Campaign for great British copywriting

DMA - Campaign for great British Copywriting

Client: DMA

Brief: How can we raise the craft of copywriting?

Creative: Don't talk to copywriters about copywriting, start a conversation with them. This is what we created.
There was a time when British copywriting was considered the best in the world. Is that still the case?

Are the exemplars of great copy now only to be found in dusty yellowing annuals? Are the truly great copywriters relegated to history, the ‘Mad Men’ era of British advertising?

Or has ‘copywriting’ changed in the digital age so that what is truly great is scarcely recognisable by past standards? In a world where everyone can write and even publish, do great copywriters value influence over inflections? Is the art of writing great copy alive, but as an offensive against the writers’ blocks of a much less cossetting time: cost-cutting, time-sheeting, lack of training, technological change and the 140 character word limit?

To explore the answers to these questions, we invited copywriters from these two generations to meet in a place they’d call home and have a rich, raw and very real conversation.

Results: An industry experience event at a Soho Cinema and over 6900 views of a ten minute documentary seen online. Tweets, blog posts and articles written across the industry from Trade magazines to industry legends.
Finally, launched a new movement that has now translated into an ongoing 'Future writers lab' to enable young and old creatives to learn more about the changing art of copy.