Over the last decade and a half, I’ve worked with and for some of the most successful advertising agencies in the UK and Ireland, on some of their best known campaigns.
This work has included leading on new businesses proposals and pitches, and providing strategic planning and direction across a large portfolio of public, private and third sector clients.
No one person within an agency could or should lay claim to a new business win. Instead, success begins with methodical and painstaking research that uncovers the difference-making insights; it comes from the development of single-minded propositions, strategies and briefs that creative and media teams love to work on; and it all comes together with ideas and solutions that prove to a client (or prospective client) that we truly understand their needs, challenges, audiences and opportunities.
Oh, and the chemistry has to be right – people don’t work with strategies, they work with other people.
Some of my most memorable and treasured moments are working through the night on new business pitches. Anyone who has experienced it knows about the late night radio, the pizza – far too freakin' much pizza, then going home feeling like you've just flown to Auckland.
If you've worked for an ad agency long enough you'll know what I'm talking about.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most amazing advertising agencies on some of the most interesting, challenging and high-profile campaigns.
Between us we’ve won contracts with collective spends of many millions of pounds.
We’ve changed attitudes and behaviours for some of the most challenging subjects – often among the most difficult to reach and hardened audiences.
We've helped build brands.
And helped sell a shed-load of stuff.
Perhaps you’re an agency that doesn’t have an in-house strategy or planning resource.
I can help with that.
Or, perhaps, you would like another perspective; a fresh head, eyes and pair of hands.
I can help with that, too.
Here are just some of the things ad agency colleagues and clients have said about my work with them…
Starting with the one that tickles me the most…
Take Mrs. Donnelly out for dinner on us and tell her how talented you are. Thanks for your help and guidance…
Managing Director, advertising agency, Dublin
I've worked with Damian on a number of projects, both with current clients and in new business pitches. Damian has a real customer-focused attitude and works very hard to build a real understanding built on quality insights that can achieve real success for his clients.
Managing Director, global media agency, Dublin
A breath of fresh air.
Creative Director, advertising agency, Belfast
Having worked with Damian on a number of projects – both for existing clients and on new business initiatives – we've consistently found his strategy development and insights to be of the very highest quality. His approach is research-focused and evidence-based and he leaves no stone unturned in his search for that difference-making, inspiring strategic insight. His commitment to the importance of well substantiated and informed ideas to change attitudes and behaviours, together with his eager interest in social and cultural trends, means that Damian adds value to every client brief. What I’ve also liked about working with Damian is his boundless passion and infectious enthusiasm. He’s one of the best Strategy Directors I’ve worked with. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Managing Director, creative advertising agency, Scotland