All posts tagged: Social Media

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My 30 day challenge!

I’ve been wanting to start a personal project now for some time and after a weeks worth of planning, I’ve decided to finally get underway! As of today, I have officially started my near-4 week challenge in which I will push and question myself. Over the next 30 days I am going to try and learn something new and/or do something new and out of my comfort zone every single day. I’ve got quite a few ideas, some of which I’ve included below. My hope is that by the end of this I will not only feel more confident, but enlivened and more knowledgeable. I’ll write a post every single day describing what I’ve done out of the ordinary and I hope you’ll follow me on my journey. Here’s a selection of ideas you can expect to see over the coming weeks: 1. Start writing a book – I know everyone says they want to do this at some point, but I have genuinely always wanted to write my own erotic-style thriller. Think Basic Instinct! …

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Manning Gottlieb Interview

Two weeks ago I had an interview for the positions of Social Media Designer at Manning Gottlieb, a multi-award winning design agency based in London. I didn’t get the position (the company didn’t hire anyone in the end), but I was told that I was the strongest candidate with ‘amazing design talent’ and ‘really great ideas’. Of course I was sad not to get the role, but I firmly believe everything happens for a reason and that something even better will come along. Always stay positive! After I passed the phone interview, I had to prepare a brief of work for the final stage. Unfortunately I didn’t get the brief until much later than planned due to an administration error and I had to make do with the time I had. I worked continuously for 2 days straight and got the first two of the four parts done in great detail. I managed to thoroughly research the other two and come up with a variety of ideas ready to present for my interview. The interview …

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Social Media At Lipsy

Creating artwork for Lipsy’s social media channels was one of my main responsibilities. Social Media is an area I’m very passionate about, especially in terms of design, technology and marketing strategy. I brought my knowledge and experience from Benefit Cosmetics to the table and it put me in very good stead with the Social Manager! I designed for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram & Pinterest. I’ve included just a few examples of my work below (I literally have HUNDREDS), so let me know what you think! Facebook Cover Photos I was lucky enough to be tasked with redesigning all of the content that Lipsy posted on their Facebook page. It was a big project; one that required me to create a variety of designs that were modern, on-brand and consistent. The layouts and styles I designed proved so popular with the company that it was decided they should be utilised over other branding collateral such as customer emails and the website. Even though I left the company in November last year, my designs are still …

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Life At Lipsy

Wow, has it really been over two weeks?? Where has the time gone! I’ve technically only worked at Lipsy now for 9 days, but the amount I’ve already learnt is huge. I still feel ‘new’; it always takes me a little while to settle in to a job. Being an introvert, I need a good month to feel comfortable enough to openly be myself. That being said, I feel really at ease and happy around the E-commerce team and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them better. As for the job… I absolutely LOVE it. As a Junior Digital Designer, I don’t have the same experience and skills as my two colleagues – but the brilliance of this position is that I’m being TAUGHT. It’s a bit hectic in the office at the moment due to the upcoming Lipsy VIP Awards, but when things settle down I will have more of an opportunity to talk through what I want to learn and what areas I want more experience in. The Digital team built, …

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Magazine & Leaflet Design

At the beginning of this year I started my new job as a Visual Marketing Manager at a French company called Soft Paris. However, I chose only to complete the 5 week probationary contract, rather than stay on full-time, due to a few reasons. Unfortunately the language barrier was just too much. I know only basic French and my colleagues at the time knew very little English. This made communicating professionally as well as socially really difficult and so I found the whole experience very isolating. I knew after the first 2 weeks that the position wasn’t what I had expected, but I finished the 5 week period to gain managerial & design experience and I don’t regret it for a second. I certainly learnt a lot – including a fair bit of French – and in this post I will show you 2 of the big projects I headed up! The main piece of work I had was to redesign the company recruitment magazine. I had to update the layout, photography, imagery, content and …

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Achievements at Benefit

Whilst working at Benefit I was lucky enough to have my work recognised on a number of occasions. My work through Wildfire Interactive and my Social Media Management and Development of the Benefit Facebook page made it into a case study and as a result, in the Metro Newspaper. It spoke about how my template and tab designs significantly improved fan engagement and interest. The artwork I created for competitions and events also saw a big increase in activity. The second is an award that I achieved from the CEO of Benefit Cosmetics. The UK Digital Dept (my boss and I), had seen the biggest growth and development of ALL the offices internationally. This was easily one of my proudest moments, and knowing that my commitment to the Benefit Social Media channels, the visuals I produced and my strategies directly influenced this award is something I’ll always treasure. The last is something I got from the Benefit Marketing Manager. In my time at Benefit, I took the Facebook fans from 45,000, to over 400,000. This …

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This Week (Or 2…) In Pictures June 24th 2012

Oh my goodness, where did I disappear to!? I’ve been so busy it’s just silly! The past two weeks have been insane – the whole of Benefit HQ has been working incredibly hard to organise and manage the amazing Mascarathon (which if you haven’t heard of by now, where have you been hiding?!). I’ve been helping out in my usual Digital way – photography, videos, social media… I even took a trip to Newport, Gwent and Gloucester! I’ll talk more about that over the weekend, though, so stay tuned! (However, PLEASE do donate to Refuge, the charity we’re supporting – so far we have raised a phenomenal £61k and tomorrow is the final day. We’ll continue to support them and the women and children affected by domestic violence, so you can continue to donate – every penny we help raise for them counts – THANK YOU. Donate HERE. What else have I been up to? OH. Quite importantly, I’m now blonde. I know, crazy, right? It wasn’t deliberate! I accidentally dyed my hair BLACK. I …

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Spring Time Apps, Competition & Awards!

Again, it’s been about a month since I last wrote! As usual work is incredibly busy, so I struggle to find the time to write more often! (I’m aware one of my Resolutions this year was to write more on my blog, but I HAVE made an effort to branch into style and beauty, so it’s not all bad really…!) First off is an update to my Top Sellers application on Facebook. I did a post about creating this ages ago, but I’ve given it a new lease of life this month to go with our more current products; Hervana and Cabana Glama. Not to mention our two most popular products, They’re Real & Porefessional. Here are some pics to take a look at. You can see how it’s changed! The Debenhams Beauty Award Winners were also announced a few days ago and amazingly we won 6 different categories, including ‘Best Mascara’, ‘Best Blusher’ & ‘Best Primer’! The visual is something I designed for both our Benefit blog and for Facebook/Twitter. For a small piece …

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow & The Tour!

On the 31st of March, Benefit Cosmetics launched their first and new liquid foundation, Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW. It’s make-up that brightens whilst giving a natural and luminous complexion. The oil-free formula with SPF 25PA+++, builds from light to medium coverage while feeling barely there. It also helps boost cellular respiration and prevents the signs of ageing. It comes in 9 different shades. To support the launch of our new foundation, we have a huge roadshow that’s been travelling the length of the UK and Ireland, inviting many of our bloggers along to help promote Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow. The main stops on the tour are Glasgow, Swansea, London, Norwich, Manchester and there will even be a stint in Cork & Dublin! My boss, Jasmine, is currently heading up the roadshow with our Head Makeup & Trend Artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon, but I was lucky enough to attend the London event – the first stop on the trip! I designed the invites for each city and group of bloggers. I sent them out and arranged the …

Designing At Benefit

One part of my job I particularly love is being able to put my design skills to good use. This month I got to put together the Press Release for our new Box O’ Powder, Hervana. The artwork was already there, but I collated it into one big image for both PR and Digital. Take a look: I was also asked to design a Press Release for our Head Makeup & Trend Artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon as part of London Fashion Week. It features her ‘Tips, Tricks & Trends’ which came straight from the catwalk. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and it was even feature on the House of Fraser website! I love to design (and use Photoshop!). I can lose myself for hours just designing and creating artwork. These 2 pieces are great examples of my work and are obviously joining my ever-growing portfolio!

Benefit Roundup!

Hey all! I’ll try to keep to the point and not ramble on too much today! The first project I’ll start with is Diet Coke. For spring, Benefit befriended Diet Coke for an exciting collaboration as part of their ‘Get Glam’ collection that started in this month and goes on until the end of March. The collection, which is influenced by the puppet-personalities of the Diet Coke girls, sees three new-season looks created – Romantic Eyes, Rock Chic Base & Fashionista Lips. Three limited-edition Diet Coke cans have been designed to accompany each look. With each can comes a £5 voucher code to redeem against purchases over £20 at Benefit Cosmetics UK! The three looks are Romantic, Fasionista and Rock Chick. Each has been created with Benefit’s three main tints in mind; Benetint (Fashionista), Posietint (Romantic) & ChaChaTint (Rock Chic). Diet Coke created videos to show how to create each look using Benefit products (and of course the tints!). Here are the videos for each, take a look! Romantic Eyes Fashionista Lips Rock Chick Base …

A Benefit Catch Up!

I have so much to cover today! So much, in fact, that I’m going to have to back track all the way to the beginning of December last year! I will break it all up, though, so you aren’t bombarded with a post stupidly long and boring! So, what first? Back in December, I had an Event in Norwich that I effectively arranged myself (go me!). We had our very first Boutique opening up in Debenhams, so I invited Bloggers along to a special get together to celebrate the world first for Benefit! I contacted the Bloggers, created the Press Release, and helped arrange food etc. It doesn’t sound a lot, but when you consider constant communication and checks to ensure everything will run smoothly, it’s actually quite a task keeping on top of it all! Gift boxes had to be arranged, as well as name badges. The event also had to be arranged with the Benefit Counter so that all of the attendees could get a free make-upper. I unfortunately, at the last minute, …

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Competitions, Campaigns & PR

Okay, so it’s been a ridiculously long time since I last posted. What with Christmas and work, I’ve found barely any time to properly sit down and write about what I’ve been doing! I’ll try and carry on from where I left off (and perhaps make one of my New Years resolutions to post on here far more often)… Following on from my last ridiculously long post, I thought I’d do a relatively ‘short’ one on our ‘latest’ competitions and campaigns. But first, I should make a little (and very late) announcement. As of the 1st of December, I officially helped Benefit go over the 100,000 fans mark. That’s right my friends… WE REACHED 100,000 FANS! With the help of some networking and sharing of competitions on forums, I saw an increase of over 2,000 fans in a day! What an achievement! The office was SO happy! Of course, me being me (a workaholic and a geek), this just made my year. I told the bloggers at the event on the 25th of November that …

Party Central @ Benefit!

It’s been an amazingly hectic few weeks at Benefit; hence why its been ages since I wrote anything! & to top it all off, this week will see a hand-over from my boss Jasmine, as she’s off to Hawaii on Thursday…! So, let’s see. It would obviously be best to start from the beginning. What have I done in the past 3/4 weeks? There’s been our big Bloggers Event here in Chelmsford at the Benefit Head Office, as well as a number of competitions & campaigns run through my good friend, Wildfire. We’ve now got the T-Shirt one up and running (with no hitches may I add!) and also a fantastic Hoola Competition. More about that later though… Movember ended; I arranged the Norwich Blog Event (for the new opening of our first in-store boutique!) and I also went to the Birmingham Clothes Show for 3 days! It’s safe to say, I’ve worked bloody hard, but I’ve loved every minute of it. I think for this post alone, I’ll show just one or two of …

Benefit Christmas Comp!

Benefit’s Christmas competition this year is really fantastic; You can win ALL of our Christmas gift sets, which together are worth over £250! Get liking us on Facebook and enter! We’re nearing 93,000 fans, and it would be amazing if by the end of the year we could reach our target of 100,000! Please show your support and love for Benefit Cosmetics by liking our page and sharing our competition! The products are genuinely amazing, we have great offers, and we clearly do amazing competitions! Thanks guys! x (I even designed this little banner!)