives his wider thoughts and...

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Advertising

How to solve advertising's pricing issue

Advertising’s pricing model has become ever more complicated as the industry evolves with clients and agencies seeking the best value for their investment of time, money and people. But how do you put a cost on creativity? Every agency and...

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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...

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Features

Ad trends 2019: Ed Preedy

Ed Preedy, MD at computer vision company GumGum, believes there'll be much more visual content on the internet next year and explains how companies can harness the trend. He's also enjoyed the recent spate of retro ads and highights the increased...

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