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Brand storytelling

My Career Wake-Up Call: Tell Stories That Matter

This article first appeared in the D&AD series on brand storytelling.

You may not have heard of most of the people I work with; niche consultancies, tiny charities, 10-people technology companies. They’re unlikely to win any yellow pencils. They don’t have advertising budgets....

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Does Art Matter? Our Kiva Entrepreneur for September

The slashing of art lessons in schools, brutal cuts to arts funding, the number of creatives asked to work ‘for exposure’ or ‘for the love’ … our society certainly seems to question whether art really matters.

I began pondering the value of art as we made this month’s “loan that changes lives” to Tigran, an Armenian looking for a loan to...

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What Makes You Different? Go Fight For It

I met Nellie through a friend of a friend. We were making the usual small talk when she dropped casually into the conversation that she was catching a flight to Belfast that night.

“What are doing?” I asked.

“I’m going to have a fight” she replied.

I stared at her, puzzled. But she was deadly serious.

No, she...

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What is Branding Anyway? Hint: Not a Logo

At brand strategy workshops I often hand out cards with different logos on them and ask the group to say what each logo means to them. The replies are fascinating … and usually hilarious. At one workshop when someone picked the BMW logo, it provoked some unexpected reactions:

“Pretentious”
“Bad drivers”
“Essex...



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Copywriting services include empathy mapping

How To Use Empathy Mapping To Step Into Your Customer's Shoes

“Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one” John Steinbeck

One of the key pillars to growing a successful brand is a deep understanding of who you’re there to serve.

Who are your users, customers or...

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Clean Water in Gaza- Our Kiva Loan for August

As readers in the UK will probably be aware, we’re having something of a heatwave at the moment (or at least, that was the case at the time of writing….we may well all be back in our cardigans by the end of the week).

The time-honoured British reaction to sunshine seems to be to use as much water as humanly possible. Sprinklers on the...

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Our copywriting services are based on how you want the reader to feel

Three Simple Steps to Persuade, Sell and Seduce With Emotional Language

As Maya Angelou famously put it - “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

We all like to think we’re rational creatures. We all pride ourselves on our clear thinking and intelligence (which are important, and uniquely human) but the science...



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How to come up with a brand name

Electric Eel or Glitterati? How To Come Up With a Brand Name

When it comes to naming, make-up brands are at the top of their game:

Razzledazzler.

Ruby Woo.

Electric Eel.

Glitterati.

Just a few of our personal favourites and just the tip of the ultra-blue iceberg of brilliant cosmetic brand names.

So why do make-up brands put...

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Investing in Women, Investing In Families: Meet July's Kiva Entrepreneur

Kiva.org, the site we use to make ‘loans that change lives’, has recently had a bit of an update- it looks great, is even easier to use and has new header sections for each borrower type, providing would-be lenders with even more compelling reasons to get involved.

Why do we mention this? Well, it’s not just to pat Kiva on the back for...

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13 Wacky Words That Make You Fade Away, Not Stand Out

As a follow-up to our previous post “26 Vanilla, Vague and Overused Words That Weaken Your Web Copy" here are a few words that may have been fresh, interesting and wacky at first but have become total clichés over...

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26 Vanilla, Vague and Overused Words That Weaken Your Web Copy

“Words aren’t content, they are code. Code that tells people whether to pay attention, or not. Whether to listen to you, or not. Whether to buy from you, or not” Ashley Ambirge, Copywriter, TMF Project.

No matter what your organisation...

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The 3-Word Formula for Writing Concisely

Copy Hack: The 3-Word Formula For Writing Anything

If you’re anything like us, then your problem isn’t that you don’t know what to write about.

It’s that you’ve got SO much passion, so many ideas and just so much to say that you often don’t know where to start.

The more you know about something, the harder it is to communicate it clearly and concisely.

But in a distracted...

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