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Katie's first month at BBD Boom

Katie Townsend | 9 October 2020 | 05:00

Graduating from university and starting a new job is an exciting but challenging experience at the best of times, but especially in the midst of a global pandemic. Having finished my Psychology degree, I was considering a number of career paths, but was most interested in working in digital marketing. 

To explore this, and to remain focused during lockdown, I completed some online courses whilst looking for the right job opportunity. When I saw a digital marketing apprenticeship at BBD Boom, it particularly caught my eye, as it looked like a great place to really develop my skills and take on new challenges. As you would expect,  I was over the moon to be offered a role as an Inbound Executive. 

Before I knew it, my first day had arrived. Although I felt nervous, my mind was quickly put at ease when I received a warm welcome from the team; it immediately felt like a fun and casual environment. I was introduced to my new mentors, Elysha and Tommy, who had put together a training deck including tasks for me to work through during my first month. I was even treated to lunch! 

Having developed analytical skills from my degree, I was most looking forward to learning about how paid media strategies can be optimised with improvements implemented to help clients achieve their goals. I started the month by completing some online certifications to help me gain a broad understanding of the theory behind inbound marketing and some of the techniques used. So far, I have gained HubSpot certifications in reporting, marketing software, and inbound marketing, as well as Google search and display ads. 

Once I got to grips with the theory, I learned how to use Facebook Ads Manager and LinkedIn Campaign Manager to set up paid social campaigns, as well as being taught how to navigate Google Ads. I was even given the opportunity to set up a search ad campaign for BBD Boom! In addition, I have gained experience in monitoring and optimising live campaigns, including using Opteo to produce weekly reports. 

Aside from paid media, I have enjoyed learning about search engine optimisation (SEO). During my first month, I have been involved in helping to conduct keyword research and preparing an SEO audit and competitor analysis for a client. Over the last month, I have also been working on a data cleanse project for BBD Boom, which involves identifying and updating inaccurate contact properties on HubSpot to improve the quality of our data. 

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month working at BBD Boom! The team are so friendly and have made me feel really welcome, and there is plenty of support available if I ever have any questions. After a very busy but exciting first month, I am looking forward to developing my skills and applying what I have learnt to more client projects - not to mention going on our team’s first away day!

If you're interesting in joining the team here at BBD Boom, be sure to keep an eye out on our website or get in touch here.

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