Factory Visit Google

Posted on 1st December 2015 by Andi Wilkinson

On this gloomy Manchester morning,  Danny, Jess and I – lovingly nicknamed #JamFam – boarded the Pendolino from Manchester to Euston; we were on our way to visit Google. Whilst on the train we met Helen Knowles, who was writing her masters thesis in fine art & focussing on film. I missed the first half of the conversation, because I left my seat; however, when I returned they were chatting about algorithms. Her artistic vision was to put an algorithm on trial for stealing private information. Danny told her he had recently built an application for a recruitment agency that scraped the LinkedIn API, & suddenly the ice was broken. It has to be the strangest on a train ice breaker I have encountered… We swapped details and, as far as I can tell, Danny may be a star in the film; watch this space for a further update on that. Joining Google’s Partner Programme was a natural progression after completing Squared Online in April.

Finally at Google

When we arrived in London, we scoped out Google’s colourful HQ over on Tottenham Court Rd & waited eagerly in reception to meet our contact. The problem was they couldn’t find him. You can probably sense an irony in my tone. We had gone to the wrong HQ. This is what happens when you Google ‘Google’ and use Google maps to get there. It wasn’t a huge problem, we cracked the maps out again and wandered over to Buckingham palace Rd HQ instead.

We met with our contact, albeit a little late, and he took us through some facts and figures; he showcased their products and also explained that we were one of a small number of agencies they had recently flagged up with potential for growth. Hence, we qualified for their full support! This is great for business moving forward, as I have recently completed their digital marketing certificate & to get myself back up to scratch, having the backing of the Google team & their account strategists means we can guarantee any clients best practice with their advert accounts. Anyway enough selling on my personal blog 😉

We left feeling quite special, and congratulated ourselves on the laid back nature of our trip arranging; we got an extra few hours in the big smoke to get some grub and a few pre-Christmas drinks! After wandering through Covent Garden, we went with Danny’s recommendation to eat at Wahaca; it is pretty decent if you like quesadillas & guacamole, which I do.

We love a good real ale!

With an hour to kill we tube hopped to Camden & stumbled into the Worlds End pub for a couple of drinks before wishing we had longer and heading back to Euston. If you haven’t been to this pub, you need to go, it’s all I’m saying. It’s like a surreal cross between a Victorian street and a pirate ship. Throw in a Tardis.

On the train home we met a top bloke called Alex, it may as well have just been the pub, because we finished off another couple of drinks & I dozed off on the hapless chap. It’s all good because in this world of professionals on a train, I had still managed to connect on LinkedIn first, and apologise in advance.

I believe Danny had to prop me back up a few times, but when we arrived back in Manchester my homing beacon went off & I found the nearest tram and quickly boarded it. Turns out it was going somewhere else. I’m here to tell this tale so needless to say I rectified my mistake and before long I was blissfully asleep in my own bed.

It was a pretty good day today.

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