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Features

Good Copy, Bad Copy

Website: www.goodcopybadcopy.co.uk Twitter: @goodcopybadcopy Facebook: facebook.com/dorisandbertie When did you start out blogging? According to my archive, October 2006. I can’t believe it’s been that long! How did you choose your blog...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Can copy-writing be taught?

by Magnus Shaw. In the distant past, I trained to be a croupier. A roulette dealer, to be accurate. Roulette is fairly complicated and the dealer must be aware of every aspect of the game in progress - monitoring when the bets go down, who has won,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Say what? 15 ridiculous things overheard in agencies

Here's a little plug for a Twitter feed we can all enjoy. Called @AgencyQuotes, it simply compiles strange, amusing and ridiculous things which have been uttered in the offices of creative businesses throughout the land. Highly entertaining and...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

At last, somebody has created the perfect copywriter's website.

Think back about fifteen years or so, and you'll probably see yourself slowly (very slowly) browsing the internet on your dial-up connection, looking at websites and thinking 'I've gotta get myself one of those'. If you're a designer or art director,...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Careers

What do copywriters say about copywriting? And are they right?

A copywriting pal of mine has drawn my attention to a collection of quotes about, well, copywriting. I'm always delighted when these things crop up, because I feel sure blog posts on design and art direction outnumber pieces on copy by about a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Back to advertising.

I'm always impressed by people who plan their career. Or rather people who plan their career and realise those plans. Planning stuff is easy, making it happen is something else - particularly in this business. Let's say, on your first day in the ad...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Whatever happened to proper advertising?

Last week I wrote a piece for Creativepool, suggesting the role of the copywriter had become sidelined to the extent that designers were now the 'creatives'. I also wondered whether this wasn't just an attack of paranoia. Well, it wasn't. The column...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Write offs. Are copywriters being sidelined?

Over the last week, I've very much enjoyed reading a debate, prompted by one of my Creativepool columns, on LinkedIn. It's always particularly satisfying to find creative professionals reacting to a piece I've written and I'm grateful to anyone who...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Should creatives ever work for free?

Have you been to a supermarket recently? If you have, did you ask the till operator whether you could take the contents of your trolley for nothing? Of course you didn’t. The very suggestion you might be entitled to free groceries would be...

Posted by: Creativepool
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News

Show me yours. Why the new Creativepool will benefit copywriters.

By Magnus Shaw Well, I'm just having a look around. Being on the new Creativepool is rather like moving into a swanky new apartment, where all the furniture has arrived, your clothes neatly hung in the wardrobe and you've been carefully placed on...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Remember my name. Why aren't there more famous copywriters?

by Magnus Shaw. Almost 2013 and the general appetite for celebrity displays no signs of abating. Not only do we have a voracious interest in those who are famous, but we're carrying an insatiable hunger to be well-known ourselves. Forget...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Job Description: Proofreader.

A proofreader performs a 'quality check' on publications, usually just before they are due to go to print. Proofreaders get involved after others, such as the author, editor and typesetter, have done their jobs. It is the proofreader's role to act...

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Features

The good book. The problem with a copywriter's portfolio.

by Magnus Shaw. Here's a problem which only came to my attention this week. Actually I think it has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of decades, but it only came into focus a couple of days ago. Because I write columns here and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Automatic. Can a robot do a creative job?

by Magnus Shaw. The last time I worked on a major print campaign, we employed a piece of software to automate the production process. It was a clever bit of kit. Once the parameters had been set by a designer (ad sizes, logo clearance, calls to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Where have you bean? Heinz roll out new TV spot, copywriting saved.

I felt sure if we waited long enough, someone would grasp the nettle and prove that the art of copywriting isn’t dead, just having a lie down. The fact that this little miracle has been achieved by one of the nation’s best known (and best...

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Inspiration

Top 13 Inspired Halloween Projects for 2017

Cover photo: National Express by 3 Colours Rule I am always blown away by the variety, quality and quantity of creative work uploaded to Creativepool every single day. I delve into the site and an hour later, not unlike a Wikipedia black hole, I...

Posted by: Heather Deacon
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Features

The Best of British Design

What is it about British brand design that transcends borders and epitomises international branding? At R Design we have been enjoying a flurry of interest from overseas brand owners, which have come to us specifically for that international...

Posted by: R Design Ltd
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Features

Giving a presentation? Know your enemies.

Recently, I've been hosting some copywriting seminars. And I'm delighted to say the participants have all been attentive, smart and enthusiastic.That's not always the case, however. So, if you're due to deliver a pitch, presentation or training...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advertising

When adjectives go bad. Who's ruining straplines?

Something has gone terribly wrong with the strapline. Not just a particular strapline, but straplines in general. And I don't mean they're just not much cop these days (although as American 'Realise The Potential' Express will tell you, they're not)....

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Tooth well told. Why the Corsodyl campaign is a touch of brilliance.

I tried Corsodyl once. My mum had a bottle in her bathroom cabinet and, as it said it was a mouthwash, I took a liberal swig. It was very much like rinsing with floor polish and Polo mints. But it is a 'medicine' and the worse a medicine tastes, the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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News

123-piano

Seven pianos. Seven artists. Seven locations. Everyone is allowed to play a tune. From August 14th until September 28th 2013. Live music brings people together and provokes spontaneous interactions that may lead to new cooperations or even to...

Posted by: De Facto Image Building
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Advice

Job Description: Art Editor.

Art editors are responsible for the way a magazine looks. They present the words and images in a way that is easy for the reader to digest, with high visual impact. In the highly competitive consumer magazine market, the art editor's role is...

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Features

Why creative jobs aren't always a bowl of cherries.

by Magnus Shaw. I work as a copywriter and blogger. I also do something I call consultancy - advising people on their writing, marketing or branding, really. Sometimes, I produce or present radio programmes too. These are all very enjoyable and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Why great design needs great copy

Resplendent in a white silk dress and crimson cape, the Queen steps gracefully down from her golden chariot and begins a slow, dignified walk into Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by the ancestral Mistress of the Robes and Archbishop of Canterbury, the...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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News

Download your copy of the Annual 2016

140 Pages 86 Companies 24 Categories 2 Agencies of the Year 15,000 People's Choice votes 100 Influencers The 2016 Creativepol Annual. A collection of the best creative work from global agencies and individuals for 2015! Download your copy...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Job Description: Copy Editor

A copy editor makes sure that a text is readable, accurate and ready for publication. View People View Companies View Jobs Job Description, Salaries and Benefits A copy editor makes sure that a text is readable, accurate and ready for...

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Awards

10 tips on how to win an Annual

The deadline for entries to this year's Creativepool Annual awards is fast approaching and with just over two weeks to submit your work, we've compiled a list of top tips to get you on your way. From telling your story and presenting the results...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

Annual 2019 – early bird submissions now open!

‘Tis the season to be jolly as the Creativepool Annual 2019 is now open for early bird entries. The industry’s “most” award has launched for the sixth time and offers agencies, brands, influencers and newcomers the chance to...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Trends

How to sell a tractor: the difference between features and benefits

Advertising law states that people buy benefits, not features. This law is also known as: features tell, benefits sell. Which means it’s fine to explain the features that a product has, but it’s by showing the benefits those features...

Posted by: Woven Agency

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