A big hello to George!

31st July 2014   -   1 comment   -  

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There’s a new member of the team at Collective HQ and at 6 feet 6 inches tall, he’s making quite an impact.

Originally from Greece, with over ten years of front and back end web development expertise, George Bardis has joined us as our new Tech Lead. In his role, George will lead our digital development team, taking responsibility for all of Collective’s digital projects – and providing us with technical solutions along the way.

George spends his free time playing basketball and developing his own CMS distribution of Symfony2 framework: the BardisCMS. What’s not to like? We think George is going to be a great fit at Collective – just don’t disturb him until he’s had his second cup of coffee in the morning.

He even had some kind words to say about us in his first week: “As demonstrated by their recent ‘My Independent Bookshop’ work for Penguin Random House, Collective has a track record of using technology in incredibly influential ways. And I cannot wait to be part of a team that creates this type of meaningful work.”

Read the full official press release

The Gentlemen’s Agreement

17th June 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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For when their word just isn’t enough

The World Cup is upon us. A time when the nation comes together as one to get behind our team – our England.

Naturally, it also brings out the armchair pundits. And after a few celebratory tipples, outrageous wagers and predictions will come into play.

Now, we believe a bet is a bet – once two hands shake, you stick to it. You never go back on your word. But we’ve all got one friend who does. And we think it’s time he was made to pay. In every sense.

Presenting the Gentlemen’s Agreement. This mobile-first site – created, designed and built by us – lets you log those spur-of-the-moment bets that’d otherwise get lost in the mists of the morning after.

No longer will the welcher be able to cry “I never said that!” or “It wasn’t me, it was the Jägerbombs talking.” Now when you say it, you stick to it. And when the winner emerges victorious, there’ll be no wriggling out of it.

Let’s show the world why football’s called the gentleman’s game, on and off the pitch. Let’s get behind our team – and our wagers. It’s our reputations at stake.

Try it out at thegentlemensagreement.co.uk

InFAMOUS Second Son: great power doesn’t always come with great responsibility

2nd April 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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In InFAMOUS: Second Son for Sony PlayStation 4, you play Delsin Rowe, a man with unlimited power. It’s the power to get away with anything, and Delsin not only knows it, he loves it. Delsin’s attitude gives InFAMOUS: Second Son a unique feel – playful, subversive and just a little bit scary.

It was our job to create an immersive experience that captured this feeling, giving prospective players a taste of the game, and building excitement around the launch without giving too much away.

How to Hire – Recruitment Tips

25th March 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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 As Head of Client Services at Collective London, Richard Hedges has plenty of experience hiring top talent. In a recent guest post for creative recruitment agency Source, he shares valuable advice from his experience hiring for the Client Services team. 

How did you learn to hire?

I think it’s something where the more you do it, the more you learn. There’s no formula, and every candidate, role and organisation is different, but once you’ve hired a few great people you can try to identify what it was that made them great, and use that as a guide.

The Social Impact of 25 World Wide Web Years

12th March 2014   -   0 comments   -  

 

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As societies, we are swept up in a sea of change which is continually transforming our perception of the world we live in. The internet has transformed relationships between consumers and brands, citizens and governments, and how we interact with each other on a basic human level.

On the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web, Collective London analyst Keshan Bolaky discusses the social impact of the last 25 years: Have we gained enough foresight to look ahead to the future of the internet? What can we learn from the last 25 years, and what impact will it have on us as a society, and as consumers? You can read his full post over at Brand Republic’s Wall Blog.

Want to be a copywriter? Then ‘get yourself known’

5th March 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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Creative recruitment agency Source recently got in touch with Collective for a little career advice. Adam Lowe, copywriter at ColIective was happy to oblige. 

“I am a microwave meal connoisseur.
Self taught, I gained expertise in this field while trying to get a job in advertising.

The Future of… Wearable Tech

27th February 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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January’s CES stage saw the launch of the Pebble Steel smartwatch, Google glass competitors Optinvent ORA and Epson Moverio BT-200, the Meta Pro ‘wearable computer’ – a new and improved evolution of the Oculus Rift.

For the latest instalment of Collective’s ‘Future of…’ series, CEO Nick Constantinou delves into the world of wearable tech: How long will it be until it becomes engrained into public consciousness? And what future role will it play to brands and marketers?

Head over to Brand Republic’s Wall blog to read more.

Entrepreneur Country: The Future is Much Simpler than You Think

17th February 2014   -   0 comments   -  

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1984, Gattaca, The Matrix, Minority Report and Her – films have often given us a glimpse of how technology will influence and change society. But while predicting the future is near impossible, a recent article for Entrepreneur Country sees Collective CEO Nick Constantinou look ahead to the long-term effect of technology on consumers, and how businesses can win in a world where everything is connected.

You can read his full article here.

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