Meet The Red Spark Team: Jackie Watson
Red Spark is driven by our people, a ground-breaking team of determined go-getters. And this time, we’re giving you a peek into the life of Jackie Watson, a senior associate media buyer.
Jackie was never one to stay in a single place. Growing up, she lived in Brooklyn and dabbled in the New York City lifestyle until she moved with her family to Ridgewood, New Jersey, the place she calls home. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Jackie’s heart drove her to Philadelphia to experience something new. She fell in love with the city, and it’s here where she embarked on her journey to the world of digital advertising.
Name one thing you can’t live without.
One thing that I couldn’t live without would definitely be my laptop. If I couldn’t get online to watch Always Sunny, I’m not sure what I would do.
How did you get started in your field?
I majored in advertising at the University of South Carolina, so as soon as I graduated, I applied to numerous positions that were related to the field to get my feet wet. I applied for the ad ops intern position at Red Spark, and I couldn’t have found a better opportunity or experience. Not only did I land my first job, I truly feel like I continued my education. I’ve grown from ad trafficking to media buying and have learned so much along the way.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the office?
My favorite thing to do outside of the office is definitely exploring the city and trying new restaurants that I find on Yelp. My favorites are L’Angolo, Paesano’s in the Italian market, and a little place called Machi Sushi. I’m a big food person, so whenever I can find something new and delicious, it’s always exciting. I also love to travel and take weekend trips whenever I can.
What are the biggest challenges of your role?
The biggest challenge of my role I would have to say is that it is ever-changing. No two days are ever the same, and there is never a day where you can just sit back and let things ride out. We are constantly working to make sure we maintain our margins 7 days a week by making the best buying decisions to get a profitable return on our investment. While sometimes it can be a challenge, it’s also extremely rewarding because you can see all of your hard work translate into numerical wins. The internet never stops!
How did you find Red Spark?
I initially found Red Spark during my job search right out of college. I saw the posting and checked out the company blog and was immediately interested. I hadn’t seen a company like it while looking at other jobs. Everyone seemed excited and passionate about their work and the company.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Red Spark?
My favorite thing about working at Red Spark is my co-workers. We are all such driven, hard workers, and it makes coming in every day exciting because we truly inspire and motivate each other. And catered lunches on Mondays aren’t bad either!
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