Greg Nugent was Director of Brand, Marketing and Culture of the London Olympics and Paralympics and among his responsibilities were customer relations, the branding of merchandise and the overall look of the Games. He built a database of 5.5 million, turned volunteers into Gamesmakers and coined the phrase ‘Inspiring a Generation’ as a beacon of hope for the nation. Before the Olympics, Greg was Head of Marketing at Eurostar and he has since acted as strategic advisor to HS2, the new high speed rail link to the north, and is Deputy Chair of the Join In Trust, building on the volunteering legacy of the Gamesmakers.

Greg presented to  a large number of marketeers and business development specialists, PR managers, IT and HR professionals on Thursday (July 11) at the Hotel de France at an event organised by Jersey Finance, with Digital Jersey providing lead sponsorship,  The event, entitled ‘Delivering the Digital Difference: How to be a digital winner’, commenced with a network lunch and included a questions and answer session following the presentation by Greg, as well as an interactive session in which groups were challenged to tackle a digital marketing issue with a prize awarded for the best response. 

In his presentation, Greg focused on his experience from the mammoth sporting events of 2012 which he suggested could be applied to any brand or business of any size or type. This included the importance of planning, training and defining a vision to developing a customer experience and involving everyone in the challenges faced by the organisation.

David Vieira, Head of Marketing at Jersey Finance, said: “Greg’s talk was both inspirational and practical, clearly spelling out the vital and growing role of digital technologies and techniques in delivering international marketing campaigns. This new data led approach to marketing, using sophisticated software applications, is highly relevant to our own internationally focused finance industry and we are pleased to have brought a world-class speaker to Jersey to share best practice with local professionals. We are also extremely grateful for the support of our local co-sponsors, Digital Jersey, C5 Alliance, Switch Digital and Mallet Crane.”

Ted Ridgway Watt, CEO of Digital Jersey, said of the event:

‘Digital Jersey recognises the potential for real synergy between the finance and digital sectors, for example in areas of tech funding or in the development of innovative technologies that enable the provision of financial services.  We were therefore delighted to be supporting this excellent Jersey Finance digital marketing event.'

The event was also sponsored by Mallet Crane, C5 Alliance and Switch Digital.