SuperHeroes AMS appoints Jessica Perri as Head of Strategy of its Amsterdam hideout!
Jessica specialises in uncovering a brand’s purpose and translating it into meaningful communication regardless of channel. Music platforms, TV ads, and social strategies only get better with a clear POV. Jessica’s career spans twenty years including her most recent years leading strategy at WE ARE Pi. Before that, she worked across several agencies in New York and San Francisco including Grey, Saatchi, and FCB. She has built strategies for a wide range of clients like Heineken, Lego, Oreo, TED, Vans, Booking.com and Under Armour to name a few.
Last year, Jessica spoke at SXSW in Austin, TX on “Why Good Music is Everyone’s Responsibility.” At London’s Advertising Week she talked about “How Corporations Will Save the World with Help from Indie Agencies.” She hosted a stage at The Next Web in Amsterdam as well as a panel for the Uprise Festival entitled “Propaganda & Product.” Jessica has conducted workshops at the Art Director’s Club Netherlands and for several Fortune 500 companies.
“I love that SuperHeroes wants to save the world from boring advertising. Most advertising interrupts your life with shouty messages. Here we make stuff, innovate with new technologies and create culture––it’s a refreshing approach.”
At SuperHeroes we’re on a mission: to save the world from boring advertising.
And as our mission gets more traction throughout the world, we need more help.
SuperHeroes is an international, digitally native creative agency. We’ve got an awesome team of about 40 heroes – who span 12 nationalities – and an amazing international roster of clients (like Dubai Tourism, Asahi, Canon USA, Converse, MTV, ASUS, ING, Coca-Cola and more).
As an independent boutique agency, our creative business approach and innovative set of weapons are attracting a lot of attention. We have offices in New York, Amsterdam and are planning to open in Singapore soon. And most of all, we’ve got no shortage of ambition and entrepreneurship and let creativity be leading in everything we do.
We’re looking for a ‘Super Sidekick’ to start as soon as possible. This is a paid, full-time internship opportunity at our Brooklyn, New York office. You’ll jump right into the mix, functioning as a full-fledged member of staff. So if you envision a future for yourself in Account Management, Strategy, or Production in an agency setting, look no further!
*Ideal candidates are current or soon-to-be NYC residents: for this position SuperHeroes New York will not provide relocation services or assistance in obtaining work visas.
Participate in client meetings, own responsibilities to live projects, and have client-facing involvement on select projects.
Handle various internal tasks related to agency operations and administration.
Contribute to office culture, activities, and bonding.
Eagerness to learn and contribute
A passion for the pace and flexibility that comes with an entrepreneurial environment
Capacity to think holistically about problems
Strong written and verbal communication skills
A sociable and inspiring personality – people are genuinely happy to see and work with you
Fluent in English
Being a social media guru is a great plus
Being great with programs like Keynote, PP, and Excel is also a great plus
What we offer
A full-time internship (beginning August or September, duration negotiable)
You will uncover your inner SuperHero (isn’t that just awesome?)
You will work in our US hideout, in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
You’ll receive mentorship and support from our senior staff and get a unique view of the ins-and-outs of running an agency.
3…2…1… Blast off! We’re launching our SuperHeroes spaceship to a brand new galaxy…
Well, a brand new continent.
SuperHeroes Rogier, founder and Executive Creative Director, and Django, founder and Managing Director, were interviewed by Campaign Asia about a development we’re particularly excited about: opening a new office in Singapore!
Read the full interview below.
Superheroes, an independent creative agency based in Amsterdam, plans to bring its mission of “saving the world from boring advertising” to APAC within the next several months.
The 9-year-old agency, run by Rogier Vijverberg (founder and ECD) and Django Weisz (founder and MD), doesn’t yet have an office (secret lair?) picked out, but is working on recruiting staff and plans to open officially by the end of the year.
“We’re taking our time,” Vijverberg told Campaign Asia-Pacific in Cannes. “There’s no need to hurry, and it is a big step for us.”
That said, the founders are as confident about their prospects as you’d expect two guys who chose to call themselves ‘Superheroes’ would be. “Historically, somehow, we started to work with quite a few Asian brands, and have been really successful with them in the past couple of years,” Vijverberg said. With its portfolio sporting work for LG (you may remember the 2012 viral video below), Asus, Lenovo, and Yakult, the agency has found that its “friends in Asia” have been asking when it will move into the same time zone.
The founders wouldn’t say how many people they plan to hire in Singapore, with Weisz noting the focus will be on orderly expansion to meet client needs, rather than growth for growth’s sake. Superheroes employs about 50 people in its native Amsterdam and New York, where it opened two years ago.
“What we don’t believe in is what you sometimes see with a foreign agency, that you just dump a couple of expats in and see how they work,” Weisz said. “You really must do it with local talent as well, because they know the markets and the culture.”
The agency sees Singapore as an Asian hub, Weisz added, noting that the company is well aware of the opportunities in Indonesia, India, and China. “It’s our first footprint in the region, and we’ll see from there what’s the smartest way to go,” he said.
Europe, with its many countries and cultures in close proximity, is a good parallel for Asia, Vijverberg said. “One of the reasons why our work works in every part of the world, basically, is we’re not into culture-specific ideas,” he said. “What we’re really looking at is what universally connects us. So in our office in Amsterdam, we have about 14 nationalities. In our New York office, we’ve got an additional couple. We work for the Dubai region, we work for the Americas [and for] Asia. And our work just travels.”
They’re also confident they’ll find the right creative talent in Singapore, though the agency is non-hierarchical and seeks people with a mindset that’s not as valued in major networks. “When we hire, we want them to be vocal, we want them to be proactive, we want them to be independent,” said Vijverberg. And there’s definitely great people in Asia. We’ve met with them and spoken with them.”
Last Thursday we organized our fifth edition of HOLLA, our ongoing series of events in which we x-ray today’s hottest communication phenomena, cultures, and trends. This edition: “What teenagers really think about your brand”. During this evening we discussed tech topics and its influence on the lives of young people.
We invited a special Gen Z panel to thin-slice known marketing tools and if they’re still hot or not. Our very own Director of Strategy Jessica Perri and Creative Director Niek Eijsbouts moderated the live debate with the panel and our audience of clients and industry professionals.
On our Gen Z couch were Isabelle Oud, a freelance illustrator and one of the biggest change agents of The Next Web 500. Dennis Voorn, a YouTube Channel Manager at Spinnin’ Records and Operations and Commerce Manager at Scalelab, a digital talent network. And Tim van der Wiel, co-founder and Creative Director of GoSpooky, a creative agency and software platform, born on Snapchat.
The evening was packed with strategy insights and discussions about what really moves teenagers. And yes, we even dropped some buzzwords like “native advertising”, “Influencer Power” and “co-creation”. Oh la laaa!
Calling all visual artists! From Red Hook to Brownsville. If you’re a Brooklyn visual artist, SuperHeroes New York has got your next blank canvas. Our NY office has bought the back cover of the Red Hook Star Revue for August and September and is giving the space away for Brooklyn artists to showcase their best poster designs.
The Brooklyn Poster Project
The idea for this Brooklyn Poster Project started when a search for a mural artist for new office space came back with loaded results. “Brooklyn is bursting with amazing talent, and this is a great opportunity for us to show some love, and also meet some local creatives for future projects,” says Rob Zuurbier, SuperHeroes partner, and managing director.
There are two rounds of submissions for this project. The winning design from the first round of submissions will be featured on the back cover of the August issue of the Red Hook Star Revue, while the winner from the second round will be featured on the back cover of the September issue. However, all submitted designs from both rounds will be showcased on the official page along with a short bio of the artist and a link to their portfolio.