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Workshop

The copywriter’s toolkit - part 3: How to get paid

Let’s look at an all-too-familiar scenario. The deadline - which was already tight - got moved up. The brief that you’d agreed to got changed as their client added more aspects to it. But in the interests of professionalism you cut all...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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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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Features

The Devil's deal. Are agencies really paying to pitch?

I once worked with an Art Director who had just arrived in the UK from a stint at Leo Burnett in Venezuela. As well as alarming tales of armed guards outside his office, he told me this: when pitching, it was usual practice for the agencies involved...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

How to... Make sure you get paid for a freelance job.

We recently had a freelancer get in touch with us who had found a brief through the site, completed the work required - but still hadn't got paid. Well, to help them and those who may be in a similar position, we have created these notification...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - Online Logo Contests, the pros and cons.

by Jessica Hazel Online Logo Contests have been popping up all over the internet for quite some time now. They allow businesses and individuals to offer a set fee, or prize, for what they consider to be the best logo design. Hundreds of amazing...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Amsterdam introduces contactless payment jackets for the homeless

An innovative new method of donating money to the homeless using a contactless payment system fitted to a winter jacket is being tested on the streets of Amsterdam. Created by ad agency N=5, the product is designed to help well-wishers give one Euro...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Design for people, not just the planet

For every person who will take durable jars to refill, there’s thousands who won’t. In the race to reach sustainability and be regarded as the greenest brand in the biz, consumers are often overlooked. This is not to mean that their...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

How to choose a Copywriter

The written word is a funny thing. It’s something `almost all of us have a basic understanding of and use every day to reply to emails, forward distracting memes to our co-workers and message our significant others about dinner. But how often...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Slices of Creativity - #MemberSpotlight

Whoever has been in the industry for a long time knows that there is no fixed way to perform tasks or achieve effective results. The story and creative process of Motion Graphics Designer Jonathan Chen demonstrate that quite well. No matter the kind...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Favours for favours?

As part of the design community, the question of working for free often comes up. I think in most genres of the creative industry, there’s almost an expectation that we should be expected to take on projects for free, or under the guise of...

Posted by: Tony Clarkson
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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The heroes of a Production Designer - #MemberSpotlight

Ever wondered who makes all those beautiful buildings and sets you see in films, TV shows and on stage? That would be the careful, precise and beautifully creative job of a Production Designer. Hakan Yoruk has been designing sets for six years, and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

What is a Digital Experience?

The expectations of the average consumer from companies concerning marketing and communication have grown rapidly over the last two decades and a lot of this has to do with the growth in digital technology. We live in times where many retailers only...

Posted by: SMACK Agency
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Can I get fired because of coronavirus?

Tens of millions of workers all around the world are being asked to stay home as we speak, in the attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. At the same time, millions of others have no choice but to keep going to work. No matter where you stand in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Integrated payments: the key to a unique shopping experience

UK Ecommerce is set to account for almost a quarter of all retail spend in the UK in 2020, and it’s well documented that the high-street is struggling to compete with online retailers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has even called 2019...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Three ways retail psychology can help save the high-street

The consumer sales landscape has been in a state of flux for some time with almost weekly news stories of store closures, losses, and the death of the high street becoming the norm. Hopes were riding on strong Black Friday and Christmas sales over...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

A 2020 Vision

So, 2020 has started on a positive note: A threat of world war and fires the size of Germany raging over Australia, darkening skies almost 10,000 miles away. And how does the media world respond? Mild annoyance that weight watchers were using the...

Posted by: JSR Content
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Leaders

Is an Internet Without Advertising Possible?

What does your digital utopia look like? Can the internet be governed? Or do we have to fundamentally change how it works? I believe that the internet would benefit greatly from having all advertising removed. It feels weird to think about that....

Posted by: Studio Black Tomato
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Leaders

The Freelancer Grind: Invoicing

Okay, so now the job is done, it’s time to invoice and get that money! Although you might think this is the easy part, sadly it’s not always the case. Staying on top of payments is important in making sure you get paid, on time, and...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Features

Getting to Know… Hnry's James Fuller

In three years, Hnry has become Aotearoa New Zealand's fasted growing tax agent and happily calls itself your 'financial sidekick'. It's an ideal option for freelancers as it provides all your invoicing, payments, expenses and tax services in one...

Posted by: Portfolio Recruitment (AKLD) Limited
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Workshop

Give them a word and they'll take a page

Make no mistake: your writing is worth money. But should you ever work for free? As much as it’s a milestone, you probably can’t remember the exact moment you first got a positive response from an application. But rest assured, at some...

Posted by: Ant O'Neill
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Leaders

The future of retail: lessons from China

A market of extreme competition While America’s top 100 retailers account for approximately 40% of its retail market, China’s equivalent enjoy just 6.4% of total sales of consumer goods. What this means in practice is a market of...

Posted by: AKQA
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Leaders

Feeling twitchy? How the ad industry is upping its game through Twitch

It’s all just fun and games until something wins a Cannes Grand Prix. Then it might be worth taking more seriously. Below, our deputy ECD, Jason Cascarina, reveals what makes live streaming video platform Twitch so appealing to the masses and...

Posted by: Proximity London
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Leaders

Would you buy a car from a vending machine?

Remember playing with Matchbox toys as a toddler? Well, Auto Trader has made the car-in-a-box dream come true for adults by parking the world’s first automotive vending machine in East London. The interesting installation offers motorists a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

3 things that will shape the future of ecommerce

It seems rarely a day goes by without the word 'ecommerce' coming up. The growing ubiquity of ecommerce in the UK (by 2023, it will have a predicted 97% penetration rate) - combined with the much-mooted “death of the high street” - means...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

A Conversation with… Klarna’s Dan Spencer

Klarna is transforming how we pay. The Swedish bank, founded in 2005, provides game-changing flexible payment solutions for customers and merchants allowing consumers to pay for their shopping days, weeks or even months after the purchase. With...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Workshop

How to cut down on freelance admin

Sponsored Post As a creative freelancer, you’ll often have more choice over projects and freedom in the way you work compared to people who work full-time for one company. But you’ll also have more paperwork to handle - something that is...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Leaders

Will China turn the world of marketing on its head?

Many of us know the story of rapid economic growth in China. In 2006 China's GDP surpassed the UK's, and by 2016 the Chinese economy was more than 6 times larger. As such in the last ten years China has transformed itself in a number of key areas...

Posted by: Qumin
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Leaders

Top Hires of the Week

Unlimited Group Unlimited Group has announced the appointment of Sarah Shilling as its new Group Chief Marketing Officer. Previously Managing Partner, Brand at Unlimited Group, Sarah joins the Senior leadership team as Unlimited Group embarks on a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Account Wins of the Week

MSQ Partners/Hyperactive - blu blu, the original e-vapour brand, has announced the appointment of MSQ Partners and Hyperactive to launch its myblu electronic vaping product in the UK following a competitive pitch. The agencies have been tasked by...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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