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Trends

Can AI produce original content?

A story caught my eye this morning: ‘In Japan, an artificial intelligence has been appointed creative director.’ Yes, you read correctly. This is the news that McCann Japan has created a robot, AI-CD β, that can analyse creative...

Posted by: AmazeRealise
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Inspiration

Brand Case Studies: 3 companies celebrating original craft

Today’s Brand Case Studies celebrates not one but three different creative makers and craftspeople who are forging new paths in the spirit of the old ways. We’re a fan of highlighting smaller brands who contribute to - rather than add to...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advertising

Be Original This Christmas: Mixing it up with MassiveMusic and Visualise

Our good friends at MassiveMusic have created a rather unique online activation that brings a liberal dose of festive cheer to pretty much any song imaginable (as long as it's available on YouTube). The musical agency's Amsterdam office has launched...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

DDB New Zealand honours the original All Black Heroes

Steinlager, the classic New Zealand lager, launched an ambitious video this week that plays on the nation’s love of Rugby by telling the tale of their first ever international team. “Originals” is an underdog story from DDB New Zealand and...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Social Media

VivaKi sponsor original AOL On Network shows

VivaKi has been announced as the exclusive advertising partner of four new AOL Originals shows that will be available exclusively through the AOL On network in the UK and across AOL owned publishers and sites such as The Huffington Post, Engadget and...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Lost in Translation: how to run a successful multi-region campaign 

When your brand trades across multiple countries, reproducing a successful marketing campaign from one region in the rest of your markets can appear easy. It seems all you need to do is pay some translators and watch the savings roll in. However, a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

CES 2020: Our Top Tech Picks

Let’s talk tech. From parallel reality to living laboratories, we saw some mind-blowing innovation at CES 2020. Scroll down to see what piqued our interest. Quibi present Turnstyle: Vertical Streaming We aren’t the first to admit that...

Posted by: The Flash Pack
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Inspiration

Getting to Know… Iris Worldwide’s Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter was recently promoted to Global Executive Creative Director for iris Worldwide and has been working for the agency from his base in London for 15 years now. A man with creativity in his bones, Grant is an incredibly insightful...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Behind the Idea: Giving the gift of reading this Christmas

Last month, Penguin Random House collaborated with London-based studio Anyways Creative to create the ‘Books Make Us Better’ campaign to promote the joy of reading by gifting books at Christmas. The campaign aims to appeal to readers of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Behind the Idea: Standing out with courage in a sea of festive frivolity

With the festive season in full swing (nine days and counting), Toyota debuted its 2019 holiday spot last week as part of an ambitious and heartfelt campaign featuring genuine military service members returning home to their families for Christmas....

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Trends

How M&S brought the virtual world of Christmas ads to life

Every year, the highly anticipated Christmas advertisements mark the start of the festive season. As in previous years, the Christmas ads in 2019 follow the same generic theme of an emotionally-driven story where the public falls in love with the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

Does advertising lack originality?

They say Christmas is a time for giving. But first it’s a time for watching all the big brand ads so we can decide what to give and where to spend our money. And with the bulk of this year’s spots now released, what do they say about the...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Advertising

Holidays Are Coming as Coke launches biggest ever Christmas campaign

While many see the launch of the annual John Lewis ad as the sign that Christmas can truly begin, there’s nothing more iconic than Coke’s Holidays Are Coming spot. A few weeks ago, the brand's annual Christmas Truck Tour set off to tee...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Design

Byron marks 12 years in the UK with new brand identity

It’s been 12 years since Byron arrived in the UK and since then a host of American-style diner restaurants have entered the scene including Five Guys, Patty & Bun and Shake Shack. With a successful decade and a bit under its belt, now Byron is...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Design

Freedom typeface marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

A film and new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall has been created as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the structure coming down in November 1989. The film, created by HEIMAT Berlin, includes sirens, dogs...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

D Double E voices first UK Christmas ad for IKEA

UK grime act D Double E provides the soundtrack to IKEA’s first ever Christmas ad launching today, as he waxes lyrical about being house proud and silencing the critics. The spot, created by Mother, features a couple who become racked with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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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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Trends

How brands embraced Halloween in 2019

It's the scariest day of the year and there's no getting away from the fact that Halloween offers another opportunity for brands to buy into the celebration with spookily-themed products and marketing. Beyond big boxes of orange pumpkins on show at...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Mexican short delves into Mayan underworld to remember the dead

A new short film for beer brand Victoria shows that Halloween is more than just about scary costumes and explains the culture behind Mexico’s Day of the Dead (2 November). Created by Ogilvy Mexico and MediaMonks, Xibalba tells the story of a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

Why Sol is making the sun shine in October

When we heard beer brand Sol was setting up a bar in East London based on the positive effects of the sun, the first thing we asked was why now? “We conducted some research and two thirds of Brits said they don’t get more than an hour of...

Posted by: Ryan Watson
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Features

Secret Location’s not so secret splendour; an Emmy-winning VR studio

Meet the development team behind Secret Location, a project-based digital service start-up that quickly gained momentum by shifting its focus towards original content, IP, and technology. Today, it's a multinational enterprise and motto is no...

Posted by: Indigo Design Award
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Features

EGX 2019: Is gaming finally embracing its past?

We’re used to technology always moving forward. The work we do with our tech clients almost always focuses around communicating how the latest advances will benefit the user at home. Improved, increased, optimised. It’s become part of the...

Posted by: Rob Pratt
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Freelance

The Freelancer Grind: Setting your rate

So, this is a tough one and something I've struggled with for years. There are a few different ways of applying a fee for your services. You can set a day rate, which is most common, basically saying how much you want to charge a day, and then times...

Posted by: Hashmukh Kerai
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Bringing Honda back up to speed

Valtteri Bottas may have won the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka yesterday but the prize for the coolest ad to promote the event goes to Digitas UK and Honda. The high-octane animation is a collaboration with Mainframe and a sequel to the Powered...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Taking Tinder to church for Telenor

In a world of esports, influencers and dating apps, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But all it takes is a little open mindedness to realise the power and potential of technology. A recent spot from Swedish creative company Acne deals with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

5 things we learned at Gamescom 2019

The team at in-game advertising platform Bidstack spent last week in Cologne for Europe’s biggest gaming event - Gamescom. Here, its CMO, Simon Gosling, offers a comprehensive look at some of the key things they took away from this year’s...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Trends

UKTV's ghost sign celebrates Dad's Army special

UKTV has commissioned a giant ghost mural in London calling on viewers to ‘join Dad’s Army’ for a three-day TV special for the classic comedy. Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes will see three remade parts from the show's second...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Trends

Conscious consumerism and what it means for your brand - part I

Remember when we went mad for organic? In 2002 the UK industry was estimated to be worth £1 billion. Galvanised by a pesticide-free product that promised better taste and nutritional value, champions of organic produce threw serious shade on the...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Advertising

Behind the Idea: Tattoos do the talking for LYNX

Tattoos play a key role in personal expression and original body art can go a long way in telling an individual's story - especially the ones in a new campaign for LYNX INK shower gel through 72andSunny Amsterdam. Comprising three spots that see...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

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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