Category Archives: weekend

06.05.2016
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Something for the weekend: Ducks, death and dogs with jobs

Happy sunny Friday, marketing fans! As always (well, sometimes) we’re here to save you, ohhh, at least five minutes by tracking down the best of the week’s online gems so you can click and read and laugh and learn all the live long day. No need to thank us, although we do like Cadbury’s Fingers a lot at the moment if you’re passing Sainsbury’s.

Design

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Writing

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Everything else 

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Have a lovely weekend, ya filthy animals xxx

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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes
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04.05.2016

Come on, come on, let’s work together

I know we haven’t had a chance to tell you how wonderful Pollen was last month, but rest assured it was wonderful. Thank you so much to the 120-odd attendees who dragged themselves to central London on a Tuesday evening to talk to strangers and play bingo. We had an excellent night and met so many lovely people, and we’re already looking forward to the next one.

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Traditionally, networking events have been something I’ve feared and hated with the passion of a thousand suns. I’m not a natural ‘joiner’, and I don’t even like being around all my best friends at once let alone total bloomin’ unknown grown-ups in suits. Steve is fabulous at chatting to strangers and never runs out of things to talk about, so he can’t understand why I hate these situations so much, but I know I’m not alone! Around 50% of the population are introverts, and if anything sends an introvert into a spiral of fear and nausia it’s a networking event. But they can be so useful in terms of meetings new people, finding potential new clients, maybe hunting for a new role, so it’s a real shame that half the UK avoids them like the plague.

Pollen is great for me because it instantly gives me a reason to talk to people, and that’s always been my biggest worry: won’t people think I’m annoying or weird if I just walk right up to them and start talking? Well, no, they won’t, because that’s sort of the point of networking, but it’s easier said than done. If you’re having trouble with the approach, I recommend planning out what you’re going to say to people when you introduce yourself. Tell them a funny fact about yourself, or something weird that happened to you at work today, or just be honest and tell them you’re a little nervous because you find networking a bit awkward. There’s a 50/50 chance that this person feels exactly the same way and will be delighted to chat to somebody on their wavelength, but if you’ve chanced upon an extrovert, relax: they’ll be more than happy to steer the conversation and prod your sales pitch out of you.

There are loads of websites full of networking tips for nervous Normans like us, such as:

But one of the best suggestions I’ve found is contacting / researching people in advance. Go through the guest list, see who you want to meet and read up on them so you’ve got a ready-made icebreaker when you get there. Email them in advance and tell them you’d love to chat on the night. I, for one, fear the unknown in these situations, so having somebody I can seek out and speak to on arrival makes things a little bit easier. Another tip is to get there early. I usually rock up to these things as late as possible so I get minimum face time, but getting there before everybody else and settling in with a drink positions you as the person new arrivals want to talk to. You’ll probably get chatting to the hosts too, because they’ll be standing around waiting for the masses to show up, and you can grill them for some extra insight into who’s coming and what to expect from the event. Plus, you can leave as early as you like because you were the first one there and that always earns brownie points.

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So, if you are the shy and retiring type or you’ve never been to a networking event and think it sounds dreadful, know that I will do my best to make it easier on you if you come to Pollen! Hang out with me until you find somebody better to talk to. I won’t be offended.

I’d love to know what you like or don’t like about networking events and how we could make Pollen even better, especially if you’re an introvert! Leave us a comment and we’ll send you positive vibes.

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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes
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24.03.2016

Something for the Easter weekend

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The question “Is it too early for beer o’clock?” started flying around the office about 11am today, and I’m very proud to say that we’ve managed to make it to 4pm and still not a drop of booze has touched our lips. We’re making up for it by blasting out old school pop classics like Blazin’ Squad, Billie Piper and O-Town. I think Steve now needs a drink more than ever.

So, it’s nearly the bank holiday weekend, woohoooooo! What’s everybody up to? Bloodybigspider will absolutely not be in the office for the next four days so don’t be offended if we don’t reply to your emails – we’ll just be too busy drinking wine and getting chocolate all over the sofa.

If you have any free time between your Mars Easter egg and your fifth hot cross bun, take a look at these little beauties. We thought they were pretty good:

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That’s all for now, folks. We’re off to HAVE THAT ALCOHOLIC DRINK we’ve been resisting all day. Yeeeah!

Happy bank holiday xx

PS: A big shout out to Taylor, our design intern who finished with us last Friday. He wrote a lovely blog post for us about his time at Bloodybigspider and we’ll be posting that next week <3

PPS: Don’t forget Pollen is coming up in less than two weeks! Get your free ticket today guys!

 

26.02.2016

Something for the weekend

Hey there! Big, HUGE news this week: Pollen has landed.

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Join us on Tuesday 5th April in The Finery, a lovely pub just off Oxford Street. It’s free entry, and we have an excellent (totally optional) little ice-breaker thing that you will love if I do say so myself. If you work in marketing / comms / PR / design or something sort of similar, come along and say hello!

In other news, after a couple of late nights this week we had a really successful presentation of first idea for a new client (top secret at the moment, would love to tell you but then we’d have to ask you nicely not to tell anybody else and I’m not sure we can trust you).

That’s about it for now. Stay tuned, we’ll have lots of exciting stuff to tell you next week and if we don’t we’ll make some up.

Links from the week:

Happy weekend! xox

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(Awesome BBS doodle courtesy of design intern Taylor Trotman!)

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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes
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12.02.2016
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Something for the weekend: Budweiser, ballerinas and Belle

It’s a quick update this week, folks. Busy, busy, busy and all that! Here are a few highlights from the week: Steve went to a networking event last night and had an entire bottle of Prosecco plus beer and gin; we all scoped out The Finery pub on Monday and paid the deposit for Pollen number three – woop; I had a meeting with a lovely client in the middle of Regent’s Park which was very nice.

We’ll have some more exciting insights into Bloodybigspider life next week, honest. But for now, feast your eyes on this lot:

Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious weekend folks! (I typed that correctly first time without Googling it, I WIN!)

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Stephen Holmes
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