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Talent Talk - Day Seven


This month, we feature our Collective Works neighbours and great friends - Day Seven! They've gone from a 2 man band when we first met them 2 years ago, to having over 15 team members today and are in the midst of relaunching. We asked them a few questions about the industry and their hiring tactics.

Names: Santosh Erram (Director and Co-Founder) and Matthew Harper (Creative Director) Company specialism: Digital Solutions company which helps businesses reimagine how to connect with their customers, partners and employees. Number of staff: 15+ Website: dayseven.digital (they are in the process of relaunching the website) Key Clients: AWS, IBM, Ingram Micro, DKSH, Havas Media, Home n Office, Collective Works, Cnetric, Infosys, One Partners

WHAT SETS DAY SEVEN APART FROM THE CROWD?

At Day Seven we believe in providing Digital Solutions to Business Challenges. In a rapidly changing Digital economy, we partner with our Clients to help them reimagine the way they interact with their Customers, Employees & Partners and manage their Business. What makes us different? Well, for starters our truly integrated story of bringing Design and Technology together. Each member of our Strategy, Creative and Technology team is encouraged to connect their ideas and lead innovation that continually evolves our Services. We don’t see ourselves as an agency, consultancy, mobile developers, data analysts or a branding company – but instead we combine the best of all to build Digital Businesses. We are perhaps the only Truly Integrated Digital Solutions Company in Singapore which can help Clients in their digital journey all the way from strategy through to concept and execution, utilising both Services and our Platforms (media analytics and mobile application).

CAN YOU DEFINE YOUR CULTURE?

We are quite a loud and unusual blend of talent from many different areas of life and the Digital space. The culture is derived from the philosophy of focusing on people as well as the possibilities of Design and Technology. As a group we like to make sure we spend time inventing new team activities such as ‘New food Friday’ or terrible spotify playlists as well coming up with awesome new ideas for our Clients. Most of the team members have had their own startups or their own business which means we like people who are entrepreneurial, driven and are willing to Be The Change They Want To See in the company. We also host Idea Labs every month which gives every team member an opportunity to bring his or her own ideas and share with the entire team.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN GREAT TALENT?

Skill and ability are not initially the highest attributes on our wishlist as opposed to attitude, vision and the right fit for our company culture. It has been interesting to see that those who succeeded the most in our initial years have also demonstrated the greatest amount of personal determination and are people who came in with an entrepreneurial mindset.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS SOME KEY EMERGING TRENDS IN THE DIGITAL AND/OR PROGRAMMATIC INDUSTRY IN 2015 AND BEYOND?

  • Growth of marketing as a practice where it will be less about AD Tech but more about Mark-Tech which is going be about designing, stitching, deploying and scaling various solutions to bring Platform approach to Marketing.

  • Enterprise mobility adoption – true adoption of mobility solution is beginning to gain traction amongst enterprises.

  • Increased focus on UX/UI and Customer Experience Design

  • Data focus will move from BIG DATA to actionable insights that will help companies predict and fix problems with their business.

  • Integrated Platform story from organisations such as IBM, Oracle, SFDC to name few

  • Adoption of Programmatic Marketing

  • Growth of Marketing automation

  • Omni Channel – Enterprise brands are trying to break down internal silos, to get disparate systems to better integrate around one holistic customer-focused experience. Think digital, mobile, social, CRM databases all merging into one tracking users across the user experience.

  • Mobile Marketing CMO’s evolving into CTO – there are not many examples here in APAC region but some of this transition is already beginning to happen in North America and pockets of European market

  • Digital Agency Consolidation – Content marketing, SEO, PR, social media all blending into one skillset. No longer is the need for numerous boutique agencies, as these named disciplines are all interdependent upon each other with today’s techniques. Look for agency consolidation here.

  • Further rise of E/Mcommerce

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