Okay, Now It’s My Turn

My turn for what?  I’m sure that’s the first thing that came to mind after reading that headline…

As many of you know, Idaho Ad Agencies has been around since early 2006 (hard to believe it’s been that long).  And while it’s become the de-facto hub for everything marketing, advertising, and communications-industry related, the fact remains that it is, and always has been, a side project for me.  On any given day, most of my efforts are focused on running (and generating business for) Almost Live Productions.

Now yes, I do regularly post content throughout the day here, but I’ve always tried to maintain a certain amount of separation between this and everything else that I do throughout the day.  As I’ve told many people over the years, the Idaho Ad Agencies blog isn’t about me, it’s about the people, the work, and the business of marketing and advertising in Idaho.

Now is one of those rare times when the paths will cross.  And yes, here comes the part where I ask for your help.

Business lately has been slow, but steady.  Unfortunately, slow but steady does not pay the bills all that well.  I find myself constantly on the lookout for new work, projects, clients, etc. — you get the picture.

So my question to you, dear Idaho Ad Agencies readers is this: What can I help you out with?  Are there existing clients that might benefit from someone who’s been on both the client- and agency-side of this business, who also has a great deal of experience in the interactive space?  Or maybe it’s a client that needs some help on the search side of things, and understanding how changes behind the scenes, combined with web-specific copy, can impact their site and how it appears in search engine results.  Perhaps your clients are ready to venture into this crazy ‘social media’ space, and need someone who’s been chest-deep in it for a few years that understands how it can work.  Podcasting?  Reporting?  Analysis?  Translating mountains of online data into something meaningful?

Not to sound too boastful, but yeah, I can do that.  And then some.

Should we talk?  Most likely – yes.  Take your pick on how you’d like to contact me here.

And as always, thanks for putting up with me all these years.  Let’s keep doing it, shall we?

Job Opening: Promotional Copywriter

An unspecified employer in Pocatello has an opening for a Promotional Copywriter.  From the Craigslist post:

We are hiring a Mid-Level Copywriter to write for web and print. Duties are to create brand messages, write in-store promotional pieces, packaging and even some technical writing. This position is full-time, Monday through Friday.

Full details and contact information can be found on the job listing.

On Award Shows

Our friends at The Denver Egotist have a great opinion on the state of award shows:  Award Shows Need to Evolve or Die.

And just in case you were wondering what their opinion really was, here’s a short snippet from the piece:

The problem with award shows right now is that although they celebrate creativity, most of the time anyway, they rarely consider context or effectiveness. And often, it’s not possible to really know the effectiveness of a big-budget branding campaign. So at the end of the day, the judging criteria is wide-open.

Take the time to read the entire piece.  Then, whether you agree or disagree, leave a comment and let Felix know.

Job Opening: Web and Flash Designer

An unspecified employer in Coeur d’Alene has an opening for a Web and Flash Designer.  From the Craigslist post:

We are looking to add an experienced web and flash designer to our existing award winning web team.

A perfect candidate will have the following:

Full working knowledge of HTML and CSS

Great proficiency in the following software:

– Photoshop CS or later
– Illustrator CS or later
– InDesign CS or later
– Flash 8 Professional and intermediate knowledge of ActionScript 2.0
– Able to work comfortably in Mac and Windows environments
– Knowledge and Interest in new/social media (facebook, twitter, etc.)

All the details you might need are available on the original post.

P.S. For the employers in the audience, don’t forget that you can also post your job openings on the Idaho Ad Agencies Job Board.

Open RFP: North End Neighborhood Association

The North End Neighborhood Association in Boise is soliciting responses for the NENA Branding RFP.

From the RFP description:

The primary use of many of these materials will be to educate prospective and current residents about our role in the community and provide easy access to pertinent information.  Therefore, they will be informational in nature and usable over a large demographic.  

The printed materials will be used in local, North End businesses as well as community-wide events in which NENA participates.  (i.e. – Hyde Park Street Fair, Idaho Green Expo, etc.)

More details, including budget, response requirements and such are available on the NENA site.

Responses to this RFP are due by Monday, August 24th.