Do you ever wonder what it’s like to work at Six? As part of our agency life series, we give you an insight by questioning our talented team on what it’s like to work here and what they love most.
This week it’s the turn of Joe Baptiste, a Senior Account Manager here. He joined Six in 2015.
What has been your career path to date?
With a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Oxford Brookes University, my first job was at a small integrated marketing agency near Bath. I wasn’t sure whether agency life would be right for me, but it really was the perfect first job – great clients, a huge variety of work, plenty of responsibility – and I’ve worked agency-side ever since. I learned a great deal, but after three years I left in search of a new challenge in Bristol.
I’d heard good things about Six, so decided to make the move as an Account Manager and it’s been everything I’d hoped for. There’s always something pushing me on, something to smile about, and I’ve developed considerably during my time here as a result. As a Senior Account Manager, I’m now tackling some really interesting challenges alongside our clients and most importantly, enjoying it.
1. What is your career highlight?
I once spent a whole day filming cows in the Devon countryside for a film about cheddar cheese. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky – bliss!
2. What do you love most about your role?
Getting stuck into a meaty new brief that you can really invest time and energy into with the rest of the team.
3. Who are your top 3 heroes?
If I had to pick one, Steven Gerrard, but I’m not really one for idolising celebs. Do my family and friends count?!
4. What three tracks would you add to the Sonos queue?
Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
6.Your favourite trend in the last 12 months?
The increased recognition of video content as a powerful marketing tool. It’s no secret that video is one of the most engaging forms of content, and we’ve known for a while that it will play a key role in the industry moving forward, but we’ve noticed a step change in the frequency of film projects and how much our clients believe in their ability to enable change. Not only do I agree with them, I also love working on film and animations, so I’m not complaining!
7. What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring Senior Account Manager?
Never shy away from doing the things you’re afraid of. Whether it’s a big pitch, an awkward conversation or throwing yourself at a piece of work you’re not entirely sure you’re capable of… sadly, facing these things head-on is the only way you’ll progress!
8. What is your favourite website & why?
Milton Bayer / Tea – the most diplomatic method of organising a tea round.