If you’ve been keeping up with Digital Women for a while, you’ll know that at the start of 2020 we were lucky enough to celebrate some of the most talented and inspirational women in digital at a fantastic in-person event. To recognise the ongoing outstanding achievements of our winners, we compiled Digital Women’s 40 Digital Women to Watch list. One of these names was Julie Plumb, the Founder and Digital Strategist of Plumb Digital. Julie has been a pioneering force in IT for 35 years, in what has long been a profession dominated by men, paving the way, mentoring and encouraging women into the digital world. We’ve brought her back for this ‘40 Digital Women To Watch 2020: Where Are They Now?’ blog series to share her incredible insights and hear how being among Digital Women’s 40 Digital Women to Watch has impacted her over the last year. Hopefully, we’ll also inspire you to enter yourself or nominate a fellow incredible woman for the Digital Women Awards this year!
We’ll jump right in, Julie! How has your business evolved since being featured as a Digital Woman to Watch?
Many SMEs are looking to improve their digital offering (websites, organic and paid social media) due to lockdown, and are looking for experts to help them. Being featured as a Digital Woman to Watch has really increased my credibility with new audiences.
When you were announced as a Digital Woman to Watch in 2020, did you share the news with your community?
Yes, across my social media. It’s still pinned on my Plumb Digital Facebook page too.
2020 didn’t pan out how most of us expected. How did the changing role of digital and tech-based businesses and the sudden increased reliance on digital in 2020 affect your business?
Many businesses have realised that they need to embrace digital and tech – and not just for lockdown, but for future-proofing their business. Some businesses have received funding and have wisely used it to invest in digital and tech for their business. This has had a positive impact on my business, whether it has been building client websites to deal with their changing customer demands or coaching clients and helping them build digital strategies to make the best use of online in their business. It’s been an extremely busy but such an interesting and challenging 2020 for me.
As a Digital Women to Watch, do you have any advice for women who are considering entering themselves or nominating others for the Digital Women Awards?
Just do it! If you’re nominating yourself, what have you got to lose? Even being nominated or a finalist will give a big boost to your credibility. If you’re thinking of nominating someone, then please do – we need to recognise more women who are in this industry and celebrate their successes!
And finally, what is your favourite thing about the Digital Women community?
It’s supportive and jam-packed full of knowledge.
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Nominations for the Digital Women Awards 2021 are now open. Here are a couple of key dates for your diary:
8th February: The deadline for award nominations. Don’t wait for a nomination; we encourage you to recognise your own excellence and put yourself forward for the awards!
15th February: Entry deadline for all.
8th March (International Women’s Day): We’ll be announcing the shortlist (decided by our expert judging panel).
Get your applications at the ready! Enter the Digital Women Awards 2021 here: https://digitalwomenawards.com/categories-and-enter