Friday, December 28, 2007

Job Opening - Web Designer

Drake Cooper in Boise has an opening for a Web Designer. This person should be a mid-level developer who can "assist in web projects within a quickly growing marketing communications company." Full details about the job can be found here.
(Courtest of Craigslist)

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Job Opening - Account Manager

Closed Loop Marketing & Advertising in Boise has an opening for an Account Manager. The candidate "should love the agency business and have a strong desire to succeed." Full details about this job can be found here.
(Courtesy of

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Updates from the folks over at Stoltz

For those who have been reading this blog for a while know, I've been known to rail on agencies who don't update their website from time to time. Stoltz Marketing Group is one that I've nagged at repeatedly.

In spite of my good-natured ribbing about their lack of activity represented on their website, the folks over at Stoltz really have been quite busy. Since mid-October they've:

Created a couple of television spots for Northwest Nazarene University's undergraduate enrollment campaign. If you've watched the Boise State Football games this past fall, you've likely seen them at some point. If not, they're up on YouTube, and you can see them here.



They've also been chosen by Simplot to create a national print campaign for their RoastWorks line of vegetables, scheduled to start running in January.

Idaho Rivers United was the recipient of a newly-designed website, courtesy of the pro-bono work of the SMG crew.

And that was October alone.

Among other things, December has seen Stoltz Marketing Group selected by The Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to create a national campaign to increase the number of adult male mentors. This is the result of work done at the local level on Men in Need (featured here last fall), which was credited with increasing local male volunteer levels by 46% in 2006.

Also this month, SMG launched the website for Avimor, a "master planned community in the Foothills."

If you'd like to find out more about any or all of this, you can take a look at the online version of SMG's Winter Newsletter.

Now if they would just start putting out some more regular updates, maybe I wouldn't have to write out these long, laundry-list kind of posts...

Hey, its nice to dream once in a while, right?

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Christmas card recap

As has become a holiday staple, agencies around the state send out holiday cards and gifts. Call them Christmas cards, call them Holiday cards, everyone gets the point...

This year, however, I came across a few examples of shops that have taken a different approach.

Starting last year, and continuing once again this year, Rizen Creative went to a local school and held an art contest. The winners received samples of their cards which they could send to their friends and family. The school got a donation to its general fund, and Rizen got a holiday card. I good idea, no doubt, and a nice gesture to boot. More details about this one can be found on The Underdog Effect.

Another notable gesture, and one that many will compare future efforts against in years to come, came from Carew Co. For those that may have missed it, Carew Co. was founded earlier this year by Paul Carew, formerly of Oliver Russell. From all accounts, its been busy around there since day one, and one of the results was this card that was sent out to clients:

Along with this card was a message that let the recipient know that rather than sending gifts, snacks or other holiday treats, Carew Co. made a cash donation to the Idaho Foodbank for $1,000. As mentioned on the Carew Co. blog, that donation will provide 5,000 meals that can be served.

Now as always, I'm sure there are others that I've missed, or should mention along with these. And as always, you're welcome to send an email or leave a comment to share your latest and greatest news.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and was able to enjoy the time spent with friends and family.

I know I did.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Hire at Side Door Media

Seems like its been forever since I wrote one of these, but people are still on the move!

Dave Yasuda has joined Side Door Media as General Manager. Dave recently finished directing a feature film titled "The Five" and prior to that was general manager at Oliver Russell. More details can be found on Side Door Media's website.

Congratulations Dave.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Those pesky expiration dates

Platinum Advertising Group's website seems to have vanished into thin air. I quick check of their domain name registration reveals this little tidbit -- it expired on November 23rd.


And apparently no one has thought to check on this site since then. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- the devil is in the details. Bad form folks, bad form.

Thanks for the tip S.

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Anonymous job opening - Director of Interactive Marketing

There's an anonymous job opening on the Boise Craigslist for a Director of Interactive Marketing with a "progressive brand marketing agency in Boise." Full details about the position can be found here.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Other Notable Sites - New Addition

There's a new addition to the Other Notable Sites links to the right:

The Underdog Effect

The Underdog Effect is written by Jeff Reynolds of Rizen Creative. He started blogging back in August of this year, and has consistently been publishing new content ever since.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Seasons. Weather. Names. All subject to change.

The holiday season is in full swing, and we're starting to see the usual 'Happy Holidays' greetings popping up on various website. This one in particular, has much much more.

A stop over at es/drake's website revealed a fancy little snow globe on the home page, as well as some big news:

Es/drake is now Drake Cooper.

For the long time reader, you'll remember that Jamie Cooper joined the agency as Chief Operating Officer back in 2006. He has since become a partner in the agency, and the name change is reflective of that.

Also, what is now Drake Cooper will be moving out of their long-held office space on 9th Street to their own, newly remodeled building in BoDo. That move is slated to happen mid month, so hopefully there won't be too many moving-related snafus.

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pro Bono work - the update

As I expected it would, an earlier post highlighting some local pro bono work generated some response. Here's a quick update on what a few other shops are working on:

DNA Advertising:
DNA Advertising teamed with Dutch Bros. Coffee and Peak Broadcasting to collect books for Mercy Housing, which is building a library for different communities. Mercy Housing helps people find affordable housing and offers after school programs for children.

DNA, along with Blackfin Technology, is also working on a re-branding campaign for The Arc.

Es/drake redesigned Zoo Boise's website.

Es/drake also donated quite a bit of time and effort to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Live Large Give Large activities earlier this year.

Others? Just let me know.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

New news coming soon

Word in the street is that there's change afoot. Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Doing more than just trying to make a buck

I have to give credit to shops that go out of their way to help their community. Oliver Russell's o-pen purse program has been a long-standing example of such.

Today I happened upon another example.

Rizen Creative recently completed and launched a new website for the Boise Area Crime Stoppers. The site was done on a pro bono basis, led by Rizen's Javier Barrera.

Now before everyone jumps down my throat, I'm sure that for every example such as this that I mention, there are a hundred that go unnoticed. I won't dispute that fact. The only way I way I know to change it -- send me any tips or news that you'd like to share.

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