After the most successful year in our history, Blue Jelly are currently going through an exciting period of growth. Not only is our Client base expanding, our team is too and we are pleased to welcome Sam Duke to take care of all things Marketing.
Welcome Sam, tell us a bit about your background?
“I’ve been in Marketing for over 5 years, working in roles both online and offline, primarily in the travel industry. I love writing, it is actually what initially got me into Marketing. I like to think of myself as a creative person, so working for a company like Blue Jelly is an amazing opportunity.”
What do you love about working at Blue Jelly?
“Aside from the fabulous product - the people and our approach to each and every project. Within my first week I felt at home, not just internally but externally too. I’ve been out and about spending time with Clients and they have made me feel just as welcome as the team has. This shows just how close we work with our Clients. It is a great approach to relationship management and something I am really enjoying being a part of.”
What makes a positive workplace?
“To me, a positive workplace starts with a healthy team. Blue Jelly work really hard to ensure that every design has lots of light, greenery and areas that encourage movement. Most people will spend more time at work then they do at home during a working week, so it’s vital that companies promote a healthy lifestyle to their staff.”
What workplace trend has caught your eye?
“Aside from sit-stand desks which I think are genius, I am a big fan of moss walls. I have always been a lover of the outdoors, but not very green fingered and moss is so easy to care for that even I could keep it alive – not only does it look fab, it helps increase wellbeing, win-win!”
What would we find you doing in your spare time?
“I love music and art. I like coming away from somewhere feeling inspired, so you will often find me at a gig or an art gallery. I’ve recently come back from the Picasso 1932 exhibition at the Tate Modern which I definitely recommend and I also saw The Rolling Stones earlier this year – seeing Keith Richards in action has been the highlight of my summer.”
What would we not find you doing in your spare time?
“You probably won’t find me baking, it’s something I wish I could do but the last masterpiece that came out of my kitchen apparently tasted like sawdust – I won’t be entering the Great British Bake Off any time soon.”
Who is your biggest inspiration?
“When it comes to Marketing, I don’t think they come more inspirational than Steve Jobs, he followed his instinct when his team doubted him and Apple is now the largest company in the world. I’ve also recently been watching Simon Sinek on TED Talks which I really recommend to anyone after some motivation. My favourite video is ‘How great leaders inspire action’.”
What websites do you make sure you visit every week?
“OnOffice – This website has been so useful to me during my first month here at Blue Jelly.
Dezeen – Although I’m not a designer, it is important that I have an understanding of what’s going on in the industry and Dezeen covers everything from architecture to technology (and the imagery is stunning!)
Hubspot Blog – A must for marketing tips and insights – there are some really useful templates and guides for marketers at all levels - definitely one to bookmark.
Instagram – This is more of a daily visit than weekly. I am a huge Instagram fan in and out of work. If you haven’t already seen it, Pantone’s Instagram page is a must-follow. It’s beautiful and incredibly satisfying.
RollingStone – I’m a bit of a music geek so this website keeps me up to date with all the latest music news.“