Managing Editor (Realhomes.com)

Posted: 9/7/2019

Location: New York, New York
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Editor / Editorial, Writer
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


About the Team

Real Homes speaks to people who want to make ordinary homes extraordinary. Through a market-leading mix of inspirational design ideas, trend advice, news and insightful product guides, it helps its audience decide the best ways to make their home amazing. Real Homes started as a UK-based magazine in the late 1990s and now, thanks to the launch of RealHomes.com in 2017, has become one of the best-known brands in home design. RealHomes.com is the UK’s fastest growing homes website with around 900,000 monthly users. It really is the success story of UK homes media - and now it aims to create a truly global reach.

The Real Homes team is a small, friendly, hard-working and smart collective of passionate homes journalists who combine knowledge of the sector with an eye for ensuring their work gets surfaced. Based in London, Bromsgrove and now New York, the team works intelligently to deliver the best content for its huge and varied audience.

Job Purpose

This is an amazing opportunity to disrupt the US digital homes media landscape - our plan is to make RealHomes.com the leading homes website in the United States - and our US Managing Editor will be tasked with delivering on that ambition.  RealHomes.com is currently in the top three most popular homes website in the UK and currently sits at 26 in the US rankings.

The US Managing Editor’s job is to create a strong and significant suite of content specifically curated to attract US views and engagement - a successful outcome will be supercharged growth in US page views and seeing the site become the powerhouse in the US it already is in the UK. In addition to audience, the Managing Editor also has a responsibility to develop strong eCommerce revenues through compelling, visible guides to choosing home retail products. The Managing Editor will represent the brand not just to the audience but also to industry, with a view to developing key commercial contacts that can directly lead to revenue. 

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Content Director and Global EIC to create a target list of 50-100 key terms based on our agreed content strategy

  • Create 100+ leading US-focussed articles using our existing UK-centered best content through a process of re-editing/writing

  • Ensure that our pages rank in the top 3 positions for the terms agreed

  • Develop a target list for products that we want to talk about and deliver performance in those areas too

  • Report on performance with Content Director and Global EIC

  • Create new US specific content by using your network of freelancers

  • Curate US homepage and social media channels

  • Get Real Homes known in the US by attending industry events, developing PR contacts and ensuring we work closely with the US commercial team to build lasting relationships

  • Relentlessly pursue growth in audience and rises in those rankings

  • Help to build the US Real Homes team in the coming years

What do I need to succeed?

  • A strong understanding of the US homes/interiors sector with exceptional contacts amongst writers, photographers and the industry itself (PR and commercial contacts)

  • First-rate SEO expertise and be able to evidence growth of US-based homes websites

  • Self-motivation. Initially you won’t have a team to work off in the US - you’ll be managing freelancers and liaising closely with the UK team, so you will need to prove you can work under your own steam

  • Exceptional editing skills - from the ability to write snappy headlines to tight grammar control, through to the ability to choose just the right image to draw people in

  • You’ll have a passion for the data side of web editing and closely monitor and interpret performance and trends

  • A ruthless approach to success - you’ll be able  to combine coming up with transformative ideas with a determined approach to ensure they are delivered

  • A great communicator - both with the industry and the wider Future team - to allow you both to sell the Real Homes brand to the industry but also extract the knowledge we already have in the business and apply it. 

We are Future

Connectors. Creators. Experience Makers

We have big ambitions to transform media and change people’s lives. Together, we connect people to their passions through the high-quality content we create and the innovative technology we pioneer. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join! 

Future is the name behind market-leading brands in specialist sectors across technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, hobbies, knowledge and home interest. 

We’re dedicated to creating loyal fans of our brands, and the number is growing all the time. Our global reach is phenomenal with over 250 million consumers across 180 + world-leading brands. It’s an incredible privilege to have such a passionate audience base across our websites, magazines, social media and events.

But that’s not enough – we continue to add to our portfolio and restlessly look to improve, innovate and push the boundaries of what can be done. We are developing leading-edge proprietary technology which is disrupting the media marketplace. 

Together, we’re exceeding the expectations of everyone we exist for – our audiences, clients, staff and shareholders. In a short space of time, Future has transformed into an innovative global media platform and the figures speak volumes:

Online audience growth- ↑188% 

EBITDA Growth - ↑169%

Revenue Growth- ↑103%

We reap the rewards too, of course, with a fun and creative place to work with endless opportunities to forge a career. We believe in teamwork that transcends location,  so we don’t have a Future HQ but a globally connected workforce across our the UK, US, France and Australia 

Every kind of talent is celebrated here.. We hire for talent not for the role, looking for people who share our ambitions to be bold and innovate. making Future a global success story.

Let’s do this!

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why this is your dream job. It would be great to see some writing samples too!



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