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Nicola joined Noisy Little Monkey in 2010 with the aim of putting some organisational structure around Jon’s creative chaos and creating a team of clever, motivated, interesting people to produce fantastic results for clients.

Prior to Noisy Little Monkey, Nicola spent nine years working for the Higher Education Funding Council for England advising universities and colleges on government funding. As a senior manager she wrote bids and strategy papers for Government and was a champion for organisational change; this honed her ability to present complex ideas in understandable ways, to analyse data with a focus on measurable results and work with teams to deliver a high quality service. All of which come in useful at Noisy Little Monkey in one way or another. Her background and qualifications however are firmly in the world of marketing and communications having worked in the public and private sector as a fundraiser manager, advertising exec and in the marketing team of several well-known technology companies. She also ran a B&B in St Ives and can make a pretty mean scrambled eggs if push comes to shove.

  • Loves: Creative ideas, Marmite on toast, good coffee and the sound of Mr Dog snoring in the office
  • Hates:Working with loud music playing
  • Most likely to say:“Jon . . . really?”
  • Will dance to: Cheesy pop, especially first thing in the morning.
  • Favourite website: Pinterest for inspiration and ideas and the France Property Shop for full-on daydreaming

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Recent blog posts written by Nicola

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3 Analytics Reports That Will Tempt Your Boss

Your boss loves facts and figures right? With a budget to manage, she or he craves data that will help them make decisions about how best to balance their spend online and offline. Google Analytics can help

Bon Voyage Casey

Bon Voyage Casey

Casey is leaving for Dubai… we’ll miss her like crazy

Slashed budgets? 3 sane business boosting tips

Do you know the definition of insanity? Take a look at how Einstein’s definition can be applied to website development

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Confessions of a Social Media Sceptic

  Psst, can I tell you a secret? I’m a Director of a digital marketing agency but for the life of me I just don’t get social media. I know I should be out there on Twitter and Facebook but I don’t like it, it feels both too personal and too impersonal. I meet lots [...]


Setting Up AdWords Campaigns – Top Tips

AdWords is a great way to promote your website to your potential customers, but it can be a bit bewildering to start with and all too easy to spend a lot of money with very little return. Although Google provides lots of  help with some great downloadable resources and training as well as a new [...]

Spider Web

Good Practice Writing for the Web

  Google’s guidelines get interpreted in all sorts of strange and creative ways.  If you are writing web copy and are not a search expert it can all get a bit confusing.  Based on a conversation with one of our favourite clients, here’s our true and false myth busting guide to writing for the web. [...]

Looking for a job?

Looking for a job?

Are you an aspiring hacker, a technical masher up with a smattering of code smarts and lots of curiosity? Or have you decided that Uni just isn’t for you and want to get a head start  on the career ladder? Yes? Good. If you are also smart, love to learn and want to be the [...]

Not All Web Designers Are Wonder Geeks

How to choose the right web designer

Web designers and developers come in all shapes and sizes – from large specialist companies, to in-agency teams and bedroom techies. Equally as diverse are the websites they create and the prices they charge.  For many businesses their website is one of the biggest marketing investments they make, and yet making the wrong decision about [...]

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Response from ICO

Our lawyer friend Neil Howlett at Harris & Harris asked for clarification from the ICO of the stats of the International Chamber of Commerce Guidance. This is what he asked and this is what the ICO said in response. If you can identify an answer to the questions do let us know.  13 June 2012.  Dear Mr [...]

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Implementing the Cookie Law: Four Key Questions

On 26 May 2011 the EU Cookie Directive came into law in the UK through Regulations and the ICO Guidance but after a last minute panic, enforcement was suspended for a year. On 26 May 2012 the ICO will start enforcing the law and imposing fines – are you prepared? Despite the flurry of cookie [...]