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Launch of The Digital Co

Firm galvanises team to fill digital marketing ‘gap’

Paul and Marie MonteathThe Digital Co, a digital marketing training and membership venture, launches this week with the aim of addressing what it regards as a gap in digital marketing expertise across Scotland’s corporate sector.

It will work in partnership with Scotland-based digital agencies QueryClick, 8 Million Stories and Informed Design.

A 2014 Digital Scotland report found that three-quarters of Scottish businesses view their online presence as important and 65% agreed that online marketing was crucial to their internet success.

However, more than 60% of Scottish businesses say they are not sufficiently equipped with the skills to match their business needs. A Federation of Small Business report revealed that 20% of businesses polled blamed lack of ability in marketing as the single biggest barrier to growth prospects.

Paul Monteath, managing director and co-founder of The Digital Co with his wife Marie (pictured), said: “Traditionally, Scottish businesses have had to look south to get cutting edge training in digital marketing.

“When you look at the quality of the agencies and people we now have working in the industry north of the border, it’s abundantly clear we’ve got the tools to do it. The combination of these factors provides a massive opportunity for The Digital Co team.”

Robin Richmond, managing director and co-founder of 8 Million Stories, said: “Embracing digital transformation is paramount for Scottish businesses, and there is a clear role for someone to lead digital knowledge development.

“The Digital Co has done an fantastic job at bringing together some of the best digital marketing minds in the UK to provide a unique training and membership offering that will go a long way towards raising the online skill-set and support our local talent within Scotland; 8 Million Stories are proud to be part of it.”

Mr Monteath has been in digital marketing for more than eight years, working on regional, national and global brands across finance, travel, retail, health and gaming industries.

In particular, it was his role at, DigitasLBi (formerly bigmouthmedia) where he led marketing strategies for clients such as Hotels.com, Lloyds TSB, Bupa, Skype and Sony Playstation.

QueryClick, founded 7 years ago by Chris Liversidge, is a data-led, performance driven Search Marketing agency based in Edinburgh. It continues to campaigns for an impressive list of clients such as Aggreko,All Saints, EE, Hilton Hotels and Toys R Us.

8 Million Stories leads some of the some of the most complex, international digital marketing campaigns for an array of clients including BBC, Blackcircles, Conde Nast Group, Farfetch, Glenfiddich, Standard Life and Universal Music.

Informed Design, founded by Sarah Curds, is the dedicated UX partner focused on using data to improve customer experience for clients such as Advanced Boardroom Excellence, ASH and MyDestination.com.

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