Jacks Of One Trade: Specialized Experts
The days of Mad Men are long gone. Bloated agencies are screwed. Why? For one thing: MASSIVE overhead. Big buildings, segways for employees, whatever.
This model ends up driving up expense and instead of a well oiled machine, creates an environment that often isn’t cutting edge, but slow-moving. Slow to make decisions. Slow to take action. I know I’d rather work with a lean agency with a specific specialization than a “jack of all trades that costs me my first born.”
Sure, it is nice to have “everyone under one roof” for control purposes, but now there is this Internet thing and more ways to do work virtually. A team of freelancers can be assembled in a jiffy. Or a consultant. Does it take more work on the agency end to do this? Absolutely. But why hire a bunch of experts as opposed to bring them in on a per project basis or set up a referral network?
I’d bet the future will be more about partnerships between highly specialized experts as opposed to the big box model.
Pamela Critchfield is known throughout the Midwest as the “go-to” public relations strategist for the tourism and travel industries. With 22 years of marketing experience in this arena, she has helped her clients become success stories in a very volatile, competitive travel and tourism arena. Her out-of-the box thinking leads to high impact experiences that trump those before her to fill theaters, pack shopping centers, and strategically elevate awareness of new amusement and entertainment offers in fluctuating economic conditions. Her strong code of ethics, morals, and commitment to protect the image and reputation of her clients and their brands is steady and often contagious.
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Erin Wicker is a Web and Social Media Manager with 14 years professional marketing experience. Her experience ranges from designing and managing responsive websites, that convert tire kickers to customers, and building successful Social Media Marketing Platforms and Campaigns for tourist attractions across the country. She is a leader in Social Media Marketing with proven success in SEM, Email Marketing, Online Advertising, Content Development and Strategy, and Web Management. Erin believes that Social Media is online public relations. Her goal with any corporation is to create online ambassadors for your brand and that do the selling for you.
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Her nickname is the “Kattlyst” for a reason – she has the innate ability to visualize the end result and quickly gather the highest impact resources necessary to deliver a WOW experience on time and within budget. With an MBA in International Marketing and over 25 years of marketing strategy, communications and project management experience, Jennifer has developed an impressive network of national media, entertainment celebrities and political leaders and is able to leverage those contacts when necessary to fulfill award-winning campaigns and events. She is tenacious when it comes to taking care of the needs of her customers and has maintained strong long-term relationships with them both personally and professionally. Since 1999, she has led marketing efforts for global Fortune 500 companies and, prior to that, was a creative services manager in Nashville’s record label industry and continues to provide marketing and PR consulting services to her national strategic accounts. Since relocating her family to Branson, MO in 2013 to be near extended family, Jennifer serves as the regional economic development Marketing & Programs Director for the Taney County Partnership.
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