Whenever I meet with clients, I leave feeling invigorated, ignited, electrified. This morning, I left the comforts of the Dorset-surrounds and travelled to the the catchment area of the shadow cast by The Shard, to meet with the Marketing and Delivery teams at Talmix – the home of independent talent.
As marketers, we’re always thinking of where next to deliver for our clients – the next plan, the next campaign. But after meeting with the team, who I’ve now come to know well, I left feeling, that although this was a discussion about what next to deliver and how to amplify what we’re doing even more, I’d taken much more than I realised. Meeting with a team who is passionate (I know… I actually detest that overused word) about truly delivering a good customer experience, solving their clients’ problems and helping their community of over 27,000 independent consultants discover their next opportunity – I left feeling completely hopeful and expectant of the next wave of amazing things ahead.
And now, as I find myself on the train back to the countryside, and the view of the Shard gets smaller and smaller, I feel completely blessed in having the opportunity to dip in every now and then, align myself with my client’s expectations, keep check that I am fulfilling what they need me to fulfil – and allow myself to become completely excited and obsessed with the next phase of the project – as I did on Day 1.
Fresh Brew Marketing is offering a great opportunity for a Dorset or Somerset-based student to get to know the world of marketing. If you’re looking to understand more about the Marketing world – and sink your teeth into some real-life experience, Fresh Brew Marketing offers work experience to those who are keen to learn.
The work experience placement is available to suit your diary – and will aim to equip you with the following:
This is an unpaid position and will be based in Beaminster, Dorset.
If you’re someone who is keen to learn, is interested in a career in Marketing – willing to learn – then you’re perfect. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable with creative writing, confident in trying new ideas and someone who is just keen to get DOING.
Get in touch with Katy via the contact page or email me on katy (at) freshbrewmarketing (dot) com.
I saw my dad’s doppelgänger today.
I was standing next to the eggs, feeling frustrated that all the large free range eggs had sold out, when I looked up and saw this chap pushing his trolley towards me. Dressed in a pair of beige chinos, a navy blue jumper and light-blue collared shirt, covered up by a light brown bunny jacket (apologies if that’s spelt incorrectly – I have never had the need to actually write “bunny jacket” – and now I have my doubts as to whether it’s a real thing or not). Grey hair, small bump on the right hand side of his forehead and a sweet peaceful smile on his face. He caught my eye as he made his way towards the baguettes.
My stomach dropped into my Clarks pumps as the entire surrounding population of shoppers blurred into nothing and the world only existed for this gent and I.
You see – my dad passed away just over a year ago. And being a South African living in the UK – I have done most of my grieving from a distance while trying to balance the perception of “not being at home with Pops” against the “he’s not here anymore” comprehension.
So, as you would imagine, this split second of realisation caused my entire retaining wall, to crumble.
I pulled into the Whole Foods aisle while I tried to regain my composure. It didn’t work. So decided to go and say hello nonetheless.
I tapped him on his shoulder. He looked around at this blubbering mess and I commenced to explain that he reminded me so much of my dad and that I just wanted to say hello.
Expecting nothing less – he stood slightly frigid, but still smiling awkwardly – not quite understanding what to make of this melted pot of goo that interrupted his mission of a morning shop. Trying to make chit chat – he asked whether I was local. I said I was. I asked whether he was. He said no. I apologised for the emotion. He said that there was no need to. And at that point, I became aware of my invasion of his non-emotion with mine, and I took my leave by tapping him on the arm again and saying something ridiculously mundane like, “Thanks. It was nice to see you”.
I returned to my trolley – and power-walked my way through the brans, past the tuna and to the closest check-out counter I could find.
Hardly containing my emotion – I simply put my sunglasses on, paid my bill and left.
So – why have I shared all of this?
Well, later that evening, this little episode consumed me. Let’s play it back – quick statistical check:
I realised that my emotional outburst must have confused / annoyed / intrigued my doppelgänger dad. I wondered what he was thinking when I furiously pushed my trolley away. Did he just shake his head and associate my instability with “typical small-town country” behaviour? Or did this perplex him too. Whatever it was – I got to thinking about the exchange.
Imagine for a second that my doppelgänger dad is your brand. You merrily live your life, doing things, taking part in things, living in a world that is familiar to you. You have your ups and downs and you just go through each day facing whatever challenges and opportunities that confront you. Except – one day, you meet someone who doesn’t know your brand. They come from their own world and their own challenges, and they encounter your brand which represents a certain something to them. A certain something which you have no knowledge, or control of. And you are at once faced with an impression that you didn’t create, but one which created itself for them.
We are our own brands – and as much as we try to create an impression to represent something specific, there will almost always be a case where, as hard as you may try, your brand represents something completely different, to someone.
It either excludes. Or it includes. It either complements, or offends. And sometimes, there’s absolutely nothing you can do, but smile and ask, “are you local?”.
Need to review your brand? Let’s have a cuppa and chat about it.