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What are employee evangelists and why does our organisation need them?

Bit Famous works with businesses and organisations
to help them communicate with confidence.

By Penny Haslam

MD and Founder - Bit Famous

Penny Haslam

Employee evangelists. I regularly speak at business events and I always make a point of watching the other speakers and listening to the panel discussions. At one such event, I was nudged by the young woman sitting next to me, who was enthusiastic about what she was hearing.

"This is great isn’t it?!" she whispered.

“I know, it’s really interesting” I replied. “Why don't you record a quick video on your phone during the break and talk about it? Then post it on social, tag your company!”

But she pulled a bit of a sad face at my suggestion, and explained:

“I would, but we’re not allowed. The marketing manager doesn’t let us."

What a shame! Because sitting right next to me was the ideal employee brand champion, going to waste.

Employee brand champions, a missed opportunity

Let’s consider for a moment what could have resulted if this keen employee had been allowed to share her thoughts:

Her firm’s brand would have benefitted (free of charge) from individual engagement with customers, colleagues, potential candidates and wider industry; measurable reach across a variety of platforms; and highly valuable content that would have screamed authenticity and passion.

So why isn’t every firm rushing to create a diverse ‘stable’ of employee brand champions, who are keen as mustard and more than skilled in using tech to spread the word?

Well, it’s that old issue of trust.

As we know, business messaging decisions are traditionally a top-down affair. Leaders, along with their PR, marketing and communication support, decide and own, what to say and who will say it.

So, it’s not surprising that the idea of letting the employee genie out of the lamp gives leaders cold feet. 

Employee brand champions, a success story

When people ask me about the work we do, developing employee brand champions, I tell them the story of Rose St Louis. I reference her when I speak at conferences and share many similar examples in my business book Make Yourself a Little Bit Famous.

Rose St Louis - Employee evangelist

Rose St Louis - Employee evangelist

I met Rose three years ago when she signed up for our Bit Famous Workshop, to help her raise her profile and boost her career. With our help, she developed the skills and strategy to share her knowledge and expertise which included:

  • Speaking - at work and at industry events
  • Panel discussions - taking part in and chairing them
  • Social media – commenting on industry-related topics and creating short videos.

Rose’s then-employer, a global insurance firm, spotted her growing profile and asked her to represent them on the media and to speak at industry events.

During this time, she won awards, such as Insurance Leader of the Year and Woman of the Year (Protection) - and she got a promotion. All great news for the brand.

She now works for a large accountancy firm, which is benefitting from her ability to confidently represent them on different platforms and be a role model for other women in finance.

Her employers have indeed harnessed the power of this particular employee brand champion – but only by chance because Rose had done all of this off her own back, driven by her own passion and commitment to her job.

But interest is certainly growing in this new and progressive approach to strategic comms. We now work with many of our clients to create and deploy a diverse group of trusted brand champions.

They report that staff are more engaged when encouraged to share their passion and enthusiasm. They also tell us they are attracting greater numbers of high calibre candidates, now it’s not just the leadership representing the brand.

So, imagine if you trusted everyone in your business to become a Rose St Louis, what benefits would you enjoy?

How to get started with an employee brand champion programme

  • Convince the board: low cost brand reach and an authentic approach to reflecting diversity.
  • Rethink a ‘leaders only’ approach as to who can share key messages.
  • Identify a diverse range of potential champions from facilitated workshops, around raising profile.
  • Hold employee forums to embed values and purpose.
  • Run training on media, speaking, panel discussions, social media video, key messages and values.
  • Encourage peer review and spotlight brand champion activity internally.

First steps to your employee brand champion programme - Bit Famous Workshop


Bit Famous success stories

Claire Marsh


The training has succeeded in giving NatWest teams the confidence to deliver an excellent customer experience on screen. As video appointments quickly became our number one service offering, the skills required to deliver a great customer experience every time fundamentally changed. We wanted to develop a capability programme to provide an expert-led, blended learning solution to set advisers up for success and to be able to build strong connections with their customers through focused media training. Working with Bit Famous helped us to achieve an exceptional capability programme.

Claire Marsh, Project Lead for NatWest and COO for NatWest Retail Banking
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NatWest Retail Banking appointed Bit Famous to train and support 2,600 customer-facing staff to develop confident communication skills on camera. We produced a bespoke training programme using video and live Zoom sessions to support their roll-out of video banking.

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John Billson

"A four fold increase in customer contact"

In a fast moving and competitive market Bit Famous Ltd has assisted us to grow our market leading position by helping with communication both internally and externally. This has been achieved by training our team to communicate in new ways whilst retaining our traditional values. This increased customer contact four fold. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bit Famous to anyone other than my competitors! 

John Billson, MD, Beijer Ref UK & Ireland
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"A fantastic job"

Bit Famous have done a fantastic job in boosting our team's confidence and ability to articulate and sell the vision and story of LEEDS 2023 to media, business and political stakeholders.  As a time-limited start-up with a hard-deadline, we needed to move fast to establish our credibility with stakeholders quickly.  The work they've done with us has allowed us to crystallise the 'why?' organisations, companies and the public should back us; it's also given us the tools and learning to get out there confidently and secure new partnerships, business relationships and funding. Since their training our media and digital engagement is up by 91% and 65% respectively and we've landed 10 new businesses as sponsors including our first all important headline partner, at a six-figure level!

Abigail Scott Paul, Director of External Relations and Strategic Partnerships at LEEDS 2023
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Bit Famous works with Leeds 2023, a year of culture in the city.  We’ve supported their whole team from CEO to artists and volunteers and helped them use video to inspire and engage people in the city, sponsors and stakeholders. Leeds 2023 attended:


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Bit Famous works with Shawbrook a specialist savings and lending bank. Our executive coaching has supported the business in retaining key figures in their talent pipeline. Shawbrook has reported a transformation in those we've coached, helping them forge ahead with their careers with impact, influence and confidence.  Shawbrook staff have received:


John Billson

"A team member was facing burn out... Life changing!"

I needed to support one of my team who was working too much, barely taking any breaks and was in danger of burning out. She's changed in the last 6 months, received excellent feedback from the new boss and the team. She quite literally blossomed! Another colleague in my team is currently going through group coaching with Penny and feedback I have received is from her is “this is life changing for me”. This is coming from a colleague who has had lots of leadership and senior management coaching before she joined the bank.

Kat Klehr, Director of Compliance and Ethics, Shawbrook Bank