Launch wishes a warm welcome to three new summer interns. Caroline, Taylor and Stefani are three gems who won the prized intern positions. After reading countless resumes and spending hours interviewing, we feel lucky to have the best of the best working for us this summer.
All three began on Monday, June 2nd and immediately got their hands dirty in the ad world. We’ll keep you posted on their progress but for now we thought we’d share some background knowledge to get you acquainted.
Caroline Gillan, Digital Intern:
Caroline was born in New Jersey (don’t hold it against her), but grew up in Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Texas. She enjoys bad puns, black ankle boots, and looking at pictures of dogs on the Internet.
There’s a zombie apocalypse. What do you grab? A baseball bat
Favorite boy band? If I had to choose, I guess it’d be N*SYNC
If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be? Flip flops, but only for men
If fat, calories, cholesterol, etc were not an issue, what two foods would you feast on? My mom’s chocolate pie and pizza
What would you like to get out of your Launch internship? A greater understanding of the advertising world, specifically how to use digital media to a business’ advantage, and some new friendships!
Taylor Murdoch, Account Intern:
Taylor was born and raised in North Dallas and decided to keep it in house as he attended Texas A&M and Dallas Baptist University. He enjoys the air drums, treehouses, Dallas Stars hockey, and soundly defeating others in competitive endeavors. When he grows up he hopes to be just like Ron Swanson and someday he will live in a cabin in the mountains with his pet wolf.
There’s a zombie apocalypse. What do you grab? A swiss army knife. Because you never know when you might need a bottle opener.
Favorite boy band? Boyz II Men, totes obvi the best boy band eva. They make me weak in the knees.
If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be? Girl tears… either that or the domestication of cats. What a regrettable decision.
If fat, calories, cholesterol, etc were not an issue, what two foods would you feast on? Oh… should I be monitoring those things? It would not be uncommon to find me chowing down on Whataburger or a pizza. I won’t even mention the number of sweets I consume.
What would you like to get out of your Launch internship? To acquire a portion of the sweet mojo currently radiating off of my fellow Launchees.
Stefani Billings, Design Intern:
Stefani is a Texas native who has spent some of her growing years in California and Oklahoma. She loves obscure music, googling, and exploring new places – cities and forests alike.
If you were a toaster, what would you toast, and to what degree? Blueberry bagels – not the purple ones, but the ones with actual whole blueberries. Medium..whatever degree that is.
There’s a zombie apocalypse. What do you grab? A rope ladder & a rifle and giant bag of ammo…
Favorite boy band? I could never decide between N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys. I’m sorry.
If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be? Reality television
If fat, calories, cholesterol, etc were not an issue, what two foods would you feast on? Chocolate chip cookies and skinny french fries
What would you like to get out of your Launch internship? An understanding of the agency and real world applications to what I have learned in school and to build relationships with the community of the company!
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Just because the Launch offices close at 5:30 doesn’t mean the creative juices stop flowing.
Recently, Launch senior copywriter Alex Slotkin traded in his computer keyboard for a synthesizer after hours in order to compose and record an original musical soundtrack for a high-profile theater company production. The play, titled The Secret Origin of Dr. Frankenstein, and written and directed by local playwright Brandon Cunningham, had its debut run this February at the award-winning Fun House Theatre in Plano, Texas.
Alex’s score, released under the pseudonym “Mood Museum,” featured prominently throughout the show. He says it was inspired by classic horror soundtracks, ’70s prog-rock and “hauntological” electronic music from Boards of Canada, Moon Wiring Club and various artists on the Ghost Box label.
“Music has always been a passionate side interest of mine, and It was truly gratifying to get to work a different set of creative muscles,” Alex said. Previously, he loaned his musical and voice-over skills to the Launch-produced iPhone game Consonant Pain, as well as to Launch client Texas Power.
Just another example of how, at Launch, creativity often comes in unexpected forms.
Stream or download Mood Museum’s The Secret Origin of Dr. Frankenstein (Original Soundtrack Recording) now at http://moodmuseum.bandcamp.com
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Launch Agency’s latest TV commercial for client Children’s Medical Center began airing last week on local stations. The spot, titled “Trust,” builds on the chalkboard visual concept Launch developed for Children’s in 2013, as seen in magazine ads and on billboards around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Using a distinctive time-lapse/stop-motion approach, “Trust” features a doctor, nurse and young patient, whimsically illustrating Children’s points of difference on a giant chalkboard.
It’s the latest attention-getting execution by Launch creative director/art director David Wilgus and senior copywriter Alex Slotkin. They worked with Launch account executive Jason Giles, as well as Children’s Senior Marketing Specialist Ashley Young and producer Paula Jarrell. The spot was directed by Kevin Aithans, produced at Reel FX and scored by JSM Music.
Watch the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas “Trust” TV commercial.
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Launch Agency was awarded two gold awards and one silver by the Dallas chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) at the Addys Award Show on February 26, 2014.
The Addys Award Show is an annual event where advertising industry professionals in Dallas gather to enjoy the year’s best creative work. The celebration was held at the Hyatt Regency to honor work developed in 2013.
Launch Agency picked up three trophies at the Dallas Addys. The award winning work was for long-time client Sam’s Club. The “Fresh, Fast and Fabulous” cookbook won Gold in the Sales Promotion POP Free Standing category. The “Grill” spread magazine ad won the Silver award in Consumer/Trade Print Spread/Multi-Page/Insert Four Color category. “Grill” was part of a series of magazine ads that won Gold for the Consumer/Trade Print Campaign Four Color category.
Congratulations to our team:
Ellen Giles, Art Director
Jason Giles, Account Service
KC DeFranco, Account Service
Heidi Porter, Art Director
Brooklynne Peters, Copywriter
Diane Seimetz Duncan, Creative Director
David Wilgus, Creative Director
Award-winning work can be viewed here.
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New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them late December or early January with the earnest hope not to break them. At Launch Agency, we made a list. Hopefully, we can all keep each other accountable. Some are funny, some are thoughtful but we hope you enjoy them.
Laura C. – Retire the superhero cape and embrace a slower paced, more relaxed lifestyle to restore balance in my life.
Diane D. – Give away less of my time.
Lauren F. – Pay off my credit cards! Debt free.
Ashley M. – Writing my massive to-do list at the beginning of each morning vs mid-day to avoid writing down things I’ve already done just to cross it off.
AdeDoyin A. – Attempt to only mention Beyoncé every other day, not be so punny (Yeah, right.) and actually get up when my Jawbone buzzes to remind me I haven’t moved in 30 minutes.
Josh S. – To spend the first year with my soon-to-be wife reading the Bible from start to finish!
Valerie L. – To de-clutter my life.
Katie A. - My Resolution for the New Year is to…….. compliment at least one stranger every day.
Jason G. – Mine is to have more fun; overall.
Michael B. – Personal (with my family) — more patience. Professional — make better use of time for Launch and our clients.
Alexandra W. – 1. Balance my time better to include important things that aren’t urgent (like bible reading, and the two following); 2. Move more each day; 3. Work on my own social presence/authorship and Launch’s – not just clients .
Lee J. – Drink more water and get more sleep! Thanks to this handy little wrist band, I have found out that I am not getting nearly enough sleep and most of it is light sleep instead of deep sleep.
Richard W. – I plan to participate in more active transportation: cycling and walking. I also plan to be a better activist for cycling through action and education.
Alex S. – To be more mindful and goal-oriented, thinking three steps ahead and working toward a long-term vision versus always reacting in the moment to whichever screaming-white-hot emergency might come along to steal my attention. I sometimes have to remind myself that, in advertising a true “emergency” is rare. After all, no one ever lost a limb over a missed deadline.
Lindsay S. – My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to slow down, and experience and enjoy life. Since I will have a new baby in 2014, and because I hear every parent say that their babies grow up in the blink of an eye, I want to make sure I savor as many moments as possible. And focus more on what really matters, rather than small, insignificant stuff. Oh, and to use my new camera to take lots of pictures!
David W. – This sounds like a stock resolution but I’m going to try to get more exercise and better sleep. I won’t fail this year thanks to my new Jawbone fitness bracelet. It’s going to be my 24-hour accountability buddy!
Rebecca L. – My New Year’s resolution is to stick to one of my New Year’s resolutions.
Carolyn S. – To bring my lunch 3 times a week.
Ellen G. – To have more fun!
Lauren C. – I will better discover my strengths and weaknesses by further exploring my creative facets. I plan on finding more creative courage by worrying less about the mistakes I might make, and actually making some mistakes that might make it.
Whether we achieve these resolutions or just make tiny steps of progress toward them, here’s to the launch of all these goals, hopes, and dreams in 2014!
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Launch Agency was recently recognized on national and regional 2013 Top Agency lists by The Agency Post and the Dallas Business Journal.
The Agency Post recognized Launch Agency in their national 2013 compilation of 100 fastest growing agencies. Listed at 82, Launch was on the short list of agencies that The Agency Post considered to have “demonstrated fortitude, strong relationships, great work and strategic ideas” while maintaining a strong business structure that would ensure growth and financial stability.
The Dallas Business Journal included Launch Agency in their annual list of Largest North Texas Advertising Agencies both based on capitalized billings, and by employee size. Launch was ranked 11th in capitalized billings and 12th in number of employees for area advertising agencies.
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Launch Agency earned its way onto the 2013 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America. It is the 4th straight year to be so honored, following 2010, 2011 and 2012.
According to Eric Schurenberg, Editor in chief, Inc. magazine, the median company on the 2013 list increased sales more than 140% since the start of 2010. The average honoree grew a mind-boggling 468%, so the Inc. 5000 was harder than ever to get into this year.
To qualify, businesses must have generated at least $2 million in revenue in 2012 and be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S. and independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company). To view the complete Inc. 5000 list visit http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
Launch Agency principal, account director Michael Boone, credited the agency’s ongoing success to “combining strategic process with creative prowess, informed by years of big brand and fast-growth brand experience. That, and an incredibly talented team and terrific client partners.”
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Launch Agency was recognized with four awards by the Dallas-Fort Worth Interactive Marketing Association’s (DFWIMA) 2013 Excellence in Interactive Marketing Awards (EIMA) for its digital marketing work. The award ceremony was May 9, 2013 at the Omni hotel in downtown Dallas.
The DFWIMA Excellence in Interactive Marketing awards banquet is an annual event recognizing DFW area leaders in the field. The 2013 winners demonstrated thought leadership, superior execution, outstanding metrics, and innovation in areas of online, interactive marketing from work completed in 2012. Entries were submitted entirely online (via custom webpages and entry forms) and judged by a distinguished panel comprised of representatives from academia and media. Entries were judged according to 1) creative (execution and functionality), 2) clarity of advertising message, 3) performance, and 4) overall experience.
Nature Nate’s Honey website was awarded 1st place for Most Effective Online Brand Awareness Campaign. Online Brand Awareness was judged by the look and feel of website creative as a reflection of the brand, including the site experience, overall design, usability, use of technology, etc. Nature Nate’s is a Texas-based premium honey distributor that provides raw, unfiltered, regional honey in major grocery retailers.
Promised Land Dairy‘s rich media banner campaign was awarded 2nd place in both the Best of Show and Most Innovative Online Brand Creative categories. The Best of Show placement indicated the 2nd highest score of all entries, across all categories. The rich media banner campaign consisted of pre-expanding rich media ads created by Launch Agency, delivered on the Rocketfuel display platform via Pointroll. Each 4-week flight featured a video unit of a dairy farmer pulling a wheelbarrow of milk canisters across the computer screen. The farmer would fall, causing the milk to “spill” into an integrated 300×250 companion unit containing the farm-fresh ingredients specific to that quarter’s seasonal flavor of milk. The resulting ad unit highlighted one of Promised Land Dairy’s seasonal varieties, including Very Berry Strawberry, Mooberry Blueberry, Creamy Dreamy Orange, and Marvelous Mocha. Promised Land Dairy is a Texas-based premium milk made only from Jersey cows, available in a variety of sizes and flavors at major retail grocery stores.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) Gala “Impact Moment video” was awarded 3rd place in the Most Effective Non-Profit/ Public Service Campaign category. The 2012 Impact video was a 90 second film which showed the severity of child abuse in Collin County through numerical facts and statistics, described the wide scope of services available and delivered a compelling call to action to support the mission of the CACCC. The video debuted at the 2012 annual fundraising Gala to an audience of more than 900 attendees and has been used since as a PSA piece. The CACCC’s mission is to bring safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect. They have provided free services to over 43,000 children to-date.
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