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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.
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!
Melisa is a person you like from the moment you
meet her. Her vibrant personality is only matched by her fantastic ability to both project manage and think strategically.
Winner of the auspicious 2012 Media Lion Award in Argentina, she traveled to Cannes to compete on the global stage. She has also worked on large campaigns for Coca Cola, Adidas and Nokia.
Luckily for us, she eventually found her way to New Zealand and has made our paradise home over the past four years. She brings a tonne of marketing talent to Punch Marketing, not too mention life and laughter!
Melisa has a Bachelor of Marketing & Advertising.
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).