Business Manager, Engadget
About AOL Services:
AOL Services focuses on curating the best content, products, and services mirrored to real human behavior – what people need to make their digital lives as convenient as possible. We create an integrated experience that allows AOL consumers to feel like valued AOL Members, gaining access to the most useful content from some of the best brands, communication tools, and valuable services. Whether through communication products like AOL Mail and AIM, our mobile services, or our subscription packages, AOL Services is pivotal in driving traffic and user engagement across the AOL network.
Engadget is the top Consumer-Tech blog on the planet. Engadget is the official online news source of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2012 and is featured regularly on the Technorati Top 10 and the Techmeme Top 10 Leaderboard. The site combines insider tips on new gadgets, technology news and premium video content for a tech-savvy and passionate audience. In 2011 Engadget won the Webby Award and People's Voice Award for "Best Consumer Electronics Site."
About the Role:
The overriding purpose of this role is to act as a product and brand evangelist for Engadget and to work with editorial leads at the site to dream up, map out and implement new opportunities to extend the site's reach. We're looking to expand into entirely new fields, and this person will lead the charge in those expansion efforts.
-Work with editorial to map out specific goals for Engadget events
-Interfacing with AOL Events team to ensure all logistics are buttoned up
-Work with leads from major product companies and relentlessly pursue leads in order to establish and develop partnerships
-Managing contracts and partnership agreements
-Interface with potential retail partners, i.e. Best Buy, Amazon to expand review exposure
-Pitching, executing and managing new revenue stream opportunities in untapped fields (live Engadget Show at meetups, panels at trade shows, TV commercials, sponsorships, etc.).
-Working tightly with Sales so that they have a firm understanding of upcoming products and the information required to make a good pitch.
-This role will expand and grow over time, as new revenue opportunities are created, pursued and achieved by the individual.
-6+ years of experience in technology management, marketing, media or entrepreneurial endeavors
-Flexible, adaptive business thinker who can quickly get up to speed on new ideas, fill in the gaps, and execute.
-Aptitude, intelligence, temperament and drive.
-Must know the personal tech space extremely well and have a proven track record of creating something out of nothing
-Worship the Engadget brand.
-Strong contacts across top personal technology firms (apple, MSFT, Sony, HTC, Samsung, etc.)
-Distinct proof of generating new products or company pivots from scratch and driving to success
-Experience with product engineering and a deep interest in products is a PLUS
-Familiarity with experience in venture capital a PLUS
-Avid Engadget reader
-Passionate about evangelism of the Engadget Brand
At AOL we’re focused on radically redefining the world of online communications. We are transforming how people around the globe connect with information, entertainment and one another by bringing together award winning journalists and innovative technologies to create rich and engaging consumer experiences. We look for people who are exceptionally imaginative, collaborative, and truly excited about our mission - to inform, entertain and connect the world.
AOL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other classification prescribed by applicable law.