Hogarth Worldwide :: Freelance Technical Director

I was recruited to assist when their Technical Lead departed and just before a new Head of Digital took over. My role was very varied and included:
  • Working on apps, websites, online tools and digital display advertising for the likes of HSBC, Santander, Dior, BetFair and British American Tobacco.
  • Assisted outsourcing the majority of their development work to their rapidly growing network of owned off shore development teams.
  • Assisting HR to recruit the right fulltime employees (developers and QA) and project-based freelancers (Mobile, PHP + FrontEnd) via the ‘right’ channels and subsequently interviewing them.
  • Helping align the design team with frameworks (Bootstrap) and principles (Mobile First) to ensure the minimum friction between London-based design and offshore development.
  • Using WordPress as both a CMS, Mobile App Foundation and rapid prototyping tool to assist conveying complex sites and solutions with the minimum of time
  • Assisting the trans-creation team (localization) in automating the translations of large Drupal, WordPress and custom CMS based sites
  • Working alongside client services to assist managing clients expectations
  • Creating a MediaSpec Hub that aggregated all the media (banner) spec from publishers and
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  • Gave significant advice on internal technical projects like Zadar, SocialStream and Dep (a highly customized version of Jira)
  • Ultimately owning all internal technical decisions relating to both projects and how they are built and how both developers and QA work
  • Extensive working with and managing of offshore teams based in Romania, India and Africa to build apps, websites and online tools
  • Writing technical documentation on sites, builds and apis and Helping PMs with briefs, SOW’s and Functional Specs.
  • Managing the entire multilingual build of the new Hogarth Worldwide website and all their global satellite office
  • Instigating the use of Atlassians HipChat and GitHub Enterprise to both increase accountability and visibility, and streamline the development process
*Hogarth Worldwide is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Acting as the production hub for fellow WPP agencies (JWT, Ogilvy, Grey) and its own clients (Nike, HSBC, Burberry, Dior, HTC etc) its rapid success has seen it grow from 12 – 2000 employees in just 5 years, with over 18 offices around the world.

BAT :: Android and IOS Social Location App

Whilst at Hogarth I was required to build a multi-language location based app for BAT. It used a wealth of APIs including Gigya for social login, GoogleMaps for Maps, Foursquare for locations and others for age verification etc. The idea was to show users the best places to smoke in specific cities like London, Zurich and Seoul. It was built for both Android and IOS and i was involved at every stage from numerous meetings with client, the UX, the UI, the recruitment of the wider team, code reviews and the occasional rewrite. The backend platform was built upon WordPress and utilised a clever MongoDB based API, it was hosted on an Amazon EC2 server that i also setup.

Santander :: Student Mentoring Network

Whilst at Hogarth I was responsible for overseeing the UX and Development of a new Student Portal for Santander that allows students to team up with mentors and allows them to gain work experience. The platform I chose was BuddyPress and great care was taken to ensure that the User Journeys and User Experience was married exactly to the BuddyPress platform ensuring massive efficiencies within the build. The site has lots of functionality including video uploads, YouTube channels, twitter feeds, private and public messages, secure areas etc. I also had to meet the client on numerous occasions to discuss the projects ongoing developments.

Billington Cartmell, Brave and Closer Live :: Technical Director

I was appointed Technical Director of Billington Cartmell (www.bcl.co.uk), their sister adverting agency, Brave (www.brave.co.uk) and their experiential arm, Closer (www.closerlive.co.uk) in January 2012. The group of companies between them represent a phenomenal array of leading clients including Carlsberg, Panasonic, Sennheiser, Philips, Unilever, Kraft, GSK, Lexus, Morrisons and Ernst & Young.

Ellas Kitchen :: The Big Outdoors Facebook App

Whilst at Billington Cartmell i was responsible for the Big Outdoors Facebook App that allowed parents to upload ideas for outdoor activity ideas for their young children. The best ideas were then put into leader-boards and the users could then vote on them. The response was very positive and many parents commented on how useful it is. I was responsible for the entire build and it was done using my own bespoke Facebook/Wordpress framework.

PotNoodle :: Spinning Fork Banner and Facebook Campaign

Whilst working at Billington Cartmell I was responsible for numerous campaigns for their lead client, Unilever. Pot Noodles hugely successful Spinning Fork campaign, the product that makes the easiest of meals even easier, generated awareness and desire through a fully integrated support campaign, including digital & mobile advertising targeted at a youth audience. I was responsible for overseeing both the design phase from a UX perspective, ensuring the compatibility of assets with both the Flash and HTML5 formats, and then the actual development. The HTML5 banners were build using Celtra. In addition we also produced a simple Facebook App for redeeming your on pack codes, the entire App was built using our framework.

Ellas Kitchen :: Create your own TV Ad Facebook App

Billington Cartmell were asked to create Ellas Kitchens first integrated advertising campaign. I was involved at the story board stage and briefied to source the right type of flash animator to ensure the streamlined portability of their assets for use in the Digital side of the Campaign (both on the website and within Facebook as an App).  The idea within the digital execution was for users to recreate the TV advert but, in addition, being able to personalise the content with pictures of their children and their own messaging. It was to be built in flash utilising my bespoke Facebook / WordPress framework.

Ellas Kitchen :: Spin to Win Facebook App

The Ellas Kitchen ‘Spin to Win’ Facebook App was a flash-frontend, php-backend game by which users had to spin a pin wheel on the screen and whatever item it finished on was the item that the user one. Most prizes were voucher based and the fulfillment of these was done via Coupons.com. The ease of use and the significant discounts trough the vouchers combined to make this a very successful campaign with thousands of new ‘Friends of Ellas’ being signed up. This project again used the WordPress framework I created to power both the flash communication with Faceboook via JS and the Php backend for the game.

Ellas Kitchen :: Global Website, Email and eCRM Platform

Ellas Kitchen, a Billington Cartmell client, is one of the worlds leading organic baby food manufacturers and i was responsible for the build and roll out of a new eCRM platform that consisted of a multi-site WordPress-based platform for websites with email, Facebook and customer service functionality built in.

Global Website Platform with Localised Sites

The website was designed on the clients request to emulate the cartoon look and feel of the brand including ‘wiggly borders’ on all assets. The site was a full rebuild mainly in PHP and HTML5 with the odd flash asset for selected animation. Full localisation for European territories, America and Australia is possible and further territories could be added at will. All content and functional modules could be seamlessly deployed between territories creating both content aggregation, convenience and economies of scale. Customer details were also stored centrally and a Single Customer view was achieved that proves invaluable in email marketing and intelligent design and communication. eCommerce was the most recent addition to the platform enabling all their products to be purchased and their inventory to be managed centrally.

Email Marketing

Part of the eCRM Platform was the ability for the client to login and create targeted email campaigns at will from editable templates that we had designed for them. Using Campaign Monitors API we seamlessly connected the global customer view from the websites and Facebook apps into a filterable mail list enabling detailed user segmentation for the creation and serving of highly targeted messaging.

Facebook Apps

The final significant piece to the Ellas Kitchen eCRM platform was the Facebook App management technology that we encoded within the environment and ran off a multi-site SSL. This enabled Facebook Apps to be deployed as easily as a new site, containing all the predefined generic functionality that apps require like like-gates, accepting permissions, sharing, identifying top ten friends, storing user data etc. The only ‘work’ that needed doing was the creative and content layer to sit on top.

To find out more about the Facebook Apps I technically directed for Ellas Kitchen please click here.

John Frieda :: 'Bag a Box' Facebook App

Whilst at Brave, I was responsible for an amazing, yet challenging, build for a John Frieda App on Facebook. Called ‘Bag a Box’ the app was a HTML5 game based on the principal of snaffling, whereby users could grab an evening wear item that they want from the previous owner and if they happened to ‘own’ the product when the winning moment passed they would win it. Luxury items like handbags were featured creating a very competitive environment for people to participate ensuring masses of users and sharing. Technically we had to ensure that the server was correctly load balanced for the anticipated demand and that latency etc were minimised as much as possible in order to make the best experience possible for potentially hundreds of simultaneous requests. Other areas involved overseeing the back-end code and ensuring the future portability of the code into similar projects or creative executions.