Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Could your dream be our dream?

We want someone to be part of a small team (two people) selling the advertising and sponsorship for our magazine Dogs Today. Could it be you? Could it be someone you know?

You’d be talking to existing advertisers, following up new leads and researching your own, too. You need to be persistent, organised and likeable as these are the same advertisers we’ve had for 20 years – so you need to build on and maintain relationships! You need to be reflective of the magazine when you talk to people and be passionate about dogs and what we do – so please do check us out before you apply to make sure you have empathy with the title.

To be good at this job you also need to be a good listener as you need to get to know the advertisers so you can advise them how best to interact with the title. 

Some of the people you deal with will be one-man bands following their dream, too and starting their own doggie businesses.

Some will be agents for some of the biggest multi-national businesses in the world. No two days will be the same, but you’ll need to be calling someone up and making the calls and not just waiting for the phone to ring. 

Advertising and editorial are in the same small building and everyone is hands on, we all answer the phone, make the tea etc (well that’s a lie as I don’t answer the phone hardly ever and I drink more tea than anyone... But apart from me, everyone is very good at putting the kettle on... Well some better than others, but no one is ever asked to make the tea if they don’t want to!).

It is a small company with very big ideas – check out our current campaign about dogs dying in hot cars, we’ve been doing stuff like this for the last 20 years.

We are ethical and caring but we need to be profitable in order to exist – and that means we need a brilliant ad sales team as well as a fantastic editorial dept. We have recently launched on iPad (one of the first dog mags in the world on that format) and our latest campaign is global, so there’s a world of opportunities opening up too with lots of new people discovering a mag that reflects their passion. 

Our office is in very leafy Surrey – we’re on the edge of a common and the outskirts of Chobham village – so you need to drive and have a car to get here. This is an office-based position and the hours are 9am to 5.30pm. We want you to be part of the team and to work closely with editorial. Some of our staff work remotely, but we need our ad personnel on site.

Bringing a dog to work is a privilege but dogs have to fit in with the existing office dogs and the office routine, so it is not an automatic right - but it is certainly much more likely than on a cat mag!

We are saying goodbye to a senior ad sales person and we need someone who already knows not only how to sell but how to organise their time and motivate themselves as they will be set targets but will not be micro-managed.

We work on Macs.
Is there anything else you need to know? Email me!

I hope this give you some idea of the job and that it is interesting enough for your to want to apply. Please tell me why this is your dream job and what you’ll bring to it. This is my dream job and I’d love to find someone for whom this vacancy will be their’s too – I’ve been the Publisher and Editor of this magazine for 20 years and time has flown by, but if you’ve done your research you already know that!
Best wishes
Beverley Cuddy, Publisher And Editor

Please email beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

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