Typical 24: Dan Fallon, SearchStar
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Typical 24: Dan Fallon, SearchStar

Dan Fallon

Job title: Managing Director

Company: SearchStar

Location: Bath, UK

Years’ experience: 25


  1. What time do you reach the office each day? 8.50am
  2. Is your job varied? Yes…in advertising agencies you are constantly immersing yourself in the varied worlds of your clients’ businesses plus I have the multitude of issues that my own business throws up daily.
  3. Is your job creative? Yes. Both in running company where people are the primary resource and in how to deliver effective online advertising for our clients
  4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing? Catching up with key team members and clients and putting myself out there in the business community.
  5. Do you personalize your desk? Yes, if personalizing means have a messy desk.
  6. Would you describe yourself as creative? Cautiously… my side of advertising is data driven media buying but I’ve come to realize that creatives don’t just live in the creative dept.
  7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals? Not that I’m happy to share!
  8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues? A mix… I’m a sharer so when I’ve a particularly smelly problem I’ll bring others in.
  9. How many hours on average do you work a day? 8… my hours aren’t obscene, and I hardly ever take it home.
  10. Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings? 2 – 2 - 4?
  11. Do you use social media much for work? It has to be LinkedIn… such a useful way to research people.
  12. What do you enjoy most about your work? The people in the SearchStar team… watching them flourish is an unexpected bonus of running a business.
  13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work? None… I’m not a fan of background music.
  14. What do you do for lunch? I’m a food snob & drifting towards being vegan… so a vegan wrap & maybe a gym session.
  15. Do you socialize with work colleagues? Yes – I like them.
  16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of? I prefer to start things off than finish them… I’m not that interested in enforcing processes.
  17. What is your last task of your day? Say goodnight & thankyou to the cleaner.
  18. How do you like to relax after work? I cycle home – brilliant way to clear my head.
  19. Do you keep checking email through the evening? Never – I’d just slip back into work mode and way from family.
  20. Do you take work projects home with you? Never
  21. What would you say to your 20-year old self? Don’t waste your student days drinking in the bar… get involved.
  22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose? I always quite fancied being a city trader! Plenty of numbers and adrenaline.
  23. What device did you use to answer these questions? Desktop PC with 2 screens
  24. Do you use your own personal device for work? No


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