A year into her tenure, Blakeley was pivotal in securing the North West's biggest PR win of 2008 – the £1m Aldi account, which still ranks as one of the global agency's top three European accounts. Blakeley also smoothed Aldi's launch in the US, making sure her American counterparts understood 'The Aldi way'.
However, her biggest success with Aldi was making so many people visit its Wrinkle Stop website – which gave them a glimpse of how they might look in 25 years – that an extra server had to be acquired to cope with the 50 uploads a minute it received.
An amazing candidate
Rebecca Gudgeon, business development director, Grayling
A digital guru, trendsetter and trendspotter – Blakeley was Weber Shandwick's first Twitter correspondent – she also leads Weber Shandwick North's video and film offering, selling the idea of TV-led PR to the agency's biggest international client, a project she is now delivering with her studio team.
Quick to adapt to new challenges, Blakeley was chosen to spearhead Weber Shandwick North's bitesize PR, which offers selected PR skill sets to clients with smaller budgets. By the end of 2009, the year in which she was chosen to be involved in the project, she had delivered bitesize campaigns for five new clients.
Already acting with seniority beyond her years, Blakeley uses her experience to help manage and inspire young people who join the agency, mentoring individuals to help them reach their full potential in the same way she has.
'I am passionate about sharing my learning with others,' says Blakeley. 'Young PR professionals are the future of the industry and I believe it's important to support each other to be the best we can.'
As all those who have worked alongside Blakeley will agree, there are few better examples of the PR industry's bright future than Blakeley herself.
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