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Typical 24: Kirstin Ogilvie, Thunderhead.com

 

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

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  Name:
 Kirstin Ogilvie

  Job title:  Global VP Corporate Marketing

  Company: Thunderhead.com

  Location: London, UK

  Years’ experience: 15

 

1.        What time do you reach the office each day?
Between 7:30 and 8:00 am

2.        Is your job varied?
Yes, very varied, it covers a wide mix from brand development, PR, content creation, web design, digital execution, events and creative services and it ranges from strategy right through to supporting my team on execution. 

3.        Is your job creative?
Being responsible for our brand means my job is very creative. I work for a brand that really pushes the boundaries of the enterprise software market, meaning I get to think in a fresh way about how we tell the story of what we do and how we can help our customers understand the value we can add to their business. I also get to work with a lot of new media which starts to push the boundaries of creativity, design and technology.

4.        What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
I spend a lot of time in meetings, face-to-face and over Skype with international colleagues as well as in briefings with external media and analysts. When I’m not in meetings, I’m working on new ideas as well as content and aligning our marketing messaging and execution to our overall strategy.

5.        Do you personalise your desk?
My desk is only personalised by the big paper pile I have regularly sitting on it.

6.        Would you describe yourself as creative?
Yes, I have a degree in Drama and Theatre studies and a passion for the arts and I definitely carry that through into my working life. I think if you can start to paint a picture of how your product or service can help a customer in a practical way then you’re starting the customer on their journey with how they could benefit from working with you.

7.        Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not really, but I do have a Berocca every morning.

8.        Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I work very cross-functionally in the organization as well as with my team and the wider global marketing team.

9.        How many hours on average do you work a day?
A little too many J

10.   Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Probably about 6-7 hours a day

11.   Do you use social media much for work?
Social media is a key channel for us and I use it much more for work than I do personally; mostly Twitter, Linkedin and Google+. 

12.   What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety of my job is what I enjoy most. I also enjoy the fact that as a company that innovates through our technology, I get to innovate with our brand, marketing and communications.

13.   What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
When I am trying to focus I do put on my iPod which is a bit of a mixture, but a lot of old school indie and acid jazz.

14.   What do you do for lunch?
Quite often it’s a quick sandwich at the desk but whenever I get the time I wander out to one of the great places to eat in Soho, a particular favourite is the local Vietnamese.

15.   Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Definitely data management

16.   What is your last task of your day?
I try and do a bit of a task list for the next day so I know where I’m up to.

17.   How do you like to relax after work?
I love going to the theatre, which is easy as I work in the West End, watching live music, and socialising with my friends.

18.   Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, I do keep on top of my email; we are a global company and I have a global role so different time zones mean someone is always on email.

19.   Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes, I quite often work from home, so I have a room in my house where I keep all my work and will work from there when needed and then spend my time in the rest of the house enjoying my free time.

20.   What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Enjoy all that you do, always see the funny side and take every opportunity that you get presented to you.

21.   If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
There are too many, I’m fascinated by people that I meet that do such different jobs to me, being a professional sailor for a day would be fun.

22.   What device did you use to answer these questions?
My laptop

23.   Do you use your own personal device for work?
I have 2 devices so I try to keep them separate but I do have my work email on my personal phone too.

 

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

 

Name:  Kirstin Ogilvie

Job title:  Global VP Corporate Marketing

Company: Thunderhead.com

Location: London, UK

Years’ experience: 15

 

1.        What time do you reach the office each day?
Between 7:30 and 8:00 am

2.        Is your job varied?
Yes, very varied, it covers a wide mix from brand development, PR, content creation, web design, digital execution, events and creative services and it ranges from strategy right through to supporting my team on execution. 

3.        Is your job creative?
Being responsible for our brand means my job is very creative. I work for a brand that really pushes the boundaries of the enterprise software market, meaning I get to think in a fresh way about how we tell the story of what we do and how we can help our customers understand the value we can add to their business. I also get to work with a lot of new media which starts to push the boundaries of creativity, design and technology.

4.        What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
I spend a lot of time in meetings, face-to-face and over Skype with international colleagues as well as in briefings with external media and analysts. When I’m not in meetings, I’m working on new ideas as well as content and aligning our marketing messaging and execution to our overall strategy.

5.        Do you personalise your desk?
My desk is only personalised by the big paper pile I have regularly sitting on it.

 

6.        Would you describe yourself as creative?
Yes, I have a degree in Drama and Theatre studies and a passion for the arts and I definitely carry that through into my working life. I think if you can start to paint a picture of how your product or service can help a customer in a practical way then you’re starting the customer on their journey with how they could benefit from working with you.

7.        Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Not really, but I do have a Berocca every morning.

8.        Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
I work very cross-functionally in the organization as well as with my team and the wider global marketing team.

9.        How many hours on average do you work a day?
A little too many J

10.   Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
Probably about 6-7 hours a day

11.   Do you use social media much for work?
Social media is a key channel for us and I use it much more for work than I do personally; mostly Twitter, Linkedin and Google+. 

12.   What do you enjoy most about your work?
The variety of my job is what I enjoy most. I also enjoy the fact that as a company that innovates through our technology, I get to innovate with our brand, marketing and communications.

13.   What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
When I am trying to focus I do put on my iPod which is a bit of a mixture, but a lot of old school indie and acid jazz.

14.   What do you do for lunch?
Quite often it’s a quick sandwich at the desk but whenever I get the time I wander out to one of the great places to eat in Soho, a particular favourite is the local Vietnamese.

15.   Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Definitely data management

16.   What is your last task of your day?
I try and do a bit of a task list for the next day so I know where I’m up to.

17.   How do you like to relax after work?
I love going to the theatre, which is easy as I work in the West End, watching live music, and socialising with my friends.

18.   Do you keep checking email through the evening?
Yes, I do keep on top of my email; we are a global company and I have a global role so different time zones mean someone is always on email.

19.   Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes, I quite often work from home, so I have a room in my house where I keep all my work and will work from there when needed and then spend my time in the rest of the house enjoying my free time.

20.   What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Enjoy all that you do, always see the funny side and take every opportunity that you get presented to you.

21.   If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
There are too many, I’m fascinated by people that I meet that do such different jobs to me, being a professional sailor for a day would be fun.

22.   What device did you use to answer these questions?
My laptop

23.   Do you use your own personal device for work?
I have 2 devices so I try to keep them separate but I do have my work email on my personal phone too.

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