Meet Sircle’s Newest Content Creator, Kourtney!

Here at Sircle we love to improve our team by expanding and bringing on new talent! We recently sat down with our newest hire, Kourtney Mack to learn a bit more about her. While interviewing, her drive, creativity, and positive spirit really stood out and we knew right away that she would be the perfect addition to the squad. Without further ado, let’s meet her!

Full Name: Kourtney Mack

Current Position at Sircle: Content Creator

Winter or Summer?: Can’t beat summer, especially in NYC.

What was your journey to finding Sircle Media?: I was working as a studio product photographer in e-commerce for about three and a half years and I was looking to branch out and grow in my career. I knew that I would love to incorporate more food and people into the product work that I was doing. When researching Sircle Media, I saw that they worked with a lot of food and beverage companies which was exactly what I was hoping for! Everything seemed to align after talking with Adam and Sara. I am very happy to be on such a creative team and look forward to the work that I get to create.

What has been your impression of Sircle so far?: My first impression of Sircle is that it is a very fast-paced, well-oiled machine. Some other words are: smart, down-to-earth, scrappy, kind and motivating.

What can you say about your co-workers?: Everyone is very close-knit and it truly feels like a family and/or genuine friends that I get to work with.

What can you say about Adam?: Adam is very inspiring and passionate, thoughtful and considerate. I love the company culture that he has created at Sircle Media. It’s been a joy so far.

What are you most looking forward to at Sircle?: I look forward to really honing different styles as a photographer and becoming more confident in my role.

How do you think Sircle Media stands out from other agencies?: Sircle Media gets right down to business. Once we sign a client, we make it our mission to service them and their needs right away and we look to produce solid results as quickly as possible.

What is your favorite activity/thing to do outside of work?: When it comes down to it, I really love connecting with people which can take on many forms. I love activities such as going out to eat at a new restaurant, board game nights, and book clubs, just to name a few. One hobby that I have is salsa dancing and have been taking lessons recently. I love trying to get better at something just for the sake of improvement.

Kourtney sure does bring great energy to our team and we look forward to watching her career blossom at the agency. Keep an eye out for some of her excellent work!

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Welcome to the Sircle Squad, Wyatt!

Recently, we sat down to get to know one of our newest hires, Wyatt Davis! We were connected with Wyatt through another Sircle Media employee and immediately saw a perfect fit. We know that her creativity, drive, and positivity will be a huge contributor to our future success! Without further ado, let’s meet her!

Full Name/Nickname: Wyatt Davis. Some people call me “Wy” or “Wyty”!

Current Position: Social Media Manager

Beach or Mountains?: This is SO tough, I love a balance of both but I’d probably have to say the beach.

What was your journey to finding Sircle Media?: It’s a funny story actually. I was job hunting after working in Paid Social for 3 years and had worked with Lexi Levy (a current Sircle employee) on an account and we stayed in touch. She mentioned Sircle and talked about how much she loves it, and I personally don’t know anyone who even likes their job, so I knew she was on to something. After my first interview, I was sold.

What was your reason for choosing a Social agency?: The main reason I wanted to come to a company like Sircle was to do something more creative within the social media realm after being in paid social for 3 years and having a brief stint on our creative team there. Working with Lexi in the past was a huge help!

What has been your impression of Sircle so far?: Scrappy, creative, smart, innovative, fast-acting, driven, organized, and caring are the words that come to mind.

What can you tell us about Adam?: He’s a big part of the reason that I chose to work at Sircle. He’s incredibly intelligent and cares so much about the company and his employees which means a lot to me. He’s fostered a great community with the team and our clients.

What can you tell us about your team?: Beyond cool and friendly. I’m 4 weeks into the job and I couldn’t feel more welcomed. Everyone is really diverse but comes together in a great way.

How do you think Sircle Media stands out from other agencies?: In so many ways. There’s consistent support, you’re not worked to the bone, morale is high, company culture is great, the content we create is beautiful and professional and done by a small team. Adam is our main salesperson, and we’re able to be picky about who our clients are.

What is your favorite activity to do outside of work?: I would have to say it is finding new restaurants. I’m a huge foodie and living in NYC is a foodie’s dream. I also love seeing live music and bingeing true crime shows.

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Sircle Squad Intern: Claire

Name: Claire Anzalone

Hometown: I hail from the land of Austin, Texas.

University and Major: I attended Austin Community College to major in 2D animation!

Year: I graduated in spring 2019.

Favorite Movie/Book: My Favorite Movie is currently Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I love the combination of 3D and 2D animation in this movie, and the uniqueness it creates.

Beach or Forest?: I would choose the Forest. I love the scenery and all the different animals that you can find!

Why Sircle Media?: I chose Sircle Media because I thought it would be great experience to learn how motion graphics are done for social media.

What is one social media skill or topic you’ve been working on during your internship?: Creating entertaining and informing videos for Instagram posts.

What is one skill or topic you hope to learn more about?: I’d love to learn more about effects on After Effects, and the possibilities they offer.

Favorite client to work on?: Currently, my favorite client to work on is Rethink. I love drawing and coloring their characters and animating their products.

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Sircle Squad Intern: Cameron

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Name: Cameron Scotland

Hometown: Brooklyn

University and Major: CUNY New York City College of Technology / Communication Design

Year: Third Year Student

Most Likely To?: Most likely to laugh at a bad joke

Why Sircle Media?: I wanted hands-on work experience and an opportunity to build my portfolio, and Sircle Media looked perfect for that. So far I have done quite a bit of work and seeing it go live on a client’s social network has felt very rewarding!

What is one social media skill or topic you’ve been working on during your internship?: Creating templates for my work when I have the opportunity to is something I’ve been doing; It’s helped guide me, and also allow me to work more efficiently all while keeping client’s content cohesive

What is one skill or topic you hope to learn more about?: One skill/topic I want to learn more about is rebranding

Favorite client to work on?: TravelStore has been my favorite client to work on, I’ve been doing a lot of graphics for them!

 

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Sircle Squad Intern: Morgan

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Full name: Morgan Forrest

Hometown: Marlton, NJ

University and Major: University of Delaware – Marketing major with a double minor in Advertising and Professional Selling

Year: Junior

Why Sircle Media?: Interning at Sircle Media has given me the unique opportunity to utilize my passion for social media in a real world environment. Capturing the voice of the brand and allowing them to tell their story and showcase their personality through social media is unlike anything I have done before. In my few months here so far, I have gained more valuable knowledge and experience in the field of social media marketing than I thought possible and I am so grateful to have this learning experience.

What do you look forward to during your internship?: Getting to work alongside my Social Media Manager, Lexi. She has so much knowledge and experience to share with me and I love having the opportunity to learn new things in the world of social media every single day!

What is one topic/skill that you’ve improved on so far during your internship?: During my internship I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about influencer marketing and the thought process that goes into selecting appropriate influencers for each individual brand. This is my first experience working with influencers and I’ve gained valuable hands on knowledge and experience that can be applied to my daily intern activities.

Most Likely To?: be online shopping

Favorite Move/Book?: Sweet Home Alabama

Appetizer or Dessert?: Dessert

Beach or Forest?: Beach

Favorite Client to Work On?: Real Food From The Ground Up

 

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Sircle Squad Profile: Leah Hammer

IMG_4269We sat down to get to know our newest hire, Leah Hammer a bit better and we thought we would share some insights from that conversation. Like many great SircleSquad members before her, she worked her way up thru our intern “farm system” and earned a spot with the team. We love her hustle and commitment to working hard to get the job done.

Leah brings great creative energy to the team and will no doubt be an amazing contributor to our future success. Without further ado, let’s meet her!

Full name/nickname? 

My full name is Leah Hammer. I don’t have many nicknames except for when my best friends call me “Lee”!

Age? 

21

University and Major?

I’m a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Delaware with a major in English and minors in Journalism and Health & Wellness.

How did you find out about Sircle Media?

I found out about Sircle Media while searching for an internship with a social agency that shared my passion for health and wellness. I was searching through Instagram and came across Sircle Media, which I noticed worked with some of my favorite health and wellness brands. In the past, I’ve had the most rewarding internship experiences with agencies who strive to better the lives of others. I could immediately tell Sircle Media had the same philosophy. This factor, along with the extremely warm and welcoming company culture was how I knew I wanted to be a part of the team and learn as much as I could!

Most surprising discover/realization after working here?

Working with Sircle Media has reaffirmed for me how incredible it is to work at a social agency. Sircle Media has the kindest employees, and each day I feel like I’m learning something new. I know I can express my creative ideas and feel like they’re being heard. Everyone is so supportive of one another and strives to improve every day.

What is the best part of your internship?

The best part of my internship has been the employees. Everyone has been so kind, open, and eager to help me in every way possible. I’ve also loved every single brand I’ve been able to work with over the term of my internship. It’s made each day so exciting and always makes me look forward to the next!

What can you tell us about Adam or your supervisor?

While working at Sircle, I’ve had the privilege to work closely with Adam and Michelle Paltan, my social media manager supervisor. When I first started my internship with Sircle, I was blown away by Adam’s weekly emails to the SircleSquad. He would offer advice to all of his employees on how to reduce stress at work, and improve your wellbeing and interpersonal relationships. I remember thinking “how many other companies actually send such thoughtful emails like this?”. Not only has Adam been such a great mentor, but he’s also so successful at what he does!

Michelle has also been a huge factor in my growth as an intern at Sircle Media. Over the past three months that I’ve worked with her, she’s challenged me with new assignments, been open and supportive of my ideas, and demonstrated such a passion for what she does. I can’t wait to continue learning more from her in my new role.

What advice would you give a future intern? 

I would tell future interns to be open to learning as much as possible, and always challenge yourself! Sircle Media is such an amazing company to intern for, with so many opportunities for growth and meaningful connections along the way.

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Sircle Squad Intern: Jayleen Carmona

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We sat down with the newest intern to join The SircleSquad, Jayleen Carmona to learn a bit more about her. Enjoy!

Name? Jayleen Carmona

Hometown? Saint Cloud, Florida

School? University of Florida

Major?  Telecommunications

Why Sircle Media? This past year I started a job as a social media manager for one of the colleges on campus. Although my degree is specialized in production, I realized I had a passion for social media as well. I loved the ability to interact and build a brand through creative content marketing. With this realization, I applied to Sircle and have come to recognize how intense and exciting this growing field is! At Sircle, people are great and the job is always interesting!

Most Likely To? Become a Crazy Cat Lady

Favorite Movie/Book? 500 Days of Summer

Appetizer or Dessert? Appetizer

Beach or Forest? Beach

Favorite Client to Work On? Michter’s!

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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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