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News

Well done you! Why the Halifax campaign is so insulting.

Nobody likes being patronised. Even small infants boil with fury when some dough-faced adult leers into their pushchair and makes 'woo-woo' noises at them. Probably. I think being patronised takes us back to school, when we were bound by the...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

The cupcake gambit. Annoying people as an advertising strategy.

Back in the eighties, I worked for a radio station which ran a campaign for a double glazing firm. This campaign never actually ended. Like those sofa sales, it just continued year in, year out. The ads were very straightforward, consisting of little...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Can you hear me at the back? Five tips for better presentations.

Last week I gave a presentation in Lincolnshire. It's been a while since I did this (give a presentation I mean, not visit Lincolnshire) and I realised I might be a little rusty. So the night before, I ran through a few 'golden rules' - just a mental...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - The Neutrogena Splash.

by John Fountain Open on a young blond actress laughing and full of fun. She flicks a strand of falling hair away from her face and looks deep into the camera. With a knowing smile she says, "I'm good about washing my face" and then with a pause...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

You need to find time to write…

I have a relatively busy life. Beyond my 9-6 job in London as a Creative Director, I have to spend 2 hours either side commuting to and from work, 5 days a week. I generally stagger in from 8pm, I find I'm pretty exhausted, hungry, creatively drained...

Posted by: Andrew
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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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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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Features

Behind the idea: The problem with wrinkles

Sexual innuendo continues to be a favourite tool of advertisers for a simple reason - it works and it’s usually effortlessly funny. Such is the case in this spot by Procter & Gamble’s multi-agency shop Woven (with teams from Grey),...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Creativepool Annual 2020 Spotlight: Breaking bread with the Big Buoys

As part of our series shining a spotlight on Creativepool Annual winners from last year, we sat down with post-production specialists Big Buoy, the studio that claimed two top places in last year’s annual. Their big win was for post-production...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Behind the idea: Chris Hadfield brings Ireland together from space

For their latest campaign for Electric Ireland, ROTHCO quite literally looked to the stars for inspiration. What they came back with was an incredibly bold and emotionally powerful concept - what does Ireland look like from space? They managed to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Behind the idea: Putting the O in retro with Cassandra Brooksbank

Great Guns director Cassandra Brooksbank recently reunited with coffee design company Fellow for a myth-busting new campaign. Inspired by Fellow’s too-good-to-be-true Old Brew Grinder, this retro film references such iconic conspiracy theories...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Design

How to visualise the fear of public speaking

Pritam Biswas, of The Commas, is the artist behind the design of Speechless, a pocket-guide to public speaking and effective communication that was launched last year. If you work in the creative industries and have ever been at a loss for words...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing Honda back up to speed

Valtteri Bottas may have won the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka yesterday but the prize for the coolest ad to promote the event goes to Digitas UK and Honda. The high-octane animation is a collaboration with Mainframe and a sequel to the Powered...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

An insider's guide to the 3D animation pipeline

The process of creating a 3D animation is much more complex than most people think. The number of steps to produce a 3D animated video can vary a great deal, depending on the animation studio involved and the scale of the project itself. But...

Posted by: Dream Farm Studios
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Taking Tinder to church for Telenor

In a world of esports, influencers and dating apps, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But all it takes is a little open mindedness to realise the power and potential of technology. A recent spot from Swedish creative company Acne deals with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing boys to men with Gillette

South Africa celebrated Women’s Day earlier this month and to coincide with the event, men’s grooming brand Gillette paid tribute to the women who are raising a new generation of men in the country. Created by Grey Africa, a video shares...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Tattoos do the talking for LYNX

Tattoos play a key role in personal expression and original body art can go a long way in telling an individual's story - especially the ones in a new campaign for LYNX INK shower gel through 72andSunny Amsterdam. Comprising three spots that see...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

Why you should use an inbound marketing agency

You know what inbound marketing is, right? The idea that to attract prospects and convert them to customers, you’ve got to give them something of value first? Which could be that useful blog about the importance of knowing your buyer persona....

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Advertising

How it was done: Going Full Circle with motion control

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Digitas, UNIT9 and Envy Advertising recently created a powerful promo called Full Circle. The ad is centred around the first black female astronaut, Mae Jemison, and promotes The John...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Video Games

How it was done: Choreographing Warframe through iMessage

Great Guns director Dan Trachtenberg is a big fan of free-to-play video game Warframe, so when the opportunity came up to helm a promo for the title he was beyond excited. The result is an amazing six-minute CG film full of action including...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: The Times and Kia show the cost of leaving it unsaid

Kia has launched a new campaign called Journeys That Matter in partnership with News UK and Sky Media to raise awareness of its car portfolio, featuring the Kia ProCeed and Kia's new all-electric e-Niro. News UK’s Bridge Studio developed three...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing down the house for Lacoste

It’s been a busy week for French clothing brand Lacoste and its creative agency BETC Paris. As well as launching the second instalment of its Save Our Species campaign for Biological Diversity Day, it released a new ad capturing the deep...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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

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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Features

Why Weight Watchers' name change is a step in the right direction

Slimming company Weight Watchers has rebranded as WW with a renewed focus on wellness and health, rather than weight loss. While the change represents an evolution of thinking at the company, the fact that the heritage letters have been retained has...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Three things from Cannes: taboos, trends and tears

With Cannes Lions closing its doors last Friday, we asked five creative leaders, to share their thoughts on this year’s Cannes Lions. They will also be speaking at ‘Creative Stories…from Cannes’ 18 July for a more in-depth overview of the...

Posted by: Creative Social
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Partizan Emma Westenberg is a Dutch director, born in California and based in Amsterdam who has justed been named as the latest addition to the Partizan roster. Her work can be described as a confident mix of classic visual tropes, fashion and fine...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Leo Burnett Melbourne Leo Burnett Melbourne has announced a new line-up in its creative department with the appointment of four new Creative Directors - deepening the agency's core offering as a creative solutions company. Chris Jovanov, Jess...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

gyro gyro APAC has announced the promotion of two leaders to important new roles: Paul Hutt is now Chief Growth Officer, gyro APAC and Laura Bell is Client Services Director, gyro APAC. As Dentsu Aegis Network continues to invest in the growth of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Droga5 London Droga5 London has named Ashley Shack as Director of Talent - a new role at the agency. Shack, who is American, arrives from Wieden+Kennedy London, where she was the Creative and Design Recruiter. She joins the management team at Droga5...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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