January 26, 2011

Who are Braid Consulting

Braid Consulting offers the skills of online marketing and web project management. The combination enhances companies approach to all things digital.

Brian Schur

Digital Project management

Brian Schur | Digital and Online Consultant

A highly qualified digital project manager with over 25 years’ experience. In the past 20 years all that experience has been in the digital sphere.  Projects have encompassed build, rebranding, service creation and process transformation.

Prior to Braid, Brian held a variety of senior roles. Head of Online Marketing Services at Fuse8, with responsibility for all online strategy activity within the organisation.

Brian also worked for Superbreak as IT and Internet Development Manager. Responsible for the growing online channel platform and IT infrastructure.

An excellent communicator at all levels with the ability to motivate staff and build development teams in house or off shore. Vast amount of Internet and IT experience learnt through the years – sometimes the hard way! 

  • Project management: PRINCE2 Practitioner, programme management, Agile project methodologies, SCRUM
  • Internet: eCommerce, Internet development, Internet accessibility and usability, information architecture
  • SEO: SEO strategies, user acquisition strategy planning
  • Business: team management, security cleared to SC level, business process planning, consultancy, business continuity planning, disaster recovery planning, strong ability to form relationships at all levels, strong ability to think outside the box, ability to motivate staff

David Ranby

Digital Marketing and StrategyDavid Ranby | Online and Digital Consultant

A formally trained marketeer, David has over 25 years experience in commerce. This has incorporated formal strategy planning, marketing services disciplines, team management and research. First web build was managed in 1998. Extensive experience in digital marketing then followed, particularly in the hotel/tour operator sector.

From 2000 David spent 8 years building the Superbreak.com web business. Revenues grew from About £100k to £48 million turnover in the period David managed the business area. The website(s), and the marketing plans won numerous awards. Strategies focused on organic and paid traffic balanced against an extensive affiliate programme. Since leaving Superbreak in late 2008 experience has broadened through a series of medium/long term consultancy projects; 

  • Launch of Yorkshire.com for Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Travel affiliate projects
  • Apartment website marketing for citybaseapartments.com and central-london-apartments.com
  • Marketing Londonnights.com
  • Braid Consulting projects.

David’s experience of web marketing issues is extensive, encompassing the key disciplines of seo, ppc, email, affiliate, social and off-page promotion. The launch of a number of major websites have led to a depth of experience in user testing, user research, site usability and design. In short, a rounded marketing professional.

Awards over the years

  • 2009 – Travelmole “Best Tourist Board Website”, for Yorkshire.com
  • 2009 – Best Digital Agency – fuse8
  • 2008 – British Travel Awards “Best Travel website”, for superbreak.com/agent
  • 2008 – Travolution “Best Search Strategy”, for superbreak.com
  • 2007 – NMA “Best Use of Search”, for superbreak.com
  • 2007 – Technology in Marketing Award, “Best Search Marketing” for superbreak.com
  • 2007 – Commission Junction “Innovation in affiliate marketing” for superbreak.com
  • 2006 – British Travel Awards “Best Travel website”, for superbreak.com
  • 2004 – British Travel Awards “Best Travel website”, for superbreak.com
  • 1994 – Chartered Institute of Marketing  “Best Research Campaign” for Consort Hotels