My Day in Google

Can't wait to return :)

So ….. last week I had a great adventure on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Google Ireland HQ

Google Ireland HQ

I was very lucky to be invited to Google HQ by Colm Harling the SRP Global Program Manager and take part in the SRP Business Challenge. Creeper Crawlers are always looking for ways to improve our engagement online and ultimately increase our sales via our website. The Nooglers (new Googlers) were a fabulous group who took time to gain a deep understanding of my company. Each team then presented a range of exciting possibilities for us to take away and implement very quickly.I would highly recommend other companies to participate in these types of activities, if lucky enough to be offered the chance.
The members of the team were deeply knowledgeable, motivated and extremely enthusiastic about genuinely recommending strategies that could assist us in reaching our business goals.

Great day at Google HQ in Dublin

Great day at Google HQ in Dublin

Google has over 4000 employees in their Dublin HQ. The staff are from all over the globe and bring a fantastic cultural mix to our capital. There is an amazing vibe of coolness and funkiness when you walk into the building to register, right from the types of computers that you use to register to get your visitors badge through to the seating arrangements in the vast bustling lobby. Some seats are more like art installations and I have to confess, I wasn’t too sure if I should be sitting on them or not! But as it turned out, I didn’t have to wait long for Colm to come get me.

 

Google Meeting Point

Google Meeting Point

This would look great in CCHQ!

This would look great in CCHQ!

I was brought into their secure development space and I’m telling you folks, the kitchen in this area was spectacular and kitted out with plenty of fruit and then snacks in drawers to beat the band. But as Colm later explained to me, Google are supporting their staff to make healthy snack choices so they decided to keep fruit on display in all kitchens throughout the building and to still have snacks available to employees but to have them stored out of sight! Makes total sense! And what a great initiative. Kudos to Google management.

 

I got to spend about an hour and a half with the team in Google and then Colm brought me to the other buildings to have a look at some of their funky layouts.

One thing I noticed as I walked through the corridors of the various buildings was that everywhere you looked there were lots of different little spaces for sitting / working / reading / being social etc. I asked Colm if employees were allowed to move away from their desks and work and he said ‘yes’ and that they are actually encouraged to use other spaces around the building.

That is brilliant. Something the CCHQ will have some day, fingers crossed 🙂

 

There was also this amazing wallpaper:

Love this wallpaper

Love this wallpaper

 

And this cool wall that lit up when you walked past. I couldn’t resist taking a short video of it! Brilliant.

Outdoor terrace

Outdoor terrace

Last weeks healthy menu

Last weeks healthy menu

They also have a great lunch spot where staff can make their own juices and smoothies etc. Just have a look at what was on the menu last week…… yum.

And when you have your plate full of healthy foods you can enjoy some time outside in the sunshine in one of their roof terraces.

 

 

 

As you go up higher in the buildings the views from the upper floors are amazing. You can see all around Dublin. Infact there are three famous landmarks in this photo, can you list them?

Dublin skyline as seen from Google HQ

Dublin skyline as seen from Google HQ

In one of the buildings there is even a Google shop, I was just thanking my lucky stars that my boys were not with me on this adventure as I know there would have been a battle of wills in the Google shop!

 

And actually at the end of my stay, Colm gifted me a Google mug – which now has pride of place in my kitchen – the boys wouldn’t let me bring it into the office!

Love my Mug! :)

Love my Mug! :)

I have to say a huge thank you to all the fantastic Google team that worked with me. Here is a great pic that Colm took just before I left. I even managed to find a little pic of Colm too……..

Can't wait to return :)

Can’t wait to return :)

The lovely Colm from Google

The lovely Colm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s hoping to get back to another great session with the Googlers soon.

Thanks for a great day folks.

Umit Kutluk- Haute Couture

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Umit Kutluk- Haute Couture

With all the craziness in the office getting things ready we almost forgot that we needed an evening gown for an after party that we have been invited to in Beverly Hills while we are in LA.

The fantastically talented and much in demand Umit Kutluk, a Turkish designer based in Dublin approached us and suggested that we could wear his gowns.

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Like excited school girls we headed to his studio in Merrion Square in Dublin where we took a few selfies before meeting the man himself.

We spent hours in his fantastic studio/boutique and we were told to try on anything we liked and to have fun with the dresses. Umit stressed that his creations were “to be worn and enjoyed.” So of course we were like kids in a candy store trying on dress after dress and doing our red carpet poses.

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Umit took the time to chat with us and to suggest dresses that would suit us and allowed us to prance around his boutique, he even helped with our changes and showed us how each dress should be worn.

After hours of fun we finally chose a dress each for the event, keep a look out to see which ones we have taken to LA.

Thanks Umit for a great day, you made 3 girls very very happy 🙂

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Xpose Feature

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In March 2013, I got a surprising call from TV3. They wanted to find out if I would like to have our Easy Grip Crawl Suits featured on TV3’s Xpose that week.

Of course I jumped at the chance. I LOVE that show.

We filmed in the lovely Fitzpatricks Hotel in Kiliney.

I managed to arrange to get two of the babies from the photo-shoot that I just had. And what a wonderful job they did modeling our crawl suits. They were on the tiles in the foyer of the hotel and absolutely enjoyed every minute of being allowed to crawl around on the floor in the hotel.

I was then interviewed by the gorgeous Lisa Cannon. She was so nice. When I met her first she was very chatty and bubbly. I mentioned to her that I was very nervous and she immediately put me at ease. She explained what the format of the interview would be like and how they would shoot it.. So that I was very comfortable and much more relaxed when it actually came time to film my piece.

Two days later, Creeper Crawlers was featured on Xpose in their Innovation Nation segment. It was very exciting.

The result of the segment was overwhelming. I thought my Facebook and Twitter pages were going to explode. And I genuinely thought my website was going to crash. We had a huge amount of orders come in through the website. I had to get the family on board to help me pack all the orders and ship them off to babies around Ireland and Australia and many countries in between.

It was a great experience.

In case you missed the feature, you can check it out now here:

This blog post is part of a series of firsthand accounts by Ollwyn Moran documenting the beginnings of Creeper Crawlers. Creeper Crawlers is a revolutionary children’s clothing brand best known for its Easy Grip Crawl Suit. Made from 100% cotton and free of harsh chemical dyes, the patent-pending and award-winning Easy Grip Crawl Suit provides developmental benefits for babies ages 6-12 months. Learn more about Creeper Crawlers here

Meeting with Mothercare

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Following on from the high that was the awards, I was incredibly lucky to get a meeting with Mothercare Ireland.

I went out to meet with two lovely women from Mothercare in their HQ in Dublin. I was SO nervous. I really hadn’t a clue what to expect.
Walking up the stairs to their office, my heart was pounding so loud and I had another attack of the ‘jelly-legs!’

But all that worry was for nothing. The ladies were so lovely. I was at ease within minutes.

The meeting whizzed by.

Later in the week, I went to the BabyMax Wings of Love Ball. It was held in Fitzpatricks Hotel in Kiliney.

An incredibly glamorous event. Lots of celebs were there too. My friend Alison came along with me…girls night out.

We had a blast. Fab food, great music and entertainment and dancing until the wee hours!

A brilliant end to a great week.

In early 2013, I heard from Mothercare that they wanted to become stockists of the Easy Grip Crawl Suit. EEK! Complete excitement. The first delivery was delivered to stores in February!

This blog post is part of a series of firsthand accounts by Ollwyn Moran documenting the beginnings of Creeper Crawlers. Creeper Crawlers is a revolutionary children’s clothing brand best known for its Easy Grip Crawl Suit. Made from 100% cotton and free of harsh chemical dyes, the patent-pending and award-winning Easy Grip Crawl Suit provides developmental benefits for babies ages 6-12 months. Learn more about Creeper Crawlers here