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The only lovely service station on Earth. Are we there yet?

by Magnus Shaw. There are so many religions, beliefs, creeds and philosophies we can't really be sure what hell would be like. But it's a reasonable assumption a motorway service station would be involved. I don't know what it is about these...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Open Table rebrand promotes “Openness”

The Californian consultancy Tomorrow Partners has created a new brand identity for the restaurant reservation service Open Table, which will be rolling out globally, and focuses more on the dining experience than the act of booking it. The rebranding...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

The not so super market. Why Tesco has lost its way.

The CEO of Tesco, Philip Clarke, is now the ex-CEO of Tesco. He left the job last week, having failed to turn the retailer's fortunes around. Indeed, some would argue that he was actually the catalyst for the decline in the store's success. These...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Are You Being Served ?

Earlier this week, I wrote about the exaggerated claims made by the hotel in Egypt in which I'm staying, on the website Trip Advisor. Somehow, the management was able to promote the establishment with four stars, when in fact its true status is...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Over promise, under deliver. How lazy clients kill campaigns.

by Magnus Shaw. A couple of years ago an ailing roadside restaurant chain called in a radical TV chef to boost their menu and therefore their revenues. They refurbished some tired looking outlets, hired new people and ran a fairly hefty marketing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Dumb Ways To Die Down Under

by Jessica Hazel. Aussies are well known for their cheery dispositions and sunny outlooks on life and this has never been more true since Melbourne Metro's new Public Service Announcement came to light earlier this week. 'Dumb Ways To Die' is a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - Why do creative agencies all talk the same?

by John Fountain I'll wager that if you visit any creative agency's website and go to the "About" page you'll find that, though the pictures and design might be poles apart, the words themselves will all be pretty much the same. Which is weird when...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Opinion - The will to live. How complacency is ruining retail.

by Magnus Shaw I hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday, thunder storms and all. I did some light shopping on Sunday, such is my hectic rock and roll lifestyle. My good lady wife and I wanted to make a couple of specific purchases: some reading glasses...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - It's only natural. The American instinct for marketing.

by Magnus Shaw I'm in America. Staying in Kissimmee, Florida and genuinely delighted to see things looking a lot better. Last year I was alarmed at the number of boarded up stores and saddened by the prevalence of regular Americans soliciting money...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

CP Loves... Heads up. The best advertising headlines in the world?

by Magnus Shaw For a jet propulsion lab brochure: "What we do isn't rocket science. Oh, hang on ...". For Sainsbury's: "We say 'hello' to good buyers". A recruitment ad for security guards: "Who says you can't have a successful career after the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Fulfilment failure - the best way to waste a budget.

What's the best way to waste an advertising budget? Perhaps hiring Wayne Rooney would do the trick. Maybe booking loads of space in the breaks in '72 Degrees North' would squander that cash pretty effectively. How about a 48 sheet poster campaign at...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Company Spotlight: Picture Farm at your service

When asked how he’d like integrated production company Picture Farm to be perceived, Todd Stewart, partner and creative executive, says the aim is to be known as a “helpful” multi-disciplined collaborator first and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

What Account Service Looks For In A Creative

In Advertising, it often feels like Account Service vs Creative. But can't we all just get along? Today, we get the Account Service perspective on what makes a good creative to help us better facilitate and foster that relationship.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Workshop

Effective customer service tips for the voucher industry

The online discount voucher industry is booming. One 2015 study showed that a third of UK adults are routinely looking for discounts when shopping online - that’s up almost half from the year before. But in the same study, 35% of participants...

Posted by: Swapnil
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Leaders

The Caledonian Sleeper service gets a luxurious makeover

The London-to-Scotland rail Caledonian Sleeper service that exists to carry Londoners and Scots back and forth in great comfort, is to be given a complete overhaul with new branding by Weber Shandwick and new train interior designs from Ian Smith...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Get Ready For The New Service On Instagram

Yesterday Instagram officially launched its advertising service in the UK through a partnership with Omnicom Media Group. Users will now see sponsored photos and videos on their Instragram feeds, identified with a sponsored label - but otherwise...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

VivaKi help Amazon to simplify ad purchases with self-service tool

Amazon has stated they want to make purchasing advertisements from the site “As easy as buying a new book” with their new self-service tool, which allows media buyers to purchase ads without needing to involve a salesperson. The Publicis...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Leaders

Publicis Groupe launch the full-service digital agency, ROAR

The Publicis Groupe announced yesterday the launch of ROAR, an agency built from the ground-up to be a full-service digital shop, with the very-best specialist digital talent drawn from within the group itself. The idea behind ROAR is to bring...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Solving problems with creativity at Mako Design + Invent

What to do when no-one seems to be interested in risking with a startup to finance their product ideas? You make it happen yourself. When Mako Design + Invent CEO and founder Kevin Mako wanted to turn his journal of invention ideas into real-life...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Abi Pearl on overcoming the impostor syndrome

We tend to forget how important it is to take care of ourselves, especially during a world-wide pandemic that makes us busier than ever. The story of giffgaff head of advertising Abi Pearl is as inspiring as it gets. If there is one thing you should...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The future of customer interaction is with progressive web apps

You may have never heard of Progressive Web Apps before, but we're one-hundred-percent sure you've used one without even noticing. Adopted around the Internet by websites such as AliExpress, Forbes, Amazon, Debenhams and retailer George, progressive...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The warmth and inclusivity of Being Agency

If the founder of Being Agency could change one thing about the industry, it would be the perception that you need to go big or go home. Looking at the pictures of the team below, and reading words by the founder herself, Being Agency sounds like an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

How brands can develop lifelong consumer friendships

Making friends through loyalty, consistency, honesty, kindness and relevance. Brands are designed to bring in revenue; we get that. But great brands, the brands that stay with us for life, offer consumers something more. They deliver on brand...

Posted by: Being Agency
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Leaders

Pivoting in the face of the new world

This piece is all about the "P" word. You have been warned. "Pivoting" is a palpable and prevalent protagonist in brand paradigms, purpose and communications, enough to possibly sound repetitive and preposterous to hear. But how do you pivot during...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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