Annie - New to the RAIDBOXES Marketing Team

Michael Firnkes Updated on 21.10.2020
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RAIDBOXES  Annie Sprengelmeyer
Last updated on 21.10.2020

Our magazine wp unboxede-books, the WordPress NewsletterWith the number of customers, the demands on our marketing also grow. With Annie we now have active design and content support. Welcome to the best WordPress hosting team!

Up to now Torben, Leefke and Michael to include all content, graphics, ads, SEO, videos and the design of RAIDBOXES and wp unboxed. Especially the multilingualism of our magazine but also the Content marketing take up a lot of time. That's why we are very happy about Annie's reinforcement. You can find RAIDBOXES out more about working with us in our interview with her.

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Annie, what are your responsibilities on the team at RAIDBOXES?

Together with Leefke and Michael I take care of the content marketing. Our heart is the magazine wp unboxed. As editors we not only write our own articles, but also work closely with Guest authors together - including web designers, agencies and experts from various fields.

We share the latest contents around WordPress & Co. in the two-week newsletter and on our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I have also been supporting our team in these areas since November. This is unbelievable fun. The exchange with the WP community and our readership is also quite exciting. 

Initially as a working student, I have been working full-time for a good month. Since then I have been devoting more and more time to our visual content: For our blog posts, for example, I draw illustrations and assist Torben with the layout and design of print and online media.

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One of the illustrations by Annie

In the future I will also be involved more in the field of design. Here I am especially interested in the optimization of the Usability in and the user experience of the RAIDBOXES Dashboard.

How did you come to specialize in design during your studies?

My Bachelor in Design I graduated from the FH Bielefeld. The main focus, in my case Photography and image mediayou choose when you apply. Especially in the creative field, it is not the numerus clausus but your own motivation that decides on your place at university. That means you have to pass the so-called artistic-design aptitude test. In Bielefeld, your (portfolio) portfolio including (design) homework must first be accepted - only then can you take the practical exam the next day.

The whole application process was not only a lot of stress and pressure on site, but also an immense amount of time in advance. At that time, I opened my portfolio parallel to my internship at Studio Toelle that was exhausting, but I was one hundred percent sure that I wanted the study place. And that's why I went through with it. 

Due to the many interdisciplinary modules, the course of study was super rich, individual and free. There is a broad spectrum of design disciplines beyond the own field of study: In addition to moving image, documentary photography, media technology, picture editing & Co. I also took some seminars in communication design, digital media and fashion.

I always found this context, the close mentoring by professors and the interdisciplinary cooperation always very inspiring and lively. For example, my final project last year was developed in collaboration with the graphic designer and book designer Caroline Hartmann.

What is your first impression of RAIDBOXES?

It's amazing how creative, motivated and open our team is: Every day I realize how much we push each other and do our best every day. I like that instead of "but" or "no" we prefer to say "and". And I like how many interesting people from different disciplines come together here.

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Find Annie: The team from RAIDBOXES

What are you looking forward to most? Even in the WordPress community?

I've heard a lot about the WordPress community. Nevertheless, I am very curious to know what will happen at WordCampsand meet-ups and other similar events coming up. I am very happy to meet so many new and exciting faces. Especially because I'm a newcomer to the WordPress field and still have a lot to learn. With curiosity and empathy, I think I can easily integrate myself into the WordPress community. 

The first WordCamp I'm taking is the WordCamp Europe 2020 - this year unfortunately only online. I am very much looking forward to the lectures, the exchange and extremely much input. Even if I would have preferred to experience all this face to face in Porto.

You had several possibilities to start right after your studies - Why did you decide forRAIDBOXES ?

Many start-ups advertise with fantastic benefits for their employees. In fact, I do not know of any company that is so broadly basedsuch asRAIDBOXES : flexible working hours, extraordinary team events, an unbelievable offer of further training and much more.

But that's not what motivated me to apply for the job - above all, the company model Holacracy enthusiastic: All employees work in the exact field where their own passion and individual competence lies. Every single one of them moves an incredible amount and brings in his knowledge and opinion directly. If someone has a new idea in mind, he puts it up for discussion with everyone.

For me it is Holacracy a great new challenge because I am a very passionate but introverted person. To have so much responsibility and decision-making power in the working environment is new for me. RAIDBOXES is definitely a unique company. I am very grateful to be a part of it.

What do you do when you're not RAIDBOXES writing or designing for?

I like to be out in nature and in the fresh air, whether cycling or running makes no difference. For example, I am currently trying out inline skating - it is slowly getting better, even if I am admittedly a bit clumsy. And a few times now I've been on a friend's e-longboard.

Before Corona times I used my membership in the Urban Sports Club and tried my luck at CrossFit, Ninja Sports and Pilates. I love to try something new more often - even when cooking, I usually make each recipe just once.

Apart from that I am also a voluntary part of the marketing team of TechLabs - a non-profit organization for digital education, especially for tech skills. Recently I myself completed the User Experience Design learning path as a participant in our program. I enjoyed the whole thing so much that I will soon add the Web Development Track in the backend.

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Part of the TechLabs team

When the opportunity arises, I love to travel. My parents built a Magirus Deutz back then - my sister and I grew up with it, so to speak. In summer we used to spend weeks on the rough coasts of France. On later trips I was particularly impressed by Moldova and Slovenia. I find it super exciting to dive into other cultures and discover unknown landscapes.

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Michael takes cake care of the areas of content and mental health at RAIDBOXES. He has been active in the blogger and WordPress community since 2007. Among other things as co-organizer of WordPress events, book author and corporate blog trainer. He loves blogging incredibly, professionally but also privately. Michael works and writes remotely from sunny Freiburg.

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