Tuesday was the first anniversary of my joining Edelman Digital in London as a Director. As I said in a tweet on the day, it feels both like I've been here just a few days and like I've been here forever.
In the past year, we've grown our team substantially to keep up with our success in building a great pipeline of work with existing and new clients. We've delivered some great projects and won some high profile industry awards along the way.
I've personally had the pleasure of working with some wonderful clients on a range of personally and professionally rewarding projects. The clients I can name include Royal Dutch Shell, CNN International and PepsiCo Europe. There are other great clients that I don't name because I've never asked if that would be ok to do so publicly – these include, but aren't limited to, an exciting software start-up, several established software companies, a EU body and a pet care product manufacturer.
Over the last 12 months, I've also had the opportunity to travel a lot for conferences and client work, visiting in no particular order Brussels, Seville, Belgrade, Gdansk, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Dublin, The Hague and probably quite a few other places that don't immediately spring to mind. In the next couple of months I'm hitting St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bratislava and Prague.
The best bit? Helping a number of clients understand that communicating with stakeholders often also involves creating internal processes and workflows that put communication at the core of business critical activities. That and working with an amazingly talented team, not just within our department, but throughout the business here in London as well as with colleagues from our offices around the World.
I'm not just talking about working with industry thought leaders like David Armano, Richard Sambrook and Robert Phillips, but also the dozens of people at levels who work hard every day to deliver successful projects – Tori, Petra, Marcus, Marshall, Dan L, Dan M, Matt, Anna, Ben, Leigh, Chris, Antoine, Andy, Justin, Caroline, Guillermo, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jethro, Duncan, Myles, Amrit, Dave…. I could go on and on.
I also enjoy having a significant amount of proprietary intellectual property to draw upon in our work – the Edelman Trust Barometer, Organizational Change Report, and Public Engagement being personal favourites but only part of the vast amount of research, documentaiton, workflows and analysis we have to hand. Check out this presentation I recently gave at a conference in Poland for a glimpse as some of this IP: http://www.slideshare.net/Cybersoc/chief-marketing-officer-congress-sopot
I started this post by saying it feels like I've only been here a few days, yet at the same time like I've been here forever. I guess what I mean is that I feel, although we've done more amazing things in the past year than I ever thought possible in such a period of time, I've still got much to learn and do.
If it sounds like a fun challenge – and the work we do is both fun and challenging – we're currently recruiting for at least four positions within our Digital team and we'd love to have a look at your CV.
Well, it's off to another client meeting – this time, just across town…