Sircle Squad Profile: Lauren Utecht

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Full name/nickname: Lauren Utecht. Sometimes people just shorten my name to Laur or Lau.

Age: 22

University & Major: Roger Williams University. Major – Journalism, Minor – Film, and Concentration – Spanish

What made you choose Sircle Media? I decided to apply to Sircle Media because after researching the company and looking at their website, I really liked their overall vision and POV on social media. At school, I was introduced to the power of social media and all things digital. I believe it has opened up a window of opportunity for brands to have conversations, develop relationships and show that they care about their customers by sharing personal stories and giving them an inside look at their company through the use of digital elements. Sircle Media really emphasized this idea and I knew it was somewhere I could enhance my skills. I always make sure I can believe in a company before I interview with them. Most importantly, I really liked the company environment as it seemed positive and productive. Everyone was extremely friendly, encouraging and I could see that there was a lot of opportunity for growth. That is why I ultimately chose Sircle Media.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here? The most surprising thing I’ve learned after working here is that brands don’t need to take their social media management too seriously. What I mean is that people don’t want a product being shoved down their throats on social media and most likely aren’t going to take the time to read a long caption explaining a product. I always knew it was best to keep captions short, but I’m really learning to have fun with my posts. It’s OK to be silly and make jokes and puns because it shows off the brand’s personality, explains who they are, what they stand for and breaks the ice between sellers and buyers.

What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is that it is not restrictive at all and I have a ton of autonomy. With social media, every day is different from the last and I get an opportunity that most new hires don’t, which is to have fun while learning new skills. Social media forces me to be creative, innovative and keep up with all of the latest trends. Social Media Managers have the ability to create content that can influence a culture and shape the future. That is really exciting and encourages me to be better.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor? I’ve been working really closely with Sara Lerner on a few brands. Both she and Adam truly care about their employees. They help me believe in myself because they took a chance on me very early on in my career. They are now teaching me everything it takes to be a Social Media Manager, from building relationships with clients to managing day to day functions and even experimenting with audiences by promoting posts. They are always accessible if I need help and when I have questions, they get back to me right away. They are always reminding me that no question is dumb and are constantly encouraging me.

Advice to future interns/employees? My advice would be to ask questions and research topics you don’t feel comfortable with. It’s always better to make sure you’re doing something correctly than guess and make a mistake because you were too nervous to ask.

Bonus Questions:

What are three songs that never fail to get you hyped?: “Closer” by the Chainsmokers, “Levels” by Avicii and “All of the Lights” by Kanye West ft. Rihanna and Kid Cudi.

What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?: My sister and I did competitive gymnastics since we were very young. I was always getting injured and eventually had to give it up at the beginning of high school, after my third broken arm because I fell too far behind on my skills.

What cartoon/movie character were you inexplicably afraid of as a kid?: I wasn’t really afraid, but I hated the “The Emperor’s New Groove” for some reason when all of my friends were obsessed with it.

Favorite hobbies? I love to travel and see new places around the world. I’m a firm believer that spending money on experiences rather than on material items makes you happier. I love to run, as I ran track all throughout high school and college. I like to cook and experiment with new recipes, read a lot and watch really good movies because film has always been another interest of mine. I also love playing with my dog and spending time with family and friends! :)

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Sircle Squad Profile: Michelle Paltan

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We have a wonderful new intern, trying to earn a coveted spot on the #SircleSquad in 2018. Her name is Michelle Paltan and we asked her some questions to get to know her better.  Enjoy!

Full name/nickname?  Michelle Paltan, tons of nicknames–at Sircle my nickname so far is MP.

Age? 23

University and Major? The University of Tampa, Class of 2016. Advertising and Public Relations major, with a concentration in PR.

How did you find out about Sircle Media?  How ironic is it that I found Sircle Media through social media?  Not that ironic I suppose, since it’s how our whole world is functioning these days. So, Adam posted in a Facebook group for social media jobs and internships, that they were in need of Social Media Managers and interns. He touched upon the different types of clients they worked with and the culture at Sircle and I saw the opportunity and knew I had to go after it since it seemed too good to be true or to pass up.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here? That it wasn’t too good to be true.  It’s a social media marketing agency that is filled with smart, scrappy, and hustling individuals that focus on different attributes that together, make up great social media marketing and strategy for clients.  I knew that this would be a great learning experience, but I didn’t expect how fast I would start learning first hand. Right out of the gate, I was working hands-on with tasks for clients and learning new approaches to managing the different aspects of social media like scheduling, strategy, creative content planning, and more.

What is the best part of your internship? This is hard to limit to one thing, but I would have to say the people.  There are many talented, bright, encouraging and intelligent people to learn from and to use as resources but at the same time, it is a small company where you aren’t being ignored.  You can ask questions, get critiques and share ideas, without feeling judged in any way whatsoever. The comfortable culture allows you to take away knowledge that you can apply to other areas beyond social media.  Whether you are interning for a Social Media Manager role, or on the creative/design side of the agency, you can still learn from other departments and figure out how to benefit from those different skills and resources.  What’s important in your work environment (and life in general I suppose) is who you surround yourself with. I can say that this culture is ideal for growth, learning, and self-confidence.  We also have a lot of fun along the way, which is a huge bonus!

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor? I’ve had the good fortune to work with Adam, The President, and Sara Lerner, The Managing Director intimately over the past couple of months.  Adam and Sara have been inspiring leaders that I will continue to look up to and learn from, regardless of where I end up in the years to come.  Adam has a great philosophy about life and business and is a mentor that is available to everyone who is a part of the company. He has developed a bulletproof method of creating success for clients and the employees at Sircle. Sara is a super smart, strong leader who has mastered the art of multi-tasking, problem-solving and developing strategy methods for social media that will yield success for all clients.

The advice you would give to a future intern? Attention to detail is the most important thing in everything that you do or create at Sircle. We work in both social media and service, so it is very important to be spot on with communication and deliverables. You must really be on the ball to be successful, that is for sure.

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Sircle Squad: Michele Doying

Today we feature one of our newest and most driven interns, Michele Doying. If we had to use one word to describe her, it would be HUSTLE. She is so focused and motivated to work hard and make things happen that it inspires us all to be better at our jobs. (Thank you for that Meesh.) We decided it was a good idea to ask her some questions to get to know her better.  Here goes:

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 7.03.59 AMFull name and nickname? michele doying (I know it’s weird, but for some reason I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing with lowercase letters) Nicknames: it depends on who you’re asking! Meesh, Mush, and Doying are probably my favourites

Age? 26

University? Bringham Young University- BYU!

Major? Bachelor of Fine Arts: Photography Emphasis

What made you choose Sircle Media? There are two main reasons why I chose Sircle Media. (1) I loved the amount of hands on work interns are given and knew it would be a great way to learn and grow in my field. (2) The working environment was a perfect fit. Everyone works as a team here and really supports each other.

Most surprising discovery/realization after working here for a couple of weeks? I’m surprised by how different each day is! We’re always seeking to improve upon our ideas and while that can be challenging at times it is always rewarding. Also, the mouthwash dispenser in the bathroom was a very pleasant discovery :)

What is the best part of your internship? The amount of confidence the team has in their interns is by far one of the best parts of this internship. The interns here are treated like part of the team, not as expendables, and that really shows in the amount of trust that is given to us. And I love being able to pay back that trust with quality work.

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor? Adam is probably one of the most motivational bosses I’ve ever had! And my supervisor, Reid, is pure amazingness. He encourages me to think outside the box and always has the patience to teach me new tricks in post production. (Thanks Reid!!)

Advice you would give to a future intern? Don’t limit yourself. Don’t let doubt stop you. The internship position I saw for Sircle Media was for a Graphic Designer but I applied anyways because in the description it mentioned the need for photographers/videographers. When I was asked to share my portfolio I briefly thought about backing out and saying the application was a mistake, what if they were really just looking for Graphic Designers? Thankfully that wasn’t my decision. I sent in my photo and video portfolio, an interview was scheduled, and I ended up with my favorite internship to date.

I will never regret that decision!

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Meet Sircle’s Newest Member: Jazmin Gac

Where did you grow up? I am from a small Missouri town in the middle of nowhere called Bowling Green (about an hour and a half north of St.Louis).

How old are you? Just turned 21

Where did you go to college and what was your major? I went to a small all women’s liberal arts school called Stephens College in Columbia Missouri.

What made you get into social media? I studied International Branding in Milan and London, which really opened my eyes to the importance of social media and the message a brand conveys throughout different platforms. It made me realize how important brand perception truly is.

What drew you to Sircle Media? I interned with a client of Sircle Media’s and in our first meeting together, I was impressed by the dedication and commitment displayed by the team. Adam and Sam made me feel as if they were a part of the internal team, which was immensely helpful and different than anything I had experienced in the past. After one meeting with Sircle Media, I knew I wanted to be a part of their team. Not even a month after graduating, I was hired to the team and couldn’t be more excited!

Last song you listened to? 20ysl’s Rihanna’s remix of Stay

Favorite T.V Show? I am a sucker for Kerry Washington and Scandal

Starbucks? Dunkin’ Donuts? Or the local coffee shop? If I’m in Manhattan, most definitely Starbucks, but when at home in BK, the local coffee shop.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Guacamole

 

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Meet Sircle’s Newest Intern: Casey Rist

caseyName: Casey Rist

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

College & Year: Rising Senior at the University of South Carolina

Three things you like about social media: I really enjoy how social media makes it easy to stay in touch with people – I’ve studied abroad twice and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram definitely make it easier to stay close with people I’ve met all over the world! I also like how social media serves can be a platform for my interests – whether its food, fashion, or fitness, I can find an Instagram to follow or a blog to read to expand on it. It’s also probably my first source for hearing news, so I like how it’s a fast and easy way to stay updated, whenever and wherever I am.

One think you look forward to at your internship: I’m looking forward to learning more about the in’s and out’s of social media as a business tool…. There’s way more to it than I thought!

Three things you would need to have if you were on a deserted island: Honestly, the three things I really can’t live without are coffee, chocolate, and wine….. So I’d bring no hydration and no nutrition and last one day.

Guilty pleasure: Chopped, I’m obsessed.

Celebrity crush: Heath Ledger – it’s a sore subject.

Starbucks, Dunkin, or the local coffee shop: Local coffee shop for sure!

 

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