In the late 1990s I cut my teeth in the media as a research journalist in the B2B financial sector writing for print publications such as The Accountant, International Accounting Bulletin, Card International, Electronic Payments International and Management Consultant International.
I also wrote or contributed to executive reports such as E-purses: Future Money or False Dawn, Cards Data Bank Europe, E-Payments: Emerging Strategies for Value Exchange in E-commerce and Cards and Consumer Credit on the Web as well as undertaking bespoke research projects for the likes of Visa Asia-Pacific, Barclaycard, Deutsche Bank, Amex, Cetelem and Lloyds TSB.
Between 2001 and 2004, I was freelance. I continued to concentrate on the word of high finance but branched out into property (MyHome.ie), travel and features (Irish Times) and music (Sain Magazine, Australia).
Upon returning from a year travelling and writing in Oz and Asia I moved into B2C financial journalism with the Consumers’ Association of Ireland. Here I had the foresight to call for a ban on 100% mortgages and for the insurance industry to buck up its ideas. If only they’d listened eh?
By 2005 I wanted a fresh challenge and like many journalists before me who wanted better pay and conditions i moved into the communications sector. Luckily for me it was with one of the giants of the PR game, Paddy Power.
Over seven years, both in-house, and as a a consultant, I wrote hundreds of press releases for Paddy’s.
My crowning achievement was Paddy Power’s biggest stunt of 2006, the World Strip Poker Championship.
What started off as an April Fools gag in April became a Guinness World Record in August and garnered media attention in over 100 countries across the world and over one million video views making it Paddy’s first viral success.
While at Paddy Power I also started their first blog and helped the Irish Open become the second largest poker tournament in the world by 2007 using an early example of brand storytelling as content marketing.
I left Paddy’s to fulfil a dream of becoming a magazine editor. At Card Player Europe and cardplayer.com i wrote over 3,500 articles over seven years making me one of the most prolific writers in gambling at the time.
I set up Poker Media Consulting where I developed a unique and very successful SEO strategy for gambling operators and worked with many of the biggest brands in the sector writing over 300 press releases for Victor Chandler, Ladbrokes, 888, and travelling the Europe and the US working on poker tours such as the World Series of Poker, European Masters of Poker, International Poker Open, Belgium Poker Championship, Unibet Open and Paradise Poker Tour.
In 2013 I was offered the opportunity to move back into the corporate world as Content Manager at Betfair. Within a year i’d become head of content, grown my team from four to 16, implemented a newsroom approach to content production, incorporated a number of agile methodologies into the team, taken on responsibility for betting.betfair.com, the localisation/international content function and was managing a very large budget.
Out of the blue I was approached about a product management role at Ireland’s largest media publisher, Independent News & Media. They were building a progressive digital team and I would become the product manager for the sports and business verticals at Ireland’s largest news site Independent.ie.
I built the Rich List, struck e-commerce deals, did some native journalism, and managed delivery of brand campaigns around the budget (EY), Sponsor for a Day (Bank of Ireland), Web Summit (AIB) and the National Ploughing Championships (Lidl) managing cross-functional teams which included sales, marketing, UX, dev, data science and editorial.