Some people say that you'll instantly know if a job is right for you—those people don't know what they 're talking about. At a minimum, I think it takes a good six months to have a good feel for a new position and if it's really going to be a good fit. So, as my first two weeks at New Media Campaigns draw to a close, I don't know what the future holds, but I have picked up (or confirmed) a few things since I've been here.
It's all about the team
With any job, the people you work with make a big difference. Surround yourself with the right people and, more often than not, things will work out just fine. Such is the case with this group—from top to bottom, the NMC crew is an all-star cast. How did they assemble this A-Team? Although I secretly suspect that Mr. T is kept on retainer for HR consulting, I've been unsuccessful in my attempts to confirm that. I have, however, noticed a few consistent philosophies that seem to have resonated with the group: trust your employees, give them the tools and direction they need to succeed, keep them inspired, and then step aside and let them do what they do best.
Great service and a strong product go hand-in-hand
With only one of these you may survive, but you'll never prosper. Exceeding expectations and consistently delivering results leads to happy, repeat clients—the type of clients (and partners) that become evangelists for your company. It's simple to understand but much harder to execute. Lucky for me, it's something that this group figured out some time ago.
The strong product that I spoke about above—it's more than just a good-looking new website, it's often what's behind the curtain that really sets a site apart. Our current CMS powers hundreds of websites and provides our clients with full access and control over their site. It'd be easy to rest on the success of that system and focus our development resources on building new sites, but that's part of a "if it's not broke don't fix it" mentality that stands in the way of innovation. Enter HiFi.
Having used (and cursed) a number of different content management systems, I'm really excited about HiFi and what it means for our clients. Behind a polished and intuitive interface, this system boasts some exciting and powerful options for building websites. I really believe it's a system that will take our sites to the next level. If you haven't already, head over to the gethifi.com and check things out. While you're there, don't forget to drop off your email for updates on the system as they're rolled-out.
So, is that it? No, but what do you expect from the new guy?. After all, my time here has just begun.