HELLO, I'M DAVE.
What gets me going every morning is my passion to deliver award-winning communications that solve client’s business problems.
I’m proudly a hybrid - an experienced account director and a skilled project manager - and for the past six years I’ve been using both sets of skills to drive the success of the demanding global brands like Gatorade, Reckitt Benckiser and QuickBooks, and leading Australian brands including Foxtel, ANZ, M.J. Bale and UNSW.
I’m a highly efficient team player, great with clients and a creative champion. I absorb knowledge fast and am tech savvy.
I'm obsessed with advertising and love working in this industry. Beyond my agency experience at TBWA, Momentum, and ad tech start-up Spiral Media, I’ve thrown myself into further learning and industry contributions through teaching and writing articles.
Since 2012 I've undertaken courses in Strategic Brand Planning, AWARD School (see the 'Creativity' tab), Account Management and Advertising Fundamentals. I've also written feature pieces for B&T, Campaign Brief, and lectured at 2x Australian universities and online courses based in Europe.
Below you’ll find five campaigns I’m really proud of, with more detail of client work and industry articles by clicking around the site.
Gatorade - Bolt Rate
In the weeks before the Australia vs England Ashes cricket series, we enlisted the world’s fastest man - Usain Bolt - to train the Australian team to excel in a traditionally overlooked measurement of the game: run speed between the wickets. In doing so, we introduced a new competition within the notoriously slow game of cricket: The Bolt Rate.
It resulted in worldwide press reaching over 180 million people, a 25% uplift in Ashes viewership on the back of the hype created, and a 3.5% increase in sales of Gatorade year-on-year over the same time period.
\ Together with the strategic planner, developed the strategy for how we best combine the assets of Usain Bolt and the Australian cricket team to brief creative.
\ Working with creative and PR teams to develop the campaign idea.
\ Managing campaign timings, budgets, legals, shoot day, pre and post-production from start to end.
\ Working with Gatorade clients from briefing to implementation and post analysis, ensuring their objectives were hit and they loved every minute of it.
\ Working with the digital production team and Catapult tech who track the athlete speed to ensure the data would come through in a timely, simple formatted manner.
M.J. Bale - Coolest Suit on the Planet
For the launch of M.J. Bale’s ‘Cool Wool’ range - made from breathable Merino wool that keeps you cool in the heat - we partnered with English Weatherman Alex Beresford to go on a heat-seeking mission to the hottest places on earth for live weather broadcasts via Facebook live & Instagram Live to prove that in a world getting hotter, you can always keep your cool and look great at the same time with M.J. Bale.
Back in Australia, we created a world first change room that simulated the temperatures that Alex was currently experiencing in real time, so people could trial the Cool Wool suits for themselves at the hottest temperatures on earth.
\ Start to end management of the project from client strategic kick off through to campaign wrap up
\ Working with strategic planner to identify opportunity based on product innovations and writing creative brief
\ Rounds of creative sell in and tweaking with the team based on client feedback, budget changes and talent identification / updates / requests.
\ Key contact for production team, tech partners and activation partners in the lead up to the shoot and during. Key support in Australia to the team once 2-week worldwide shoot commenced.
\ Campaign wrap up and creative optimisation of assets based on test & learning once live across digital media, Instagram & Facebook stories, etc.
UNSW - Women in Engineering
Engineering is a male dominated industry, and therefore male dominated university degree. The perception is that it’s all hard hats and men designing heavy metal machinery. That doesn’t bode so well for university faculties trying to encourage more women to enrol in engineering degrees.
We set out to change perceptions of the entire industry by enlisting the social crew of the Nervo Twins - a grammy award winning DJ duo who use their engineering smarts to produce their music.
\ Project managing the job and liaising with all departments within the agency and clients
\ Dealing with talent and their management
\ Developing media plan with media agency based on key creative channels and best approach to seed a music video
\ Working with internal PR agency to promote the album and video clip along with Nervo management
\ End-to-end website UX, design and development, resulting in www.madebyme.org.au
Veet - Hairy Questions
Teenage girls going through puberty have a lot of questions. It’s arguably the hardest time in in their lives to navigate what’s ‘normal’, they want to fit in, but sometimes answers to life’s tough questions as a teenager aren’t easy to find. So for Veet EasyWax, we tapped into the truth that in this time, there’s someone you don’t usually ask the hard questions to: dad.
We launched the below video to capture attention and create shareable content, which drive teenage girls to the Feet EasyWax kit - a kit designed to help them with the hard questions when it comes to beauty and hair removal. So they don’t need to rely on unreliable sources anymore.
\ Account management of the project with my Account Director at the time, leading all client comms, timelines, budgets and internal departments
\ Working with production on the pre-production, shoot day, post production and talent sourcing
\ Working with digital department internally as well as Reckitt Benckiser web team on integrating the digital UX of the payment and info site
\ Setup of the eCommerce element of the website with Reckitt Benckiser web team to allow global payments and purchase of Hairy Questions Kit
\ Liaising with postage supplier to ensure all purchased kits were delivered on time and consumer feedback was received
G Active Hydrogym
To launch Gatorade’s new sugar free product in Australia, we created an immersive brand experience that promoted the essence of the product: a lifer more active. We set up a floating gym on Sydney harbour and listed the help of 3 of Australia’s leading fitness influencers to spread the word and promote the event on social.
It resulted in a reach of 15 million views & impressions, 37 pieces of media coverage, and beat projected sales by 22% in the first month after launch.
\ Project lead across integrated team (Integer for activation, TBWA for creative & production, Eleven for PR) and other agencies (social, influencer and media)
\ Key contact for client teams (local, regional & global) for product launch plan in Asia Pac
\ Managing 3rd party suppliers from activation element, to digital tech for live streaming the event, submissions of interest online, and social plug ins from the Hydrogym on the day
\ Campaign materials from the activation to be used across digital and ongoing PR beyond launch, campaign reporting and optimisation once live.