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Zag’s One Year Anniversary

On May 11, 2009, Zag IMC officially opened its doors, operating with myself, four interns and three clients.

As GCG Marketing’s sister agency, Zag IMC was created to be a full-service, professionally managed integrated marketing communications agency that employs up-and-coming talent (a.k.a. interns) for the execution of various projects.

The purpose behind Zag was to have the opportunity to reach out to small and mid-size businesses, as well as non-profits in the DFW community, that have a need for marketing. In many cases, these types of businesses don’t have a need (or budget) for a traditional agency like GCG. However, we are able to offer competitive rates for these smaller businesses by relying on student talent to execute the work.

I like to think of Zag as an incubator of sorts, not only for our interns, but also for our clients. The goal is to have our interns become familiar with agency life and gain real-world experience that may later help them in choosing the best career path. As for clients, the basis of marketing is to grow a business. Theoretically then, if Zag does its job well, those clients will one day become GCG clients.

At the onset of creating the business plan we didn’t want to have a specific niche. For example, GCG Marketing has many accounts in the healthcare industry as well as in oil and gas. I must say though, we’ve tried very hard to maintain a diverse group of clients, and the primary reason behind that is to give our interns as much varied experience as possible.

In order to emphasize the diversification of our client base, I’d like to introduce a few of our clients: Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, an equine hospital in Weatherford; McKinley’s Bakery and Café; DKJ Tool Grinding; Little Jack Horner’s, a furniture restoration/custom fabrication shop; Kincaid’s Hamburgers; ECX Team, an energy-commissioning company; A & D Pharma, a custom labeling firm and Chadra Mezza and Grill. All of our clients have been an absolute blessing due to their trust and readiness to try new things. We couldn’t have done it without them!

Now, a year later, we have grown into an agency, with more than 19 clients and nine interns, we are still chugging along and enjoying every minute.

Thank you GCG for giving us the space to learn and experience all of the amazing things this industry has to offer!

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06/02/2010 at 11:04 AM Leave a comment

Winning an ADDY: Crossing another goal off our list


Exactly eight months and 19 days ago, Zag IMC opened its doors. As one of the founding five, I remember all of us sitting down and writing out our goals for the agency. One thing that was said was, “We are winning an ADDY this year.” It was definitely a noble goal for an agency who (at the time) had no clients and the oldest member of the office was 22. Well, this past Saturday we achieved our goal by taking home a silver ADDY award for the full-page advertisement we designed for McKinley’s Fine Bakery and Café.

For those who haven’t been to the ADDY’s, there are no acceptance speeches because there are a lot of submission categories. And honestly, with how people in this business love to talk, we would still be there. With that said, here is a good idea of what I would’ve said if they did allow speeches:

In order to get this place off the ground, a lot of hard work had to be put in by everyone, so it’s nice to be recognized for that.

What was great about this particular project was how everyone seemed to have a hand in its creation. Alex created the concept and copy that we worked with; Ligia acted as our impromptu make up manager (and did quite well, that frosting didn’t want to stay on); I handled pretty much all logistics of putting our photo shoot together and Rolando designed the ad and modeled for it as well. However, if it wasn’t for our awesome leader Kelsey, I wouldn’t be writing this post, because none of what I described above would’ve happened.

As far as shout-outs go, the first and biggest has to be to our parent company GCG Marketing, whose patience and guidance have been absolutely invaluable to all of us. GCG did extremely well at the ADDY’s with 33 awards, so great job guys.

Second goes to Doug Mangold, who we jokingly refer to as our dad. Not only did he do the photography for the ad, he has never turned us away when we have asked him for help. Doug truly does put people like Chuck Norris and Bear Grylls to shame.

Third shout-out goes to the Fort Worth chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Thank you for your continued support of up-and-coming talent, and man you guys can throw a party.

I want to add one final shout-out to The Balcom Agency for coming up with the theme and accompanying creative for this year’s ADDY awards gala—it was great.

Now it’s time to get back to work and drum up (hopefully) more award-winning ideas.

03/02/2010 at 2:03 PM 1 comment


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