Nicola Strand is a digital marketer with extensive experience from both agency and client-side environments, including spearheading the launch of three e-commerce stores whilst at Northern & Shell Media, and working at Unity Technologies to take two of the company’s most successful flagship demos - Adam (2016) and The Heretic (2020) - to market.
I have never discovered so much professional content as I do now. Through Google I discovered Web Analytics Wednesday; through Web Analytics Wednesday I discovered MeasureCamp; through MeasureCamp I discovered Measure Slack (a place where the global analytics community hangs out). Then through all of these, I’ve discovered tons of Stuff That Makes Me Smarter like the Digital Analytics Power Hour podcast, books like Storytelling With Data, and incredibly smart people like Mikko Piippo (if you don’t follow Mikko on LinkedIn, I highly recommend you do - always brilliant content that makes you think). All of this, the discovery of people and content due to the community, always gives me food for thought - not just stuff that tells me what to do. Which brings me onto my next point.
All of the above has led to incredible opportunities. Opportunities that brought me out of myself. Opportunities that I don’t think I would have gotten without the motivation and support from the community, whether in the online or offline world. Whilst I’m personally outgoing, I used to be professionally shy - I would never have put myself forward to give a talk as I didn’t think I was smart enough. I never would have dreamt about writing a blog post. Not until Peter O’Neill, the founder of Measurecamp, asked me at the first Copenhagen Measurecamp if I was holding a session; no, I said. I don’t have any wisdom to impart. How many years experience do you have, he asked. Ten, I answered. “You will definitely have something to share”. So I did (and I survived). I’ve since given further non-Measurecamp talks, have hosted the first Women In Analytics conference in Copenhagen, and have grown in confidence tenfold.
Discovery, inspiration, and opportunity. This is what the community has done for me; maybe it can do the same for you.