Meet My New Company: Delightful Communications

Today is the official launch of my new business: Delightful Communications

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Ever since I was 12 years old I have wanted to start my own company.

At school I would ask the teachers to stock the library with all manner of entrepreneur-type magazines and books, and you could often find me voraciously reading them, pausing only occasionally to stare out of the window and daydream about what it must be like to be your own boss.

Well, when fortune forced me to pull a sad face 8 weeks ago, those dreams started to become a reality as I realised now was the time to make them real.

The reaction to me leaving my seven-year role at Microsoft was overwhelming. Literally hundreds of people emailed or commented either wishing me well, or wanting to talk about possible new jobs or business partnerships.

To everyone who contacted me, I’d like to thank you very much again. The words of encouragement were the well-needed boost to the inkling that now was the time to set up on my own. I thought long and hard about the positions I was asked to try out for, and am grateful for the time people took to uncover potential roles for me.

After many discussions with my wife and family, coupled with the wise counsel of some of my closest industry friends, Delightful Communications was born.

The consultancy builds on the three areas I had the most success with during my time at Microsoft:

Social Media Integration

Digital PR

Personal Branding

To understand more about how I’ll be helping my customers, click through to the site that has been so beautifully put together by Dave Naylor’s team at Bronco.

Clients and partners I’m already working with include: Sociagility, Nine By Blue, 3 Monkeys, Haiku Deck, Zaprica, Barokas PR and The Seattle Theatre Group.

I’m also thrilled to be getting into the “Big Data” space by taking on a part-time role as “US Ambassador at Large” for Majestic SEO. I’ve been watching their impressive development, and the strides my friend Dixon Jones has been making in the industry for the last few years. I am looking forward to learning from the team, and helping them reach more people throughout the US who are in need of the wealth of actionable information their platform holds.

As I said eight weeks ago, my time at Microsoft was an incredible experience. I spent seven years working with some of the smartest and most astute minds in technology and advertising, and I’m sure our paths will cross again over the next seven.

With my book – Pioneers of Digital – launching in just twenty five days, and a growing list of speaking engagements, I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me over the next few months!

Thanks again everyone for all the support and words of wisdom. It’s meant so much to me and my family!

Thanks too to the guys – Blake and Jess – from the video production company, Cherry, who put together this video of my career highlights. We had quite a ride shooting all those interviews over the years.

Cheers,

Mel

  • http://www.twitter.com/hughl Hugh L

    congratulations mel! wish you the best and much success on the book as well as you

    • http://www.twitter.com/hughl Hugh L

      …as well as your new business!

    • http://www.melcarson.com Mel Carson

      Thanks Hugh! Stay in touch mate…

  • Tina Kelleher

    Congrats! Glad to hear you’re taking this step, makes perfect sense to me… keep in touch, can’t wait to see what the future brings for you :).

  • Tim Starkie

    Mel. I’m really happy for you. All the best Tim

  • Jon Myers

    Big congratulations mate and very best of luck! Sure it will be a huge success!

  • Liz Adeniji

    This is amazing news, very exciting! All the best although I know you won’t need it – you’ll be great! Do keep in touch. Liz

  • http://www.cimex.com Dan Williamson

    Great news Mel. I’m sure it’ll be a huge success. Any plans for a UK office?

  • http://www.highrankings.com Jill Whalen

    Congrats Mel. I’m sure the company will do great!

  • http://www.webmasterworld.com NeilM

    Excellent news, Mel. I wish you great success and a happy and prosperous future.

  • Vincent Malka

    Congratulations. I wish a long and successful (social business) life ! :-)

  • http://www.pagezero.com Andrew Goodman

    Microsoft’s loss! Your entrepreneurial talents were known far and wide. Best wishes putting them to work under the “Mel” banner!

  • Hal Bienstock

    Congratulations Mel!

  • Karen Finkenhofer

    Well done and what smart companies these are to hire you!

  • http://twitter.com/aschottmuller Angie Schottmuller (@aschottmuller)

    Congratulations, Mel! I’m sure many are ready to be Delighted! =)

  • Dave Feldman

    May the road rise to meet you…

    Best of luck Mel!

  • Ashley

    What a great day! Congratulations – I am so proud of you! Buckle up and away we gooooooooo……

  • http://www.microsoft.com/next steve clayton

    so pleased for you Mel – good luck with it and let me know if I can do anything

    Steve

  • Michael Sullivan

    No surprise at all that you had this up your sleeve! Congratulations!

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