MERGE Careers

Are you a dreamer? A visionary? A realist? Or someone who seeks boundless possibilities at every turn? If you think you fit into our cultural DNA, let’s connect. We’re always in search of new ideas and thinking.

  • 2-4 years of experience
  • Full Time
  • asap

As a Programmatic Media Buyer, you will be our in-house trading specialist working on our preferred programmatic platforms to purchase display media as well as CTV/OTT, Audio, and Out-of-Home inventory. You will be a key member of the media team, working collaboratively with our strategic media planners, and will report directly to our EVP, Media Director.

We will be counting on you to drive the performance of our client’s media plans against KPI’s that you help establish as well as keeping us ahead of the rapidly changing programmatic buying landscape.

You will be well versed in data options for defining our audiences, all of the tactics used to best reach them, and the best inventory sources available.

You will be the type of person that doesn’t like to work in a silo and instead, likes to include strategic input that comes from working closely with clients and others at MERGE.  You will be a problem-solver and a good communicator.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Launch, manage, and optimize campaigns using our preferred demand-side platforms

  • Work with media strategy teams to set up campaigns

  • Collaborate with Decision Sciences team to set KPI’s and report against them based on an agreed upon reporting cadence and evaluate online attribution and measurement partners

  • Optimize performance of campaigns on an ongoing basis

  • Manage and pace campaigns against budgets

  • Understand the latest programmatic trends and share them within Merge and with clients

  • Meet with industry data and technology partners

  • Evaluate and recommend data and technology partners

  • Manage campaigns across multiple goals and requirements (e.g., awareness, CPA, viewability, brand safety)


IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1-2+ years of directly related experience

  • Four-year college degree in a related field

  • Able to execute across all programmatic tactics including Audience, Contextual, Retargeting, Geo-location, and Behavioral targeting

  • Experience with The Trade Desk is not required but a plus

  • Experienced in open RTB marketplace as well as setting up and/or executing private, preferred publisher deals

  • Detail oriented, organized and accurate

  • Thrives in a team-oriented environment

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to translate and present complex ideas in a simple, smart way

  • Strong problem-solving abilities and a willingness to consider unconventional ideas when recommending solutions

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and work under pressure to deliver high quality work within time timelines

  • Knowledge of ad server technology and reporting interfaces


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • Less than a year
  • Full Time
  • asap

Merge Chicago is looking for a New Business Intern/Coordinator that will support MERGE’s Business Development function.

Responsibilities:

MERGE is a collaborative company. While this description includes core functional responsibilities, all of our employees are active members of the team, flexible in assisting the company as it grows and evolves. This expectation requires each person to be capable of adapting to the dynamics of a client driven environment. We’re as interested in your human side as your technical expertise. The ideal candidate will be upbeat, optimistic and happy to help the team.

Core functional responsibilities include:


  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the advertising/agency industry and agency operations

  • Approach each day with a hunter/consultant/entrepreneur mindset

  • Learn about MERGE’s various capabilities and how to talk and write about them in a consultative way

  • Help to manage the New Business Prospect List to ensure information is up to date and accurate in the agency CRM

  • Maintain a quota of outbound prospecting messages per week, and meetings per month

  • Work closely with the VP Business Development to both rework and develop new agency messaging for use in outbound communications

  • Work closely with VP Business Development to strategize and develop MERGE content across social media channels (LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter)

  • Potentially manage MERGE social channels including LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter

  • Assist as a research resource for the New Business Team, spanning trend research and prospect category/industry research

  • Participate in the RFP and proposal process by helping to coordinate team members, manage materials, assist in editing and proofreading, and preparing pitch materials and collateral for meetings


Qualifications:

  • Completed or in-progress Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work effectively with a variety of personalities on a day-to-day basis

  • Strong writing skills with a passion for self-improvement, with the ability to pass a writing assignment

  • Keen attention to detail

  • A solid knowledge of Google Docs, MS Office Suite and Mac OS applications such as Keynote required

  • Strong interest in pursuing a career in agency business development or account management and social media


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • 4-6 years
  • Full Time
  • asap

Senior Strategists work on a specific portfolio of brands. Through a strong understanding of social platforms they take an active role in all aspects of a social project—identifying brand’s issues, running competitive benchmark, forming recommendation, building architecture of programs, drafting the budget, defining the drivers of performance and the KPI’s framework. Senior Strategists are experts in understanding how social platforms can be leveraged not as a broadcast media but narrowcast, in designing engaging experience through insights, technologies and expertise, with a constant testing/learning approach. Senior Strategists design social media strategies that combines the reach of social platforms, deep audience segmentation, a strong and ongoing integration of content and targeting, robust testing approach based on conversion tracking and learning and optimization techniques to generate business results.

Senior Strategists advocate for the right set of actions on social platforms to implement a strategy and help create the necessary consensus within both the internal client team and the client's organization to achieve results. They work closely with the client team to continuously improve the thinking, direction of the strategy, and recommended programs and tactics. They understand how Social Media platforms (FB, TW, LK, YT,..) are organized and maintains a strong relationship with the different platforms ‘lead for his portfolio of brand. They activate the social media partner when needed (Nielsen studies, need of specific data,…)

Responsibilities:


  • Social Strategists translate business objectives into social media objectives, enriched by proprietary benchmarks (best content/format, CPM/CTR/CPA in category,…).

  • Social Strategists analyze available insights and define overall Strategy in terms of Distribution and Amplification. This may include competitive analysis. They select Platform and define role and objective of each one in the global plan.

  • Social Strategists define content amplification principles including segmentation and contextualization approach.

  • They map all distribution segments per platform and associate budget needed based on KPI/objectives.

  • They recommend the format and placement to be leveraged based on the objectives of the campaign taking into consideration the budget limitation

  • They define the right advertising pressure to put in place to achieve the goals taking into consideration the budget limitation

  • They define the general tagging strategy, based on client requirements, including conversion tracking, page level conversion rate (funnel conversion), and re-­‐engagement of people that did not convert with specific messages based on their last stage in the conversion funnel

  • They also define the general approach to custom targeting by identifying the data available that can be leveraged to develop unique targeting based on client knowledge/databases.

  • As with any other digital acquisition/retention channel, social permits to precisely measure response rates, and easily test which formats, and creative options, drive the best returns. Social Strategists integrate in their strategies A/B testing and messaging matrix based on multiple targeting.

  • Social Strategists prepare/present necessary reporting for client/agency senior stakeholder distribution, based on drivers of performance and the KPI’s framework designed in its Strategy.

  • Social Strategists are responsible of evaluation of execution resources needed and of drafting budget.


Qualifications:

  • 4-6 years experience in social marketing, with proven examples of strategies developed for well-­‐known brands in the social media space

  • Strategically strong. Understands the client’s business and is able to connect business challenges and social strategy/tactics.

  • Expert in understanding of social media and established understanding of the wider digital communications landscape

  • Passionate about quickly-­‐evolving digital/social media environment with a strong POV to share with clients and colleagues

  • Research skills, with the ability to generate data-­‐based insights to weave into the strategy process

  • Ability to work effectively, proactively and seamlessly amongst an integrated agency team

  • Superior communication, organizational, and time management skills

  • Proven ability to independently manage multiple priorities in a fast paced and deadline driven environment

  • Eye for innovation and the next emerging platform or partner to consider as part of a social strategy results

  • Candidate must have data analytical skills and spreadsheet capabilities; can build detailed business case/ROI modeling

  • Candidate must demonstrate: a proven track record of social consulting engagements that produced positive business results; a portfolio of strong brands and/or industry breadth or depth; and a deep knowledge of business and social

  • Candidate must have experience collaborating closely with key decision influencers (e.g. external technology/service partners, internal cross-­‐functional team of Brand Planners, Creative Directors, Engineers, Account Directors, Analysts, and other digital experts), in order to pool relevant knowledge and skills to recommend industry-­‐ leading social marketing solutions

  • Applying social/digital media in your own life – please include links to your relevant social media spaces

  • Previous experience in social oriented agency preferred


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • 5+ years
  • Full Time
  • asap

Reporting to the Development Manager, The Open Source Developer will primarily support existing client web sites/ applications primarily with PHP, JavaScript, HTML & CSS. This role will also help to create banners and email templates.

Responsibilities:

MERGE is a collaborative company. While this description includes core functional responsibilities, all of our employees are active members of the team, flexible in assisting the company as it grows and evolves. This expectation requires each person to be capable of adapting to the dynamics of a client driven environment. We’re as interested in your human side as your technical expertise. The ideal candidate will be upbeat, optimistic and happy to help the team. Additionally, these are some of the key responsibilities for this role:


  • Build efficient, testable, and reusable code.

  • Implement new features as part of larger projects.

  • Support existing projects by troubleshooting issues and by maintaining, updating and adding features.

  • Integration of user-facing elements develop by front-end developers

  • Solve complex challenges and contribute with the best possible implementation for the task at hand


Qualifications:

  • 5 - 7 years’ experience as a PHP developer

  • Understanding of fundamental design principles in designing scalable, secure and performant applications

  • Solid knowledge and experience of object-oriented programming in PHP

  • Solid knowledge and experience with SQL

  • Experience with PHP development using RDBMs such as MySQL or PostgreSQL

  • Experience using open source CMS platforms (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.)

  • Experience using version control (GIT, TFS, Mercurial, etc).

  • Must have front end development experience using HTML, CSS & JavaScript.

  • Previous involvement and exposure to the full development life cycle; design, coding, test, build, QA, deployment and maintenance.

  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to produce accurate work.

  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Must be able to multi-task and work within deadlines.

  • Experience with a client framework like AngularJS or ReactJS Is a plus.

  • Experience with unit testing or test driven development Is a plus.


Values

  • Ability. Ability to bring the highest level of skill and competence.

  • Agility. To keep us flexible, nimble and incredibly responsive to client and market demands.

  • Humility. Constant seekers of new ideas, amazing collaborators and builders of those around us.


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • 1-2 years of experience
  • Full Time
  • asap

As a Paid Search Analyst, you will create, optimize and lead the reporting of client paid search campaigns. You will work across all of the agency’s paid search assignments. You will conduct and analyze keyword research necessary to build campaigns; recommend paid search plans to clients; QA campaigns for launch; report results, insights, and optimization strategies on a regular basis. You will work closely with our strategic media planning team and report directly to our Paid Search Manager.

Responsibilities:

MERGE is a collaborative company. While this description includes core functional responsibilities, all of our employees are active members of the team, flexible in assisting the company as it grows and evolves. This expectation requires each person to be capable of adapting to the dynamics of a client driven environment. We’re as interested in your human side as your technical expertise. The ideal candidate will be upbeat, optimistic and happy to help the team.

Core functional responsibilities include:


  • Understand client needs and help identify PPC goals

  • Run routine optimizations on accounts such as reviewing search query reports, negative keyword maintenance, AB testing, etc.

  • Create campaigns by writing ad copy, creating keyword lists and targeting strategies based on client needs

  • Contribute to account strategy, including optimizations, KPI goals, new tactics, and industry developments

  • Report on campaign performance including insights and recommendations for clients

  • Research the competitive landscape

  • Forecast and pace monthly budgets

  • Provide POV’s on the industry both internally and externally


Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of professional paid search experience

  • Google Ads Certification required

  • Google Analytics Certification a plus

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • Mastery of Google Ads and associated platforms

  • Strong skills in core Excel functions that pertain to financials, digital visualization, and data analysis

  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Ability to think critically and problem-solving orientation

  • Excellent project management and organization skills

  • Ability to work well with teams while managing multiple projects under tight deadlines


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • 9+ years experience
  • Full Time
  • asap

We currently seek a Director, Measurement & Analytics to help lead the development and application of data driven insights that inform client engagement strategies across traditional, digital, mobile and social media channels.

In our work with financial services and healthcare brands, we specialize in helping people make the most important decisions in their lives: those related to their physical health and financial wellbeing. We see it as an awesome responsibility, but one that we deliver with a big dose of camaraderie and fun. It’s an entrepreneurial environment, where every team member has a voice at the table and a chance to learn and sharpen new skills. We also enjoy onsite yoga, engage in friendly competition with our Fitbits, eat lunch together on Fridays, and plan creative nights out in and around the Innovation District.  

Responsibilities

Core functional responsibilities include:


  • Designing and developing the marketing analytics strategy for one or more clients from program kickoff through implementation and performance reporting

  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams (Account, Creative, Media and Technology) to define measurable program goals and objectives

  • Providing solutions and points of view on how to solve or answer analytical and measurement challenges, including measurement plans outlining project objectives, tools, data sources, and reporting frequency

  • Being a subject matter expert with respect to key measurement/data platforms (ad servers, site-side reporting packages, and BI tools)

  • Working with one or more direct reports to implement measurement frameworks, generate performance reports, and provide analysis into and improvement recommendations for our clients marketing programs

  • Managing the overall quality assurance process to ensure high quality, on-time deliverables

  • Serving as an analytics evangelist throughout the agency, educating and inspiring clients and coworkers alike about best practices and emerging trends


Qualifications

  • 9+ years agency or client-side experience in the measurement and analytics discipline, with at least 5 years’ experience in a leadership role overseeing client relationships and direct reports

  • Demonstrated past experience in digital marketing, measurement, data analysis, and web optimization across channels (web, email, social, mobile, emerging media)

  • Deep understanding of and experience with web site analytics packages, online ad serving systems, social listening platforms, BI platforms and related tools and services

  • Experience with cross-channel attribution solutions a plus

  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

  • Detail-oriented and well organized

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative skills

  • Analytical mindset, comfortable working with numbers

  • Strong communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Ability to manage timelines and multitask across a variety of projects

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Business, Mathematics, Statistics or Economics; advertising, direct marketing, CRM or digital background desirable 


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. For more information, click here and here.

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  • 2-4 years of experience
  • Full Time
  • asap

We currently seek a Media Campaign Analyst to support performance reporting and analysis for various client engagements, including traditional, digital, and social media programs. The goal is to maximize our clients’ return on marketing investment through ongoing program measurement, disciplined in-market testing, and results-based performance management.

Responsibilities

Core functional responsibilities include:


  • Development of measurement plans outlining project objectives, measurement framework, data sources, and reporting frequency

  • Establishing data feeds from multiple sources into our business intelligence platform to allow for meaningful and timely reporting

  • Collaboration with technical teams to implement and test tracking prior to project delivery, including tracking tag generation from website analytics systems (e.g., Google/Adobe Analytics) and/or ad serving systems (e.g., DCM, Conversant, Sizmek)

  • Aggregation of data from various sources (including but not limited to: site analytics, third party ad servers, social listening platforms, call center data, CRM, etc.) into integrated report templates or dashboards

  • Quality assurance of data throughput throughout the life of a campaign, including ongoing tracking, maintenance, and issue resolution with regard to measurement framework while programs are in market

  • Data review and analysis, as well as presentation of findings to internal teams and/or clients

  • Serving as the subject matter expert for the BI platform from both data aggregation and data visualization standpoints

  • Supporting the overall Analytics vision for the agency, including ongoing refinement of processes, tools, and templates


Qualifications

  • 2 or more years of experience as a hands-on BI Developer / Analyst working with self-service BI tools such as Looker, Tableau, Power BI or Datorama for both data integration and visualization

  • Experience with web site analytics packages (Google, Adobe), online ad serving systems (DCM, The Tradedesk, LiveRamp)

  • Knowledge of programming languages like Python and SQL

  • Interest in DevOps tasks like automating workflows and analyzing usage behaviors to proactively improve work products

  • Detail-oriented and well organized

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative skills

  • Analytical mindset, comfortable working with numbers

  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel and pivot tables

  • Strong communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Ability to manage timelines and multitask across a variety of projects

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Bachelor’s degree required


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. For more information, click here and here.

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  • 4+ years
  • Full Time
  • asap

The Project Manager/Producer plans, directs, and coordinates all tactical activities of client engagements to ensure that project goals are accomplished within the prescribed time frame, funding parameters, and scope. The perfect candidate will have extensive experience with offline media and production processes but with a background in delivering digital projects/campaigns.

MERGE is a collaborative company. While this description includes core functional responsibilities, all of our employees are active members of the team, flexible in assisting the company as it grows and evolves. This expectation requires each person to be capable of adapting to the dynamics of a client driven environment. We’re as interested in your human side as your technical expertise. The ideal candidate will be upbeat, optimistic and happy to help the team.

Responsibilities:


  • Work with account teams to define project scopes and statements of work, clarifying requirements, explaining executable ideas clearly and managing expectations

  • Develop workable budgets, detailed project tasks and realistic timelines

  • Manage assigned projects from start to finish, ensuring successful project completion against deadlines

  • Lead and inspire creative teams by communicating the vision for the project as well as involving people at the optimal levels for project success and overall account utilization

  • Determine project risks on an ongoing basis, escalates issues as needed

  • Evaluate best team makeup for assigned projects

  • Generate detailed campaign and project schedules with variable media channels deliverables

  • Create and maintain project backup, status reports, PO’s, estimates, schedules, change orders, technical and production specs, play books and any other backup documentation

  • Set up necessary key touch-point meetings in the process including weekly status meetings

  • Follow through on task assignments and enter “to do” lists per detailed schedules (from creative development through delivery) and assist with communication about deliverables to creative team

  • Managing delivery of all project content needs per project from start to completion

  • Implement internal approval process on all creative layouts & copy (from creative development through production phases of each project)

  • Review and summarize purchased media plan including key delivery dates for project management, production, and creative teams

  • Gather and confirm print and digital media specs, material due dates, extension dates, and requested material information from specified media company or websites and communicate accurate information to creative team

  • Work with SPM in managing daily client requests by prioritizing studio workflow and delivery

  • Keep SPM and Department Director aware of progress on each project and raise concerns as quickly as possible

  • Enforce Agency workflow process and quality assurance procedures to ensure successful execution as measured by agency goals and client satisfaction

  • Responsible for proofing process, brand guidelines, and quality standards on all projects

  • Attend and participate actively in all necessary status meetings weekly


Qualifications:

  • Preferred 4+ years of project management / traffic experience

  • Good understanding of production disciplines: print, digital, & broadcast

  • Experience being the liaison between creatives and account teams

  • Highly skilled in managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Ability to take the lead, pivot and pull out all stops to get projects completed on time and within budget


Values:

Ability. Ability to bring the highest level of skill and competence.

Agility. To keep us flexible, nimble and incredibly responsive to client and market demands.

Humility. Constant seekers of new ideas, amazing collaborators and builders of those around us.

 

MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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  • 3 years
  • Full Time
  • asap

The Search Marketing Planner has 3 years of paid search experience and an excellent understanding of the full process from strategy and plan development, to execution and measurement. Core responsibility is planning and executing paid search campaigns across both Google and Bing. S/he is a self-starter, adept at using audience insights and data to inform planning, substantiate hypotheses, evaluate results and drive optimization.

In our work with financial services and healthcare brands, we specialize in helping people make the most important decisions in their lives: those related to their physical health and financial wellbeing. We see it as an awesome responsibility, but one that we deliver with a big dose of camaraderie and fun. It’s an entrepreneurial environment, where every team member has a voice at the table and a chance to learn and sharpen new skills. We also enjoy onsite yoga, engage in friendly competition with our Fitbits, eat lunch together on Fridays, and plan creative nights out in and around the Innovation District.

The Search Marketing Planner has 3 years of paid search experience and an excellent understanding of the full process from strategy and plan development, to execution and measurement. Core responsibility is planning and executing paid search campaigns across both Google and Bing. S/he is a self-starter, adept at using audience insights and data to inform planning, substantiate hypotheses, evaluate results and drive optimization.

Responsibilities:


  • Planning and buying of paid search/CPC media plans, including campaign architecture, data strategy, reporting requirements, and post campaign analysis

  • Researching and monitoring of changes and updates to paid search technology

  • Daily oversight of campaign performance, pacing, and issue resolution to ensure performance, delivery and optimizations are on track

  • Collaborating with Analytics team to ensure proper tagging, reporting, insights and optimization strategies are in place

  • Managing program budgets, invoicing and billing reconciliation

  • Qualifications

  • Approximately 3 years paid search management experience across multiple accounts either at an agency, brand, or vendor.

  • Curiosity about the ever-changing search marketing landscape, and desire to share latest industry trends and developments with broader team

  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills (written & verbal)

  • Ability to anticipate client needs/perspective/process and respond accordingly

  • Strong analytical skills and a natural affinity for numbers; ability to analyze data, draw insights and develop actionable recommendations

  • Detail-oriented and well organized

  • Effective time management skills – ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Outstanding troubleshooting, analytical, and problem-solving abilities, along with an ability to collaborate cross-functionally in a fast-paced environment

  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

  • GoogleAds and BingAds certifications

  • Familiarity with Google Analytics

  • Bachelor’s degree required


MERGE embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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We’re constantly on the lookout for new ideas and thinking. That's why we're always interested in dreamers, visionaries, realists and those who see boundless possibilities at every turn. We're giving tomorrow’s difference makers an opportunity to make an impact today.

If you don't see an open position that fits you to a T, but you are interested in working at MERGE, submit your resume and information below and we'll keep you in mind for future openings.

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