Welcome to the second post in our “Meet the Team” series! Today we chat with Allan Kinoti who works in Sales, Marketing, and Analytics. We’ve already talked about how the Population Explorer team is a friendly, collaborative group of dynamic colleagues, who have a high bar for excellence and experience. But did you know that the team is based all around the world?
Allan Kinoti lives in Nairobi, Kenya where he was born and raised. Allan is inspired by the “massive potential of the [Population Explorer] product”. In his professional career, Allan started out started out in graphic and web design before transitioning to sales and marketing where he now specializes. He approaches his work with rigor and creativity and is especially driven by the values of integrity and cooperation. These assets are apparent in the excellent caliber of work Allan produces as well as his engaging, relaxed rapport with his teammates. He is easygoing, while being focused and driven, traits which clearly resonate with his favorite quote “what comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.”
Read more about our conversation below.
So you are from Nairobi Kenya... can you tell me more about growing up there? Did you leave the city much? Where did you go to University? What are some of notable characteristics of that city?
Nairobi is a pretty multicultural place, I grew up with people from all over the world. I am a "city boy", so I don’t leave the city for too long. Although, I am slowly beginning to appreciate getting out of town. I went to Strathmore University, one of the top universities in the country, and I really enjoyed my time there. Apart from the traffic, I think the most notable characteristic of the city is just how green it is. You’ll find trees everywhere in the city. it really gives you an interesting balance between city life and nature.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Weightlifting, football (soccer), online gaming, slowly getting into hiking
Right, you must be watching the World Cup? Which team are you pulling for?
Yes, EVERYONE is watching here in Nairobi. I was rooting for Nigeria and Senegal, but they've been eliminated, so I'm just a neutral spectator now.
Before working at Pop Ex what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Right after college, I was sales representative for a bank where I had to sell loans and open accounts for mostly low income earners. So, we would visit less affluent areas of the city to convince people of opening an account at the bank. Sometimes, we were invited back to do a presentation on loan options. It was an interesting experience.
How did you get your start with the company and how long have you been with Population Explorer?
I started at Kimetrica (sister company of Population Explorer) in 2012, and I’ve been working with Population Explorer since March 2018. I’d always been interested in different aspects of sales, and I originally started as a Web and User Interface Designer. Later I moved into the business development and digital marketing specialty, charged with marketing products and services. The company is very supportive and encourages employees to flourish in areas where they have interest.
What drew you to work at Population Explorer?
I believe in the product. It's an excellent product that if used effectively, can help just about any organization make more informed decisions.
What specifically do you do at Population Explorer?
I analyze how clients interact with Population Explorer and suggest plans of action to increase conversion. I also support our trialing clients and gather their feedback.
What motivates you to go to work?
...getting more and more clients and increasing our visibility. I love to sell.
What do you like most about working there [Population Explorer]?
I enjoy working with the group at Population Explorer... even though I am geographically separated from most of the team, it doesn't make a much of a difference in this day and age. The team is full of brilliant ideas and there’s always someone to help when things get challenging.
What has been your favorite project?
So far, working on the new website has been enjoyable to me... it's made me think more about communicating the right message to all our potential clients. I'm looking forward to more challenging projects.
How has Population Explorer helped you in your career development?
Working at this company has introduced me to fascinating strategies and applications that can be used to drive high volumes of sales. I find this aspect extremely intriguing as I was more used to strategies that target fewer, but larger clients.
What have you gained from working at Population Explorer?
It's been a great experience for me working with a team of people from across the globe and helping clients from all over the world understand and appreciate Population Explorer. I look forward to introducing Population Explorer into even more markets.
What message do you have for prospective clients?
If you’re a for-profit business, use Population Explorer to get a better understanding of how your target market is distributed in your area of interest. It will help you make smarter decisions. If you're a non-profit organization on the other hand, you can use our tool to better plan your relief efforts and to provide better assistance to beneficiaries. If you're a student or researcher, Population Explorer will save you hours, or even days of work, by immediately providing you with accurate and reliable population data. I could go on and on, but in a nutshell, it's worth checking out whatever line of work you're in.
What are you excited about for the future with this company?
Population Explorer has huge potential, I’m looking forward to new exciting functionalities and partnerships with like-minded organizations.
What are three words to describe Population Explorer?
Fast, Accurate, Reliable
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