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Job opening: Commission-based, ad-sales rep for Technically Philly

Here’s the next step in creating a sustainable news product to cover the technology and innovation communities of Philadelphia. A month after announcing we would begin to slowly investigate opportunities to monetize Technically Philly so we can grow our coverage and create a solid foothold in the country’s fourth largest media market, we are seeking […]

Here’s the next step in creating a sustainable news product to cover the technology and innovation communities of Philadelphia.
A month after announcing we would begin to slowly investigate opportunities to monetize Technically Philly so we can grow our coverage and create a solid foothold in the country’s fourth largest media market, we are seeking a talented, aggressive ad-sales representative to lead our push for profitability.
See our media kit online here.
While that push will likely begin with advertising, we have no intentions of depending on a profit-model that is now greatly diminished. Instead, we ask that the candidate be interested in exploring alternative revenue streams, in addition to display ads.

Technically Philly ad-sales manager

  • Location: Telecommuting in Philadelphia region
  • Hours: Self-directed
  • Payment: Commission rate and possibility of future salary
  • Responsibilities: Sell display advertising, sponsorships, merchandise and generate leads for various other monetization strategies; investigate other possibilities, market and promote events
  • Evaluation: Monthly benchmarks of cash generation
  • Growth: Other Technically Media products and possibility of hiring other ad-sales staff
  • Contact: Send resume and short, informal letter of introduction to advertising [at] technicallyphilly.com
  • Deadline: Friday, July 24 at 5 p.m.

In just six months, we have seen strong traffic growth and a great response from our community. We have a valuable and targeted product and want someone to help us grow the business side alongside our editorial focus. This is a fun, young Web startup environment, coupled with the power of niche media.
We can offer leads, direction, online advertising insight and a clear monetization strategy and rollout plan. We just need someone to handle the work, so we can keep our editorial team separate from the business.
It will be important to convey to our supportive community of readers that the purchasing of display advertising and participation in our other monetization strategies will afford our continued growth and sustainability.
The position will begin solely on a commission basis, though there will be opportunities for further expansion. While the initial focus will be on Technically Philly, there are additional products that will offer any candidate more chances to generate commission.
The hired candidate will be measured by monthly benchmarks of cash generation and may be able to hire other part-time sales representatives in the future. The candidate can work from home — provided that home is in the Philadelphia region — and make their own hours, but may be asked to attend twice-monthly staff meetings. This could be an excellent opportunity for a talented sales rep to make extra money. With focused effort, this could very well serve as a full-time position.
This is a position ready for growth and someone interested in the challenge of an online news startup. Experience in ad-sales, e-commerce, events planning and marketing are all expected, but not required.
Technically Philly is the primary product of Technically Media, a state of Pennsylvania-registered partnership. Technically Media, an equal opportunity employer, would hire the chosen candidate as an independent contractor.
Interested candidates should send a resume and a brief letter of introduction and interest in the body of an e-mail addressed to advertising [AT] technicallyphilly.com. We will accept applications until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24.
Final candidates will be contacted the following week to schedule interviews. Our new candidate will be asked to begin in early August.

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