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Advice

Blogging: what are the rules? Are there any?

by Ashley Morrison The other day, I was at a party and talking to someone who wrote for a technical magazine. Personally, I'm a generalist; unlike him, I don't have one particular area of expertise. So that means, as a freelance copywriter, I've...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Advertising

Honda US consolidates its digital media work with Razorfish

The American Honda Motor Company announced yesterday that it would be consolidating the lion's share of the digital marketing for both its primary Honda brand and its Acura luxury brand into a new team drawn from Razorfish and other members of the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Rewriting the rules of advertising

As a general rule, people don’t like rules. Especially when it’s a rule telling them not to do something. It’s our natural instinct to push the red button and rebel. Could this explain the negative reaction to the new rule against...

Posted by: Proximity London
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Inspiration

Trailblazers: Breaking the rules with Broken Fingaz Crew

Founded in 2001, multidisciplinary art collective, Broken Fingaz, is regarded as one of the first of its kind to emerge from Haifa, Israel. In over a decade working together the group have become renowned for an eye-catching style inspired by...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advertising

Broadband ad rules shift comes into force thanks to ASA

Changes to fixed broadband advertised price claims have come into force this week after the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) signalled that transparency in broadband price ads must improve if advertisers are to be confident that their ads will...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

9 Golden Rules by The Pop Up Agency

Lessons we’ve learned along the way that has manifested into our guidelines which we today apply in all areas of our work. Goal Define a clear goal and make sure that all actions reflect the goal. Same page Make sure that everyone is on the...

Posted by: Maksimilian Kallhed
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Trends

5 Golden rules for soft drinks branding

Naturally I assume that your product is great tasting, offers something new and interesting for a specific consumer, and keeps its promises. But wait…. is that enough? Creating top-drawer branding and packaging for any new drink has never been...

Posted by: Steve Osborne
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Advice

10 Golden Rules for Freelancers

Mark interviewed leading freelancers from the fields of 3D illustration, animation, visual effects, games and architectural visualisation to uncover their strategies for success. These were his key findings... 1. Test the market first Make sure...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Rimmel and BETC encourage us to stop 'getting' and start 'living'

Rimmel London has announced an evolution of their now iconic brand identity; “Get The London Look.” Created in collaboration with BETC London (the agency's first collaboration with Rimmel, having won the brand’s global advertising account last...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

How to... Use your blog

Chris Unitt is the managing director of Meshed Media. He was editor of Created in Birmingham, winner of Best UK Blog 2008, before recently standing down and now helps artists and arts organisations to make the most of the internet. How to use your...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

Recruitment webshites

Last week, Michael (MD of Creativepool and my boss at least some of the time, as far as blogging is concerned) sent out an email entitled "We are not a recruitment agency!" Bold words, you might think, given that the one-liner under the email...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

The importance of gamefulness to experience design

In working through a large, complicated project for an automotive client, my team at Critical Mass faced an experience design challenge that only a gamer could solve. The features we came up with were well-received by client stakeholders, but one...

Posted by: Critical Mass
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Features

Gender stereotyping: No smoke without fire

This month in advertising has been dominated by a cream cheese bagel-scoffing dad abandoning his baby to a conveyor belt, a pram-pushing mum and moon-walking men. The first bans the ASA has handed down since its gender stereotyping legislation came...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Features

10 reasons why these Chanel ads should never have been made

Check out the above and below ads created for French fashion and perfume brand Chanel. Here's a list of 10 reasons why they should never have been made... 1. The product doesn't look premium. 2. There is no human insight. 3. There is no customer...

Posted by: Lucian Trestler
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Trends

Get to know the 12 brand archetypes

Think about your favourite stories. Did you ever notice that the characters within them fall into broad categories? The hard-drinking detective fuelled by cheap liquor... The femme fatale who always has a perfect put down to hand... The naïve...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Features

Reviewing Cannes Lions 2019: Who won what and why?

Each year, after the Cannes Lions festival, thenetworkone takes a few days to reflect on the events and look for the key themes and patterns which emerge. Here is our take on Cannes 2019. At its heart, Cannes is an awards festival. A little like the...

Posted by: Julian Boulding
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Advertising

Short film for Mercedes-Benz encourages you to #PlayByYourRules

A new short film created by Berlin-based agency antoni encourages consumers to remember who they are by channelling their youth alongside the tagline #PlayByYourRules. The five-minute film (below) introduces an adult male with a busy professional...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

How healthy are your freelance business finances?

Working as a freelancer in the creative industry is highly rewarding, but it can also be a daunting process to keep on top of your finances being out on your own. There’s lots to think about including whether the rules of operating as a sole...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Industry Influencers: Amelia Torode

In a new series of interviews with some of the people who made Creativepool's top 100 industry influencers shortlist for the Annual 2019, they offer insight on their business strategies, company culture and vision for the future. First up, Amelia...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Michael Scantlebury: Independents on the up

Asked for his thoughts on the current state of the advertising industry, Michael Scantlebury, founder and director at independent agency Impero, says he feels we’re on the cusp of a recession. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advice

Master the art of negotiation

“Every negotiation is different, but the basic elements do not change.” These are the wise words of William Ury, a prominent academic negotiation trainer. Based on history, we know that great negotiators can prevent wars, build...

Posted by: Katrina Cooper
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Advice

How to run a successful creative hack

Organising a creative hack can be a great way of getting people to interact with your brand and overcome a problem as part of a team. Non-profit organisation Sightsavers works to protect eyesight and the fight for disability rights and held a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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...

Posted by: Crunch
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Inspiration

20 of the best visual puns from illustrator Matt Blease

London-based illustrator Matt Blease has been playing with puns for years but his wisecracking commentary on the world isn't quite delivered in the way you'd expect. The Breed London artist, who counts the likes of Google, The New Yorker, Nike and...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advice

Key tips on successful group brainstorming

Brainstorming, coming up with ideas, and literally getting paid to think are the best parts of our jobs as creatives. In advertising, group brainstorming is the most efficient and effective way to solve a client's problem and, in this video, I...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Features

Give your marketing the overnight test

Ben Matthews, principle planner at Havas Helia explains how having kids and applying the rules of parenting can help your marketing strategy… Being a planner often means applying knowledge from outside the traditional business sphere to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advice

When choosing a web platform, why stop at a CMS?

These days, clients who demand the simple ability to add and remove content from a web platform with ease are faced with an abundance of choice. The digital technology market is brimming with incredibly advanced tools and hundreds of content...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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News

New signing: Geoffroy de Crécy

We are super excited to announce our most recent signing - Geoffroy de Crécy. Geoffroy is a French director and illustrator, who continuously explores many ways to apply and combine the techniques of traditional animation, stop-motion, 3D and...

Posted by: Jelly London
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Advice

How Much Creativity You Should Put Into Your Writing Job

Not everyone is born with a natural knack for writing and those who know they have what it takes often find themselves at odds with what they are able to produce, versus what their employer wants. In many cases, the writer’s creative mind...

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Design

Rebrand Roundup: Hotels, ales, soaps, champions and more

Ragged Edge - Assembly Most hotels want you to spend time in them. But for millennial travellers, the priority is to get out and experience the city. Assembly is a new hotel brand from Criterion Capital, designed to inspire people to make the most...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

The information age is dead

The information age is dead In the later part of 1971 Ray Tomlinson sent the first email, since then telecommunications and computer networks have become increasingly complex and powerful. Today every aspect of our lives relies on fibre optics and...

Posted by: Blutui

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