• Could Outsourcing Solve the Skills Gap?

    June 26, 2017

    A core challenge that successful agencies often face is how to balance growth with increasing payroll costs. The nature of creative businesses means a paradox has developed: recruitment is dependent on new client wins, yet to grow and retain clients, companies need spare workforce capacity. …

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  • The Balancing Effect: Why Outsourcing is Still a Necessity

    September 19, 2016

    Screendragon has witnessed a lot of change in the marketing and advertising landscape over the past 10 years. New digital demands have forced brands to re-evaluate how they work and who they work with. We have seen clients take on more internal work; some have set-up hybrid agency functions while …

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  • Data-Driven Marketing: It Takes a Village

    August 29, 2016

    At a recent agency conference, my ears perked up when I heard John Osborn, President and CEO of BBDO NY say, “Data is the new sexy.” After decades of being thought of as marketing data geeks, we’ve never thought of including the word “sexy” in our agency positioning statement.

    Speaking with Judy …

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  • Skills & Tools for Managing Technology

    July 01, 2016

    By now, most in-house agencies have looked for ways to leverage workflow and DAM systems to help them run more efficiently. Many are even on their second- or third-generation solutions. At the same time, others could benefit from taking a step back and thinking more-broadly about how these tools …

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  • Why Is My Job Req Still Open?

    May 16, 2016

    Two expressions often come to mind in my day as a creative recruiter: “Time kills all deals,” and “Numbers don’t lie.”

    Right now, with a strong economy, unemployment around 5% and great candidates getting snapped up faster than you can say “You’re hired,” some organizations find their job reqs  …

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  • Professional Development—Let’s Talk About It

    March 23, 2015

    Not long ago, I joined other members of our agency’s leadership team to celebrate the 30th work anniversary of one of our tenured art directors. We talked over lunch about how her career had evolved—from a call center position straight out of school to the agency’s secretarial staff and ultimately …

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  • Hiring the Right Person(ality)

    March 16, 2015

    I was once interviewed by a Japanese magazine on the topic of managing creative personalities. Apparently the personal, emotional side of assessing unique personality traits, beyond the basics like trust and tangible skills, was a foreign concept in their business culture.

    For me, it’s the first …

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  • Looking to Hire? Know Your Audience.

    March 06, 2015

    Know your audience. Every good marketer understands this. And it’s a principle that directly applies to hiring and retaining talent, as well. Every day, I speak with candidates looking for jobs and considering job offers. And I can attest that if you want to attract the best and brightest at all …

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