I’m going to be launching a new section on my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” very soon – “Inspirational Interviews & Stories”. I want to give a platform to those who are inspiring others, making a positive difference and who are changing the world.
These unsung heroes work tirelessly every day to achieve their goals, help others and make a huge difference in the world, and I want to showcase all the good people out there and what they do to help the lives of others and who raise awareness of causes that are close to their heart.
You might run a business, achieve great personal goals, have overcome great personal tragedy or be an advocate/awareness raiser for a cause that is close to your heart. Whatever it is, I want to feature you.
I’m very much looking forward to launching this new part of my blog, and connecting with as many inspirational people as possible. For more information and to take part head over to https://www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk/category/interviews/ to see the interviews I’ve done so far.
I wanted to give a huge shout out and thanks to my wonderful husband Russell Ventura of RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd for the design of this website and also of my other websites and blog. I am very pleased with the results and the look and feel of my sites, and would highly recommend RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd to anyone who is looking for a website to help promote themselves.
Not only did RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd provide my websites and branding but they also provide SEO services, digital marketing and graphic design to help support my endeavours.
To see the website work that RV Digital Marketing Services Ltd undertood, visit:
June is finally over, and it sounds daft, but it is only a few short months until Christmas, and as my wonderful Dad says, we can have some nuts!
It is frightening just how quickly time is running away from me, but now I’m 6 months into the year I’ve had a chance to stop, think and reflect on what has happened so far, the challenges I have had and the things I have achieved.
Despite my Dad still being in ill health I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m still here, I’m still healthy and I’m still making the best of what I’ve got.
As I write this the UK is in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave with temperatures of up to 30 degrees centigrade and over in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is so hot, stuffy and muggy now, but I am managing to maintain productivity thanks to my JML Arctic Air Cube and sleeping downstairs in my converted garage room where it is really cool, much to the amusement of my dog Poppy.
The World Cup is well underway (Germany have already crashed out and England, surprise surprise, have just gone through to the next round) and Wimbledon is also under way. By the middle of July, we will know who will take home the World Cup, and whether England will bring it home – or not.
Work – Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital
Despite the challenge of what happened to me last month, I fared quite well in June. I picked up some freelance blogging, content writing and telesales work from a couple of agencies, plus I spent lots of time looking at other opportunities and nursing them. Some came back with a no, which is hard especially when you know it is an opportunity that would suit you, but I’ve learnt to just bounce back and say “next”!
I spent some time updating this website with content (with thanks to RV Digital Marketing Services) for the design and relaunched Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital (again with thanks to RV Digital Marketing Services). It has a whole new look, and a new logo that is more reflective of it as a brand, and I streamlined the services I offer to focus on content, blogger outreach, PR and digital. I am in discussions with a local cyber security company and a few others about possible work for next month through this.
Then by surprise I was offered a new opportunity. I won’t say too much now, but it is remote so I will still be based from home. I am currently working on and nursing through to hopeful completion, so I will write a more fuller update on this in my next monthly review.
In addition, I have had an idea to launch a news platform to support all the emerging C-suite roles, not just a few, and I’m getting the infrastructure in place for the website with a view to launching it this month. The site will be called Venture CxO Insights and the website URL will be www.venturecxoinsights.com.
I was very pleased that I was able to keep writing for my blog “Cyber Geek Girl” in June and add lots of new and great content to it. Not only did I keep up my collaboration with outreach agency Fat Joe and host lots of posts for them for a small fee for each one, the traffic on my blog started to increase and I had an increase in offers for the inclusion of sponsored or guest posts. A selection of them are below:
I was absolutely delighted that Paul Eccentric, one half of the steampunk poetry duo “The Antipoet” agreed to give an interview for “Cyber Geek Girl” after I read and reviewed his new book “Does My Bass Look Big in This?”. Huge thanks to Paul for the interview, and to Donna Ray for organising it! The review and the interview can be found here:
The biggest thing that happened to me this month was getting a diagnosis that changed my life, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. It came about quite by chance, but it turns out that I am #AcutallyAutistic. All those traits and things about myself which I couldn’t understand, which I have struggled with all my life, all finally made sense to me. All my life I have striven to fit in, to be like everyone else, when due to my being autistic that will never happen, and I am actually 100% okay with that.
Rather than re-write what happened, how I got my diagnosis and how I feel about it I’m delighted and proud to be a contributor to https://www.medecoded.com, which is a site that celebrates neurodiversity founded by Helen Needham, who was diagnosed as being autistic last year.
If any of you reading this would like to read how I got diagnosed and what happened, it can be found here on the Me Decoded website – https://www.medecoded.com/lisa1/. I will be contributing more articles to Me Decoded this month.
The next biggest thing is the ongoing saga of my Dad’s ill health and our struggle to get his neurologist and healthcare professionals to take his condition seriously. As all his test results have come back fine, we need to get him off Keppra and onto something else such as Epilim. Two things could be happening – my Dad’s current ill health and issues are side effects from Keppra, or the severity of the seizures he had were such that they have left him with some brain damage and the way he is now is the best he will be. The only way we will find out is if we get him onto another epilepsy medication.
We did have a good day for his 71st birthday and I was able to take him out to Costa and for a meal at our local carvery, which was nice. I just want my old Dad back.
My Mum is also struggling and I postponed a trip to London and Worthing to see my cousin at the end of June because my Dad had a further small seizure, and I didn’t want to be away in case anything happened to him. In the event the weather was so hot I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself anyway, as I don’t fare too well in hot weather.
I did manage to see some of my friends and have some catch ups with them, particularly my friends Liz, Juliet and Sylvia, and I’ve spent lots of time in the evenings relaxing and watching old episodes of Coronation Street and Dallas. With Dallas I am halfway through series 9 which is the “dream” season, and it won’t be long until Bobby Ewing is back from the dead and it turns out the whole of series 9 was Pam’s dream. You couldn’t make it up!
The Month Ahead
I will continue my freelance work, work to launch Venture CxO Insights and nursing all the opportunities I have on the table as well as being there for my Dad and spending some time with him. Hopefully the medication transition will happen this month for him, so I won’t plan to go away on holiday or to my cousins in Worthing. Worcester Carnival is on July 7 which I hope to go to, and my Mum’s birthday is on July 25, and I plan to catch up with a few more of my friends this month.
And who knows – England may, just may, bring the World Cup home – watch this space!
Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous July, and continue to enjoy this lovely warm weather we’re having.
In 2014, just after I lost my son Frankie to stillbirth, I founded Venture PR and Marketing with the aim of working with and supporting businesses with their PR and marketing needs on a consultancy basis. Venture PR and Marketing has been through a few incarnations, but I’m delighted to announce that it has had a complete rebrand and relaunch and is now known as Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital.
So why the change?
In the last year or so, especially through my work at Corinium Global Intelligence, I have started to specialise more in content marketing to support business growth, community growth, generate sales leads and raise brand awareness. The marketing and PR landscape is changing, and digital transformation is key to the success of many businesses be they small, medium or large corporate entities.
The services that I offer through Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital include:
Content marketing including blogs, articles, news items, reports, benchmarking reports, white papers, infographics and more.
Blogger outreach and link building.
PR services including press release writing, press release distribution, liaising with key journalists, product launches, review placement and press conferences.
Social media support and management.
Website and graphic design.
I will be specialising in working with companies and organisations in data, analytics, cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things, digital transformation, data security predominantly, but I have strong experience in many other industries including processional services, healthcare, conferences and event management, telecommunications and the third sector to name but a few.
My work at Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital aims to support the emerging C-suite roles such as:
Chief Marketing Officers
Chief Cyber Security/Chief Security Officers
Chief Data Officers
Chief Digital Offiers
Chief Analytics Officers
Chief Artificial Intelligence Officers
Chief Customer Officers
Chief Happiness Officers (yes – there is indeed such a role on the emerging C-suite)
In addition, I am working on the launch of a new news and content platform that aims to support the emerging C-suite roles with carefully curated and targeted content that is relevant, timely and useful. As new roles emerge on the C-suite it is important those undertaking these new roles gain access to relevant information that will help them succeed and that is useful to them, and this will be the main aim of this news platform.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to find out more about Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital can support you and your organisation with strategic and carefully targeted campaigns via email@example.com, I look forward to hearing from you!
As part of my work at Corinium Global Intelligence I was thrilled to be involved in the production of a report commissioned by Microsoft, Paxata and Accenture called “The Innovation Game”. This report examined the challenges, opportunities and technology requirements to push forward data and analytics in organisations, and I provided commentary around some of the findings that came up in the report.
Some of the key findings in the report include:
Over 60 percent of respondents surveyed stated that their organizations store and use data for business analytics in a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy with data originating from cloud environments and existing on premises infrastructure.
Nearly all (93 percent) respondents said that their organizations are investing more than $1 million in new analytics initiatives in 2018/19. The main purpose of their analytics function are achieving cost savings and efficiency (43 percent) and to bolster revenue generation (23 percent).
Three out of four (75 percent) are set up and trained on self-service analytics, and 76 percent of those that are set up believe this approach has enabled proliferation, understanding, and use of analytics throughout the business.
The report was launched during Corinium’s prestigious Chief Analytics Officer Spring event in San Francisco.
The months are flying by at an alarming rate, and here I am at the end of April 2018! We are now a quarter of the way through the year and on the road to the summer and warmer weather, and although we had a taste of this for a few days in April there doesn’t seem to be any sign of warmer, sunnier weather just yet!
For almost a week in April the weather was warm, the skies were blue, and it finally felt like Spring and Summer were on their way. I was able to sit outside in my garden with Poppy and enjoy feeling the warmth of the sun on my face. Best of all – I didn’t suffer any allergies or hay fever symptoms at all, but my husband and my Mum did. I hope it is the result of having 2 teaspoons of locally produced honey every day since last summer, which has helped me build up a bit of an immunity – fingers crossed!
I enjoyed a lovely four-day rest over Easter and spent time with my parents and family. My beloved dog Poppy was finally much better after being so poorly in March and I got back into a lovely routine of walks by the river with her.
Here is a round up of what April was like for me both for work, with my blogging/writing and personally:
Work – Corinium Global Intelligence
I was very proud this month to work on a compilation of interviews by some of the world’s leading data and analytics experts called “Face-to-Face with Data and Analytics Leaders”. This piece generated over 300 downloads when it first went online on the CxO Hangouts website and had some excellent positive comments.
I was also proud to interview these 5 top speakers from our CDAO UK event last February, and the videos of these interviews went up on Corinium’s YouTube channel:
At Corinium we also opened submissions for our first ever “Top 50 Data and Analytics Professionals (Europe) 2018” report, which will be released during our prestigious Chief Data and Analytics Officer Europe event in Frankfurt, Germany on 18-20 September 2018.
If you are a professional working in data and analytics and you live and work in Europe, you can submit yourself or a colleague to be considered for inclusion here
The only networking event I was able to get to in April was the “Wonderful Worcestershire Awards 2018” lunch event at the Worcestershire County Cricket Ground. I was of course up for an award in the “Significant Achievement” category, I did not expect to win as there were far more worthy people shortlisted and as I suspected and expected the award was won by Mark Martin who is the Chair of the Business Board at the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. He does amazing work for Worcestershire and Worcester and his win was extremely well deserved. It was such an honour to be a finalist in the awards and I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations not only to Mark who won in my category but also to all the winners, finalists and those who were nominated.
Blogging and Writing
April 2018 was the month that my “Cyber Geek Girl” finally started to be noticed more and I received some interesting collaboration proposals. I continued my partnership with Simply Media TV by writing a review of the gritty and grisly BBC Scotland 3-part drama “The Mad Death” which is being released on DVD on 7 May 2018, and I forgot just how harrowing the series was.
I also received some guest post requests which I was happy to include as long as the posts fitted into my blog and blogs ethos and I began a collaboration with a leading UK blogging agency on a series of collaborative posts. I will be updating “Cyber Geek Girl” soon to reflect this.
I also continued to write some more local reviews.
A selection of posts that appeared on “Cyber Geek Girl” in April include:
With my dog Poppy finally much better and the lighter nights finally here I arranged to catch up with some of my long-standing friends for dinner and also had a catch up with my good friends who live around the corner from us.
I am very sad to say though that in April my husband and I had a very traumatic and unsettling experience with the owners of a dog grooming business where Poppy was washed and groomed. I am not going to go into too much detail except to say that as Poppy was extremely traumatized when it happened we sought to raise as much awareness as possible of the fact that the dog grooming business is unregulated, meaning that anyone can set one up and call themselves a dog groomer, which is horrifying. We will never be taking Poppy to the place again and will revert to taking her to The Pet Corner in Lower Wick where we have never had a problem and where they have always treated Poppy well. We have also found a lovely new field to take her to for a run once a week that is much closer to us, and Poppy loves it there.
Unfortunately, my Dad is still very unwell, and he has been referred to see a neurologist again urgently in May, as well as have a further MRI of his head/brain and spine on May 15. I really do hope that an explanation for his ill health can be found soon.
On top of this both my Uncle (my Dad’s brother) and Aunty (his wife) have been very unwell and in hospital, and I hope they both have a speedy recovery.
The Month Ahead
I plan to continue working on and writing for “Cyber Geek Girl” in my spare time and capitalise on the new relationships I am building through my blog, as well as launch a new white paper for Corinium. Hopefully by the end of May we will have some answers as to my Dads condition, and there are two Bank Holidays in May to enjoy, so I am also looking forward to a bit of down time.
Until my next monthly review, I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous May.
Lisa Ventura is a blogger and writer who has been through many challenges in life, but has somehow not only managed to survive them all, she has thrived in spite of them. She loves technology, heavy metal music, gadgets, cyber security, writing/blogging and her GSD/Husky cross dog. By day she is the Founder and CEO of Venture Content Marketing | PR | Digital and the UK Cyber Security Association, and in her spare time she blogs on www.cybergeekgirl.co.uk, www.lifebodysoulspirit.co.uk and www.frankieslegacy.co.uk. She is a born campaigner and works tirelessly to raise awareness of stillbirth, early pregnancy loss and other causes that are close to her heart.