Project Management Update

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Project Management Hacks #4: The chicken and the egg in collaboration.

Posted by Jodie Byass on Apr 16, 2019

Q: I’m new to my role as a traffic manager in a digital agency where I manage a crazy amount of creative projects. I’ve already discovered a few bad habits while managing approvals. For example, my designer is sometimes cc’d in on email feedback and asked by certain stakeholders to make changes before the approval round is completed. The idea is to “save time” but it has the opposite effect of driving up artwork changes if the feedback is later contradicted. There have also been several instances where a team member has been working on a project only to be told to start on a more urgent one – without my knowledge. I’m continually updating and sending out a progress report to keep my team in the loop. Not confusing at all (yes it is!).

How can I improve collaboration to avoid our projects stalling?

Traffic Jam Manager

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Topics: Project Management Software, Managing Marketing Projects, Managing Resources, Marketing Project Management, Collaboration

Best Practices for Starting a Successful Marketing Project

Posted by Jodie Byass on Feb 22, 2019

Creative marketing projects. They can go so right. And so wrong. You probably know that feeling of waking at 4am wondering if you’ll ever make that deadline. So how do you mitigate the risks, even turn it around?

There are many elements that contribute to the success of a project. How you start a project, though, probably says a lot about how you’ll finish it. With this, here are our best practices for starting a marketing project on the right foot.

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Topics: Project Management Software, Managing Marketing Projects, Marketing Teams, Project Briefing, Project Planning, Marketing Project Management

Project Management Hacks #3: Solving the creative brief dilemma

Posted by Jodie Byass on Feb 18, 2019

Q: I’m a marketing manager who oversees a studio team responsible for creating all the marketing output for our brand. Previously, our sales team filled out an electronic brief form to start a project, but it’s been superseded by an email brief (information just pasted into an email). The sales team says that it’s quicker and easier this way, but this isn’t the case for marketing. The reality is, in most cases, we don’t receive a proper brief and it usually takes another week of emailing to get one. Sometimes it just gets too confusing and I have to call a meeting to discuss it. Meanwhile, the project deadline doesn’t shift which means all of this to-ing and fro-ing eats into our production time. How can I get our briefing process back on track while keeping the sales team on board?

Briefly Yours PM

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Topics: Project Management Software, Project Briefing, Project Planning, Marketing Project Management

Connect your workflow and finance software for greater ease and agility

Posted by Darin Lloyd on Sep 18, 2018

Software solutions are becoming a critical part of streamlining operations in ad agencies. Still, technology can pose its own challenges. For example, the disconnect between specialised tools is placing more pressure on teams who spend precious creative time moving data across platforms. In today’s technology-driven world, it shouldn’t be this difficult.

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Topics: Admation, Resource Management Software, Project Management Software, Ad Agencies, Ad Agency Project Management Software