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Created For Creatives - Episode 3 Tara Ford, CCO, The Monkeys and Melissa Eccles, Head Of West Coast, Group Creative Strategy Director, Tiktok Creative Lab

12 January 2023

CREATED FOR CREATIVES EPISODE 3 FEATURING 
TARA FORD, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER,
THE MONKEYS SYDNEY AND  
MELISSA ECCLES, HEAD OF WEST COAST,
GROUP CREATIVE STRATEGY DIRECTOR,
TIKTOK CREATIVE LAB LOS ANGELES

 
'Created For Creatives', a podcast by London International Awards, features some of the most highly esteemed and well-known names in the creative advertising industry. It was recorded live in Las Vegas during LIA's 2022 Judging. These raw and honest, no-holds barred, tell it as it is episodes, discuss and dissect work, highlight and explore trends gleaned from the 2022 submissions, as well as future directions and more. 

Check out Episode 3 - Sharing With Purpose:

Creative work often finds its footing on digital platforms. It is created by agencies, by brands and individuals and then shared across social media or generated as online advertising. 

Tara Ford, Chief Creative Officer of The Monkeys was on the 2022 Integration jury, judging work presented across multiple platforms and channels. Tara stressed that the work needs to be purposeful and impactful and that ideas can’t just be hosted on different platforms; there must be value attached to having work on a platform. Tara says it is important to know why you made the work and why the idea was chosen for the platform. 

Similarly, Melissa Eccles, Group Creative Strategy Director at TikTok Creative Lab on the West Coast, notes that when she was on the 2022 Digital & Social Media and Influencers jury she was considering how work was created and shared, and how influencers were bringing their own distinctive creative flair to a campaign. She delved into how being just a creator differentiates from being an influencer. Melissa says, “That just because you publish a campaign on social media, does not make it social by nature.”

Please Note: Melissa’s views are her own. She is not speaking on behalf of or representing TikTok in this interview.

Listen to the episode for more of Tara and Melissa’s insights into Integration and Digital and Social Media & Influencers, their jury room criteria, why work did or did not make it through, advice for entrants in the coming year, what influences the way they work and their overall creative points of views within the industry. 

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Youtube.

Stay tuned for weekly episodes on Thursdays!