zag creative
Zag

Archives >

2015: The Hits

Posted on December 30, 2015 by

The end of another year means looking back at what made 2015 rad. We’re counting down 15 top hits of 2015 from the 15 of us at zag creative!

Alyson

Going to Dubai was for sure big on my list for 2015 as well as joining the Make-A-Wish board.

Ashley

My 2015 highlight was getting married to the love of my life. 

*Too sappy for work? Meh. No regrets. 

Elliott

My biggest highlight was finally dedicating myself to becoming vegetarian. It was something I had considered doing years ago and finally made an integral part of my lifestyle in 2015. #goanimals

Emily

Skydiving with my brother was without a doubt my highlight of 2015. Nothing can top jumping out of a plane from 14,000 feet! #ultimatebondingexperience

Hannah

We got new paper swatches and printing samples in the office this year, so that was pretty great! #justartdirectorthings

Hashtag

Not only did I get adopted by the zag creative family, but they also offered me a job as Director of Human Resources. I’ve loved being able to help resolve office drama and offer advice where needed, while being cuddled up in the sleeve of a t-shirt.

Jamie

I had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects with our talented team and celebrate wins on a number of projects I didn’t work on! I also had another 365 days of being a mom, which is a daily highlight for me.

Kara

In 2015, I’m thankful to be able to continue to work at such an awesome company with a group of amazing people!

Katrina

One of my biggest accomplishments in 2015 was moving into the Strategy department at zag full-time. I am so grateful for the diverse team of truly amazing people I get to work with every day.

Marilee

Looking back on 2015, the biggest hits of my year were getting engaged and buying a house!

Matt

One of my highlights from 2015 was in August when I went to see Of Monsters and Men at a casino in Calgary and being part Icelandic, I was set on meeting the band. After the show, my friends and I were drinking in the casino and found three of the band members hanging out. After pretending to be very chill and chatting with them, I proceeded to have a full-on panic attack on the floor next to a VLT. This year was also great because somehow I survived the last two terms of my degree and met this awesome family of beautiful people at zag.

Megan

This year I’m really excited to have successfully graduated Design Studies at MacEwan University and to be actually working as a graphic designer at zag!

Ronda

One of the biggest highlights for me this year is moving downtown.  My husband and I became empty-nesters when we made the big move to come off of an acreage in Sherwood Park into a downtown condo.  What I love most about it, is how much easier it made our lives. I have never lived where I worked and to be 5 mins to the office is a novelty I’ve never had before but one that I can’t believe how much I enjoy. Our lives have been downtown for a long time and to be closer to zag, our friends and our social life is absolutely incredible. We love it so much!

Stephan

My biggest highlight of 2015 was starting my amazing new job at zag, buying a house, and meeting my girlfriend Alexis.

Trina

Returning to work after kid #2, managing to keep them alive AND get my work done!

In Keeping with Tradition

Posted on December 23, 2015 by

The holidays are a time for traditions and everyone has different ones. We asked our zag team to share their most special Christmas tradition and here’s what they had to say! Regardless of how you celebrate, on behalf of us all, we hope your holidays are filled with happiness and good cheer.

Alyson

Watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the original – LOVE THAT MOVIE.

Ashley

As long as I can remember, my family and I have always eaten chocolate donuts (special shout-out to the Entenmann’s company) on Christmas morning as a pre-breakfast breakfast.  

Elliott

My favourite holiday tradition is the annual decorating of the Christmas tree. Not only does it signify that the holidays are officially upon us, but atop our tree is not an angel, nor a star, but a figurine of Batman, which further propels the awesomeness of the holidays. #theknightbeforexmas

Emily

My favourite Christmas tradition is changing into my new pair of PJs I receive the night of Christmas Eve. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on loose PJs after eating a huge meal #foodbaby 

Hannah

When I was growing up,  getting new and comfy pyjamas on Christmas Eve was always a highlight to making the night warm and relaxing.

Jamie

When I was a kid my mom made a special breakfast for Christmas morning, which of course we said we hated as kids mainly because we had to eat before we were allowed to open presents. I now make the same breakfast for my family, except it goes in the oven while we open presents and we eat later.

Kara

My favourite holiday tradition is watching my mom scramble to prepare our stockings… on Christmas morning. Not a year goes by where she doesn’t wait until the last minute to assemble everything.

Katrina

Every Boxing Day, my sister, mom, and I hit up West Edmonton Mall like the lawless, hell-bent freaks we are. The deals aren’t great, and someone always cries, but it’s the only tradition we’ve kept up over the years.

Marilee

There is nothing quite like coming home from the Christmas Eve Service to a big table of meat, cheese and chocolate fondue surrounded by delicious appetizers. This is a family tradition that I never want to let go of. I feel like it is perfect because it kicks off Christmas and helps me to stretch my tummy for a week of overeating.

Matt

Every year, sometime around my Christmas, my mom usually makes us all sit-down and watch the 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on VHS. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, I usually always cry when George Bailey comes home.

Megan

I really love the holidays and all holiday-related activities. At some point during the season I make sure to make a massive mug of hot chocolate, sit down with the Christmas tree lights on, and listen to the entire Boney M. Christmas Album.

Ronda

On Christmas morning when we were small kids, we would be up at 5am jumping on my parents bed, squealing with glee and proclaiming that “Santa had come!  Santa had come!” My dad would grumpily try to send us back to bed (which never worked) and because he was in charge of handing out the Christmas presents, we tried desperately to get him on duty ASAP. Thus, the game would begin. Without exception, he first had to get a coffee, read the paper, go to the bathroom or whatever stall tactic he could come up with. I just remember climbing out of our skins with excitement and it was torture every year having to wait for him. We still laugh at that today as one of our fondest memories. Today we, as the parents, bounce on all of our adult children’s beds on Christmas morning proclaiming that it’s time to wake up! Wait a second, somehow the tables have turned or could it be that some things never change?

Stephan

My favourite holiday tradition is getting together with my friends and going carolling on Boxing Day. A big group of us rent a bus and go around the city getting food, drinks and donations at every house we visit. 

Trina

When I was a kid (and still to this day) my parents always made us a “drink” for gift opening that consisted of Kahlua and milk. When we were younger it was more milk than anything but as we get older it gets stronger and it just isn’t Christmas if we don’t have one.

3 Awkward Holiday Handshakes

Posted on December 15, 2015 by

Holiday parties can get uncomfortable, especially when it comes to handshakes. Stop the awkwardness before it gets weird with these helpful graphics!

After reading this post, you’ll be able to identify 3 common awkward holiday handshakes, learn how to escape them, and ensure you avoid the awkwardness this holiday season.

2-the-get-in-here

 

4-the-qe2

 

5-the-bro

 

footer

| December 12 | Uncategorized
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Looking for an Organized Administrator

Posted on September 16, 2015 by

You’re so prepared you’re really pre-prepared.

zag creative is looking for a pre-prepared individual to help our busy client services team and act as the face of zag creative at the front desk. We are in need of an experienced administrator that eats, sleeps and breathes planning and organization.

This organization will be key to keeping the office running but also for being able to jump in and help our highly organized client services team, as these are the kind of people with alphabetized kitchen cabinets. For real.

Do you already have a resume ready to go? Perfect. That’s the kind of preparedness we’re looking for. If you are looking for a place to grow, zag creative might be the place for you. Send your resume to Alyson Hodson, President & CEO at alyson@zagcreative.ca.

Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

*This position has been filled.

| September 9 | Job Postings,News
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Strategist

Posted on September 2, 2015 by

You’re so strategic you’re almost clairvoyant. This is the person that zag creative is looking to add to our strategy team. Crystal balls and Tarot cards aside, you are an experienced strategist and one of those people that think 10 steps ahead. Always.

While the ability to see the future is not a required skill, seeing the bigger picture is. The ideal person for this position thinks big and understands how all the small parts fit together. It’s not enough to have the ideas, the ability to convey how those ideas are carried out to achieve results is critical.

You are able to work collaboratively with a team but can also rock the solo missions as well. When it comes to the development of marketing and communications plans, you’ve worked on so many that it’s hard to pick one as being the best (but try and think of one because we will ask). Basically you are a seasoned veteran that keeps coming to the table with new ideas. You’ve learned from your experiences but understand that marketing is ever evolving and being open-minded is sometimes the key to awesomeness.

Tell us more about how your experience makes you the right person for a Strategist role at zag creative. Forward your resume to Trina Danis, VP Creative Services at trina@zagcreative.ca.

Short listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

*This position has been filled.

| September 9 | Job Postings,News
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Part-Time Graphic Designer

Posted on July 7, 2015 by

We have an opening for a part-time graphic designer looking for an opportunity with a busy marketing firm.

We know that some part-time jobs can be about making coffee, but at zag creative everyone works on actual projects. That’s not to say you’ll never have to make coffee though. If you want a coffee while at work, you’ll have to make it yourself.

Because our part-time designer will be doing real work on small projects and production, we require that they have real skills. In addition to being creative with a talent and passion for graphic design (those are givens), our ideal candidate is also proficient in the Adobe suite. There are additional skills that are an asset to have like pre-press and HTML knowledge, but are not mandatory. We also have a fancy coffee machine but if you can press a button, you’re pretty much set.

If you are looking for a part-time graphic design position and are ready to wow, please submit your resume to Hannah Miller at hannah@zagcreative.ca. We are looking for someone that can work two days a week for a 6-month contract period. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

*This position has been filled.

Interactive Marketing Strategist

Posted on July 6, 2015 by

We are looking for a strong interactive marketing strategist that eats, breathes and sleeps optimization.

Analytics are your fuel. You take data and insights and turn them into conversions. You call Google and they actually call you back. You’re so good at your job that you make yourself look like a genius at every turn.

There’s almost nothing you can’t do. Talk to clients? No problem. Clients, and grandmothers alike, love you. Develop and write a strategy overview? It’s a snap. Implement search and display campaigns in multiple platforms? It’s child’s play really.

Your resume reads like a menu of interactive media awesomeness. You have:

  • An intimate understanding of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google My Business, YouTube and Google AdWords
  • SEO proficiency
  • Developed and implemented online promotions and contests
  • Content development ideas and recommendations galore
  • Led content management across multiple platforms
  • Built and managed multi-platform campaigns for numerous clients
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience with e-newsletter publishing
  • Performed keyword research and analysis
  • Written ad copy, built reports, and provided clients with strategic advice
  • Budgeted, planned and allocated resources for a variety of clients
  • Knowledge of remarketing
  • A great thirst for learning and knowledge

If this describes you, you should probably send your resume to Alyson Hodson, President & CEO, at alyson@zagcreative.ca. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

*This position has been filled.

Strategist

Posted on April 27, 2015 by

We don’t just want to know what.
We’re also interested in who, when, where, why, and everything in between.

We are looking to add an experienced strategist to our team who can provide these answers for a variety of client initiatives with well thought out strategies and plans.

zag creative is a busy marketing firm and with that comes high demands and an environment where excellence is expected. Our ideal candidate is known for developing strategic marketing and communications plans that achieve goals. They are willing to work in a team or independently, as projects dictate, and strong communication skills just go without saying (except they don’t because you are a thorough communicator as well).

Tell us how you are everything we are looking for and more with the “and more” possibly being any experience you have with other agencies or firms, copywriting or that awesome idea you had that changed the world. Forward your resume to Trina Danis, VP Creative Services at trina@zagcreative.ca.

Short listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

*This job posting has closed.

Social Media Intern

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

They called social media a waste of your time.
They said you’d never find a job if you kept spending all your time online.
Well, they were wrong.

zag creative has an intern opening in our Interactive department for 2 – 3 days/week over the summer. The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to develop and execute social media strategies, contests and interactive marketing initiatives.

Tell us how good at the Internet you are.

We are looking for someone with an intimate understanding of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google My Business. There will also be plenty of opportunities to learn and work with AdWords and Analytics, so a willingness to expand your skills and experience will be key.

Send your resume and cover letter to michelle@zagcreative.ca. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

This posting will remain open until 5:00 PM MST on Friday, May 8, 2015.

*This position has been filled.

Overachiever Wanted

Posted on April 22, 2015 by

Ask any one of our staff and they’ll tell you that zag creative only hires exceptional people. Well, we’re at it again.

We’re not your typical ad agency. We’re better.
In that same vein, we don’t just look for typical people for typical roles. We’re looking for someone incredible that can help our busy client services team as well as act as the face of zag creative at the front desk.

We want an overachiever who wants more challenges and less time watching the clock. Our office doesn’t have clock-watchers, we have clock racers. We want an experienced administrative whiz that aspires to grow out of an administrative role and into a full-time role on the account team one day.

If you are looking for a place to grow, zag creative might be the place for you. Only the exceptional need apply. Send your resume to Alyson Hodson, President & CEO at alyson@zagcreative.ca.

*This position has been filled.

« Previous PageNext Page »