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Day in the Life of Julian Saunders



WHAT’S YOUR OFFICIAL JOB TITLE?

Strategist in The Zoo at Google

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE TO YOUR MUM WHAT YOU DO?

Help brands make effective and innovative use of digital platforms in general and especially Google platforms. This work is normally a collaboration with the Brands agencies

HOW WOULD YOU ACTUALLY DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO?

I apply human and cultural insights in a creative way to communications and branding challenges, to help clients build better businesses.

PLEASE COULD YOU WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ON WHAT YOU WERE DOING AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES TODAY/ YESTERDAY

8am Cycle from Dulwich Village to Central St Giles - where The Zoo is based

8.45am Read emails, follow links to interesting stuff other Zooglers have uncovered. This is normally both instructive and entertaining

9.15am Review the output from a workshop I have just run for a brand and its creative and media agencies. Write up how I see the definition of the role for digital platforms and share with agencies for comment

11am Team meeting with fellow Zoo strategists to review a new data analysis tool that one of our data analysts has created. Work out how we can use it

Noon Quick brainstorm on content ideas for a brand using the Hero/Hub/Hygiene format - which appears to be getting traction in agencies

1pm Lunch in the Google Canteen. Sea Bass and veg. It’s free restaurant standard food at Google so I am showing restraint for fear of putting on the Google Stone

1.30pm - 2pm Go for a walk - I normally have an idea or two on a walk

2pm Work on content and structure for an internal training workshop for brand planning that we are running across Northern Europe. This is a team effort with Jani and Laz on the strategy team

3pm Go to Google canteen and resist fattening snacks- then read emails

4pm Conference call with an agency with which we are collaborating to review the slides for presentation to brand senior management

5pm Strategy team meeting-we are developing an internal knowledge sharing tool

5.45pm Read loads of emails, send some and work out what I have to do tomorrow. Review some presentations shared by other Zooglers- lots of stimulation

6.15pm Sortee out into Soho to meet my son for a drink

7.30pm Cycle back to Dulwich in the dark, Bike lit up like a fairy tree

IF YOU LEFT YOUR JOB RIGHT NOW WHAT WOULDN’T HAPPEN AS A RESULT?

There are loads of bright and brainy types wanting to join Google so I don't think the company would struggle to replace me

WHAT’S THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU’VE DONE IN THE LAST MONTH?

Went to the Rembrandt exhibition at The National Gallery

WHAT’S THE WORST THING YOU’VE HAD TO DO IN THE LAST MONTH?

Deal with my late fathers effects

WHO DO YOU SIT BESIDE?

It varies

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING TODAY?

Cords and jumper

WHAT’S THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE SOMEONE TRYING TO GET YOUR JOB?

Observe and be interested in human behaviour in all its forms and work out how it can be the basis for an idea. (I am making the assumption that you already live and breathe digital - and are excited by its potential for innovation)

WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED?

My data analysis skills need brushing up

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