Published On: Thu, Mar 10th, 2011

A New Adventure

It seems like only yesterday that I was preparing to start a new role at Edelman’s smart office in London. Well today I find mysefl doing exactly the same thing. The only difference being that I’m starting out a different Edelman office – this time in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

I am delighted and really looking forward to another new and exciting chapter in my career and life. For those that don’t know me personally but read SWT, I’ve moved to Ireland to be with my girlfriend, who as an American citizen had a couple of visa issues back in the UK.

I’m looking forward to the challenges of my new role, learning from some great people and the opportunities this may bring. I’m also excited to meet my new colleagues, settle in and begin exploring the wonderful city of Dublin and further afield (please do let me know of good places to visit). As someone whose grandparents were from Tipperary and Cavan, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to catch up on some family history.

I’ll be forever grateful to Marshall Manson and Mark Cahalane at Edelman for their kindness and understanding to make this move happen for me. I’m delighted to be staying within the Edelman network.

Today is my first day at Edelman Dublin. Wish me luck.

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- Marketing Manager with a passion for inbound at HubSpot, Founder of Growth Hack Talks, Blogger at and Chief Quaffer at .

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  1. You’ll love Dublin and should enjoy the more interpersonal aspects of Irish public relations. Good luck!

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Hi Richard,

      It’s only been five days, but I’m loving Dublin so far. It seems a fantastic city with lots to see and do,

      Immediately, I’ve noticed that the PR landscape is quite different in Ireland and social media usage by clients is less mature, which represents some challenges, but also a fantastic opportunity.



  2. Best of luck in Dublin mate, London has one hell of a bloke! it’s an awesome opportunity and i’m sure you’ll grab it with both hands 🙂

  3. Fiona Doran says:

    Wow, good luck! Dublin seems a fantastic place, no doubt you will have a great time.

  4. lovesfool says:

    Congrats Ben! Good luck!

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Thanks Suzanne!

      It’s fascinating learning about a new country and understanding a different media landscape.

      Social media penetration is less in Ireland, but I think that represents a great opportunity.

  5. Ged Carroll says:

    Good luck with the new office. Make sure you get outside Dublin though. Galway is a lovely city, but then I am biased.

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Thank you Ged!

      We’ve only seen a small part of what Dublin has to offer, but once we get settled we look forward to exploring further a field – and Galway is definitely on the list.

  6. Matthew Watson says:

    Congratulations on the new role Ben! Hope you enjoy living and working in Dublin.

  7. Jody Koehler says:

    Best of luck at Edelman Dublin Ben!!


  8. Andrea Rayner says:

    Good luck, Ben, and good on you! It’s brave moving to a new city and a new job to be with your other half: I’ve done it twice but it worked out well. I’m sure you’ll prosper in your splendid new environment.

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Thanks for the kind wishes Andrea, that’s very kind of you.

      It was definitely a big decision, but I’m very happy to be in Dublin. I’m sure it will prove to be a great experience and that I’ll learn a lot and have some fun along the way.

  9. Ben Matthews says:

    Best of luck, Ben. Looking forward to hearing how you get on!

    Make sure to get in touch with Lauren Fisher (@laurenfisher) at Simply Zesty – doing good stuff in social media over in Ireland.

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Cheers Ben!

      I’m sure it’ll prove to be an exciting challenge in Dublin.

      It’s a fantastic city and I’ve been doing my homework on the other digital teams and agencies in Ireland – I’ve already heard a lot about Simply Zesty.

  10. Helen Goodwin says:

    Lots of luck Ben – exciting times!

  11. Wow Ben, sounds very exciting!

    Best of luck, I’m sure you’ll impress the Irish as much as you did the Brits 🙂


  12. Christian says:

    Hey Ben – cheers for the message dude – a beer would definitely be very good. Are you going to the gig this Saturday? Might see you there? Otherwise we’ll have to get a beer outing with Piaras and Nora organised!

    • Ben Cotton says:

      Hi Christian,

      We’ll definitely have to sort that beer out soon.

      I’m just about settled in Dublin after a hectic couple of weeks and look forward to meeting a few others working in digital over here.



  13. Katerina says:

    Oh wow! Dublin sounds great. Good luck with the new office! Have lots of fun!

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