Ten years

Ten years. It’s really been that long, huh?

Ten years ago today was the first post on the Idaho Ad Agencies blog. It wasn’t anything terribly interesting – just a quick welcome to the site. Who would have thought that it would last this long…

Holy crap.

While the updates may be a little more sporadic than they have been in years past, I’d like to say thank you to everyone that has visited, and continues to visit the site. It’s been fun, and that’s why I keep doing it.

Thanks for putting up with me.

Let’s keep this crazy train rolling.

The things that happen when we’re not paying attention

For regular readers of the Idaho Ad Agencies blog, you’ve not doubt noticed that updates and new posts have been few and far between.  Or, at the very least, they haven’t kept up with the pace that you’ve come to expect from this site.

Even though that’s been the case as of late, there have still been quite a few things happening in and around the marketing, advertising and communications industry.  Here’s just a sampling:

SOVRN Creative added a new staff member recently.

SOVRN also won a National Silver ADDY Award for their work on Todd Meier’s “Rapture in Six Cantos” Direct Mail, and completed several spots for the “Go On” campaign from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.

Red Sky Public Relations welcomed two new folks to their team in the past month or so.

Both the Boise Advertising Federation and AIGA Idaho look to be ramping up events for the season.  The Magic Valley Advertising Federation is also maintaining an active schedule, and the Eastern Idaho Advertising Federation looks to be picking up as well.

All in all, there’s a lot going on these day, with more yet to come.

Even if some half-rate hack blogger isn’t covering it nearly as much as they should…

Setting Aside Humble and Understated…

…for the moment at least.

Because this is the point at which I get to say that the Idaho Ad Agencies blog is now the award-winning Idaho Ad Agencies blog.

Bear with me – the boasting will be over soon.

The Idaho Ad Agencies blog recently received an Excellence award at Capital City Communicator’s inaugural IMPACT Awards.  It was one of 31 winners in 15 categories at the event, which also included awards to our friends at Rizen Creative, Red Sky Public Relations, FusionSet, Murphy Media Services, SOVRN Creative and many more.

So with that little bit of bragging out of the way, we offer a hearty congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled programming already in progress.

Why I Don’t Write About Layoffs Anymore

For the past several months, you may have noticed that news of layoffs has been absent from the Idaho Ad Agencies blog.  And it’s not an accident.

Several months ago, I made a conscious decision to stop writing about “layoffs, downsizing, staff reductions” or whatever other name you want to call it.  Why?  A few different reasons.

There’s enough layoff news going around already.  For the past year (and more), news of layoffs has been everywhere.  Name the medium, name the industry — it was there.  And that sort of news gets old.  Quick.

It puts a spotlight on those who have been affected, whether they’re ready for it or not.

And, quite frankly, it’s draining.  In many cases, these are friends and colleagues, and it’s hard not to let it get to you.

So there you have it.  If you’re looking for the latest layoff news, I’m afraid to say this isn’t the place you’re going to find it.

A Note About Comments

With the recent changes to the Idaho Ad Agencies site, including the new publishing platform, hosting and such, there are still a few kinks in the system to work out.  One of which is comments.

For the time being, comments are being loosely moderated.  How so, you ask?  Well, when you leave a comment, you are required to leave a name and email address.  If it’s the first time you’ve left a comment on this platform, it will be held for moderation.  Once that comment has been approved, it’ll appear on the site, and any comments you leave in the future should appear on the site automatically.

As time goes on, this process may get automated a little more, but for the time being, it is the way it is.  Thanks for understanding.

Changes to the Idaho Ad Agencies Blog

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, there have been a few changes to the Idaho Ad Agencies blog while you weren’t looking.  Among the remodeling you’ll now find:

  • The Idaho Ad Agencies blog now has its own URL.  IdahoAdAgencies.com had long been pointing visitors over to the blog that was originally hosted via Blogger.  Now, by moving the blog to its own host, we’re able to do quite a bit more with it.  Don’t worry, the RSS feed remains the same, and if you’re used to visiting the old site there will be either a note to visit the new site, or a redirect to get you here automatically.
  • The list of Agencies in Idaho has moved away from the sidebar, and now has it’s own dedicated section.  You’ll also find that the Featured Agencies to the right have more prominent billing on that list, and yes, there is a reason for it.  If you’d like to find out how to become a Featured Agency, drop us an email and we’ll get you all the details.
  • There’s also a new section title Local Resources — this is where you’ll find other resources that don’t quite fit into the list of agencies in Idaho, but still warranted inclusion on the site.
  • The new Jobs section of the site allows agencies to post their job openings directly on the Idaho Ad Agencies blog. No more hoping that I’ll stumble across the Craigslist listing every few days.  That job board also pulls in job listings found across the Internet.
  • The Events section is a monthly calendar that gives you a quick and easy snapshot of events.
  • The Reading Room is where you’ll find recommendations on books, articles, blogs, and a variety of other useful reading material.

There will, no doubt, be more changes in the coming weeks and months.  But in the mean time, expect the same content that you’ve been enjoying for the past four years, together with a few new twists and turns along the way.