Jobs and Talent

For the long-time readers of Idaho Ad Agencies, you may remember that there used to be a page inside the Jobs and Talent section of the site that listed a variety of folks who were either looking for jobs, available for freelance work, or in other similar situations.

Unfortunately, that section was neglected for far too long, and much of it was outdated at best.

I’m wondering, however, if there’s enough interest in resurrecting that part of the site again, either in its original format or as something different. I’m still a fan of having an area where those who are looking for work or talent can find each other.

Thoughts? Leave a comment and let me know.

Welcoming a new contributor

Here at Idaho Ad Agencies, we’ve long counted on tips and contributions from others, and for years Don Day’s Idaho Radio News site was one we turned to for all things radio-related.

And today we’re happy to announce that Don has now become a contributor to the Idaho Ad Agencies site. Look for posts from him, and his unique perspective on the media, advertising and marketing from time to time.

Welcome aboard Don.

New Hires at Peppershock

Peppershock Media Productions has added two new faces to their staff:

Janine Nirei has joined Peppershock as their “Air Traffic Controller” a.k.a. Marketing Assistant.  Prior to relocating to Idaho, Janine was an Account Executive at Laird Christianson Advertising in Hawaii.

Jana Jeffery has also joined Peppershock, working in the Business Development and Project Management space.  Jana is currently working on a contract-basis, and her success will be determined as part of a nine-week “Sizzle or Fizzle” evaluation taking place online, at savemybaconstrip.com, and the accompanying Facebook page and Twitter profile.

Congratulations to both.

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that both of these folks were listed on the Available Talent page of the Idaho Ad Agencies site.  For agencies and other businesses looking for talent, this is a good place to start your search.  For individuals who are on the job hunt, make sure that you’ve got your information to us — you never know who might be looking for talent.

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.

New Hires at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group has added to their staff with two new hires:

First, Sydney Sallabanks has joined the agency as Public Relations Director to lead the agency’s strategic communications and public relations practice. with two decades of public relations experience, Sydney has particular expertise in media relations, crisis mitigation, public affairs, strategic communications, campaigns and signature events.

Prior to joining Stoltz Marketing Group, she was most recently was principal at Gallatin Public Affairs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications plans and managing media relations for a diverse group of clients including the University of Idaho, Friedman Memorial Airport and Idaho Public Television. Before Gallatin, she was director of communications at University of Idaho, Boise where she served as regional press secretary to the university president and managed internal and external communications.   She is president of the Idaho delegation of the Public Relations Society of America and a board member and lobbyist of the Idaho Press Club.  She is a longstanding volunteer with local charitable organizations including Junior League Boise and Big Brother/Big Sister. A graduate of Leadership Boise, Sydney has also been honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Idaho Business Review and recognized as one of Boise’s “Accomplished Under 40.” She is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism.

The second new hire or note is, well…me.

No, this is not some belated April Fool’s Day joke.

I’ve joined Stoltz Marketing Group as Interactive Services Manager.  I’ll be working with a variety of key accounts, and will be involved with a number of client and agency initiatives in the online space.  Long-time readers of the Idaho Ad Agencies blog are familiar with my past experience and history, so I’ll spare you the details here.

But fear not, dear readers — the Idaho Ad Agencies blog will continue much as it has in the past.  Like the industry, it has evolved over time, and will continue to do so into the future.

Top Nine of 2009

Curious as to which Idaho Ad Agencies posts were the most popular last year? Well, I was.  So below you’ll find the top posts of 2009, based on traffic to individual posts.

  1. Your Thoughts: The Idaho Lottery
  2. Rockies – The Winners: Public Relations
  3. Changes at Drake Cooper
  4. Idaho Lottery Awards Marketing Services Contract to DaviesMoore
  5. The New Boise Agency Suspense is Over
  6. Hey Boise: Portland’s Talking Smack
  7. Rockies – The Winners: Public Service
  8. Spotlight on Creative: To Hell With Prep
  9. Ignite Boise 02

A couple of disclaimers: The site was moved over to it’s current location in April of last year, so numbers from the first few months could be a bit off.  Also, since you can read individual posts on the home page without clicking through, that (most likely) has impacted the numbers as well.

But there you have it.  And off we roll into 2010.

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?