Get to know… Oliver Church

Get to know… Oliver Church

Oliver Church is in charge of Ad Operations here at Connectt. He works to provide the best experience for both users and advertisers across our brands - Campus Society and Female Tribes. As we build our brand globally alongside ever-changing industry laws and tech, Oliver faces new and exciting challenges every day.

What do you do?

I’m the Head of Ad Operations at Connectt. If someone asks me to sum up my job in a few words, my typical response tends to be “I help keep the internet free” - advertising is unfortunately a necessity, otherwise the entire Internet would be behind a paywall, and where’s the fun in that?

What does a typical day consist of in your job?

Generally speaking, I look after any and all things advertising-related; from technology through to privacy, making sure campaigns go live on time and ensuring clients needs are met along the way. At the moment, we’re preparing for the launch our SaaS platform, so I’m making sure that we have all the necessary ingredients in place in order to make a pretty awesome meal!

What are your biggest professional challenges?

Probably keeping on top of what is happening within the industry; the technology and laws are ever-changing, and as an individual (and as a company) you have to learn to be fluid in order to cope with whatever is thrown your way, even if that means having to change your well-laid plans.

What is your favourite social media feature?

It has to be Facebook Login, it’s so useful being able to sign-up to another site without wasting time having to fill out a bunch of details and thinking up yet another secure password. But I’m looking forward to replacing this with Apple’s upcoming “Sign in with Apple” feature, as I discussed in my previous blog post.

I’ve also lost track of the number of times I’ve accidentally gone down a Facebook video rabbit hole (where one video auto-plays after another), it’s especially useful in the kitchen while doing a boring task like the washing up!

What is the last track you couldn’t stop listening to on repeat?

According to Spotify, my most played song last year was Thrice - The Grey. This has just reminded me that I need to renew my subscription, I’ve become too interested in podcasts recently…

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Online communities are the next step in mental health support

Online communities are the next step in mental health support

There has been a noticeable shift recently in the way mental health is discussed in the public sphere. Not only is it being more openly addressed in the media, but growing numbers of people are discussing their personal battles with depression and anxiety on dedicated online communities, something that simply didn’t seem to exist 5 years ago.

Get to know… Sophie Bower

Get to know… Sophie Bower

What do you do?

I primarily look after the marketing for Campus Society – our social network for students - and dabble a little with our B2B parent company, Connectt, and our social network for women, Female Tribes.

 

What does a typical day consist of in your role?

Every day can vary quite a bit, as is common with a busy start-up environment, but one thing that is consistent is the mix of hard work and fun we have in the office. I love coming to work and the team we have here plays a huge part in that. The development of the team is also really important for me day-to-day. As the business grows, everyone can grow, so there are constant opportunities to learn new skills and for progression inside the company.

 

What are your biggest professional challenges?

Building brands from scratch is a big challenge, but also the key reason I joined the company. There is such a huge opportunity in the market for Connectt and our consumer-facing brands, Campus Society and Female Tribes. The world of social media is changing every day, and we are seeing movement towards smaller, bespoke social networks around the world. It’s exciting to be a part of this.

 

What is your favourite social media feature?

Stories with some well-placed GIFs are definitely my most-used feature at the moment.

 

Get to know you: adventurous or relaxing holiday?

I love both, especially as my favourite thing to do is travel. I definitely try and lock in one of each type of holiday during the year to mix it up. This year, it was an adventure through Morocco and I’ve got a relaxing holiday in the Med coming up in the Summer. Plus, I do love to get home to Australia when I can!

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What does Apple’s latest security feature mean for devs, advertisers and consumers?

What does Apple’s latest security feature mean for devs, advertisers and consumers?

Privacy has been at the forefront of Silicon Valley’s mind lately, with the high-profile Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach, the subsequent GDPR rollout last year, and, most recently, Nevada’s new privacy law which comes into effect on 1st October, giving consumers the right to opt out of their personal information being sold.