SocialSpark is really catching on, so much so that IZEA had to hire another inside sales manager to help manage all the advertiser interest. So here I am! My name is Erin Fox and I was attracted to IZEA's unique marketing platform almost six months ago. Since then I began hanging around the office in hopes that they would break down and let me in already!!! Some might call it "stalking" but I think of it more like being tactfully aggressive :) Well it paid off and here I am. I truly love my position at the company since I get to help our advertisers maximize their social media exposure. What could be better for a UCF marketing major? Being at IZEA truly is a dream job, especially since I get to be a part of something that is creative, unique and cutting edge.
Now for the personal stuff. I worked in new home sales for the past three years and I really became interested in the green movement. The amount of waste that a newly constructed home produces is staggering ( 2 tons!) So that really inspired me to reduce my impact on the world. I have been doing my research and learning about all the new and old ways to reduce, reuse and .....(come on you know it).....recycle!!! I am hoping to get some more advertisers who are a part of that industry to become a part of Social Spark. We only have a few green bloggers right now, so I can't wait for more to join. My hope is that we get a whole channel dedicated to going green. Then all of us "tree-huggers" can find out about the latest and greatest green products and services.
I truly believe that the blogging community has so much insight to offer our advertisers and are becoming a major influence in the marketplace. My future at IZEA looks very bright and I can't wait to see what happens next. Look forward to future posts and your feedback.
So, while the rest of us are here at IZEA's Orlando headquarters working feverishly hard, our VP of Sales is off relaxing and sunning at a resort in lovely Costa Rica. How cool is THAT?! (Can you tell I'm envious?). If anyone deserves some rest and relaxation, it's Randy, that's for sure! Without him as our fearless leader of sales, we wouldn't be where we are today!
PayPerPost (now one of several online properties of IZEA, Inc.) was founded in July of 2006. Randy was hired in December of that year, and shortly thereafter he hired his first PayPerPost sales employee, the one and only Mr. Joe Vaughn. Today the Sales Team totals 9 people! Randy has more than 27 years of success in traditional and new media advertising sales and management, including former roles as a VP of Sales for MySpace.com, and Director of Sales at AOL.com. We know he's one of the best in the business, and we're fortunate to have him as a part of our IZEA team!
While on vacation in Costa Rica, Randy still checks his e-mail and stays up to date on important issues going on at the office. He also sent us a couple of pictures, so I thought I'd pass them along for your viewing pleasure.
Check out this beautiful close up picture of a toucan. (It makes me think of Fruit Loops!)
Being a Mother myself, I adored this picture. Randy told us he adopted the baby. Hopefully he knows how to change diapers!
What an awesome view from his resort room! Can you see the volcano in the background?
OK, let's make note of the Ohio State hat Randy is wearing. He is a HUGE Buckeye fan! Alas, Coach Jim Tressee's team lost the National Championships 2 years in a row now - to LSU in '08 and to Florida '07 - but don't tell Randy (shhhhhh). Here's a pic of Randy doing the Ohio State fight song.
I should probably stop now because if I reveal any more, I may be filing for unemployment in the near future. Just kidding. :-) We're IZEA! We support each other and share each other's successes and passions. This is what we're all about!
We finally made it! Dan (creative/sales planner) and I just arrived here in NYC for the AD:Tech show! This is Dan's first tradeshow for Izea (this, coincidentally, is the company's first time showing as Izea as well!) and he is super excited about the experience!
So far the highlight of the trip has been lugging around 200 Izea mousepads for the show. Any guesses on how much 200 mousepads weigh?
Answer: 98 pounds! This certainly wasn't fun lugging through the airport!
None-the-less we made it, and are currently unpacking everything at the MindComet apartment.
I haven't been to NYC in a few years, but its been over 20 for Dan. I think Dan is a little awe-stricken by the view!
Stay tuned as I plan on providing updates on the show!