Archive for August, 2014

Good at writing, thinking and marketing? Be our new copywriter

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

We’re looking for a conceptual copywriter to come and join us at our office in the Lace Market, Nottingham. You’ll need to be able to come up with brilliant, original ideas, as well as writing copy that fizzes off the page, headlines that sell, and social posts that get clicked, liked, and shared.

The job will be split between writing and concepting. For instance, one day you might be proofreading a brochure, the next coming up with ideas for a new Tetley on-pack promotion, and the next writing the copy for a client’s new website.

Here’s what the ideal candidate would look like:

–          A portfolio of ad ideas and campaigns demonstrating strong conceptual ideas across online and offline channels 

–          Impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation

–          Ability to write concise, compelling copy in a range of formats, from tweets and headlines to entire websites

–          Social media experience – you don’t need to be an expert, but it’d be very handy if you knew a bit about hashtags and writing for different social platforms

–          Experience in an agency environment (preferred but not essential)

This role could be full or part-time, so let us know what you’d prefer.

Ready to apply? Send your portfolio link, cover letter and salary requirements to natalies@togetheragency.co.uk with the subject line “I’d like to be your new copywriter” by close of play on the 26th of September.

We’re looking for a superstar freelance developer

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It’s not often a space comes up in the Together dev team, so we’re excited to be looking for a freelance developer to join us in our Nottingham office for 4 months, possibly longer if you fancy it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Object-orientated PHP5
  • Strong front-end HTML5/CSS3/LESS/SASS, and mobile web
  • JavaScript, with jQuery/jQueryUI
  • PHP Frameworks (symphony2 and doctrine), and Smarty Template engine
  • MySQL, Linux, VMs (ESXi)
  • APIs (Facebook/Google/SOAP/XML/JSON)
  • Ability to work with our design team and make recommendations

And it’d be brilliant if you knew about:

  • Web standards
  • Accessibility
  • SEO

You’ll be working on new and existing projects for our range of big-name local and national clients.

We’re a close-knit team, so someone who’ll be a friendly face in the morning, make the odd round of tea and contribute to the collaborative office Spotify playlist would be most welcome.

Send your CV, cover letter and availability info to Craig Freer, our Head of Dev. No agencies, please.

10 ways to avoid design project mishaps

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Together Account Manager Dan Walker gives his tips on avoiding making a monument to the wrong person

I recently stumbled across this story about a public art project in Ottawa, intended to celebrate a local man who mended broken hockey sticks and gave them away to neighbourhood children. As it turns out, the design consultant involved in the project based his installation on the life of a completely different person of the same name, leaving the city with a bemusing artwork with absolutely no relevance – badminton rackets instead of hockey sticks:

Wrong-Jack-Purcell_073129836499Picture via Vocativ

We all make the odd mistake here and there, but how can this possibly have happened? Surely there was an initial design brief, meetings along the way and budget discussions for the spec of the installation…? Maybe not.

Here are our tips to avoid delivering design project mishaps of such epic proportions.

  1. Understand your client
    What are their objectives, what is their structure, how do they work?
  2. Add value when you can
    Demonstrating to clients that you can think beyond what they have asked for, or going the extra mile, will always go down a treat.
  3. Empathise with your client and their situation
    There will always be a reason why a client has asked you to do something, even if you don’t necessarily agree with it. Be there to support them and be their extra pair of hands.
  4. Detail, detail, detail…
    Detail in the brief (so your art installation is on the right guy!), detail in what the client wants, detail in how it will be monitored and measured.
  5. Share knowledge
    Between your own team and with the client. Only as one large team will you really understand one another and allow the relationship to flourish.
  6. Don’t try and sound too clever
    You will either get caught out (yes, there really are people more intelligent or experienced than you!) or make your client feel uncomfortable. Professional yet simple, straightforward talk is the best way.
  7. Don’t take up their time unnecessarily
    You’re there to help, not burden.
  8. Be available whenever you can
    If you know you might be hard to reach one day, let them know.
  9. Look after the budget
    They can often be tighter than your MD’s wallet, so be efficient and maximise it where you can. If you can get more out the budget than your competitors, it’s a win-win situation for you and the client.
  10. Be…
    Honest, proactive, responsive, resilient and interested.

Simple really. Then again, so’s making  a memorial to the right guy – or so we thought!