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Features

Write offs. Are copywriters being sidelined?

Over the last week, I've very much enjoyed reading a debate, prompted by one of my Creativepool columns, on LinkedIn. It's always particularly satisfying to find creative professionals reacting to a piece I've written and I'm grateful to anyone who...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Events

Exclusive 50% discount to Who Needs Copywriters?

Copywriting has never been more important. The success of digital media still depends on persuasive writing. Traditional media such as print, DM, or radio, cry out for great writers. But where do copywriters go for inspiration? Who Needs...

Posted by: Creativepool
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News

Show me yours. Why the new Creativepool will benefit copywriters.

By Magnus Shaw Well, I'm just having a look around. Being on the new Creativepool is rather like moving into a swanky new apartment, where all the furniture has arrived, your clothes neatly hung in the wardrobe and you've been carefully placed on...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - More than words. What do copywriters know about design?

by Magnus Shaw "Like all forms of design, visual design is about problem solving, not about personal preference or unsupported opinion." Bob Baxley It's funny. Art directors and copywriters work so closely together, for so much of the time, and...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - Copywriters: Are you Mac or PC?

by John Fountain A few months back I started a new full-time job. Now, I won't get myself into trouble by naming the agency, but it didn't quiet work out the way I would have liked. So after 10 days into the job, I quit. The problem was that this...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Opinions - A wake-up call for copywriters

by John Fountain A few weeks back I was asked to do a stint as guest blogger for the writing agency Afia. Seeing as this is a first rate copywriting agency, and seeing as they think a lot about copywriting over there, I took the executive decision...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

10 Tips For Running A Cheaper Creative Business

As Mr. Osborne will never tire of telling us, between now and May 7th, things are looking up. The economy, which at one point was about as healthy as a pigeon in a bus lane, is really picking up. But make no mistake, this is no time to be frivolous...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Whatever happened to proper advertising?

Last week I wrote a piece for Creativepool, suggesting the role of the copywriter had become sidelined to the extent that designers were now the 'creatives'. I also wondered whether this wasn't just an attack of paranoia. Well, it wasn't. The column...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Advice

Opinions - Freelancers work harder

by Ashley Morrison It's a bold statement, granted. And one which is certainly arguable. But I was chatting to a friend recently who maintained that freelancers definitely, definitely worked harder than permanent employees. I'm in a slightly unusual...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Features

Who wants to be in Creative Review?

We all do. Let's face it, that's the honest answer. We're all creatives, therefore we're all big, blinking show-offs, therefore we want our work splashed across a ruddy great DPS in the next available issue of CR. And don't say you don't, because you...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Careers

What do copywriters say about copywriting? And are they right?

A copywriting pal of mine has drawn my attention to a collection of quotes about, well, copywriting. I'm always delighted when these things crop up, because I feel sure blog posts on design and art direction outnumber pieces on copy by about a...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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8 Great Books for Copywriters

I don't know about you but I've noticed that an increasing amount of people are chucking in their day jobs to embark on a career as a freelance copywriter. I'm not entirely sure why so many fancy their chances. I guess they believe they can write a...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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10 great copywriters' blogs (That avoid the subject of copywriting)

As you are no doubt well aware, copywriters are, of course, some of the brightest, kindest and most imaginative people walking this planet. Indeed, when God was busy spooning out the talent, he took a particular shine to the marketing wordsmith -...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Restoring Faith for ŠKODA

When it came to launching a new campaign for automotive brand ŠKODA recently, the client pointed to the success of its work with Paloma Faith last year for inspiration as it sent sales through the roof. But the Fallon creative team on the...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Awards

Innocent 'energised' by Brand Team Annual win

Smoothie brand Innocent’s Annual Brand Team of the Year win in 2018 energised its whole creative team, according to Katie Rosen, group head of creative. The department has grown by 10 - from 8 to 18 - in her five-year tenure since she joined...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Features

Creatives and AI: Are they the perfect match?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating the pace of many industries - and the creative fields are no exception. While there is still a stigma of fear towards AI in some sections, the majority are beginning to see the positive impact the tech is...

Posted by: Lobster
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Advertising

Why great design needs great copy

Resplendent in a white silk dress and crimson cape, the Queen steps gracefully down from her golden chariot and begins a slow, dignified walk into Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by the ancestral Mistress of the Robes and Archbishop of Canterbury, the...

Posted by: Woven Agency
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Careers

Portfolio Critique #4 - Jacques Chouinard, Copywriter

Today we critique the portfolio of a copywriter who has just entered the ad game. In a copywriters book, it's important to analyze both the ideas and the writing skills/style. And that is exactly what we are going to do on Jacques Chouinard's...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Park Village Park Village announces a new addition to its growing roster: Melody Maker. The London native has directed commercials and music videos for brands and artists such as HP, BOY, Gorgon City, Shades and Killa P, Shift K3Y, Jetta Fool,...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

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: Industry Updates
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Features

Creative Opinions: GDPR

This week, on May 25, data protection rules across Europe will undergo the biggest change in the last two decades. It's a change two years in the making. In April 2016, after years of negotiations and legal tussling, officials agreed upon the...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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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: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top Hires of the Week

Sibling Rivalry Award-winning production company Sibling Rivalry has bolstered its directorial roster by signing on renowned commercial, documentary and short narrative filmmaker, Sandra Winther. With a style that melds documentary and narrative...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advice

Why I moved from agency to freelancing

Becoming a freelance designer (or any kind of freelance) is not an easy decision to make. It’s pretty tough actually. You give up on things like having a fixed salary, paid vacations and stability in your financial life that some people love. But...

Posted by: Fernando Ifran
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Events

Shuffle 2017: Your chance to win a placement at a top London agency

The biggest opportunity of your career so far The chance to win a coveted placement at top London agency 18 Feet + Rising. We’ve opened up the competition to more than just single creatives this year. There are two briefs, two questions and...

Posted by: Gemini People
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

Double Concentrate Double Concentrate, the Newcastle-based digital creative agency, has scored a hat-trick of new hires after adding industry veteran Gareth Howells to its team as part of an appointment triple. Howells was one of the founders of...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Events

Cannes Lions announces Global Creativity Report 2016 results

Inspiring creativity, celebration, education and networking for 60 years and setting a global benchmark for creative excellence, the definitive rankings and analysis from the annual Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report have now been announced. A...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Top 10 Hires of the Week

MeringCarson This week, MeringCarson, the advertising agency focused on brands, companies and organisations who are in the business of experiences - destinations, products, entertainment, and social movements, announced the promotion of two long...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

TMW Unlimited ask if technology is ruining holiday sex

To test the theory that an addiction to technology (smartphones particularly) is the reason sex on holidays often does't live up to the expectations of modern couples, Durex has launched a social experiment, devised by TMW Unlimited, which tears...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Careers

What is the future of creative talent?

Creativity in London is in a great place and the output of agencies is now as diverse as ever. Sure; there are still fantastic TV ads, such as this years British Arrows Commercial of the Year by AMV’s Mike Sutherland and Ant Nelson for Currys...

Posted by: Gemini People
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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

Agency of the Week: DDB Worldwide

DDB Stockholm turn McDonald's Happy Meals in VR experiences! Happy Goggles To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal in Sweden, McDonald's has developed the Happy Goggles, an idea developed in collaboration with DDB Stockholm. By...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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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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Job Description: Graphic Designer

Graphic designers work to bring many kinds of communication alive. They produce designs that get their clients' messages across with high visual impact. The role demands a keen business sense as well as creative flair. View People View Companies...

Posted by: Creativepool

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