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Network named Top Place to Work in Media by Folio Magazine

Insiders have known for a long time that Network is a special place to work but it is incredible to be recognized by the editors of Folio Magazine as one of the Top Places to Work in Media.

topplaces As part of the competition, Folio searched for media companies that foster and value a positive work environment by prioritizing personal growth, encouraging advancement and diversity of opinion and putting a premium on effort, collaboration and recognition. Network is listed among 18 media companies in this inaugural award recognition from Folio. Network is the only organization on the list that exclusively serves the association community.  For a full list of honored organizations, visit Folio.

To help us celebrate, we asked our fellow colleagues to tell us why Network is their top place to work:

With the excellent training and support from sales managers, Network Media Partners has helped me grow professionally to develop the skills needed to succeed in my career. —Allison Zippert, account executive

I can say that from the second I stepped in Network’s door to interview, I could tell from the office atmosphere and employee smiles that Network would be a fantastic place to work. Since I’ve started in late August, this has only proven true. Everyone is extremely welcoming and helpful, and I have a consistent feeling of gratitude to work here. The design team is constantly looking for new ways to improve their skill set, share insights and develop as creative professionals. Working with a team that cares very much about creative development, works tirelessly to design effective, well-executed and beautiful works, and strives to collaborate as a team – has made me realize the importance of good company culture, which is set as a high priority here at Network. I look forward to collaborating on many great projects in the future! —Laura Walter, graphic designer

I love Network because of the way we collaboratively work together, from senior management to the newest employee, without anyone tripping over their ego.  Everybody’s opinion is taken seriously and we rise and fall as team! —Bob Rupp, traffic and credit manager

The executive staff does a great job of putting employees first without sacrificing the client’s needs, by making themselves available to lend a hand no matter what the circumstance is – and they do it in a positive way so there’s no awkward tension or feeling that you’ve failed because you had to ask for help. It’s a positive environment in general. —Meredith Schwartz, account executive

Network hires people with positive attitudes. Network actively encourages staff input towards problem solving and achieving corporate goals. Network fosters teamwork across departments by teaching staff what the other departments are trying to achieve. Never underestimate the value of winning. It is FUN to win. Our multi-decade record of consistent growth and success makes it fun to come to work every day. I worked at 7 firms before joining Network almost 20 years ago. Network has been and is a place that I like coming to each day. —Jim Cooke, chief information officer and director of accounting

Upper management sets the tone by treating people with respect and kindness, always being 100% full of integrity, and having clear goals for Network as a whole and for each employee. Network employees know that we rise as a team which means that there is no stepping on other’s toes to get ahead. And Network is fun! We keep things light as much as possible while working hard to reach our goals. —Megan Lebo, assistant traffic manager

To me this announcement (and nomination for TD in my case) just goes to show how far a team effort can truly go. So much effort and hard work goes into everything we do, whether it be within our sales team, design, or marketing team. I think what makes us such a great organization is that everyone not only does their part, but we are always willing to help one another and give constructive criticism when needed. The atmosphere in our office is so supportive, and the amount of creativity within our team seems endless. We are always coming up with new ideas and solutions to better our sales tactics and designs. —Kelsy Stone, graphic designer

Network is my top place to work because the managers give the perfect mix of support and high expectations – where sales staff can feel a high level of autonomy while also feeling like we can always get help on tough questions. I also love that each of the sales staff works on different accounts, so that we can really support each other and help develop one another’s skills without feeling like it will negatively affect our own sales. I always feel safe here. —Alyssa Blackwell, account executive

[I value] the ability to set up a flexible or nonstandard schedule, to accommodate each employee’s individual situation – it’s not “one size fits all.” That’s been really important for me over the past few years, and it’s cool to see more and more colleagues taking advantage of it too! —Austin Stahl, art manager

Thirteen years in, I can definitely say I never imagined how rich my future would be when I took a job as an Account Executive–Media Sales way back in September of 2001. Primarily, Network has allowed me to create my own role and vision for how my skill set can best support our company wide goals and strategies. As my talents and skills have evolved, so have my responsibilities at Network, which makes the job new and refreshed each year. I have had the ability to create a workload and corresponding schedule that works for 40-year-old me versus 27-year-old me. I love that we are not a “one size fits all” work environment. I feel that we really work to honor and reward each contributing individual who earns that consideration. I’ve learned so much about the work done in other departments (design, marketing, events, operations) which has contributed to my greater understanding of business in general and the media field in particular. I’ve established long term, meaningful relationships with both co-workers and clients which help me to truly feel and understand the impact of our work; I therefore place greater importance on what I do for a living and don’t see it as “just a paycheck.”
—Shannon Reid, vice president, sales

Summing it up with this: I get to do what I love every day. And with talented, passionate people.

—Heather Winkel, art director

I love our new building and my work space. I love the flexibility our company allows with our work schedules. I enjoy working independently but also knowing if I need instruction/assistance/answers they are readily available.
—Stephanie Frank, senior traffic coordinator

My first day started as an intern almost 13 years ago.  I knew from that first day that this was a very special place. A place where everyone supports each other while working together to ensure the success of our partners and clients. A place where hard work truly does pay off in the form of success and opportunity. There’s no place I can imagine working than Network.  I can’t wait for the next 13 years!
—Jeff Rhodes, vice president, sales

Everyone at Network wants you to succeed — “it takes a village” really applies here! Each department is working towards the common goal of exceeding the expectations of our clients. It feels good to know I have a village behind me each day as I tackle a new project or challenge.
—Brittany Shoul, sales manager

Honesty, Integrity, Ethical. Those characteristics start at the top (Chip), and flow throughout the company.
—Terri Wood, traffic coordinator

Being recognized by Folio as one of the “Top Places To Work In Media” is quite an honor. I’m sure that anyone at NMP will tell you that the principle reason is the great group of people that work here. Everyone of my coworkers—from top to bottom—are just the nicest people you could ever work with!
—Stuart Greenwell, graphic designer

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Leave a Comment November 10, 2014

Beyond the PDF

Last week, Creative Director Jen Smith offered insights on creating and presenting content in a digital publication during a Folio webinar, along with Marcus Grimm of NxtBook Media. Here are some of the important take-aways from that session:

“You’re still making a magazine. Except that you’re not.”

Don’t forget what you’re here to do—and that is to make a magazine.  All of the good ideas you have as a magazine editor or designer are still good ideas. Just find new ways to execute them to make them right for the medium.

“Rethink how to communicate with your audience.”

Editors need to think like visual communicators. That’s not a new concept, but it is more important in this medium in a number of ways. Ask yourself what your content would be if you could only present it using infographics. What would your magazine look like?

“You can do it on the cheap.”

Creating a digital publication with plenty of functionality is not expensive. First, have an idea. Then, figure out the best, most effective and most cost-effective way to execute.

“Allow for as much functionality as you can.

For us, allowing readers to zoom in to text gives them better control over their reading experience. The pages are designed so that there isn’t a need to zoom.  But then again, the type size you choose may not be larger enough for everyone. Don’t take away that option.

“If it looks like you can click on it, it better click.”

We’ve trained ourselves over time to identify symbols and shapes that are asking us to interact with them. Don’t include this kind of design element if it’s not functional as well.

“There’s a difference between interactive and dynamic.”

Readers prefer content that is interactive. Moving objects tend to distract, especially if they serve no genuine purpose. By making content interactive, you force the reader to engage…and better yet, you make them want to engage.

“Constantly evolve.”

As long as you stay grounded in your mission and our content, you can continually experiment and try new things.

Want to see the webinar? Find the archive here.

Leave a Comment May 2, 2011

DigitalNow: 5 take aways from a first timer

DigitalNow is in full swing this week. 300+ association professionals and a small group of industry partners have gathered to share ideas, concerns, and excitement about the innovative ideas impacting organizations. Much of the focus is on mobile. Not a new buzz word for the industry, but applying its potential is top of mind for almost everyone. Looking at the nearly 100 take aways from today, a few top concepts really stood out.

1. Meetings apps are a must – NOW – not 2012 or 2013. Check out the app for DigitalNow. Nice video intro – short and sweet. Attendee and speaker roster is awesome for pre and post show preparation. Love the concept of capturing user generated audio and video testimonials. One downside was that many attendees launched the app during the opening session and because of the audio component there were many frantic hands trying to find the silence button on their phone or iPad.

2. Opening session with Tomi Ahonen gave some great insight on how pervasive the mobile market is. The average person checks their phone 150 times per day; commerce for the mobile market is going to explode and take user engagement and monetization to the next level.

3. SMS (text)  messaging is here. Not just for personal communication, but for business communication, marketing, and much more. Check out Acronym’s recent post. It’s time to develop a plan for your association to collect and protect cell phone numbers and information. Think about how SMS can be used effectively at a meeting to drive last minute registrations or changes in schedules. Maybe a better starting place is looking at your organizational strategy and determining where SMS can fit in.

4.  People have extremely high technology expectations. This includes members and employees. Associations and the businesses that work with associations need to manage and deliver on these expectations.

5. Sponsorship Idea! If members are attending your events and meetings with one, two, three mobile devices in hand, they are going to need power to stay connected through the day. Sell sponsored charging stations at your next conference. Locate them in the meeting and break out rooms where attendees can learn, share and plug in all at the same time.

Carrie Hartin, Chief Operating Officer

You can follow Carrie at DigitalNow on Twitter at @CJHartin.

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