Spencer settles in at Freelancer.com

By Craig Daveson in Marcoms News on
ARN’s former head of news Leon Spencer has jumped back into the comms arena at Freelancer.com, where he has taken up as the company’s director of communications.
The position is his second run at the comms sector, having tested the water at boutique agency Recognition PR in 2015.
Spencer told Influencing he enjoys writing and framing messages for a living, and working at Freelancer represents a rare opportunity to direct the communications of a company with so many different and varied user stories to tell.
“This role — yes, its strategic communications — but it also allows me to be quite focused on content and messaging, and be able to craft an interesting story around Freelancer.com and the businesses within Freelancer.com, which do tend to have a lot of interesting stories,” said Spencer.
“It’s not your average run of the mill business.”
As for why he chose Freelancer, Spencer said that he was attracted to the idea of joining Freelancer and its larger family of companies including StartCon, Escrow.com and Warrior Forum, after having written about the group during his time as a journalist.
In the short term, one of Spencer’s main focuses will be the StartCon event, which Freelancer wants to grow into a large convention servicing the broader Asia-Pacific region. That plan starts with a much larger scale show this year, including a visit from Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph and a big money pitching competition backed by Aussie VC firm Right Click Capital.  
“There’s quite a lot of events coming up,” explained Spencer. “We’ve got the Marc Randolph event coming up in September, there’s also about fifteen regional and local pitch events as part of the StartCon Pitch for $1 Million.”
“That’s all happening over the next couple of months, and then the main event will be at the end of November.”
On his time at ARN, Spencer said he had a great time working alongside Asia Pacific editorial director James Henderson, as well as the larger IDG family.
“The broader IDG Communications camp was a very supportive organisation, we had a shared goal and they were always there to support one another.”

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“We’re thrilled to be partnering with HWBK and working together towards the ultimate goal of making shopping via Shop Back a daily habit for Australians. The agency has the expertise, creativity and tenacity to help elevate the brand as the leading loyalty platform in Australia,” he said.

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“I am thrilled to be joining the exceptional Publicis Sapient team and am looking forward to working with our client partners to push fearlessly into the space between now and next. I believe that the future will look very different from what we predict, and that it’s important to imagine our lives well, using technology for good in the infinite possibilities,” said Moir.

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