Meet the team – Narelle Barkes

Narelle is our Digital Marketing Executive and has been with Colehouse for 18 months now. Alongside her work she studies at Teesside University in progress of completing her degree in Marketing. We have asked Narelle a few questions so you can get to know her a little bit more.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I definitely felt a lot of pressure to have a clear path into a career at such a young age, especially with the majority of my friends knowing what they wanted to do and having clear progression routes. My advice to my younger self would definitely be not to worry so much about having everything perfectly planned out, everything falls into place in the end!

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I really enjoy the diversity and variety of working in marketing. I love being able to work with a range of different clients, from education to beauty in one day. No two days are the same and I think that’s what keeps the job fresh and exciting for me! 

What’s your favourite season and why?

It has to be winter! The run up to Christmas is always lovely, where everything becomes more cosy and festive. I also love having the Christmas tree up in my house, which dare I admit is already up in November! 

What are your pet peeves?

Redundant use of hashtags! #please #don’t #use #hashtags #like #this

How do you motivate yourself in your career?

Celebrate wins! I think it’s really important to recognise your achievements, big or small, to stay motivated. We too often criticize ourselves for not always getting things absolutely perfect and don’t give ourselves a pat on the back for our achievements enough! 

Would you say you are more of an introvert or extrovert?

I’m probably a happy medium between the two. I think most people who know me would say I’m an extrovert, as I’m always very sociable and chatty. Deep down I’d describe myself as an introvert as I enjoy my home comforts and am definitely more of a ‘staying in’ than ‘going out’ person!

Biggest success so far in your career? 

I think the biggest success in my career so far is probably 2020 as a whole. A success for me in itself was learning to adapt to the new dynamic of working remotely, which is something I’d never done before. Despite the current situation, this year I’ve worked on some of the most exciting and rewarding projects yet, helping lots of our clients make effective changes to their business models in order to stay connected with their customers and keep their presence alive in preparation for when restrictions eventually lifted. Back in March, I was partly responsible for helping one of our clients to implement a full website redevelopment, revamping creatively and structurally to enhance their existing website and incorporating new design ideas to increase online sales, website traffic and basket value, creating an entirely new revenue stream. We helped to increase online sales by over 286% which I was very proud of!