Tim Smalley has over 16 years of experience in driving business growth and results across three main disciplines in the technology industry: product management, marketing and brand building.
Tim started his career in product management as co-founder of Bit-Tech.net, where he led both the team of award-winning journalists as well as driving the website development and go to market strategy for the business.
Bit-Tech was a disruptive online tech magazine with a simple goal – to deliver high quality content in a new and innovative format at a time when online shopping was in its infancy. It grew to become one of the world’s most influential titles in the tech enthusiast sector pulling in over 2 million unique visitors and 30 million page views every month by the end of 2008. At this point it was acquired by Dennis Publishing Ltd as the market leader.
He then co-founded Expert Reviews in mid 2009, and laid the foundations for what is now one of the UK’s leading online consumer technology magazines. The site launched in early 2010 and is Dennis Publishing’s most successful new website launch to date – gathering 1.5 million monthly unique visitors and over £1 million in revenue within 12 months.
Despite Tim's successful disruption of the publishing industry, 2008 and 2009 proved to be some of the toughest years of his life. He lost two close family members to cancer in the space of a year, including his first wife. Family needs led to Tim looking to plot a career change and he quickly landed his first 'proper' marketing job, consulting for some of the world's biggest technology brands to drive go to market strategy and digital adoption in the early days of digital marketing.
Tim joined ASUS as its first full time digital marketer to launch the company’s global social media and inbound marketing strategies years ahead of industry trends. All of ASUS's competitors were still focused on interruptive 'outbound' marketing, while Tim was building two online content marketing portal in the tech enthusiast and consumer tech space.
After spotting a critical hole in ASUS’s go to market strategy and following buy-in from the executive team, he quickly moved to establish a new global strategic product and technical marketing department that worked alongside all key stakeholders in engineering, product management, product marketing and PR to deliver high-quality products to market generation after generation.
His team was responsible for around 100 product launches per year. Some highlights included Tim leading European and North American marketing for Nexus 7 in both 2012 and 2013, in collaboration with Google. Nexus 7 sold more than 15 million units.
He also led improvements across multiple parts of ASUS’s smartphone, tablet and notebook businesses. He helped launch the company's smartphone and smart watch businesses, and helped drive rapid growth in both its tablet and notebook businesses. Flagship product launches included ZenBook, ZenFone and ZenWatch, which sold a combined 30 million units and firmly established ASUS as the most valuable Taiwanese brand according to Interbrand.
Following this, Tim had a two and a half year run at UK2 Group, where he was Head of Product Marketing and then Marketing Director. He lead go to market strategy, marketing and growth in the enterprise business unit. Enterprise business revenues more than trebled in the time he was with the company, and led to the Group being acquired early in 2017.
Currently he is building his next business which will enable brands to succeed in this new world of 'pull' marketing. More will be revealed soon. He is also a business mentor and speaker at FFWD London and The Accelerator Academy.
He lives on the outskirts of London with his wife.