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Graphic Designer

Suburban Philly ad agency seeking graphic designer. 

Job Description: As a graphic designer you will work with our creative team to develop, design and lay out a range of work.   

Required skills:  

  • In-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite—particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere
  • Ability to perform a range of tasks and accomplish them within tight timeframes
  • A willingness to learn and work creatively with others

Responsibilities:  

  • Ideate, develop, and lay out designs from creative briefs and/or brainstorming sessions

  • Design digital ads, social media posts, brochures, billboards, pre-roll video ads, short-form videos, and more, according to strategic plans and/or creative briefs
  • Continually sharpen design knowledge by following industry standards and cultural trends
  • Photography and video production skills are not required, but are part of our in-house process and will be acquired over time

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and samples of work to nsinn@allebach.com. 

3 AAPI-Owned Brands To Follow

May is AAPI Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. With the month winding down, we want to spotlight some of our favorite AAPI-owned food brands. As a member of the AAPI community who works in digital advertising, I’m always searching for thought leaders and brands that find unique ways to incorporate their culture and share it with others. Here are three small business food brands doing just that!

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How To Develop A Brand Persona

Who are you? Who are your consumers? What’s your history? Your product? Your values? Your distinction? Identity is the bedrock of any brand. It’s marketing 101, baby. Netflix. Apple. Nike. The most iconic brands know who they are. They know their workers and customers alike. They own a unique aesthetic and sell more than just a good or service—they sell a lifestyle to aspire toward. Capturing that essence is rare for a range of reasons. A common one is that many companies have a disjointed idea of who they are. The CEO might see the brand differently from the sales team, who may see it differently from customer service. The identity has to be unified from within through policies, practices, and messaging—it’s who a company hires, how they treat their workers, what their offices look like, and how they give back. Brands often hire consultants or agencies to help guide this process that culminates in a unified front.

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Driving Store Velocity

“Our brand is really growing—we’ve gained distribution in 1,000 (or more) new retail locations. And, we’re getting more and more and more distribution by the day.”

I’ve heard this scenario a thousand times—and it doesn’t always turn out as well as you may think for the brand. Is new distribution a good thing? Of course it is. But it can also be the beginning of the end for a brand. I’ve seen it happen many times over the years…Death by Distribution.

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“I pledge to be faithful to your brand…” said no consumer ever.

You hear a lot these days about how consumers are no longer loyal when it comes to CPG food and beverage brands; that they quickly trade-off for private label or newer, emerging brands. And this is quite true. But I’d like to suggest that “brand loyalty” is largely a myth fabricated by overzealous marketers. One of the many snake oil sales tactics in this business.

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Is Your Food Brand Functioning?

Functional foods. We’ve all heard the term. We know that in the past functional foods were considered to be foods that had a potentially positive effect on health beyond their basic nutritional value. For instance, oatmeal contains soluble fiber that can help lower cholesterol. Or salmon is an excellent functional food because the omega-3 fatty acids can reportedly decrease the risk of heart disease.

But today, functional foods mean so much more to both consumers and brands.

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Account Executive

As Account Executive, your responsibilities will include overall account management for clients, including brand management and implementation of creative, strategic and tactical marketing plans. You will be responsible to provide intellectual and creative problem-solving marketing, presenting, selling, and defending agency strategy and creative.

Duties:

  • Manage workflow on behalf of agency and client
  • Provide brand strategy to clients
  • Manage schedules, deadlines, and budgets
  • Client meetings and presentations
  • Meet daily with agency personnel
  • Write proposals
  • Develop client briefings
  • Daily input on agency creative as it pertains to clients
  • Actively seek additional projects/new business from client contacts

To apply for this position, please email an updated resumé to nsinn@allebach.com.

Digital Advertising Specialist

This position will play an active role in an integrated account team and is responsible for the development, management and execution of digital and social media strategies and campaigns for regional and national clients. The position will operate collaboratively with the account and creative teams, and interface regularly with clients.

Our ideal candidate has 2-5 years of experience and is self-driven, highly motivated, excited to be a thought leader in the agency and meet the challenges of being part of an ever-changing media world. They are proactive, and excited to seek out new and better ways to get things done. Candidates must also be strong in their understanding and ability to evaluate and translate digital concepts into understandable insights and be comfortable communicating these to clients.

To apply for this position, please email an updated resumé to nsinn@allebach.com.

Clean Up Your Act

When I was a teenager, my dad would say, son “clean up your act.” Basically, he was telling me to get the crap out of my life that was dragging me down. And, today, for food brands, I would say the same thing…you need to “clean up your act.”

The bottom line is that we live in a new era of food. Consumers simply expect more from the food brands they buy. The bar is higher than it was 10-15 years ago. Even “clean label” has been taken to an entirely new level; real ingredients, nutrition, functional benefits, claims, certifications, sustainability, and on and on.

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How Full is Your New Product Pipeline?

Are you currently launching innovative, new products for your food or beverage brand? Do you have ideas in the pipeline for the next 6 months? The next year or two or three?

New product innovation is key to the success of every brand. If you’re simply relying on your current product offering for the future of your brand—then you don’t have a sustainable growth model.

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