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    ++ UPDATE ++ The deadline for this position is now 21st August 2009. To be considered please ensure your application is received by this date.

    BrainPOP UK is looking for a special someone.

    A Customer Advocate. Someone who can create customer evangelists by nurturing great communications and customer experiences.

    Naturally we sat down to write a job description. It ended up looking like A.N.Other job description, useful, but boring.

    We realised that what we really want is someone who just wants to make our customers feel adored.

    Someone who can see all the different ways that can be done and make it happen. We’re comfortable with providing a broad and open remit as long as you can prove you are up to it.

    We need someone in our team who has the experience and knowledge to bring together all our current marketing work (and experiments!) to create a “user happiness” strategy for BrainPOP UK that focuses on engaging communication, community and, most importantly, customer experience.

    Your challenge is to increase awareness, trial take up, sales conversions and enable our (potential and current) customers to feel engaged with BrainPOP UK.

    You should:

    • Instinctively “get” how to weave stories in and around BrainPOP UK, our customers and the market we operate in. You spot opportunities and make thoughtful and considered proposals for campaigns and innovations.
    • Know the difference between hype and excitement.
    • Be a black belt in data wrangling and insight.
    • Be passionate about great copy. Writing is one of the best things EVER.
    • Believe that customer support is marketing too.
    • Relish the idea of working in a small company, start up culture and hot house environment, with all the pleasure and pain that brings. You will represent a big chunk of BrainPOP UK and you will be working with some extremely talented people. You will have to stand up and be counted against them.
    • Be excited about working under our team motto: “Always be yourself, but on a good day“.

    You shouldn’t:

    • Be reliant on print advertising, direct mail, cold calling and all that jazz. Occasionally they’re appropriate, but we/you believe there are better ways too.
    • Be afraid of jumping on the phone and talking to real life customers.
    • Think social media is a panacea. You should understand that it takes time, authenticity and persistence. We love working in this space and we hope you will too. Developing a strong social media presence will be a key part of the role.

    It would be nice if:

    • You had a background in some capacity in the education arena, get the jargon and our market place idiosyncrasies. If not, do your homework.
    • Be comfortable with online media and technology.
    • You actually want to work for BrainPOP UK.

    What do you get in return?

    • You get to work inside one of the most fun and exciting elearning companies in the world, with offices in New York, Mexico, Paris, Israel and China. And in Oxford of course. Undoubtedly there will be opportunities to travel.
    • You get to develop relationships with some of the most interesting, passionate (and challenging!) customers there are: Teachers, Parents and Kids.
    • You get to work across a multitude of disciplines, such as social media, event promotion, PR, SEO and others that YOU will recommend to us.
    • Salary? Well, you know what you are realistically worth. We’re not advertising a salary quite deliberately. Pitch us.

    OK, now we have your attention how do you apply?

    Clearly we’re not going to ask you to fill out an job application form. I haven’t got time to write one and you must be able to think of a better way of making yourself stand out from the crowd. If you can’t sell yourself how can we expect you to sell BrainPOP UK?

    So…maybe you could email us a CV and a link to your blog, Twitter feed, Linked in page, MySpace page, Youtube channel or however and whatever you do to hang out. Or write us a hand written letter on orange notepaper about why you think BrainPOP UK is the company for you and how you will rock our world. Perhaps you want to make us a podcast job application? Or is making a short video telling us why you want to work here more your style?

    Help us understand what makes you you.

    If you have character, experience, ideas, charisma, great copy writing skills and think you know how to get people excited about BrainPOP UK this could be your perfect job.

    We know we’re asking a lot. But go on, apply, we dare you. We double dare you. If we like you enough we’ll invite you to interview and meet the team.

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