Friday, August 31, 2007

New Agency Additions

Here's a few new shops to add to the list:

Keokee Creative Group
Based out of Sandpoint, Keokee provides marketing and design services, focusing on website design, magazine, and book publishing.

Krall Marketing
Krall Marketing, based out of Boise, describes themselves as a full service marketing, design and communications firm specializing in integrated marketing communications and branding solutions.

RED, Inc.
RED, Inc. is based out of Idaho Falls, with additional offices in Boise and Las Vegas. A good portion of their work is focused on government agencies, but they offer a full range of services as well.

Know of any others that should be on the list? Please let me know.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Hanging solidly at 419

On theAd Age Power 150! Who ever said you had to be good at math...

Seriously though, the Power 150 list ranks the top media and marketing blogs, and features some outstanding company, such as AdRants at number 6, and American Copywriter at number 82.

Even to be on the same list at those types of sites is a tremendous honor, especially for this little blog out of Idaho. And while our friends over in Cleveland would like to see a higher position, I'm just thankful to be on the list.

So, to those of you who read, subscribe to, and comment on this site, I say thank you.

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Job Opening - Account Services Director

Closed Loop Marketing & Advertising in Boise has an opening for an Account Services Director with previous agency experience. The full job posting can be found here.
(Courtesy of Careerbuilder)
Full Disclosure - by day, this is my employer

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New hires at es/drake

Es/drake is adding to their staff once again:

Robbin Gibson has joined the agency as Media Director.

Brandie Holly steps in as an Account Manager.

Justin Yonk joins the shop as an Interactive Designer.

Congratulations to all.

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Rizen's on the move

From their little office on Hill Rd. to a new space on 9th Street.

I caught a little blurb in last week's Idaho Business Review that mentioned Rizen purchased space in the Foster's Building on 9th.

2,008 square feet should give them some room to stretch their legs.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Spotlight on Carew Co.

A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to sit down for coffee with Paul Carew.

Paul spent the past decade+ with Oliver Russell, most recently as Creative Director.

Then, in the first part of July, he struck out on his own, opening Carew Co. According to Carew Co’s website, “Form needs to function. Creative has to work.” In other words, the pretty pictures alone won’t get results. There has to be a solid plan behind it.

Since Paul started up the shop in early July, he’s kept himself incredibly busy, and from the sounds of it there’s no sign of things slowing down.

To Paul, and everyone else who’s taken that leap of faith to strike out on their own, I offer up a hearty congratulations. It’s a bold step to take, so make the best of it.

Be sure to check out the Carew Co. blog as well for updates and a little peek behind the curtain.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thanks for the nod Danny

As always, I am grateful whenever this site receives a little notice from outside the local echo chamber, and the latest case is no exception.

Danny G., one of the contributing writers over at AdPulp, posted a piece on NE Creative, which is a blog about advertising in Nebraska. In it, he mentioned that they were "following the lead of Idaho, and some other locales..."

Now, while I never really though of this site as taking the lead, I'll set that aside and just say thanks to Danny G.

And to the folks over in Nebraska, welcome, and hello from the other side of the Continental Divide.

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Advice for Newbies - a primer from Advergirl

Now I'll be the first to admit that there are more marketing-related blogs around these days than I could even begin to keep track of. But when one of the few that I do keep up references another one, I'll usually take a look.

Such was the case this time.

Last week I saw a post on AdRants titled "So You Want to Work In Advertising? Read This First." I was intrigued, so I read further. Turns out it was a reference to a piece written recently by Advergirl, who shared her version of a new employee "welcome kit" so to speak.

Take a few minutes and read through it once or twice: Advice for Newbies: Meet You New Boss. You'll be glad you did -- its a very insightful piece.

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Job Opening - Copywriter

Closed Loop Marketing & Advertising in Boise has an opening for a Copywriter.

Applicants should have 3+ years of experience, and should submit resumes and portfolio materials.

Additional details about this job can be found on craigslist, or on Talent Zoo.
(Disclosure -- by day, this is my employer.)

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Job Opening Update

Not too long ago I wrote about Stoltz Marketing Group looking for an Art Director.

Well, they're serious about their search, as they've posted a new listing for the job over at craigslist.

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Job Opening - Assistant Art Director

Es/drake in Boise has an opening for an Assistant Art Director.

This position will provide a variety of design-related services to the senior creative staff, the agency and its clients. Applicants should submit their resume and portfolio to Lisa Hawkes.

More details about this position can be found on es/drake's website, or on craigslist.

Thanks to Lisa as well for the initial heads-up.

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New Hires and Promotions

The kids over at Oliver Russell are at it again...

Courtney Feider has been promoted to Senior Account Executive.

Vida Lietuvninkas has joined Oliver Russell as Office Manager.

Jessica Holmes has joined the agency as a Copywriter.

Tony Tino is Oliver Russell's latest hire, and a name that's a serious 'blast from the past' for me personally.

Congratulations to all.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Getting too far behind

I'm getting way too far behind in updates that need to be made to the site lately. I may have to just take and run through a laundry list of updates over the weekend.

Don't be surprised if I start tinkering with the design of the site while I'm under the hood.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Anonymous Job Opening - Art Director

A "small design agency" in Boise has an opening for a Designer / Art Director. The laundry list of details about the position can be found here.
(Courtesy of craigslist)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Agency competency test

I've been a fan of Bart Cleveland's contributions to the Ad Age Small Agency Diary for several years now, and his most recent article is no exception:

Give Your Agency This Simple Competency Test

Bart serves up four questions to help you evaluate where you are. As he mentions toward the end of the article, "Whether you own an agency or just work for one, you should be asking yourself these questions and planning your course accordingly."

It's a short article, but lots of good ideas to chew on.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Finding Inspiration in Letters

Russ Stoddard, Founder and President of Oliver Russell, is at it again.

Last year, it was all about the letter V. This time around, Russ shares his thoughts as they relate to the letter P.

I came across a guest article yesterday morning, written by Russ, for Talent Zoo, wherein he shares his thoughts on people, power and purpose (just to name a few), in the agency world, and marketplace in general.

The article is currently at the top of the Featured Articles section on Talent Zoo's website, and a link to the full article can be found here.

Well done Russ. Well done.

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Agency List Updates

I've made a couple of updates to the list of agencies recently. I'm toying with the idea of reorganizing things a bit, but in the mean time, here are the latest additions:

Brick Group
Scott Peyron & Associates - not sure how I overlooked this one...

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Job Opening - Graphic Designer

Here's another one from the mail bag...

Peppershock Media is looking for a graphic designer. Responsibilities will run the full gamut - from packaging and brochures to website interfaces and flash banners. Interested applicants should send their resume and portfolio to

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Job Opening - Art Director/Graphic Designer

Here's another one that I received via email recently...

Stoltz Marketing Group in Boise has is looking for a mid- to senior-level art director/graphic designer with both traditional and interactive experience. Portfolio materials should be sent to David Cook.

UPDATE: The job opening is now posted on Craigslist as well.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

The Brick Group - the update

There seems to be a trend here...

An anonymous comment on an old post alerted me to the fact that the Brick Group has recently updated their website as well. Nice to see some real content on the site, rather than just a single page.

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Job Opening - Graphic Designer

File this one under anonymous craigslist job postings...

A "established, local, graphic design and marketing agency" is looking for a graphic designer with 1-3 years of experience. The grab-bag of responsibilities for this position include print design, web design, vendor management, project coordination and so on and so forth. Full details can be found here.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Job Opening Update - Art Director

Last week I received the tip via email.

This week, the Art Director position with Publicis in Boise is all over the job boards, including TalentZoo, Craigslist, and Creative Hotlist.

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