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Anj

Location:

San Diego, CA
Hometown: San Diego

Member since:

September 7, 2011

Where do you work?

I work from my awesome home studio as well as onsite with clients in Barcelona and San Diego.

What is your role?

You name it. All of my client engagements start with strategic planning - working with them to identify everything from target audiences to localization, architecture to content, usually for corporate web initiatives. I also work with small businesses that have a vision for strategic marketing - both on and offline. I can be writing a content overview for a 60+ page site one day and be configuring a new WordPress commerce plug-in the next.

How do you interact with WordPress? As a user, designer, developer?

As a user and designer. I have had a lot of experience working with CMS's over the years and find that creating with them yourself helps tremendously when you're also directing a development team. You have a greater understanding of the capabilities and limitations and your team doesn't have to dumb-down information for you. Being a small business owner I found it incredibly useful to have an idea of how the tools that we were using to launch client projects actually worked because that knowledge helped in managing client expectations. I know I can explain the factors that affect functionality or display or even delivery schedules to them more effectively as a result.

What do you hope to gain from this meetup?

There are several things I hope to gain from this meetup - insight into greater functionality, best practices, etc. are at the top of the list. The opportunity to widen my group of collaborators is very important. When I'm in the UK I'm based in Guildford but I spend a significant portion of the year in Barcelona where there doesn't appear to be a group. I hope this meetup with help me stay connected to a broader skills base for collaboration and insight in developing with WordPress.

Introduction

Hi there! I'm a career-long advertising and web marketing project manager who launched a successful web development firm in the US in the mid-90's. I now live in Europe and work as an independent consultant.

What Anj is saying about this Meetup Group

This is the first time I've attended. I felt the group embodies the community spirit of WordPress brilliantly. Thanks again for a lovely evening.


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