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Features

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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Design

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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Economy

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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News

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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Advice

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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Advice

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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Advice

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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Features

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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Careers

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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Advice

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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Design

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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Advertising

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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Advertising

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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News

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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Technology

CES 2020: Our Top Tech Picks

Let’s talk tech. From parallel reality to living laboratories, we saw some mind-blowing innovation at CES 2020. Scroll down to see what piqued our interest. Quibi present Turnstyle: Vertical Streaming We aren’t the first to admit that...

Posted by: The Flash Pack
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Features

Exhibiting: Bucking the Digital Trend

Exhibiting events have been around for over 160 years. Believe it or not, it was London’s very own Hyde Park that housed the very first trade show: The Great Exhibition. The reason for these type of events? To get all of the best products in...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

Simple, mobile and personal: Six predictions for retail in 2020

The retail world is constantly in a state of flux, more so now than ever before with the majority of retail transactions now happening online and perpetual connection (via our smartphones) changing the way we shop and the way we interact with brands...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Life is a story - The power of experiential storytelling

Humans need storytelling. Starting with the first cave paintings and carvings that told the stories of hunting and gathering; myths and legends that united people into societies; the invention of the written word, manuscripts and the printing press....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Behind the Idea: Standing out with courage in a sea of festive frivolity

With the festive season in full swing (nine days and counting), Toyota debuted its 2019 holiday spot last week as part of an ambitious and heartfelt campaign featuring genuine military service members returning home to their families for Christmas....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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