Evolving toward website and content planning for agencies and clients.
For the past 3 years I’ve evolved Platonik to focus on my core online marketing skills.
Having built over 250 lead generation and e-commerce stores, I now specialise in helping agencies and their client build or grow with website and content planning.
Although I did recently launch a little side project called golf links.
Let’s rewind back 25 years.
Originating from Troon in Scotland, I realised quickly after a golf scholarship in America that I would never make a living playing golf.
So, tail between my legs I headed back from New Mexico to study marketing for 4 years in the late 80’s at Stirling University; taking a real interest in retailing and why people buy what they buy.
Wishing to combine sports and marketing, I worked with a variety of sports brands in England such as Dunlop, Slazenger and Reebok.
This marketing career covered marketing research, managing marketing campaigns, managing brands and running a team of European distributors.
I managed to grow a sales network from $1million to $3million in a fairly static market.
Setting my sights higher, I got into the telecommunication and internet industry with a company called ntl – who sponsored various football teams such as Celtic, Rangers, Newcastle and Aston Villa in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
When ntl signed a sponsorship agreement with the two Glasgow football clubs, my sports marketing background made me the ideal person to leverage the relationship between ntl and these two clubs.
Without giving away confidential information, I was able to turn a £3million sponsorship investment into considerably more revenue every year.
Some of the projects to drive revenues and leverage the sponsorship deal were unlike any other activity sponsors had typical done in the past.
As the deal came to end, I sought opportunities elsewhere and ventured into marketing consultancy with a number of web development and technical companies.
Venturing into the world of web development
Through a close contact, an emerging e-commerce company needed marketing help.
After a series of conversations it turned out they didn’t need marketing help, they needed more sales leads and more clients.
As the company and I started acquiring new business the projects required someone to manage the development of the websites.
These large e-commerce store developments required worked closely with business owners, developers and designers.
One particular project was taking too long to build.
The website was being built on open source technology and very reliant on specific web developers.
If that developer got ill or left the business, it became difficult for other developers to understand how the “engine” worked.
This development process affected the whole business operation.
The client became unhappy with the time taken to finish the project, which affected cashflow, which affected the owners of the agency.
I soon recognised I could do web development and marketing better, faster and quicker for business owners but under my brand and my platform.
Then the board of directors called
An old university friend who had invested in a company called and sought my help.
The company needed to grow it’s business and modernise how it did business using the web.
After exploring various website, e-commerce, customer database, sales lead and email marketing system, I met Adobe.
Introducing Adobe Business Catalyst
The attraction of the Adobe web platform was, and still is, that all the tools you need to run a business were located in the one place.
You don’t have to worry about hosting or if the website goes down or gets hacked as Adobe have engineers monitoring things.
You have a dashboard when you log in to the admin area and see a snapshot of web visits, enquiries and sales.
You can control most aspects of the website, navigation, add blog posts, add new products, run promotions and send targeted email campaigns.
Here’s a telephone interview I did with Adobe Business Catalyst evangelist, Adam Broadway where we discussed online businesses and talking in the client’s language.