Moms Know Best: How Our HM Moms Juggle Work & Life


happy mothers day

As Mother’s Day approaches, we wanted to shine the spotlight on the working moms on our HM team. In fact, just over 50 percent of our team are moms!

More than ever children are growing up with a working mom in the house. The U.S. Department of Labor revealed that 70 percent of mothers with children under 18 work either full or part-time.

Knowing that juggling children and a career is not easy, we asked our resident moms for some advice for other working mothers. Here’s what they had to say!

DSCN1707.JPGJess teaching Stephen ABCs and SEM!

  • Let go of any guilt. You are providing for your family and things are different than they were 50 years ago.  You need two incomes nowadays to make it work.  Change your thinking, change your life.  Have a positive perspective on things is the best answer. – Jessica R.


  • Make your kids an asset, not a hurdle to your career by transferring the skills and benefits they bring to your life to your job. Let them train you to be a better leader. Kids force us to be problem solvers, decision makers and peace-keepers.  They teach us to listen, to be patient and to have empathy.  – Amy V

IMG_1306Lennon is learning the importance of using hashtags from Brandi

  • Set up for success on Sundays! If you plan your lunches and dinners ahead and stick to the schedule, you don’t have to worry about brainstorming meal ideas. Also, focus on what you get done each week vs. what you didn’t complete. You’ll be surprised at how much you actually accomplish! – Brandi S.


  • It helps us stay connected to have sit-down family dinners without technology during the week so we can talk about our days. My 6 year old son takes the ‘no technology’ rule very seriously.  He won’t even tolerate our phones sitting on the table during dinner! I also I try to talk to my son about work with him so he better understands what is taking up my time outside of him.  At this point, he most relates to mommy working with the “previews” that he sees on TV and YouTube! – Aimee B.

20170214_185055Melissa teaches her kids the importance of a good networking dinner!

  • Pinterest is your best friend. Keep emergency boards for all holidays. Those kid holiday parties will sneak up on you and valentine’s day isn’t just a shoebox wrapped in paper with paper valentines in it. The competition is fierce. – Melissa W.


  • Have a code word your kids or husband can text you in case of emergency. This way, you can excuse yourself and take the news in private vs. catching a glimpse and reacting in a meeting or professional company. – Jessica A.

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  • Don’t beat yourself up over the day to day struggles of a working Mom.  Children grow up and they DON’T remember them. Love from your child(ren) isn’t determined by whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home Mom; It’s what’s in the heart!- Lisa Q. 

  • Work for a company that understands you can have it all…Being a great mom and a great employee! – Shea M.


Our HM moms asked our children if they knew what we did at work.  Visit our Facebook page to hear their responses!


Top 5 Nielsen Changes In 2017



You may have heard about Nielsen’s local market transformation and have wondered what it is and what it means for your television campaign. Hoffmann Murtaugh has the answers you seek. Below is a rundown on the transformation of their collection methodologies and how it will be beneficial for all advertisers. As the transformation evolves Nielsen will continue to improve and update their processes.

Top 5 Nielsen changes in 2017

1. Out with the old and in with the new & improved:  Until now, diary markets (yes, actually asking people to write down what they are watching), were still the measurement system in place for 140 out of the 210 DMAs and provided poor reporting, unstable sample sizes and inconsistent ratings. In 2017, Nielsen will be replacing all paper diaries with Set Top Box (STB) Data, (data collected via a return path, i.e. cable system information).

The STB data will provide for 12 months of electronic measurement and on average there will be 20,000 households per market. The benefit to this yearlong view of ratings is the more accurate reporting for specials and sports.  In the past, certain specials and sporting events may have shown inaccurate, and often very low, ratings if the special ran outside of one of the four sweeps months, (Feb, May, July & Nov).

2. Wherever You Go, Nielsen Goes: Nielsen will begin using Portable People Meters, (a.k.a – PPMs) in 44 DMAs. The PPM is the exact same device used in radio measurement and Canada is already using it to measure TV.  Whether you are in a hotel, airport, bar or office, your viewing can be traced if wearing a PPM.

3. Have device, will travel: Starting in 2017, Nielsen will introduce the addition of Nielsen Digital in TV Ratings, (DTVR), which is the measurement of content consumed through digital devices with programs and ads that match those on linear TV. This will measure local TV stations viewing via the station’s site or app.  It will only account for the “live” viewing of a station and will not read any time delayed video plays.

4. Layer Up: Nielsen will be expanding its Scarborough Measurement to all 210 DMAs. The markets will be measured 1x per year via the 32-page survey which covers the categories of demographics, auto, media, technology, lifestyles, sports, financial habits, dining, retail and more. This data is used to provide targeting intelligence at the local level.

5. Better really does mean better: Nielsen has plans to beef up their sample sizes in all markets through the expansion of panel based measurement and doubling the current sample size in all Local People Meter and Set Top Box markets.

More consistent ratings plus better representation in the market can lead to better television buys for you. However, it takes the experts in the field to fully grasp these changes, what they mean for your business and how to capitalize on better data to provide the best ROI. At Hoffmann Murtaugh, we know the power of this data to best understand the nitty gritty nuances of the markets we play in, the targets we need to reach and the stations/programs and platforms we buy to always go beyond a rating point.

This post was written by Jessica Rozwood, a Senior Media Buyer with Hoffmann Murtaugh.  

The 10-Second Commute: Our Best Tips for Working from Home


According to a recent story in The New York Times, in 2016 43 percent of employed Americans reported that they spent at least some time working remotely.

At Hoffmann Murtaugh, a flexible work environment is at the core of our company. While we are always on the go meeting at our co-working space or with clients, for most of our team, “heading into the office” means walking into a designated space in their home.

If you are new to a virtual office or considering making a change, we asked our team to share their best tips for working from home.

  • Make a space – Create a working environment that gives you the ability to have everything you need for your work day at your fingertips.  You should have a dedicated office in your home that is away from your everyday life.  This will limit your distractions.  – Shea M.
  • Stick to a routine – Although we don’t have to worry about rushing out the door to commute to work (on most days), I still like to try to stay in a routine as much as possible. If I can, I like to start my day without immediately turning to my phone. Use the morning to enjoy a warm cup of coffee, take a shower or get organized for the day. By the time it is time to log on, you will be more focused and ready for the day!  – Christina T.
  • Know when you are most productive – It could be in the morning or later in the day. Plan your day and workload around what times you work best while still being mindful of deadlines. – Johanna O.
  • Stretch – Take advantage of the ability to stretch your legs as frequently as you want- if I notice I’ve been sitting for a little too long, I get up, stretch, and make some coffee. – Paige K.
  • Be organized and self-motivated – Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Make time for creative brainstorming with other members of your team to bounce ideas off of each other. – Karl C.
  • Don’t forget to interact with employees –  We use instant messenger quite a bit which is helpful for impromptu interaction and collaboration on days where there aren’t meetings bringing us together.  A well-placed emoji can be worth 1,000 words!  – Aimee B.

Three Things You Should Know About YouTube Campaigns


Does the recent news regarding YouTube advertising have you second guessing running a YouTube campaign? Are you nervous that your creative message will show up in unsafe areas such as adult, religion and extremist related content? YouTube is not as bad as it currently sounds and we want you to be assured that we can manage a successful YouTube campaign and protect your brand. Please continue reading to see how Hoffmann Murtaugh can help your brand with YouTube advertising!

1.       Safety First

YouTube offers safety features to guard against unintended placements on dubious video content across YouTube’s inventory such as extremist videos. Hoffmann Murtaugh has a robust process of assuring that your campaign will be delivered across the right placements. We implement a tight targeting strategy with heavy reliance on the more specific targeting options such as placements and keywords. Also, we layer in strict negative targeting (again with keywords and placements) to all campaigns. This list of negative content gets updated on a monthly basis to make certain that no new unsafe content has popped up.

2.       You Get What You Pay For

Campaigns should steer away from KPIs and placements with cheap Cost Per Views (CPVs).  At Hoffmann Murtaugh, we employ several tactics beyond an extremely low CPV to safeguard the content that your advertisements will be seen on. Cheap CPVs with little targeting and no negative targeting tend to be more exposed to bad placements. Rather, it is better to concentrate on higher quality contextual placements and strict negative targeting, which leads to better performance (completion rates) and brand safety. 

3.       Have an Expert on Your Side

Lastly, the potential for unintended placements on dubious video content has always been and will continue to be a possibility with YouTube advertising. Hoffmann Murtaugh will take the time to uncover all of your goals and set up strict targeting so that your message will only be seen by your intended audience. You can rest assured that YouTube is just another advertising channel that Hoffmann Murtaugh is an expert and leader in. We take the right approach to make sure that your message will be delivered to the right audience and will not be served next to unsafe content. If you are considering advertising on YouTube, reach out to us and our dedicated digital team will be able to create and customize a successful campaign for your brand.

This post was written by Karl Christmann, a Digital Media Planner/Buyer with Hoffmann Murtaugh.  

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