Keiran is our social media wizard at Booking Protect. He runs and organises all of our accounts including our Instagram and LinkedIn. The only thing that can rival Keiran’s social media expertise is his knowledge of Yorkshire cricket. We ask Keiran about his love for his role at Booking Protect, and his wit and humour quickly shine through.
What is your role at Booking Protect?
Social Media Manager.
What are the elements of your job you enjoy which others wouldn’t necessarily know about?
I love that the product we sell creates value for people like myself; people that love experiences and like to commit to social events well in advance. Promoting a message that you believe in is integral in social media. Not only does it make you more creative, it keeps your approach fresh, constantly allowing you to research the things that you’re passionate about.
What is different at Booking Protect which you haven’t seen working anywhere else?
I think the social environment is ever changing and quite active. I love work where the content is reactive and I can bounce off what’s happening in the live entertainment and festival season. The team are all experts in their role and I think the company is going to grow quickly so it’s a really fun team to be a part of.
What’s the best festival or music event you’ve been to?
I’ve been to Leeds Festival on a few occasions, the opportunity to spend time with my closest friends before university is something that was really special to me. The memories created at these events come up in conversations to this day. I hope the next few years bring about more memories and experiences; like many, I expect to binge on live entertainment over the coming years. This last year has taught me that experiences far outweigh any possessions I own.
And one you’d like to go to?
Coachella or Glastonbury, or maybe even FYRE 2 – hopefully, they have sorted out the first edition’s teething problems by now.
What’s your favourite album?
Views by Drake, or anything by Drake.
Have you ever been on the stage? What’s your proudest performance?
At school I featured in Bugsy Malone, those unfortunate enough to be in the audience soon realised I was vocally challenged, and if not for the love of their own children they would have no doubt stood up and accelerated towards the exit.
What’s your secret hobby?
I absolutely live for Cricket, it’s a marmite sport but I for one am obsessed. Whether it’s watching Ben Stokes hit the winning runs in a Headingley test match, or getting bowled by a 13-year-old on a Saturday afternoon, I can’t get enough.
What’s your best moment while working at Booking Protect?
When festivals began to set firm dates for future events the public reaction was immense, it was like a surge of life into the industry – one it desperately needed. I knew that this would create positivity for our people, our partners, and millions of festival lovers starved of their passion for well over a year. That was a great feeling.
If you were an instrument, what would you be and why?
A triangle. I can’t play any instrument but I reckon I could give that one a good go.
What’s the furthest place you’ve gone away from home? Why did you go?
I went to Orlando with my whole family five years ago. It was a unique experience as it was rare to get all of us in the same place at the same time. I’m not a massive Disney lover, but seeing the scale of everything was really fascinating.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I love mowing the lawn, it’s a great way to switch off, as a social media addict I need this more often than not.
What was your first job?
My first job was working for my dad at a farm machinery manufacturer. Let’s just say it sowed the seed for what I really wanted to do.
What was your favourite TV show 20 years ago?
The Simpsons. Twenty years ago I was five so maybe Bob the Builder actually.
Are you a big gardener?
Yes I love gardening. I have just bought a new house and am in the process of building a shed and cutting out a cricket strip in the back garden.
What’s something you can’t stand?
Unsolicited whistling. And people who don’t say “Excuse me” when I’m in their way.
What is your perfect Sunday?
Waking up with aches and pains from a dramatic victory the day before. Opening the back garden doors to glorious sunshine and a fresh coffee. After a few hours of endless social media scrolling and checking the local cricket scores from the day before, I’ll hop in my car and drive to a family Sunday lunch. If I’m lucky the England cricket team are on the TV and giving me something to shout about. That’s a perfect Sunday.
If you could recommend one event that is a must-watch, what would it be?
A Friday night Roses match at Headingley seeing Yorkshire take on Lancashire. You get a mixture of hardcore cricket fans and professionals from the city all looking to have a great time. Even if you don’t like the game the crowd in the west stand will make the money worth it.