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Features

The hardest word. Has 'sorry' lost all meaning?

by Magnus Shaw. Last weekend the BBC screened an episode of 'Tweenies' on their CBeebies channel and a minor fuss broke out. I should point out I don't watch CBeebies habitually and have never watched a complete 'Tweenies' show in my life - but I...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Waitrose issues apology over 'racist' Easter packaging

UK reatailer Waitrose has issued an apology after receiving customer complaints about a trio of chocolate ducklings being sold in its stores. The set of ducks included three types of chocolate that were labelled as crispy, fluffy and ugly, with the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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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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Trends

How to sell a tractor: the difference between features and benefits

Advertising law states that people buy benefits, not features. This law is also known as: features tell, benefits sell. Which means it’s fine to explain the features that a product has, but it’s by showing the benefits those features...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Features

October's Essential Reads

Our CEO, Anant Sharma, rounds up his best reads of the month, from a luxury boutique that only exists in a messaging app to keeping it real with AI. I thoroughly enjoyed the overview of Vice’s history. I had no idea it became so large it was...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Events

Connect Cannes: The Lowdown

We completed our annual pilgrimage to the South of France this year with Connect Cannes, brought to you by Creativepool and Blutui. At Creativepool, it is our mission to connect people online, offline and in person through a number of different...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

M&C Saatchi M&C Saatchi has appointed Sereena Abbassi as Head of Culture and Inclusion, where she will be working closely with Victoria Fox, Chief Executive of LIDA and group sponsor of diversity and inclusion at M&C Saatchi Group. Sereena is...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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A year of OOH with Primesight

In 2017, Primesight continued to expand in the world of OOH with the introduction of InLinkUK, winning more airport media contracts and enabling more creative solutions than ever before Here's a round-up of another incredible year: The Wish: 99...

Posted by: Primesight
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Features

Jack of All Trades: Why the classic agency model needs fixing

The traditional agency model used to work. An agency builds a team of trained and dedicated full-time 'creatives.' A client brief lands, a team of in-house talent is assembled, and tasks are assigned. The work is delivered and the time billed - all...

Posted by: Bomper Studio
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Advertising

BMB have their hands full with £4.5 million Hula Hoops campaign

Backed by a £4.5 million marketing campaign, this new work from BMB marks a bold new strategy for Hula Hoops, in a push that aims to appeal to more households across the UK than ever before. The campaign, which launched online first, kicks off...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Events

Skill up for 2017 with 4 key Creative Super Powers

We are ushering in the new year with our first CS Presents of 2017 and it’s all about Creative Super Powers… Do you remember what it was like to be a child. Go find a LEGO set and start to build off plan. Remember what it was like to be...

Posted by: Creative Social
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Entertainment

Elton John: The Cut – Judges and Call for Entries announced

We already reported on Elton John: The Cut, the competition giving young filmmakers the chance to create the official music videos for iconic Elton John hits, but this afternoon, the judges line-up and official call for entries was finally announced....

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

World's Pinkest Pink Banned by its own Creator

Artist Anish Kapoor has been legally forbidden from using a colour labelled as the “world's pinkest pink,” which is a reflective powdered pigment that repels light to create a powerful fluorescence. British artist Stuart Semple created the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Economy

Black Friday 2016: A Creative Review

Black Friday is a very modern phenomenon. A true triumph of commercialism, it's a perfectly placed date in the cultural calendar that gained so much attention a few years ago that South Park deemed it necessary to construct a feature-length episode...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 10 Ads of the Week

Karmarama - Kerrygold's Karmarama is launching a gleefully optimistic new TV campaign for Kerrygold’s spreadable butter range, which is set to go live this weekend. The inspiration for the idea came from the fact that the home of Kerrygold is...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

J. Walter Thompson create bonkers “Fresher's Fortune” game for HSBC

When we think of University Freshers, it conjures up images of glorious debauchery, taxi cabs doused in teenage vomit and Jägerbombs. What it doesn't bring to mind, even remotely, is the concept of responsible banking. It is, however, one of the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Entertainment

How #CatsNotAds turned into a global story overnight

London commuters will have had a pleasant surprise yesterday if they happened to pass through Clapham Common tube station, as the usual barrage of advertisements had been replaced by some cuddly kitties by an inspirations group of cat lovers. The...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Smell like McCann with the “Eau de Créativité” perfume

If you've ever genuinely wanted to literally smell like an advertising agency then I frankly feel a little sorry for you. I mean, as someone who has spent a fair amount time in a handful of agency offices across the country, there's nothing...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Top 5 Ads of the Week

McCann HumanCare - Docusol How could I not begin this week's run of creative excellence with a spot involving a singing nappy? The online film, by McCann HumanCare, is part of children's constipation brand Docusol's “Make a Nappy Happy”...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

#TechTuesday: Microsoft @ E3 2016

Every June, the gaming industry converges on the Los Angeles Convention Centre for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, affectionately known to gamers worldwide as E3. The expo has, in parallel to the industry itself, grown from rather humble...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

The Inaugural UK Effie Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the 2016 Effie UK programme were revealed last week at the inaugural Effie Awards Ceremony in London. All 2016 UK finalists were celebrated at BAFTA in London, with 11 of them taking away hardware. MullenLowe Group was named the Agency...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Inspiration

How short films can help you to become a better storyteller

When I first heard the term ‘storyteller’, I hated it. I thought it was way too pretentious and self-important - we’re not novelists; we’re copywriters and art directors. But the more I work on film scripts, copy and even...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Advertising

Epic Awards Roundup

Rufus Leonard sweep the Transform Awards Europe Rufus Leonard picked up a haul of five awards at the Transform Awards Europe last night in a ceremony that recognises and celebrates excellence and innovation in branding. The agency’s total tally...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

2016 Annual Launch Party

On 10th March 2016, Creativepool will be hosting the Annual Launch Party at the LIBRARY Club in Covent Garden, London, UK. Celebration of the Best The 2016 Annual brought in eight times as many project entries compared to last year’s Annual,...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

BBH show us how to deliver a Must-Watch Infomercial

I’ve often thought one of the hardest things to do is to come up with a genuinely engaging infomercial. To turn something rather dull that people “really should” watch and listen to into something interesting and/or entertaining...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Features

I should of pacifically mentioned that...

On Saturday night, I was at a party. (Yes, I do get out sometimes; it’s not all tracksuit bottoms in front of Grand Designs, you know.) Anyway, at said party, I was speaking to a guy about the Davis Cup finals - yay, Team GB! - and he said that...

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Design

Brandalism advertise the truth in Paris on Black Friday

Sometimes, ads lie. This is a fact, but as an affiliate and propagator of the industry, it's a fact I often attempt to mask with frilly words and subtle humour. It's (more often than not) a comforting and well-intentioned lie, but it's a lie...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Has Call of Duty taken its latest Twitter stunt too far?

Publicity stunts are far from an explicitly modern phenomenon, but have become more commonplace recently thanks to the immediacy of social media. With brands falling over one another to outdo each other at every step though, is it possible for them...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns

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