We are experienced Communication and Innovation Experts, with a track record of delivering creative solutions for brand owners that drive business performance. The Creative Filter was created to help companies innovate, supporting this aim with a range of effective training and creative solutions.
Current UK Client list includes : The Financial Times, Haymarket Media Group, Future Publishing, IPC Magazines, the PPA, Macmillan Publishing and Dennis Publishing. International Clients include : Star TV (Mumbai) and MediaCorp (Singapore).
- Video Of The Week
24th June 2016
I delivered a TED talk at TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells on the subject of How Street Wisdom Changed My Life. If you are interested, more information on the rather wonderful Street Wisdom can also be found here.
- Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week
29th July 2016
From The Monday Note. News Publishers Facebook Problem – ‘The relationship between traditional media and Facebook is the result of a huge misunderstanding. Based on navel-gazing prophecies, news companies started to believe they were indispensable to the Facebook ecosystem as their production was in fact crucial to the social newsfeed. They were also mesmerised by the staggering amount of time users spent on Facebook: currently 50 minutes per day, compared to a few minutes spent poring over news brands sites.‘
A real threat to Ad Agency copywriters as Goldman Sachs gives tech startup Persado $30 million to create better ad copywriting software. Automated copywriters have arrived and are connecting with consumers. Human copywriters, you best get searching for a new career….
On this subject, (and rather less seriously) there is the threat of the AdBot 9000. All you have to do is tell it which brand, and it spits out the copy on its digital screen in less than one second. This piece on @digiday, highlights there are still some ‘bugs’. Take this example for Axe Anarchy (Lynx in the UK) – ‘Do you like the way I smell, baby? I smell like Anarchy baby. I sprayed my whole body with Anarchy. Sex with me is a riot, baby. That’s the Axe effect baby……’
From @nesta – Spaces for Innovation, a new book commissioned by Nesta, explores the link between physical space and creativity in workplaces. ‘While not intended to be a definitive ‘how-to’ guide of formulating a creative office, the book offers up much workspace food-for-thought, encouraging readers to systematically work through ten core themes, in order to become better prepared to make appropriate workplace changes to support their workforces and organisations.’ Also from @nestaThe Geography of Creativity in the UK. ‘In this report, in partnership with Creative England, we have used the latest data and official definitions to map the creative industries in the UK. Our goal is to provide a data resource to demonstrate the economic significance of the creative industries across the country.’
Here is how to win at Pokemon Go. And, on a related topic, do you think that wandering the streets whilst being ‘glued’ to a handheld device and playing a game, is solely a product of the 20th / 21st centuries? Think again….welcome to the Forgotten Kaleidoscope Craze of Victorian England’.
Economics is a very complicated field right? But we should all attempt to understand it, especially in the current political/economic climate. Here is some help from RSA Animate and this fun and informative video.
I’m sure we all remember the fabulously fresh commercial for Dollar Shave Club, that went viral a few years ago. Well now DSC has been bought by Unilever. DSC disrupted the market with a new business proposition around a new kind of insight: ‘American men were simply not changing their razor blades often enough. Rather than go the traditional route and add another blade – where we seemed to be on the verge of shaving with machetes – they identified a mechanism by which they could get products to consumers before the consumer even entered active shopping mode.‘
Back in 1991, this was the first video game I completed. Sitting in front of the TV all day and very nearly failing on the final level. To mark the 25th anniversary, Sega are going retro with a 2-D version of Sonic The Hedgehog.
…..And finally, this is rather wonderful. Witness hurdler Kendra Harrison’s delayed reaction to breaking a world record.
No newsletter till the 26th August due to the Summer break. Wishing all our readers a very Happy Holidays!!
Latest Blog Posts
- ‘New Year, New You’ . A Street Wisdom Adventure in Borough Market
18th January 2016
We decided to run a Street Wisdom Adventure at the end of the first week of January , as we knew this would be a time when people would have some big questions in mind and would be looking for some big answers.
- Talk like the Egyptians? The Rise of the Emojis
24th Nov 2015
So ‘Face, with Tears of Joy’ is the first image to be anointed Word of The Year. Is the rise of the Emojis now complete, or does this represent another step towards a world where all of our communications are wholly or mostly, image based?
- Creativity is more Chemistry than Alchemy
3rd Sept 2015
On a recent trip to the marvellously refurbished Picasso Museum in Paris I came across an interesting definition of Pablo Picasso’s approach to creativity, specifically with reference to his Cubist period and his association with Georges Braques.