What I Do

I create and capture moments to help people tell stories, find fans, and deliver a great story.


I’m a big believer that the power of a campaign comes from the truth of its research, the strength of its strategy and the honesty of its creative.


I’m endlessly fascinated about the way that great ideas become great stories, build amazing communities and coalesce into strong memories.


I’ve built multichannel campaigns, from curated digital experiences to bespoke human moments, helping to plan every stage of the consumer journey.

Stuff I do well


Stacking words and chaining verbiage together to create excitement, delight and measurable impact.

Brand Strategy

From research to the big reveal, helping brands work to create strong social value and inspire advocacy.

Content Strategy

Creating content calendars, building assets from photography and design to full-scale video and animation.

Social Media

Creating value as the authentic voice of the brand, and combining personality with strong content and targeted promotion

Reporting and Analysis

Demystifying data, and putting the measurable numbers behind user and consumer behaviour at the forefront of strategic success

Cool jobs I've had

Social Media & Content Director

Lord and master, doing everything from content marketing strategy and big builds, to mentoring a team of community managers, content creators, designers and account managers. A weird combination of hectic and fabulous, served fresh daily.


Creative & Content Director

Managing Ogilvy PR’s creative and content studio, and leading creative development and strategy across a big flock of clients. Everything from niche microbrands to the big kahunas like Telstra, Microsoft, KFC and Ford.


Digital Strategist

From community management to creative ideation, content planning and copywriting, this role touched all facets of digital strategy and campaign execution. Whether it was Vine and Instagram content, Facebook campaigns, film and animation for social channels, photo shoots, Death-By-PowerPoint or just plain old writing tweets, I did it. And loved it.


Head Of Social

The whole shebang. New business pitches, existing client strategies, global comms plans, web builds and deployments – even custom photography and live event content distribution. The full yum-cha of digital and social marketing, wolfed down hungrily.


Content marketing and the best kind of sell there is

To paraphrase a friend, when all you have is a hammer, that’s the time you follow the #hammer hashtag on Twitter and feel good about being one of those super-cool hammer owners. Never mind things looking like nails – just being cool enough to own a hammer, and know how to use it, is enough to get back slaps and high fives. This is how I feel about #contentmarketing some days.

Don’t get me wrong – as someone who does it for love and money, I love the science of it. The tide of content marketing continues to ebb and flow, and each time, more washes up on shore – more case studies, listicles of tips, top ten tools posts, more noise. However, as clients start to wade themselves into the waters, it can be difficult to help them understand that good content marketing doesn’t mean slapping your sales message in every post.

Last week, at the Strategic Content Communication conference, I heard first hand from Jillian Bowen how The Naked CEO content program had delivered above expectation for CPA Australia. Among the many nuggets of hard-won wisdom she presented was the idea that the program had been successful because it hadn’t pushed to drive sales. That’s an unusual position for a brand in general, particularly one so bolstered by content marketing, and yet it holds up. The sell that the Naked CEO program makes isn’t designed to convert, or even show up in a metrics report.

They’re selling something both immeasurable and unmeasurable – transparency, trustworthiness, the joy of a hyper-engaged leadership to a very passionate community. It’s a message that inspires belief and enthusiasm (and maybe a little envy in some) and doesn’t make you want to buy anything. It makes you want to join something, which is a far more powerful and enjoyable experience.

Nobody likes being bludgeoned, and smart marketers everywhere are reigning in the instinct to include extra ‘convert’ to their content. Today’s consumers aren’t stupid – they’re the most brand-savvy, most marketed-to and most scam-aware collection of people in history. They’ll see it coming, and at best, they’ll call it out as something oleaginous, something smarmy and sleazy. And no one wants that for their brand, particularly since content marketing relies so heavily on being helpful, rather than forceful.

The best sell you can make is one they won’t remember. When you want it, when you like the people you’re buying it from, when it helps you – then it’s not a sell anymore. And that’s the best kind of sell there is.


‘Real-time content’ breeds real-time discontent

My team is a team of spectacularly talented people. They are arguably some of the best minds in this field — the field of spontaneous creative brand communication. If that seems like a series of buzzwords, I’ll remove the wank factor — we’re social media strategists. We’re the people who impersonate your favourite brands on Facebook. We write the tweets. We make the carefully planned and executed ‘hidden camera’ pranks. We are the ones who find a link between Kim Kardashian’s latest newsmaking belfie and a chicken burger. We are the ones deciding whether your online snark constitutes an actual attack on our brand, and in all probability, we’re the ones who write back for your favourite tech company or fast food brand or car maker.

It’s an interesting and ludicrous profession, tantamount to impersonating fictional characters. Brands aren’t real anyway, but at least twice a day I have conversations about what a brand would and wouldn’t do. Brands don’t have lives, but I run their Instagram accounts and pretend they do. And I’m part of a team of more than twenty people, who (to varying degrees) either sit at the digital coalface and respond, or sit in the brainstorming vault and come up with cool shit for brands to do, so that people buy their product, based on a Facebook post. It’s a hard job to explain to the family.

For as long as I’ve done this job, there’s been a debate about the nature of ‘reactive content’ vs ‘ narrative content’. Is it better to jump on the news cycle, or to start one? Is it better to create fast, unrefined content to attach yourself to the news through parody/comment, or create something that might get picked up and become news?

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