Good Times!

by Ellie Johnson on June 30, 2010

in Media Two

Lebron and I are free agents tomorrow. That’s really the only parallel that I can draw between he and I and the closest I’ve ever come to a sports analogy.

Today is my last day at Media Two and it’s a good day!  Unlike Cleveland and The Cavs, Media Two and the team here will be just fine without me.  In three years, we have created some brilliant work together – for our clients and for our agency.  Media Two has evolved dramatically in its 12 years and I feel that the past three years have been the agency’s renaissance years.  Our work was innovative, our creative was award-winning and the agency was reborn and reinvented in downtown Raleigh.  Intelligent, creative people facing unprecedented hard economic times have that enviable ability to recognize and seize the opportunities despite the many challenges.  And that’s what we did together.  The agency is in fantastic form today, our client portfolio is diverse and expanding and so is our team.

As I think back about my time at Media Two, I am most proud of our collective agility and optimism, our enviable depth and breadth of experience in online advertising and our strong sense of commitment to one another as teammates and to our clients as partners.  We measure every effort, every tactic around here and it was exciting to be a part of an organization that strategically worked to grow our own business with new initiatives and attract new clients while we worked every day to drive growth for our current clients.  So many other businesses were forced to accept flat as the new growth.

Today Media Two is in fine form! The agency has always preached that digital should drive the marketer’s integrated mix and with our current client roster seeing obvious ROI by doing so, we are winning new pieces of traditional business, as well as broader initiatives online through social and search marketing.  The team now includes a few more key members and they bring strong skill sets for our clients’ benefit.

I swore that I would never work for an ad agency; I believe that traditionally, they are structured incorrectly and prohibit real information sharing within their own walls and with their clients and many pursue their own success before the success of their clients.  I will always be grateful to Amy Boaz for introducing me to Michael Hubbard.  Michael is a man of great integrity, a good friend and dedicated client advocate.  He inspires me daily to keep learning, keep asking more of the tools, the technology, the media and of myself as a strategist and a marketer.  As an agency, Media Two breaks all the molds  and for all the right reasons.  I’m thrilled to have worked for this agency; it has been a fantastic three years!

I love to leave a party when everyone’s having a great time and I have that perfect buzz… and that’s what this feels like.  I will miss working side by side with my friends here, I will miss my clients and the work they challenged me with every day and I will continue to send business to Media Two at every opportunity.

Thank you for these great years together friends, and here’s to our continued successes!

See y’all online!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Karl Sakas June 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Best wishes, Ellie!

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Amy Boaz June 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Sure…blame it ALL on that one introduction :) Good luck Miss Ellie you are a STAR!

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Phil Buckley June 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Awww Ellie, I’m happy and sad all at the same time. I agree that Media Two is at a high water mark right now as far as vision, focus and performance but I also know that you helped them reach that point.

You’ve personally helped me on more than one occasion and I’ll always be in your debt for that.

I know that whatever you choose next will be in need of that special Ellie TLC and you’ll continue to leave your imprint on the Triangle with your smarts, hard work and personality.

Keep up the good work my friend.

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Janet M. Kennedy June 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Ellie – You have been a dynamic presence for Media Two so no matter what you say, you will be missed. I know we missed you on the TIMA Board and it has only been a few months. That said, it is an exciting time in the big, wide world and you have an excellent reputation – a great asset.

Good luck in your next endeavor and let me know if there is anything I can ever do to lend a helping hand, offer coffee or share a drink. Cheers!

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Jeff Tippett June 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Best wishes and good luck!

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Brian McDonald June 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Ellie I will miss your blogs in this space. Best of luck to you in what’s next. Also I think you could take Lebron in a game of horse!

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Morgan Siem June 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Ellie – working with you has been an absolute pleasure. I’m sure you know how much respect you’ve gained from all of us and from all of our clients. You bring hard work, wits and passion together, which drives your excellent work. You’ve been an inspiration and friend to me personally. Can’t wait to see your next big adventure. I’ll take it offline for the rest of my mushy-gushy-goodbye :) Much love!

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Jon Kenney June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

You rock Ellie! You will definitely be missed, we’ve had some great times, great clients, great campaigns. You’ll keep doing great things in the future i’m sure of it, and maybe we can collaborate on a project in the future.

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ellie johnson June 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Well I wasn’t emotional until I read your kind words! Thank you so much for the votes of confidence. I believe that one is only as strong and as wise as their friends and I am very fortunate to have such a fine circle. It has been a sincere pleasure to work with all of you. Here’s to more of that in the near future!

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Seth Hargrave Seth June 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Gosh, I don’t know what to say to follow all of these comments. I guess ditto would be appropriate, but we all know you’ve inspired each of us in our own unique ways. Certainly you’ve served to motivate, encourage, and mentor as a professional, but I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the other good stuff too… bar hopping and rubbing elbows with the celebs in Manhattan, leaky roofs and the pet Gecko, and of course your old friend the plastic cockroach. Geez, I feel like I’m signing a yearbook now! Ellie, you will be sorely missed, and don’t you forget it!

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Michael Hubbard michaelhubbard June 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Didn’t anyone turn off your blogging rights yet??? Who is in charge here :) . Thank you Ellie for the great years here at Media Two – both professionally and personally. We know you’ll do great wherever you go! Anyone reading – you’re welcome to join the crew from Media Two for an Ellie send off at Humble Pie at 5:00 tonight!

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Jeff Bowman July 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Hi Ellie, It was a pleasure to meet you. You come across on first impression as such a positive and energetic force. Judging from these kind comments, your first and last impressions are the same; which shows to great integrity and authenticity. Best wishes for your future

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