I'm going to miss a lot of people here in Denver. I've had a fantastic experience at Integer; it's a great place to work with a strong culture and fine people. I still think it's the best kept secret in the agency world (but becoming less secret all the time).
And I'll miss Coffee Mornings. But we've got a new host for the coffees:
Monique Elwell, a planner-type over at McClain Finlon. Monique's
energy and gift for gab have always served coffees well, and we're
really excited to have her step up as host. Coffee Mornings will continue as usual on the first and third Friday of each month. Monique will keep the reminders and updates coming. And as always, to join the email list for details on the coffees write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Melissa Wilhelm of Sprout Strategy has offered to be the Denver point person for Planning For Good. Another piece of great news as PFG grows.
For me the time has come for a new challenge, an opportunity to experience and contribute from a different perspective. So over the last few months I've got to meet a lot of interesting people and agencies in New York, and I'm excited to have found a home in the planning group at R/GA. My new job starts on Tax Day.
More details on this to come. But in the meantime take a look at something R/GA launched in Europe for Nokia called the Urbanista Diaries. I'm pretty biased now but still, it seems a great example of how the future of the marketing campaign might look. From an R/GA release:
Urbanista Diaries is an extensive three-phase campaign that engages bloggers, journalists, and everyday people in ways that highlight the benefits of the Nokia N82. While the technology for this project is currently in beta, Nokia is partnering with several top media sites such as Wallpaper, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and CNN to document major world events in real time. Reporters are given a Nokia N82 to snap photos, which easily get uploaded to the Internet and positioned on a stylized map-thus allowing people to follow their stories around the world.
More to come as soon when I unpack my computer late next week or so. I think it's in box 63 or something. Crap.