Your Full Service Marketing + Design Agency
James has a broad professional background, with experience in fields that include digital marketing, finance, operations management, learning and development, business management and the arts. To round this out he also has a first class honours degree in historical and critical study of religion (from a sociological and political perspective). His academic passion lies in exploring the thoughts and movements that shaped and influenced society throughout history.
In 2013, after recognising there was a severe lack of understanding and implementation of SEO and Google for business opportunities in Dunedin, James combined his interest in the mechanics of society with his career experience and founded Punch Marketing. He did so with a drive to practically understand people and markets, and deliver marketing solutions that drive measurable results. To get started, he engaged SEO as a core focus to his business, with a growing number of re-seller partners operating nationally and in Australia.
Outside of work, James is a singer, songwriter and drummer and has been playing live for over 20 years – both in bands and as an acoustic soloist. 2018 sees him release his first recordings (since becoming a dad) via an EP under the moniker ‘The Big Lawn’. Thinks he’s quite funny but in truth, isn’t. Often poorly attempts to chime in on banter in the office – usually with stories he has already told.
Director + Consultant
With over 20 years as a senior manager, director and business owner, John provides Punch with a wealth of local and international business experience from the realms of Sales, Marketing and Operations. John has first-hand experiences within start-ups, small medium businesses and multinationals.
He is passionate realist who incorporates systems and tools to help Punch clients build their incomes whilst helping them create the right environment and values which lead to a sustainable and profitable future.
John encourages our customer base to take a fresh look at their business, helps them build complimentary incomes and works upon solving issues and problems that hinder the business. He does this with unending enthusiasm, positivity and business acumen. An ideas man who is unfortunately tied with a sense of humour that is rarely understood.
Logan is a talent rarely found in the design world. Not only is he a natural creative, he also has a knack for truly understanding a client’s brand needs and molding design creations that work as well aesthetically as they do in message delivery.
Logan is a full-stack designer with a focus on branding and digital design. He’s been at it for over ten years, gaining agency experience in Australia and New Zealand, and as an independent contractor with clientele from all over the world, ranging from corporates to SMBs to obscure underground deathmetal bands.
He previously studied at Media Design School in Auckland in 2008.
Gena is a coding wizard! With over 12 years of experience in web development (primarily PHP / Silverstripe), she has been at the cutting edge of the industry long enough to bring an incredible experience-based skill set and enormous depth of knowledge to Punch Marketing. Gena has the genuinely unique ability to not just code, but think logically about the impact her work has on both the client’s marketing functionality, design and core requirements. A CrossFit instructor with a contagious laugh and powerhouse work ethic, she is an awesome addition to the Punch team!
Alana is a natural marketing native. With over five years experience in marketing roles, she now brings her practical experience into the agency environment.
She has a deft touch when it comes to campaign creation across multiple channels and is a great communicator.
She has an innate thirst for knowledge that keeps her on the front foot when it comes to new marketing trends and initiatives.
Alana has a Bachelor of Applied Management (Double majoring in Marketing & Strategic Management) and a Diploma in Business.
From our Founder & Managing Director James Higgs
“I started Punch Marketing because I wanted to help businesses punch above their weight. I felt that the marketing services I was often contracting in were not the full quid….that there was a more holistic approach needed. Yes, marketing is about a business looking good, absolutely. But is also about making cost effective decisions that truly reflect the needs and realistic goals of a business. Multinational big budget marketing strategies just don’t work for smaller companies. My background in learning and development taught me how to listen to individual, team and business issues so that I could put training solutions into place. These solutions had to be easy to understand and cost effective to implement, otherwise they just wouldn’t get buy-in or follow through. I love talking to businesses, finding out what makes them unique and helping them achieve their goals. Technology is great but it is definitely people that make businesses successful. I’m enjoying watching technological advances and the sharing of information bring people together; and for the businesses that genuinely care about their service and their clients, the internet is magnifying their message….and significantly for those that work at it.”
Jimmy has a broad background in Marketing, Organisational Strategy, Management, Learning & Development, Financial Services and Sales. Having spent over 10years in management roles in 4 different countries he knows what it takes to do business in both large corporations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).