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Last day of our marketing intern Ilham

How Admiral Dynamics empowered my transformation as a digital marketing intern

Have you enjoyed our latest updates on social media, our website and our mailing? Chances are I had a significant part in creating the content!

When my internship at Admiral Dynamics started on 16 September, I had my mind set on one goal. My goal for this internship was to learn hands-on what it takes to be a digital marketer. Having studied Cross Media Management at KdG, made me eager to find out if I could take on the challenge of improving myself.

And I did, all thanks to the guidance of my mentor aka marketing manager Carole Vincke and the helpfulness of the Admiral Dynamics team! At Admiral Dynamics, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and ClickDimensions. Additionally, I further developed my marketing and communication skills through creating and publishing content for all our platforms.

My biggest achievement is the advertisement I was tasked with creating for Digital First 2019. The ad got published in Digimedia Magazine and was distributed at the annual event. To this day, I do look back with a lot of glee and pride.

Advert inside Digimedia Digital First 2019

Over the course of these two months, I have gotten a lot more confident in my skills and possible future career path. I absolutely loved seeing the results

Advice I would like to give to future interns of Admiral Dynamics, you will be welcomed with open arms and guided with a lot of patience. You’re here to learn and that’s exactly why I highly recommend this internship to you all.

Interested in starting your professional adventure as a marketing intern at Admiral Dynamics? Apply for an internship: just send us your motivation and cv!

It was my greatest pleasure to intern at Admiral Dynamics. Again, big thanks to Carole and Admiral Dynamics for empowering my transformation!

Simply curious about what I’m up to next? Connect with me on LinkedIn!

All the best!
Ilham

My internship in numbers

  • 31 social media posts on 4 social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Generated 37 extra followers on LinkedIn
  • 18 marketing email campaigns
  • 3 blogitems (including this one)
Selfie of Carole and Martijn at a Job fair

Martijn’s internship experiences

Two months ago, on 28 January, I started my internship at Admiral Dynamics. My activities would focus primarily on marketing and because of this, I would work closely with Carole. From start to finish I felt at ease in the office. There was free fruit, coffee and other drinks. Everyone was very welcoming and more than happy to help me with questions.

During my time at the office, I had the opportunity to experiment a little bit. Among other things, I was responsible for social media and email marketing. This was something I only saw briefly during my studies and I was happy with the opportunity to further deepen my skills. Because I started to work with Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM and ClickDimensions, I got more insights in the responses we generated. I learned the value of all these data and I used it to reflect on what did or did not work.

I also was pleasantly surprised with the amount of time I could spend using InDesign and Photoshop. These software programs came in quite handy when I needed to make enticing visuals for the company. The more I used it, the more comfortable I became so that I’m not afraid anymore to open these tools.

As Carole was responsible for HR & recruitment as well, I got to accompany her on interviews, went to a VDAB speed date and represented Admiral Dynamics on the job fair of Thomas More. I definitely had the feeling that my opinion in these matters was very much appreciated. During interviews, I focused primarily on soft skills because I did not have enough knowledge on the technical part. I even got a more active role in the preparation of the job fair at Thomas More. We created an engaging concept, fun activities and cool gadgets to share amongst the students.

It was a pleasure working at Admiral Dynamics. I am already putting the practices and insights I learned during my internship to good use. The experience I now had with Dynamics 365 is definitely a nice to have. I’m pretty sure that I will come in contact with a CRM tool again during my professional career.

Thanks for having me, team Admiral!

My internship in numbers

  • 71 social media posts on 4 social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Generated 30 extra followers on LinkedIn
  • 6 marketing email campaigns
  • 3 blogitems (including this one)
Internship Martin @ Admiral Dynamics

Martin’s internship experiences

The past weeks, Martin Vloeberghs (student Intercultural Relations Management at Thomas More) did his internship at Admiral Dynamics. Curious how he experienced working at our company? Read his experiences below!

My 6-week internship started on November 12. At first, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know what to expect of being an intern at an IT consultancy company. Already during my first interview, I had a good connection with Carole Vincke, Marketing & HR manager at Admiral Dynamics. As I don’t have a background in IT at all, I felt this would be a very difficult but educational period. Of course I did some research about the company before the start.

On my first day at the office, the entire Admiral crew was present. I instantly felt very welcome and part of the team. My first day was also the longest one! After office hours, all consultants and myself followed a training about marketing automation with ClickDimensions during the bi-monthly Competence Center. This very interesting presentation was given by Laurent Van Aert, Business Unit Manager of the company.

During the following weeks, I have been demonstrating myself by doing all sorts of tasks. According to me, one of the most important aspects of working life is having a structured and clear communication style. I’m very glad to have had an open way of communicating which certainly helped me to achieve my goals. I never noticed a form of misunderstanding or miscommunication because everything has been explained clearly.

My coach Carole did her best to involve me as much as possible. I have been assisting her while she was presenting to a group of IT students. This visit was certainly one of my highlights. End of November, we joined a round table discussion about employer branding, diversity and workable work being organised by Voka Antwerpen-Waasland. Voka is an employers’ organisation, so I was the only student at this event. Obviously I learnt a lot about the aforementioned topics and from other participants’ experiences.

This 6-week internship has been a short, but extremely educational and exciting time. Meeting new people and gaining experience in the workplace are a definite plus for my education, personal development and professionalism. I’ve done a variety of assignments which made my internship a great experience. I’ll leave the office with a positive feeling, seeking for new adventures.

Thank you for having me!
Martin

We would like to thank Martin for his dedication, support and enthusiasm. All the best, Martin!

Are you also interested in doing an internship at Admiral Dynamics? Apply for an internship: just send us your motivation and cv!

ClickDimensions will be GDPR compliant by the May 25 deadline

ClickDimensions will be GDPR compliant by the May 25 deadline

Now the deadline of the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is coming closer we are happy to read that our partner ClickDimensions is also taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the GDPR. ClickDimensions is the marketing automation solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365, which lots of our clients and ourselves are already using for all their email marketing and marketing automation practices.

GDPR and ClickDimensions

The General Data Protection Regulation (in short: GDPR) is a new regulation imposed by the European Union to ensure data protection and privacy of EU residents. Any organisation collecting or processing personal data of EU citizens has to be compliant with the GDPR. ClickDimensions being a data processor will meet all requirements imposed on data processors. Companies using the ClickDimensions software are considered data collectors and are accountable for their compliance.

Luckily, ClickDimensions will work on features within their tool to make it easier and more efficient for their clients like ourselves to manage GDPR-compliance. More concrete details about these changes will become clear in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned on this blog for more related info!

About ClickDimensions

For the ones who are not that familiar with ClickDimensions yet, it’s an easy-to-use marketing solution fully embedded in Dynamics 365. This means that its features are accessed through the Dynamics interface and that all the data is stored within your CRM database (and not in a separate marketing tool). As we are working with ClickDimensions for our own marketing activities, we can assure you that it’s very straight-forward and intuitive to use.

You can read more about ClickDimensions and their readiness plans for being GDPR compliant by May 25 on their blog.

If you still have a question about ClickDimensions, GDPR or marketing automation software, do not hesitate and contact us through our contact form.

 

Image source: ClickDimensions

Drive Customer Experience

“What’s new in Dynamics 365?” breakfast seminar

On Wednesday November 8 we organised a breakfast seminar about the newest features in Dynamics 365 (version 9.0). Place to be was Mediahuis in Antwerp, where also the offices of Admiral Dynamics are located. A dozen of participants were present at our morning session. We kicked off the day with a delicious breakfast and a cup of coffee.

Then, Marga Van Laere, CEO of Admiral Dynamics started her speech with a short summary on the basics of Microsoft Dynamics 365. After this introduction she informed our audience about the coolest features, since the latest upgrade of Dynamics 365 beginning of October:

  • Unified interface across apps
  • View hierarchy for products, accounts and users
  • Pin your favourite records and views
  • Editable grid features
  • Quick vs. advanced find
  • Dashboards & charts
  • Marketing automation with ClickDimensions
  • Social selling and LinkedIn Sales Navigator
  • And much more…

Are you interested in automating your sales, marketing and/or service processes? Would you like to introduce CRM in your company but you don’t know where to start? Give us a shout! We are happy to help you out. Also, if you would like to join one of our upcoming breakfast seminars, have a look at our events page.

Present at the ClickDimensions Advanced Training

On Wednesday October 25 Laurent Van Aert attended the ClickDimensions Advanced Training hosted at the Microsoft Headquarters in Amsterdam. Presenter of the day was Matt Witteman, Director of Technical Solutions at ClickDimensions. After a short introduction he provided the attendees a bunch of interesting insights throughout the day:

  • How to pimp your emails with Freemarker markup code
  • How to create appealing email templates
  • How to prepopulate forms from emails
  • How to automate bulk emails
  • How to measure email engagement
  • How to manage social posts and measure social engagement
  • And many more…

Are you interested in one of these topics? Would you like to improve your ClickDimensions knowledge? Give us a shout! We are happy to help you around by demonstrating the power and possibilities of the ClickDimensions tooling to support your marketing efforts.