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Features

We're all writers now. How recession damages copywriting.

There are many signs that something is going wrong. The scarcity of invitations to join the staff of a particular agency; the lack of requests to pencil out dates in your diary and the distant memory of those top-dollar, overnight emergency...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

'Let's Go Home'. Those inexcusable movie cliches named and shamed.

I don't know whether it's because I'm a writer, but when I watch a movie, the script and screenplay always take my attention. A great concept with a terrible script can really spoil things; likewise a thumping good screenplay can lift an average...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Why did Murdoch's Daily iPad 'newspaper' fail?

by Magnus Shaw. Do you read The Daily? Unless you own an iPad style tablet you probably don't. Even if you do, you won't for very much longer. The Daily is a digital newspaper, published by Rupert Murdoch, available on tablets and closing any day...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Speaking South African

It’s no revelation that language defines our lives. Through our interactions and understanding, our laughter, comfort and our survival, language plays a leading role in every little moment. We all know the value of a smart and beautifully...

Posted by: Nikki Bentley
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Inspiration

5 benefits of meditation for writers

Have you ever read Meditations by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius? These were his private reflections on philosophy, happiness, peace, pleasure and the meaning of life as a whole. Why am I mentioning it? If you’re a writer, you’ll...

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Workshop

Opinions - Kindling. What do eBooks mean for writers?

by Magnus Shaw If you read my columns with any regularity, you'll have noticed a little ad in the footer inviting you to buy "ADVICE" - a collection of my writing on advertising (it's very good, by the way). Those kind enough to have clicked through...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Workshop

Opinions - Should designers write? Should writers design?

by John Fountain The part of the job I've always enjoyed the most is the bit when I sit down with a designer and try and crack the idea. Call me unhinged if you want, but I quite like it when it gets difficult. When the deadline is looming, when the...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Inspiration

Why accessibility must be the very foundation of design

With over 39 years' experience, Peter Knapp, Group Chairman at Landor & Fitch, has an exceptional breadth and depth of industry knowledge. He works with the global executive team to establish Landor & Fitch's creative vision and deliver a truly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

SEO Corner - Building useful content briefs

Working closely with content marketing teams is an inevitable part of the SEO professional’s daily life. A majority of the interaction happens through managing the creation of content. SEOs, for better or worse, put their watchful gaze on each...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

Tackling the wild world of social with Hootsuite | #BehindTheBrand

Billy Jones, senior director of brand marketing at Hootsuite, takes us through the platforms bold new rebrand, developed in-house and by design agency Prophet, which aims to rethink the brand without losing its identity. What was the brief for the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

STB Client Perspective: Finding the Right Agency Partner.

Drew McMillan, Director of Internal Comms & Engagement for Deloitte UK, gives us his ‘top five’ ways to ensure copacetic success with your creative agencies. As a Comms professional of 25+ years, almost always working in-house and...

Posted by: Stocks Taylor Benson
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Industry

"Optimism first, quality second" | #GettingToKnow SHARE ECD Alex Hill

Tell us a bit about your role! Is there a “typical” day? I am the ECD and co-founder at SHARE Creative, and I am responsible our strategic and creative teams and their output, as well as overall agency growth and success. A typical day...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

WHEN IDEAS KILL

The average brand spends millions of dollars on marketing every year. For the big global brands, it's billions. "Half my advertising spend is wasted; the trouble is, I don't know which half" - US retail magnate John Wanamaker (1838-1922). These...

Posted by: Matt Batten
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Workshop

Emotional baggage: How vulnerability can be beneficial in the workplace

Stereotypically, the ideal employee is seen as strong, ambitious, and someone who strives for absolute perfection. These traits are not going to be the same for every employee. The expectations put on employees to be perfect is unfair. When...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

What streams are made of...

I was just explaining to my 10 year old son about how, when I was his age, if you missed an episode of Doctor Who, you missed it. I mean, it was gone, you’d literally missed it. You couldn’t catch up, you couldn’t buy the DVD, you...

Posted by: Tony Pipes
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Features

Global creative calendar: May 2022

Two years ago, this forecast of upcoming events became irrelevant, almost overnight. Since then, we have adapted - and now, rejuvenation is on the rise. Comparatively, we may go less often, stay closer to home, and spend more time phoning it in...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Inspiration

What does the metaverse mean for freelancers?

We’ve all been talking a lot about the metaverse this month. But whereas most of the content seems to revolve around what it can’t do and questioning its limits, I thought I’d close out metaverse month by looking at one subset of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Workshop

#AllAboutTheData - How web scraping can empower marketing

There’s a lot of buzz and excitement around the combination of digital marketing and web scraping. Data has always been the driving force behind marketing strategies, so the arrival of something that can gather external data was always going to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Workshop

What is "Design Language", really? And how to create it.

Visual communication is really difficult. It's diversified, limitless, and never-ending. We need to build a set of limitations that will assist us communicate with our end-users in order to give it a feeling of clarity and consistency. This is when...

Posted by: Chris Bicourt
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Inspiration

SWEAR IN YOUR F***ING ADS

WARNING: CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE* *Unless you don’t get offended by words like ‘fuck’. In which case, the warning should read: contains language. “Daddy, when are you going to teach me how to cut with a sharp knife and...

Posted by: Matt Batten
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Workshop

12 Key Terms To Look For In Your Music License

Let’s face it. Music licensing can be pretty tedious from time to time. Okay… most of the time. But you don’t need to understand every term or nuance to purchase a music license. If you’re an advertiser looking to license...

Posted by: Bopper
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Features

It’s okay if you don’t want that six-figure freelance life

‘How I became a six-figure freelancer’. ‘The reality of being a six-figure freelancer’. And perhaps the worst of all: ‘Here’s exactly what I do every day to earn six figures as a freelancer’. You’ve...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Do you have the most profitable freelance job?

What are the most profitable creative freelance jobs? Some will be quick to answer - and most of you would be right. When we think about making money with creative jobs, it’s hard not to think of web developers, copywriters, product designers -...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

How Do Indie Musicians Make Money In This Digital Era?

There’s been a whole lot of change within the music industry over the past 10 years it’s almost hard to keep up. With the addition of music streaming services and numerous distribution channels, artists have been able to market themselves...

Posted by: Bopper
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Inspiration

Ads that made history: At 60 miles an hour...

David Ogilvy loved Rolls-Royce. Even in the core of his professional life (the peak of Madison Avenue, around the Sixties), Rolls-Royce was already a premium car brand, one that was able to establish itself in the early Twentieth Century as one of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

The textured and imaginary artworks of Miriam Martincic | #MemberSpotlight

Illustrator Miriam Martincic's style is as unique as her passion for anything visual. As long as there is a way to solve problems visually and communicate something, Miriam is in her natural environment and that's where she mostly excels. A simple...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial

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