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Media Spotlight: VP Interactive, Cheryl Rogers Ill

Editor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview VP Interactive, Cheryl Rogers Ill.

How long have you been working in media/ advertising?

 I have been in the media industry since 1994 where I started as a media assistant for a political media buying firm.   At the time, I had no media experience, but the owner hired me because I had been a server at a restaurant.  To him, that meant I had the ability to manage my time, work as a team and interface with clients.  And that was my start.  From there, I went to work for a few full service agencies.  Then, in 2008 I came to Media Works.

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works?

Since coming to Media Works, I have had the opportunity to work on many different categories from Healthcare, Automotive, Education and CPG.  While the majority of my responsibilities are research, planning and buying digital media, I have a strong background in traditional media.  I feel like this gives me the ability to see how both traditional and digital media work and how they can work together.  I’m so fortunate that I have been able to break into the digital space.  Digital media continues to grow.  Six years ago, we had to prove why clients should be in this space.  Now, some kind of digital media is always included.  The digital landscape is constantly changing and it is very exciting.

What are some of the challenges of your position?

One of the biggest changes is keeping up with the new media opportunities – a lot which stem from technology and data.  The next challenge is then trying to explain how this technology and data work together to reach their target audience.  In the digital space, it is more than just demographics.  With data and technology, an advertiser can reach a thirty year old woman with a 2 year old in the house and has an intent to purchase diapers.  Another challenge is mobile.  This space continues to provide our clients with an opportunity to reach their consumers, but we need to help them on how to do that and make is successful.  What works on the desktop does not necessarily work on a smartphone.

What’s your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special?

I wouldn’t say that I have an all-time favorite ad campaign.  And while many campaigns have a lot of legs to them that go across platforms, there are a few TV commercials that still make me laugh when I think of them.  One is the “Fishy-Fishy” TV spot that McDonald’s ran last year during Lent and the other one is the Geico “Hump-Day” commercial with the camel.  These commercials were silly and made me laugh.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the advertising industry?

I would recommend internships to figure out what you want to do.  There are some many different departments.  Then within the departments there could be many specializations.  Ask questions.  Volunteer if asked.  Work on new business if given the opportunity.

What’s something that no one knows about you?

I took piano lessons for many years.   I wish I had not given it up when I was a junior in high school.  My parents still have my piano.  Maybe one day I will pick it up again.

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Media Spotlight: Ryan Trott, Media Buyer

MW2013-139smallEditor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Media Buyer, Ryan Trott

How long have you been working in media/ advertising?

I have been working in the advertising industry for 4 years. Starting as the Business/Sponsorship Manager at my college radio station (WVYC – York College of PA). In my senior year of college I held internships with the Promotions Department at 98 Rock and the Marketing/PR Department at the Baltimore Arena. After graduating from College a little more than 2 years ago I began my career at Media Works as an Assistant Buyer.

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works?

Every day has its own obstacles but usually includes a mix of planning, researching, invoicing and looking forward to lunch. One of the upsides to working in advertising is that you are constantly working on several projects in different phases at once. If you get burnt out on one, you can take a break, focus on something else for a few hours and come back with a fresh look.

What are some of the challenges of your position?

The biggest challenge is keeping up with the rapidly evolving media landscape. There are always new options popping up, the challenge is testing the effectiveness of these options and deciding if they fit in our campaign or not.

What’s your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special?

The All State Mayhem Commercials. What makes them special? They’re hilarious. They are funny but also effectively reinforce the importance of insurance coverage.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the advertising industry?

Take internships, network and research. There are many niches within the advertising industry and its important to know what your options are. When I interned at the arena, I had the chance to work with promoters, buyers, creative people, public relations teams and account people. It really gave me some insight into where each of these roles fall within a campaign. Also, network and never burn any bridges. In my few years in advertising, I have noticed that everyone seems to know everyone else, so who you know and a good recommendation goes a long way.

What’s something that no one knows about you?

I have never tried a Slim Jim.

 

Media Spotlight: Elizabeth Furlong, Junior Media Buyer

elizabethEditor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Junior Media Buyer, Elizabeth Furlong

How long have you been working in media/ advertising? 3 years – I was an advertising major in college and knew I wanted to get into media planning as soon as I graduated!

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works? A good day or a bad day? (Just kidding!) We tend to make most of our buys on a quarterly basis, so the month before a quarter begins – December, March, June, September – is always a crazy time because we’ve just gotten budgets and are spending lots of time making phone calls, negotiating rates, placing orders, and tweaking dates. During periods that are not so hectic, we have more time to spend researching industry trends for our clients, investigating new media platforms, and holding brainstorming sessions. Billing and paperwork, trafficking creative to the correct outlets, and iced coffee are things that pretty much stay the same for me each day.

What’s your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special?

A few years ago, Ogilvy did a series of ads for Dove (“Evolution” and “Onslaught”) which drew attention to some of the issues with the way the beauty and cosmetic industries target girls and women. It’s a really interesting campaign and I liked the fact that Ogilvy and Dove highlighted an issue associated with advertising, through advertising. It goes to show that sometimes you just need to fight fire with fire.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the advertising industry?

Get internships and try to get a better understanding of what part of the industry you want to be in. Do you like working with big concepts or are you more of a numbers and details person? Do you like working with people and shaking hands on a daily basis or are you more of a behind-the-scenes, “make-it-happen” person? There’s no right or wrong answer but it definitely helps to know when looking for jobs and going on interviews. I learned a lot about this working on group projects in college and that really helped me.

What’s something that no one knows about you?

I entered college as a biology major, and thought I wanted to be a doctor.

Media Spotlight: Kate Shaffer, Media Buyer

MWbw-33Editor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Media Buyer, Kate Shaffer

How long have you been working in media/ advertising? I have been in the media industry for almost 8 years. I started at the rep firm Continental in 2007 and worked through the political year. I then worked on the station side for 3 years. I have been at Media Works since April of 2010.

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works? A day at Media Works is never the same. Whenever I am explaining what our job entails I talk about the monthly process. The month begins with negotiating rates and placing buys for the next quarter. In the middle of the month we tend to do billing and client meetings. At the end of the month we are posting and making sure that our clients are receiving what was ordered. Every day is different and walking through the Media Works doors, you never know what you will get any given day.

What’s your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special? My all time favorite is “Elf Yourself”. It launched in 2006, and was one of the first interactive advertising campaigns. It allowed consumers to “star” in the marketing message. It is now an annual holiday event, and apart of many consumers holiday traditions. To me this campaign reached one of advertiser’s ultimate goals, make your product or brand so ingrained in tradition that consumers identify you with a tradition.

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the advertising industry? My best advice is to be prepared to grow and learn every day. Starting in college, do as many internships as possible. Once you are in the work force, go to as many webinars and training sessions as possible. It is a constant learning process and there is something new to the industry every day.

What’s something that no one knows about you? I am a country girl at heart and being from a small town is the best way to grow up. Even though the commute may be 45 minutes each way, I love going home to the country. There is nothing better than being surrounded by fields and greenery — and cows. You can’t forget the cows, they make it distinctly country.

Media Spotlight: Amanda Remeto, Account Supervisor/Media Buyer

CIMG1111Editor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Account Supervisor/Media Buyer, Amanda Remeto

How long have you been in media?

9.5 years!

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works?

Fast paced and ever-changing.  I enjoy coming in each day and catching up with my clients & co-workers.  I never know what the day will bring and that keeps my job exciting.  Never a boring day here at Media Works.

What are some of the challenges of your position?

Juggling my family and career.  The advertising world never stops and sometimes you need to be able to “put out fires” after normal 9-5:30 hours.

What is your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special? 

That is tough as there are a lot of creative campaigns that launched the past couple years I like.  I’m going to go back a decade or so and say the old McDonalds campaign with the whole gang – Ronald, Hamburglar & Grimace….  The characters really appealed to children.  Also the Folgers jingle gets stuck in my head still – “best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup”. 

Can you name a recent campaign/ commercial that you would’ve done differently? 

The Fiat launch campaign with Jennifer Lopez.  She’s not who I would have picked to represent that brand.  Also I personally find the Progressive insurance current campaign with the sales women annoying.  Although I see the commercials everywhere so the agency did a good job of reaching me and frequently.  They just need to switch up the creative.

What advice would you offer someone looking to get into the industry?

Get experience through multiple internships and try out creative, PR and the media side to determine what fits your personality/strengths the best.  Some young college grads get into media even though they don’t like to deal or work with numbers. That just doesn’t make sense to get into media if you can’t stand working with numbers.

What’s something that no one knows about you? 

I love to garden which most people I meet are surprised about and I love to read novel thanks to my kindle.

Media Spotlight: Julie Block-Padden, Senior Media Buyer

julie1Editor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Senior Media Buyer, Julie Block-Padden

How long have you been in media?

A long time! I started in 1988 out of college with Macy*s in New York City. They had an in-house advertising department at that time for all their stores. I started out buying and negotiating print for the store in Albany NY. I moved my way up the ladder into bigger markets and into broadcast and magazine buying then became a manager and eventually the Media Director managing the media buying and planning department.  It was really a great start to my career since Macy*s was such a heavy advertiser and I was exposed to all media and so many markets. They didn’t separate the planning and buying departments like most major agencies so I was fortunate to learn both. I moved to Baltimore and after having a baby I started at Media Works – I’m going on 10 years here!

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works?

My days are spent working on various plans and buys for the clients I handle or managing the media schedules I’ve placed.  The day may include preparing a media plan or recommendation, negotiating rates, placing buys or attending client meetings or meetings with the media vendors we work with.

What are some of the challenges of your position?

It is challenging to stay abreast of everything happening in the industry. Over the years the landscape has become more fragmented and there are so many ways to reach our client’s potential customers. We need to be aware of how customers are consuming media and find the most cost efficient methods to reach them and deliver our client’s message.

What is your all-time favorite ad campaign?

I can’t say I have a favorite. But so many times you see or hear an ad and you can remember the context of it but not the advertiser. I think an effective campaign will have recall in both – you remember the campaign and the product or advertiser.

                                                         

What advice would you offer someone looking to get into the industry?

I learned a lot in the early days of my career by listening to others more experienced than me and by asking questions. I also read a lot of trade articles and still try to. Now the digital space is expanding at such a rapid pace that anyone starting out should learn as much as they can and personally use some of the social media that is out there to become familiar with it.

Media Spotlight: Laura Howard, Senior Media Buyer

Editor’s note: “Media Spotlight” is an ongoing series where we interview the wide range of professionals that make up our growing office. From the traditional media planners to our digital buyers, you’ll gain insight into the many levels that make up Media Works Ltd. This week we interview Senior Media Buyer, Laura Howard

 

 

How long have you been working in media/ advertising?  

Too long!! 29 years

Can you describe a day in your life at Media Works? 

One of the great things about working at MW is that no 2 days are the same.  Everyday has new challenges and demands and it keeps you from falling into a rut. 

What are some of the challenges of your position? 

With the absence of repetitiveness comes some challenges.  In this era of fast paced communications I find myself very demanding of the people I am waiting on as I put pressure on myself to answer client’s needs ASAP!!  

In addition, there are so many new research tools and technologies to learn and sometimes it can be overwhelming.  I have a new found appreciation for trying to teach my mother how to program the now outdated VCR!!

What’s your all-time favorite ad campaign? What made it special?

I’m not sure I have a favorite ad campaign but I do like campaigns that evoke strong emotions in me whether tears or laughter. 

What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into the advertising industry?

In terms of advice I would offer to someone getting into this industry, I would tell them to find whatever aspect of advertising they feel most passionate about – media, creative, digital, PR – there are many to choose from and – if you’re not sure where your passions lie, do as many internships as possible in the different areas.  Rule out what you don’t like.  And stay current – read as much as you can on the industry!!

What’s something that no one knows about you?

Something that no one knows about me – hmmm that’s hard!!  I wanted to be a journalism major but at the time I couldn’t type fast enough to get into “Editing for the Mass Media”  you had to type 20 wpm on an IBM typewriter.  I was already a junior and knew I had to declare a major.  I had taken Into to American Government and really enjoyed it so I became a government and politics major. I ended up working in advertising but I am a political junkie!!