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


Leave a Comment November 10, 2014

Perspective from a “New-Bee” at ASAE (buzz, buzz)

Network Media Partners exhibited at The ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition for the first time just a few weeks ago. We had a great first experience in Nashville meeting with current clients and potential new ones at our booth, attending education sessions, and heading out to the (many) networking events!

This was my first Annual Meeting, as both an exhibitor and attendee, and ASAE did a great job of helping me navigate the conference. They designated us first-timers as “new-bees” and created a meeting spot for us in Nashville’s Music City Center called “The Hive”.  Catchy!

Not every conference puts this attention to detail on the new folks, so here are my lessons learned as the “new-bee” for those that need help navigating on their own:

1. Have a Plan:

Heading to an annual meeting, conference, or convention for the first time can be overwhelming, especially when it’s the size of ASAE. It’s important to have a plan! Spending time on the event website or mobile app will help you get a lay of the land and pick a few must-dos. I identified one education session I wanted to attend each day, which gave my schedule each day some structure. By only choosing one must-do, it also gave me the flexibility to listen to where other folks were headed.

As an exhibitor, this becomes even more important as it is likely that your non-expo time is limited. Reach out to clients and prospects before the show and invite them to stop by your booth or schedule time to grab a coffee outside of the hall.

2. Don’t Skip the Networking Events:

Whether it’s stopping by an on-site lounge (like The Hive for first time attendees) or attending a post-show reception, there are many learning and engagement opportunities outside of the expo hall and educations sessions. Attending events gives you the opportunity to build connections with colleagues and peers outside of the traditional business setting of the conference. Prepare yourself for a long day and don’t skip the networking events (or the coffee).

3. Keep it Going:

You just spent 4 action-packed days away from the office – you met tons of new people, and filled your notebook with great ideas from education sessions. Now what? Keep it going!

Did you meet a few people with whom you developed a great connection? Find them on LinkedIn and connect. Did you attend an education session that had you scribbling ideas (or taking pictures of the slides if you’re like me)? Share that session with your team, subscribe to an e-newsletter, or event just bookmark their website or blog for future reading.

Keep the networking and learning going after the event has ended and you’ll feel like those 4 days out of the office were worth the overflowing email inbox.

Did you attend or exhibit at ASAE? Is there a piece of feedback you’d give to a first timer? Leave it in the comments!

Brittany Shoul,  Sales Manager,  Network Media Partners.

Leave a Comment August 27, 2014

Pitching Ideas: 8 tips from Network’s design team for a better creative presentation

Blog_6-16-14_visualFor a creative team, developing new ideas is a daily part of your work. The ability to articulately express and convey those ideas could mean the difference between a successful or disappointing meeting of the minds as you present your ideas to your team.

Network’s design team routinely presents ideas and concepts to our magazine teams–be they clients, editors or fellow designers. And we consistently work to refine our presentation style so that our ideas shine through.

Here are a few take-aways from a recent design team exercise in presenting ideas:

1. Put yourself in the audience’s shoes. Ask yourself: “If I were seeing this concept for the first time, what would I need to know?  What would help this make sense or help me make a good decision?”

2. Don’t present something you are not proud of. Always put your best foot forward.

3. Be confident in your ideas and vision. If you’re not, how can you expect others to be?

4. Be prepared. The more prepared you are, the more apt you are to clearly and confidently get your ideas across.

5. White space is a good thing–in the conversation! Give others time to digest and provide feedback. You’ve had oodles of time to soak in design options and this is the first time they’re seeing them.

6. Be convincing. You are the greatest “salesperson” of your ideas.

7. Pay attention to schemata (the collective way in which we organize the world) and use it to frame or help explain a concept.

8. Pitch your vision. Don’t describe what is literally happening in the comp or visual you are presenting.

See the design team put their ideas to good use in Network’s portfolio of recent work.

Leave a Comment July 15, 2014

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