This week we are catching up with Derek Freer, the new Webgains UK Managing Director. With years of industry experience, and his most recent position as the Managing Director of Pepperjam, Derek is a strong addition to team Webgains. He told us what a typical day at work looks like, who would be his dream mentor, how to make it big in the industry, what are his guilty pleasures, and what is he looking forward to the most in his new position.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
My responsibilities lie with overseeing the day to day workings of Webgains UK. Being relatively new to the company, my mornings are generally spent speaking with a number of the incredibly talented people on the team to discuss important updates. This is massively interesting to me as every day brings new challenges and opportunities. I love the open workspace ethos of Webgains as it means I get a feel for what is going on across the whole team. Outside providing support to our team, I’m working with our senior leadership and product team in rolling out new Webgains product and technologies to continue our market leading growth.
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
I am notoriously bad for downloading apps and letting them do nothing but take up memory, but the most recent one is 7-minute workout. Perhaps answering this question will make me use it!
If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as your mentor?
I would love to have been an intern with Jeff Bezos at the outset of Amazon. I appreciate he is not the most loved CEO in retail/digital marketing but he came up with so many firsts and was the main driver behind the introduction of affiliate marketing.
What advice would you give to recent new entrants?
Be a sponge. OK that sounds weird on the face of it but the best way to make the most of working in the fast-paced world of affiliate is to learn, learn and learn some more. Speak to as many people as possible. Ask Questions. Choose a mentor. Make use of the Webgains Academy. Five years ago, I was a new entrant to this industry and I still learn something new every day!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Is Bake-Off still classed as a guilty pleasure? I love cookery programs because for an hour it gives me the idea that I may be able to cook something more than a curry or spaghetti Bolognese.
Many thanks to Derek for answering our questions, and a warm welcome to the team!