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Job Posting: Digital Marketer, Copywriter - Associate

The Company:

Geek Chicago

Geek Chicago is a digital marketing agency and web development firm that is committed to serving growing businesses and the political world. Geek specializes in website design & development, as well as inbound marketing - including content writing/creation, search engine optimization, social media, digital communications, and reputation management.

Geek helps clients enrich their brands and grow their audiences. Our clients work across multiple industries, including real estate, architecture, law, politics, financial services, insurance, and home services.

Job Description:

Geek Chicago is looking for a Digital Marketing associate with copywriting and digital marketing skills and an introductory understanding of search engine optimization and lead generation strategy. 

We’re seeking an inspired and talented writer to create online content for our clients in the form of 800 - 1400 word content pieces (articles) for their respective company websites. Dynamic and creative writing styles desired. Candidates should have a familiarity with the major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Experience managing paid social media campaigns, pay per click advertising, automated drip campaigns, and landing/squeeze pages is a plus.

This is a position for an entry-level candidate or associate. Previous professional experience is not required, but writing samples are a precursor to an interview. The position will be 16 -20 hours a week initially, with an expectation of growth. The work can be performed remotely, or in office, with weekly or twice weekly in-person meetings.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Dynamic and creative writing to formal and casual audiences. Able to adapt to the voices of our unique clients.
  • Basic SEO knowledge is preferred, but not required
  • The ability to work independently and remotely, while adhering to a prescribed publishing schedule.
  • An ability to learn new subjects and concepts quickly, with a desire to expand your body of knowledge.
  • Preferred: Experience with basic web design concepts and semantics.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, GSuite (Google Apps Suite), and/or Content Management Systems (CMS - such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.)
  • Experience on social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest
  • Capability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines while maintaining attention to detail

Compensation:

Geek Chicago team members are hired as 1099 contractors, with assignment deadlines, and management of their own working hours. All staff are invited to twice weekly team meetings (Wednesday and Thursday mornings.) In time, talented staff can expect an opportunity for assignments and working hours to grow (if interested), and an opportunity to become a W2 Geek employee. The Copywriter position pays $13.50 - 15.50 per hour, commensurate with experience. W2 employees are offered health benefits and paid time-off.

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Operations Assistant / Personal Assistant Job Opportunity

Get in early with two growing companies!

This role starts with learning the environment, and providing support to two great companies. What the role grows into is up to you!

The Opportunity:

Busy entrepreneur, and founder of two small businesses, looking for someone approximately 25 hours a week assistance (to start, growth expected). Responsibilities include supporting the entrepreneur and two businesses, a real estate practice made up of 3 team members and a five-person digital marketing agency.  

The Companies:

Geek Chicago is a digital marketing agency and technology consulting firm and committed to providing services to small- and medium-sized businesses and the political world. Geek specializes in website design and development as well inbound/digital marketing - including content writing/creation, search engine optimization, social media, and digital communications. The company provides businesses the freedom to focus on what they do best, by streamlining processes and making technology work.  

The Real Group Real Estate Team at Baird & Warner was founded in 2011 in order to help home buyers, sellers, and investors with their residential real estate needs. The team was created to better serve our clients with a breadth of experience, history, tools, personalities. Real Group has won 11 Awards for Integrity, Communication, and Customer Service. 

Job Responsibilities would include:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Fielding correspondence - phone and email
  • Managing real estate contract processes, sending reminders and follow ups, requesting documents
  • Updating Social Media accounts, especially Instagram
  • Running occasional errands
  • Participate in planning, organizing and implementation of events
  • Procuring client gifts
  • Finding opportunities to improve overall efficiency of operations
  • Developing into a client-facing relationship manager or a project management role

Skills Needed:

  • Willingness to learn on the job, and ask questions (a student mentality)
  • Happiness to roll with the punches, some flexibility in schedule
  • Sensitivity to confidential data and information
  • Self-motivation and strong computer and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or Google Docs or similar
  • Any website development experience is a bonus!
  • Social media skills a plus!

Hours - These are subject to compromise, but likely 5 hours/day times 5 days/week. Four weekdays and one weekend day would work.  

Compensation - Beginning compensation in the range of $12-14/hour with upward potential

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Job Posting: Digital Designer - Internship

The Company:

Geek Chicago

Geek Chicago is a digital marketing agency and technology consulting firm that is committed to providing services to growing businesses and the political world. Geek specializes in website design and development, as well as inbound/digital marketing - including content writing/creation, search engine optimization, social media, digital communications, and reputation management.

The company provides businesses the freedom to focus on what they do best, by streamlining processes and making technology work.  Our clients work across multiple industries, including real estate, architecture, law, politics, financial services, insurance, and home services.  

 

Job Description:

Geek Chicago is looking for a seasonal intern eager to assist with both graphic design and website design.

The candidate should be an aspiring, and inspired, graphic design candidate to who can support the needs of our clients by sourcing and developing digital imagery on our clients' website and blogs. Additionally, they will work with our staff and clients to design website mockups. Our clients work across multiple industries, including real estate, architecture, law, politics, financial services, insurance, and home services. Applicants should have a familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe InDesign, and/or Adobe Illustrator (or similar.) Some exposure to, or experience with, basic web design concepts (HTML, CSS) is strongly preferred.

This is a paid position for a student or recent graduate seeking an entry-level internship, with the possibility of extension. Previous professional experience is not required, but 2-4 samples are a prerequisite for an interview. If you have a background in web development, samples of other digital assets (newsletters, images, websites) may also be considered.

The part-time position will be 12-15 hours a week initially, with future growth opportunities. The work can be performed partially remotely, with in-person meetings at least twice weekly. You'll report to and collaborate with our head digital designer for all on-going projects. A personal laptop or tablet/keyboard is required, and all office amenities are provided (desk, printer, copier, etc).

 

Who You Are

  • Motivated working remotely, as well as collaboratively in an office environment
  • Excited for collaboration and implementation of your designs
  • Adaptive and creative in problem-solving
  • Eager to learn and expand within the company

 

Responsibilities Include:

Your focus within Geek Chicago will be creative and technical. Working with both clients and internal content writers, the responsibilities will be as such:

  • Collaborate with our digital marketing team  on the creation of client websites, digital newsletters, infographics, blog imagery, and banner art all the while incorporating creative direction in layouts and design that represent both internal and client branding
  • Understand multiple client brands and nuances, providing initial mock up websites that meet client objectives and user needs, all within client brand guidelines
  • Continue to develop basic web development skills (HTML, CSS) to improve design compatibility with developers
  • Carry out small website modification tasks, and with internal training, learn web development concepts

 

Skills and Expertise:

  • Strong working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or other graphic manipulation tools
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly, with a desire to expand knowledge into other areas of web design and development
  • Capacity to work independently and remotely, while adhering to a prescribed delivery schedule
  • Capability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
  • Strength in establishing visual hierarchy, layout, typography, and color effectively
  • Preferred: Experience with basic web design concepts and semantics. Wordpress or Joomla development a major bonus.
  • Basic SEO knowledge is considered, but not required

Please send your resume and (2-4) digital assets/links in the form below.

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Reputation Management for Your Business

Positively influencing what is said about you online is at the core of reputation management. Geek Chicago assists businesses in managing their reviews, distributing and amplifying the positive ones, and generating new ones. 

To sign up for our $300 monthly reputation management services, complete the following form and someone will reach out to you to get started within 24 hours.

 

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Job Posting: Digital Designer - Website Design

The Company:

Geek ChicagoGeek Chicago is a digital marketing agency and technology consulting firm that is committed to providing services to small- and medium-sized businesses and the political world. Geek specializes in website design and development, as well inbound/digital marketing - including content writing/creation, search engine optimization, social media, and digital communications. The company provides businesses the freedom to focus on what they do best, by streamlining processes and making technology work.  

 

Job Description:

Geek Chicago is looking for a visual designer who can assist with both graphic design and website design.

The candidate should be an aspiring, and inspired, graphic design candidate to who can support the needs of our clients by sourcing and developing digital imagery on our clients' website and blogs. Additionally, they will work with our staff and clients to design website mock-ups that. Our clients work across multiple industries, including real estate, architecture, law, politics, financial services, insurance, and home services. Applicants should have a familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Adobe InDesign, and/or Adobe Illustrator (or similar.) Some exposure to, or experience with, basic web design concepts (HTML, CSS) is strongly preferred.

This is a position for an entry-level to experienced candidate or associate, though we will consider an internship with the possibility of extension. Previous professional experience is not required, but samples of digital assets (newsletters, images, websites) are requested. The position will be 20-28 hours a week initially, with the expectation of growth. Compensation will depend on experience, generally in the $13-16 range. The work can be performed partially remotely with twice weekly in person meetings.

 

Who You Are

  • Motivated working remotely as well as collaboratively in the office
  • Excited for collaboration and implementation of your designs
  • Adaptive and creative in problem-solving
  • Eager to learn and expand within the company

 

Responsibilities Include:

Your focus within Geek Chicago will be creative and technical. Working with both clients and internal content writers, the responsibilities will be as such:

  • Collaborate with clients and our content writers on the creation of client websites, digital newsletters, infographics, blog imagery, and banner art all the while incorporating creative direction in layouts and design that represent both internal and client branding
  • Understand multiple client brands and nuances, providing initial mock up websites that meet client objectives and user needs, all within client brand guidelines
  • Continue to develop basic web development skills (HTML, CSS) to improve design compatibility with developers
  • Carry out small website modification tasks, and with internal training, learn web development concepts

 

Skills and Expertise:

  • Strong working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, or other graphic manipulation tools
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly, with a desire to expand knowledge into other areas of web design and development
  • Capacity to work independently and remotely, while adhering to a prescribed delivery schedule
  • Capability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
  • Strength in establishing visual hierarchy, layout, typography, and color effectively
  • Preferred: Experience with basic web design concepts and semantics. Wordpress or Joomla development a major bonus.
  • Basic SEO knowledge is considered, but not required

Please send your resume and (2-4) digital assets/links in the form below.

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What Do Consumers Think About the Brands They Follow on Social Media?

What do consumers think of the brands they follow on social media

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.”

So says rock critic Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous. And while the rock stars and writers of Crowe’s cult classic eventually learn that “coolness” isn’t the end-all-be-all, in today’s digital marketing landscape, plenty of brands still seem to chase being “cool” as the ultimate goal of their social media efforts.

But does hipness actually translate to clicks? Does a killer pop culture reference automatically generate engagement?

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Job Posting: Digital Designer - Digital Newsletter Producer

The Company:

Geek ChicagoGeek Chicago is a digital marketing agency and technology consulting firm and committed to providing services to small- and medium-sized businesses and the political world. Geek specializes in website design and development as well inbound/digital marketing - including content writing/creation, search engine optimization, social media, and digital communications. The company provides businesses the freedom to focus on what they do best, by streamlining processes and making technology work.  

 

Job Description:

Geek Chicago is looking for an aspiring, and inspired, digital design candidate to build digital newsletters for our clients and to source and enhance images for our client's websites and other online content. Candidates should have a familiarity with the major digital newsletter platforms (MailChimp, Constant Contact, AWeber, etc.) as well as some core skills in Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Illustrator (or similar.) Some exposure to, or experience with, basic web design concepts (html, CSS) is preferred. 

This is a position for an entry-level candidate or associate, though we will consider internship with the possibility of extension.  Previous professional experience is not required, but samples of digital assets (newsletters, images, websites) are requested. The position will be 16-20 hours a week initially, with an expectation of growth.  Compensation will depend on experience, generally in the $12-15 range. The work can be performed remotely with weekly or twice weekly in person meetings. 

 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate with clients and internal content writers on the creation of digital newsletters and banner art for client content
  • Understand a multiple client brands and nuances, provide designs that meet objectives, user needs, and client brand guidelines
  • Continue to develop basic web development skills (html, CSS) to improve look and feel of digital newsletters
  • Take on small website modification tasks

 

Skills and Expertise:

  • Knowledge of MailChimp, Constant Contact, Vertical Response, AWeber, or similar.
  • The ability to work independently and remotely, while adhering to a prescribed delivery schedule.
  • An ability to learn new concepts quickly, with a desire to expand your body of knowledge.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other graphic manipulation tools
  • Ability to establish visual hierarchy, layout, typography, and color effectively
  • Preferred: Experience with basic web design concepts and semantics. Wordpress development a major bonus.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Basic SEO knowledge is considered, but not required

Please send your resume and (2-4) digital assets/links in the form below.

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).