The Spotlight Way

Mike Dragosavich

“At Spotlight Media, we produce 52 magazines a year with roughly 20 employees and one great community. In order to fulfill this process, we lean on some pretty incredible tools and resources. I wanted to showcase the tools to all of you so you can see how serious we are about efficiency and effectiveness. But also, if you are in business, hopefully, some of these tools can become your new best trick to your trade”

-Mike Dragosavich, Publisher

Tools of our Trade

When I Work App

We use the Minneapolis-based When I Work App for all time clock management.

Visit the When I Work App website to find out more.

Spotlight Media uses When I work for employees

OfficeVibe

We use OfficeVibe to send out weekly company surveys in order to keep a pulse on the company culture, morale and feedback.

To find out more about OfficeVibe visit their website.

Officevibe

Bamboo HR

We use the Bamboo HR web application to streamline our entire Human Resources Department. This tools allow us to keep track, hire, promote and save important employee information.

Find out more about Bamboo HR on their website.

Spotlight Media uses Bamboo Hr for Human Resources

Canva.com

If you are looking to easily create beautifully designed material, you need to use canva.com. This free to use website allows you to easily design drag and drop templated material. You only get charged for the stock photos you use.

Canva.com

Basecamp

Basecamp is a project management system, and a pretty darn good one at that.  We use this system all day everyday and feel like we have become Jedi Masters with it.

Check out Basecamp’s website to find out more.

Spotlight Media uses Basecamp

Issuu Digital Magazine Reader

This app is like the Youtube of magazines.  We publish our magazines on Issuu so that people can read Spotlight Media mags on any device or desktop computer.

You can see our magazines as well as many others at Issuu.com. 

Spotlight Media uses Issuu for Digital Readership

Google Apps for Business

Up until last year we had never heard of Google.  Just Kidding.  We decided last year to move our mail and document sharing system to Google for business.  We couldn’t be happier.

See how Google for business can help you. 

Spotlight Media uses Google Apps for Business

Benchmark

Benchmark is an easy to use email marketing program with lots of drag and drop templates to create beautiful emails to market your business to its full potential.
Benchmark

Wordpress

All Spotlight Media websites use WordPress as a content management system.  For an open ended free software, it’s as powerful as them come. WordPress is the preferred CMS for over 76.4 million websites and is constantly growing.

See what all of the hype is about at WordPress’s website. 

Spotlight Media uses Wordpress

Eide Bailly

We teamed up with Eide Bailly’s small business team in order to provide Spotlight Media with 360 accounting and tax support.  They supply us with a controller on call, virtual CFO and in-depth financial analysis and strategy.

Visit the Eide Bailly website to find out more.

Spotlight Media Uses Eide Bailly

Niche Conference

That Carl at Niche Media is one piece of work!  We love you Carl.  Niche Media provides events for niche magazine publishers around the world.  Our team attends these events regularly to better understand our industry and apply that knowledge to the growth of Spotlight Media.

Find out more about this incredible conference at their website. 

Spotlight Media goes to Niche Conference

Adobe Creative Suite

Our designers stay on top of the latest Adobe products and utilize InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in order to create the high-quality artistic layouts that are featured in all of our issues.

Find out more about Adboe’s Creative Suite.

Spotlight Media uses Adobe Creative Suite

CEO Solutions by Ask HG

Our President, Mike Dragosavich, is part of the CEO Solutions peer-to-peer group by Ask HG in Fargo.  Each month 12 local CEO’s get together and help each other grow.  All while following the book Traction by Gino Wickman.

Find out more about his local group on their website. 

CEO Solutions Spotlight Media Uses

``Traction`` By Gino Wickman

Spotlight Media’s leadership team follows the practices taught by the book “Traction” by Gino Wickman.

Read more about this incredible book online. 

Spotlight Media follows the book Traction by Geno Wickman

Operation Intern

Operation Intern is a employer reimbursement program for paid internships by the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

To find out if this program is right for you or your business, check out its website. 

Spotlight Media uses Operation Intern

Hash Interactive

Hash Interactive develops and maintains all of Spotlight Media’s websites including FargoMonthly.com, DesignandLivingMagazine.com, BisonIllustrated.com and SpotlightMediaFargo.com.

Find out more about this company’s work on their website. 

Spotlight Media uses Hash Interactive Web Services