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I wanted to share with you some exciting news – we just released our 2014 Salary Guide. It offers the projected compensation for more than 125 interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations positions, along with the latest hiring and management trends and best practices. 

While you can download a free PDF of the guide, I also have printed copies available and would be happy to drop by your office with a salary guide at your convenience.


I can even deliver a cup of your favorite coffee or tea!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to request a free presentation for your organization on hiring and salary trends. I’m also available to help you with any of your creative staffing needs.

Top talent available this week…

Jessica is a senior UX designer with a degree in Human Factors. She has 5+ years experience in the mobile space and 7+ years designing in the interactive space. She has worked for several agencies on Fortune 500 clients. Her work includes journeys, sitemaps, wireframes and prototypes.

Anne is an award-winning VP/director of digital marketing with travel, technology and higher-ed experience. In her most recent role, she drove a 146% increase in new account registrations across sites with the launch of new home pages, product pages, video galleries, reviews and landing pages.

Lauren is an email marketing specialist with web design skills and web production skills. In her most recent role, she increased overall platform engagement by 15% during the six-month contract. She was also responsible for email marketing, copywriting, scheduling and execution.

Seth is a senior web designer with a legacy of very happy TCG clients singing his praises. He’s completed 15+ TCG projects over the past few years and has experience designing full sites, landing pages, banners and emails.

Trevor is a senior digital marketing/e-commerce manager with 10+ years experience. In his most recent role, he supported the launch of a new website, developed a CRM project, launched an email campaign, and improved campaign performance. In another role, he helped increase sales revenue for a client by 500% in just six months.

Sue is a senior project manager with extensive agency (large and small) and corporate experience. She has a proven track record of on-time and on-budget delivery of a variety of projects through effective scheduling, budget management, resource allocation and day-to-day tactical delivery.

Laura is a web/print production artist who just wrapped up a contract working on environmental, web and print design projects for a Boston-area agency. Laura has completed several assignments for TCG and always receives great feedback.

Elizabeth is a graphic designer with outstanding PowerPoint skills. She just wrapped up a quick assignment for TCG that required a very fast turnaround and our client said she was awesome. He said, “you could not go wrong with her.”

Lauren is an account/project manager with agency and corporate experience. She has managed a $1.2 million book of business, created and maintained monthly analytics reports for top tier clients, managed SEO strategy, and served as the primary liaison with external partner agencies and stakeholders.

Stephanie is a marketing/events assistant with social media experience. She has managed all aspects of event planning, assisted in the creation of email campaigns and created content for social media outlets.

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just interactive, marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half, our eight lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting/finance and legal.

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

Eric DiChiara

Senior Account Manager

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… you should talk to strangers!

Check out TCG’s upcoming Tips and Tricks for 21st Century Professional Networking Webinar.

http://blog.creativegroup.com/free-webinar-21st-century-professional-networking

Top talent available this week…

Adam is a project manager with agency, higher-ed, consumer and corporate experience. He has managed social media platforms and programs, created and maintained project budgets, created and managed creative briefs, and managed internal and external relationships.

Alyssa is a digital marketing manager who is proficient with Google Analytics. She has worked with multiple content management systems and email marketing platforms. In her most role, she increased website traffic by 125% in just 12 months and was responsible for a $6 million budget.

Adam is a senior designer with web and print skills. His experience includes HTML emails, websites, banner ads, direct mail, brochures and annual reports. He has significant experience working with higher-ed and non-profits.

Patrick is a marketing coordinator who just wrapped up a TCG contract and received great feedback. In this role, he increased Facebook likes and Twitter followers by nearly 100% through targeted campaigns, researching online ad initiatives, and creating detailed reports using data from Google Analytics.

Lacey is junior graphic designer with almost two years of experience designing collateral, websites, business cards and promotional materials. At each of her positions, she has been an integral part of small business models, providing assistance with brand identity and campaign launches.

Maura is a marketing programs specialist with experience managing online advertising, direct mail campaigns, email campaigns, trade shows, conferences and webinars, all for a technology firm.

Damian is a web content specialist/web production artist. He is skilled in HTML/CSS and has experience with multiple Content Management Systems including Ektron, iAPPS® Content Manager, WordPress and SharePoint.

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just interactive, marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our eight lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting/finance and legal.

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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Robert Half was named to Ethisphere’s “2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies” list.

Unlike professional baseball, most businesses don’t have the luxury of a 162-game season to get things right. (I’m looking at you, Red Sox!)

 

TCG can help make sure you field the best team every day!

 

This week’s starting 9…


 

Eric DiChiara
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Robert Half International again was named to FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, ranking #1 in our industry. (March 19, 2012)

many writers, designers and IA’s

wait for spring to come out and play.

like good ole St. Patrick

I’ll work me Irish magic

to drive the talent your ways!

 

This week’s lucky talent…

 

·         Bethany is a digital project manager with agency experience. She recently relocated from California where she spent the last few years managing key client relationships for both digital and print initiatives.

·         Colleen is an interactive designer/IA/web production designer who recently wrapped up a contract at a top insurance company. Her work includes e-commerce, corporate websites and software application interfaces.

·         Luke is a marketing specialist with experience in communications, sponsorships, social media and PR.

·         Amanda is a front-end developer with design skills. She’s proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Joomla and Wordpress.

·         Courtney is a program/project coordinator with event experience. She’s skilled in Creative Suite, PowerPoint/Keynote, Dreamweaver and SEO.

·         Erica is an account manager with agency and non-profit experience. She has strong client-facing and communications skills.

·         Brian is a digital strategist with a web design/development background. He’s worked as an interactive producer at two top agencies and is experienced with web project management, strategy, SEO/SEM and web content migrations.

·         Deb is an email marketing specialist with strong project management skills. She has completed two long-term successful projects for TCG.

·         Bob is a senior graphic designer with strong production and photo retouching skills. He’s completed 10+ assignments for TCG over the past few years and has worked for several global brands and top agencies.

·         Davin is a marketing associate with experience in print collateral development, website management (using TeamSite and SharePoint), account management, PR and event coordination.

·         Bonnie is a traffic/print production manager with extensive retail experience. Throughout her career, she has succeeded in reducing costs and improving efficiency in prepress, scheduling and workflow.

·         Andrew is a web content manager/analyst with extensive experience in financial services. He’s not available until 5/1 but we expect to have him lined up for his next assignment long before that.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just interactive, marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our eight lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting/finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

 

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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Robert Half International again was named to FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, ranking #1 in our industry. (March 19, 2012)

…think of all the work that could get done!

 

Check out the TCG talent available this week to help with your lucky Leap Year projects…

 

·         Lee is a web/print production artist who spent the past four years at a top retailer. She has experience designing web pages, slicing and optimizing images for the web, creating templates for catalogs and collateral, and expediting workflow.

·         Dara is a senior graphic designer with agency, financial and non-profit experience. She has worked on web and print projects and is a certified usability analyst.

  • Ingrid is a marketing manager who spent the past six years in the energy industry. Her skills include vendor management, direct mail, email, print collateral, telemarketing and online campaigns.

·         Rebecca is a senior web/interactive project manager with agency and financial experience. She also has strong copywriting skills.

  • Bonnie is a senior copywriter with B2B and direct response experience for high-tech, healthcare, environmental and education clients.
  • Chris is a studio artist with 10+ years working in several of Boston’s top agencies. His references spoke very highly of his skills as a mechanical artist and his ability to handle large volumes of work on a daily basis.

·         Jean is a senior marketing communications specialist with outstanding design skills. She recently wrapped up a four-month contract for TCG where she managed all aspects of a new product launch for a health care organization.

  • Stacie is a senior marketing professional with experience in non-profit, education and healthcare. Her skills include strategy, branding, communications, events, social media and media relations.
  • Elisa is a junior account/marketing/PR coordinator with her MBA. She has strong communications skills and is  bilingual in English and Spanish and even knows a little French.

·         Jill is an award-winning copywriter with strong headline writing skills. Her experience includes retail and healthcare.

·         Liz is an account director/production manager with agency and publishing experience. In her most recent role, she managed strategic and design projects for over 20 clients.

·         Lou is an art director/creative lead with experience working in a variety of professional service environments. He has experience designing collateral for annual events, new business pitches, ads, POP displays, microsites, CDs and reports.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

 

(I thought that was an appropriate quote after the Patriots’ championship run ended.)

 

So, now tell me who…who’s it going to be…

Who of the talent below, is going to make you call me?

 

·         Jennifer is an interactive project manager/creative services manager with experience managing online and print projects including emails, videos, banner ads, blogs, microsites and direct mail.

·         Dot is an award-winning senior creative director with a ton of agency and big brand experience. Her portfolio includes broadcast, print, online POS, interactive, brand promotions, social media and out-of-home.

·         Kathleen is a brand project manager who recently relocated to Boston from NYC where she worked for a leading beauty industry company. Her experience includes marketing and creative communications, product development and marketing promotions.

·         Hannah is an art director/senior designer who is also a recent addition to Boston from NYC (what’s up New York?!). She’s a SCAD graduate who spent the last three years working for a health care agency on a broad range of concept advertising, sales promotion and collateral pieces.

·         Craig is a senior interactive art director who spent the last 13 years at a top agency where he concepted and designed websites, Facebook apps, email campaigns, mobile, direct mail and catalogs.

·         Jose is a marketing coordinator who is wrapping up his second successful TCG project at a top AEC firm. For the past eight months, he’s been helping to write, develop and coordinate RFP’s. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

·         Gail is a graphic designer with experience across many industries, including financial, consumer, publishing and health care. Her portfolio includes reports, brochures, ads, logos, icons, custom charts, newsletters and PowerPoint presentations.

·         Lee is an associate community manager/producer with experience managing private and public online communities using social networking, market research, surveys, online discussions, chat and brainstorming sessions.

·         Kathryn is a digital communications/project manager who spent 10 years working for a global consumer products company where she saved more than $1M by building a global employee portal, orchestrated an award-winning global blog and collaborated on 20+ digital projects.

·         Kim is an award-winning senior art director with agency and big brand experience. Her portfolio includes print, direct mail, microsites, online banners and emails.

·         Jared is a digital producer with 5+ years experience working for several top agencies. He’s proficient in MS Project and has helped produce online ads, sitelets, microsites and videos.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.


Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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Bill Belichick understands the value of contractors and interim solutions. How else do you explain Patriot’s safety Ross Ventrone being brought back nine times this year alone?

 

Like many of my best clients, Coach Bill has his core team that is almost always on the field. But then he brings in certain skill sets as needed to compliment this core depending who they’re playing.

 

Look where it’s gotten him…

 

Check out our super talent available this week…

 

·         Jared is an interactive producer with extensive agency experience. His projects have included ads, sitelets, microsites and videos.

·         Mike is a senior project manager who recently wrapped up an award-winning iPhone app project for a national financial services firm.

·         Lee is an internal communications manager with health care and non-profit experience. He recently relocated to Boston from North Caroline where he worked for a national health care firm.

·         Smith is a copywriter/copyeditor who just wrapped up another successful contract assignment for TCG at a financial services firm. Our client has repeatedly called him back for more work and extended his assignments several times.

·         Erik is a web content manager who spent  years at a global software company. There, he was responsible for the end-user online experience for the company’s extranet.

·         Jordan is a junior Flash designer with agency experience. He is skilled with Flash banners and modules and clients rave about his work.

·         Karen is a senior graphic designer with extensive health care and financial experience. She has some of the best references I’ve ever obtained, saying she always nails it right out of the gates and requires very little direction.

·         Alison is a web content manager with technology and higher-ed experience. She recently completed a content migration plan and is comfortable HTML, Wordpress, CMS, Photoshop, Google Analytics and salesforce.

·         Kate is a marketing communications manager/specialist with experience managing marketing communication efforts, including marketing collateral, ads, conferences, press releases, corporate communications and direct mail campaigns.

·         Wenwen is a junior SEO/interactive marketing coordinator with content generation and Google Adwords and Google Analytics experience. She is multi-lingual and also has PR skills.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

Eric DiChiara
Senior Account Manager
617.526.8899 (office)   617.943.9957 (cell)   617.345.0016 (fax)

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Have you ever found yourself thinking, “if only I had another meeting today…that would be awesome!”

 

Didn’t think so…and you’re not alone!

 

In fact, 45% of managers polled by Robert Half felt that employees would be more productive if their companies banned meetings one day a week.

 

Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group, offers up a few easy tips to consider next time you feel the urge to plan a meeting.

 

http://inhowse.howdesign.com/contributors/donna-farrugia/hold-the-meetings/

 

And here’s this week’s talent:

·         Judson is a UX designer with mobile and e-commerce experience. He’s worked in a variety of industries, including travel, hospitality, luxury, AEC and healthcare.

·         Julie is visual designer with web and print skills and extensive agency experience. Her recent work includes interactive banners and landing pages for a national brand.

·         Leslie is an experienced copywriter with a ton of financial experience. She’s written copy for both print and web and has written copy for shareholder materials as well as internal and client communications.

·         Joie is a marketing manager with 10+ years experience working in the AEC industry. Throughout her career, she’s been responsible for RFP, promotional materials, client presentations and strategic communications.

·         Chris is a senior copywriter/creative director with a extensive experience in branding, direct mail and multi-channel marketing across a range of industries, including retail, technology and media.

·         Patricia is a senior electronic publishing specialist with financial experience. In a recent role, she managed, edited and produced an award-winning newsletter for 1K+ employees. She’s also worked extensively on federally-regulated mutual fund annual reports.

·         Dave is a copywriter with 10+ years experience working in a variety of agency and retail environments. He recently wrapped up a year-long contract where he wrote packaging copy for 20 products, produced in-store materials and edited thousands of online product pages.

·         Traci is a marketing specialist who is wrapping up a long- term contract at a national software company. She also worked for TCG at a health care company and received great feedback. She has experience with media planning, advertising campaigns, marketing projects and e-newsletters.

·         Cisco is a production designer and one of our go-to contractors. He’s successfully completed dozens of assignments for TCG over the past few years, has worked in a variety of industries and is proficient in Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

·         Sarah is a production artist with web and print skills. She just wrapped up a successful assignment for TCG a top online retailer and received outstanding reviews.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

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Eric DiChiara
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Under pressure to complete your Q4 creative production and design projects? TCG has the highly skilled copywriters, graphic designers, project managers and other creative professionals you need for:

 

·         Annual and corporate reports

·         Holiday marketing campaigns

·         New product launches

·         Branding updates

 

We can help you stay on schedule and on budget!

 

Call me today with an assignment that is 40+ hours and I’ll give you one day free!

 

This week’s talent…

 

·         Brandon is a front-end web developer with web programming and application development experience. He has worked with HTML5, jQuery and CSS3, and he recently built a content management system used by over 4300 clients.

·         Zachary is a production designer who recently relocated from Seattle and is wrapping up a contract at a top biotech firm. In Seattle, he worked for several design studios and communications firms. He is proficient in CS5 (on both a Mac and PC) and is competent in Quark, HTML and CSS.

·         Kevin is a copywriter who is well-versed in interactive, collateral and consumer advertising. His experience includes automotive, medical, mortgage and entertainment.

·         Robin is a web content specialist who has experience working with several content management systems. She’s also a skilled proofreader which helps in eliminating mistakes when posting content for the world to see.

·         Ben is a jack-of-all trades with copywriting, web design and print design skills. He recently wrapped up a contract at a top agency.

·         Deb is a web project manager/marketing communications specialist who recently wrapped up a long-term assignment for TCG managing a monthly newsletter and related website.

·         Deb is a copywriter/copyeditor with experience writing and editing catalogs, ads, emails and web content.

·         Jordan is a junior flash developer with experience working on Flash animations and web banners.

·         Paula is a web marketing manager with experience managing email campaigns, writing web copy, updating websites and producing print collateral.

·         Lauren is a hybrid web and print designer who also has packaging skills. Her portfolio includes websites, brochures, posters, packaging and book designs.

·         Jill is a marketing coordinator/specialist with financial experience. In her most recent role, she planned and executed events, updated and maintained the company website, maintained the CRM database and wrote press releases.

·         Laurel is a senior marketing communications manager with financial experience. One of her references called her a “breath of fresh air and brings great energy” to any project.

·         Charlotte is a marcom manager who just wrapped up a long-term contract for TCG. In this most recent role, she worked on webinars, electronic ads, direct mail, emails, white papers, sales collateral and flash/video projects.

·         Arthur is a project manager/production coordinator with financial experience. He has worked with key stakeholders to produce printed and electronic communications, negotiated costs with outside vendors and proofread bluelines to ensure accuracy.

 

Don’t forget, TCG can help with all of your staffing needs, not just marketing and creative. As part of Robert Half International, our seven lines of business offer full-service staffing solutions in the areas of technology, administrative and office support, accounting and finance and legal.

 

The Creative Group. An Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit creativegroup.com.

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Eric DiChiara
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