Not Your Average Marketing Team
Though Marketing appears to be a group of ordinary individuals, we possess superhuman abilities that enable us to mysteriously generate traffic to websites. We have chosen to band together and use our powers for good in order to convey the brand message! From advertising, to events, to PR, to email marketing & analytics - the Marketing team is responsible for promoting the Zappos brand & creating demand that generates revenue for the company.
Meet Our Zapponians
What is your favorite part about your job? As cliché as this will sound, my absolute favorite part about my job is the constant change. Coming from a start-up background, the ability to pivot on a dime is incredibly valuable and at Zappos it is incredibly valued. While the core of my job remains constant it is the twist and turns I encounter daily that help keep me fresh.
What led you to your current role at Zappos? Simply put “Yes, and…” led to my current role at Zappos. “Yes, and…” is the simple process of taking what comes your way and rolling with it and building off of it. When I started my journey into being a Zapponian I was on the 6pm marketing team. After a few years of learning and building I said “Yes, and…” to an opportunity on the Zappos Social Marketing team. A few more “Yes, and…”s later, I’m speaking on behalf of the company and helping to lead one of the most innovative groups I’ve ever come across. Now don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT more to job progression than being open to it, such as: working to better yourself, learning from your mistakes, taking risks, and failing often and hard. However, I wouldn’t be where I am today with out having said “Yes, and…” often. If you'd like to contact me, find me on Twitter @JOSHtheWEAVER.
What are some of the challenges you enjoy most? Trying to reinvent the Zappos story while the company is reinventing itself is one of the most unique challenges I’ve ever faced. No matter what my thoughts are about Holacracy, at the end of the day I can say I experienced and thrived in one of the most progressive work-systems out there. I love that at Zappos I can spin up teams and groups rather quickly and collect passionate people to achieve success. Think about every other job you’ve worked at and ask yourself: how long did it take to try something new?
What do you think it takes to be successful at Zappos? Think about this: You have all the job skills, you have the education, and you've worked in the field before. Great. Now what makes you different? Zappos is a company of unique people who all possess the necessary skills and thirst for learning and improvement. So maybe on paper you look amazing, but we care about what makes you amazing as a person.
How would you describe what it's like to work at Zappos in just 1 word? Enjoyment
What advice would you give to someone applying to a job in your department? One of the many bonuses of working at Zappos is the wide variety of opportunities. We have several different areas of marketing with varying roles within each department. As you apply make sure you match the right marketing role based on your experience and personal passions. Being able to have a wide offering of opportunities is what drove me to my current role in Brand Partnerships Coop. Before starting my journey at Zappos my background was on the account services side in Brand Marketing. This enabled me to choose one of my emphases and hone in on several of the areas based on my advertising agency experience and find a role within Zappos that I could utilize these skills and develop a career path. I have been with Zappos for a little over 5 years and during this time I have collaborated with co-workers and brand partners on many exciting marketing programs. These exciting roles and projects is what drove me to work at Zappos and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities and teams that I work with every day.
What makes Zappos a great place to work? Zappos is by far the best place I have ever worked in my life. It is like the Disneyland of workplaces. I am excited to come into work every single day and I am constantly challenged to work harder by the brilliant people around me. The company does an amazing job at making employees feel valued and appreciated. I love Zappos!
What's one interesting fact about Zappos that people might not know? I am a singer in a pop band with Melody Loveday (another Zappos employee). The band’s name is Boiis (pronounced like ‘Boy’) and we are currently working on our second studio album called The Project Generation. Our debut album, Explicit Youth, can be found on Spotify and iTunes…We also have a few music videos!
What is a typical day like for you at Zappos? There is honestly not a typical day at Zappos, but most of my time is spent working on our online marketing campaigns as well as working on projects with my teammates aimed at acquiring new customers.
What is your favorite part about your job? My favorite part about my job has to be the people I work with. Zappos culture encourages everyone to bring their full selves to work and for people to create genuine bonds with their teammates. I believe this has helped us build a welcoming culture and to be a more effective and better communicating team.
What advice would you give to someone applying to a job in your department? Do your homework and be prepared to answer a lot technical/statistical questions. Most importantly, learn about Zappos culture and be honest – it pays well here.
What is a typical day like for you at Zappos? A typical day at Zappos for me involves rolling up to my teammates with a big ol' smile and a ringing, “Good Morning!”. Next we get straight away to hard work. I have a range of daily, routine tasks, and there are other times where I have to fly by the seat of my pants. Some days are quiet and some are extremely aerobic. At some point, in any day, though, someone inevitably bursts out with, “Hey, did you see angry cat's latest Instagram?! It's crazy!!” or a parade goes by, or a guy dressed like a ballerina, or a cow, or … well, if you can dream it, it happens!
What makes Zappos a great place to work? Zappos/6PM is a great place to work because you really do have the opportunity to make this experience whatever you want it to be. You are encouraged to think big, strive for greatness, and accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Why did you choose Zappos? This may sound silly, but I really wanted to wear jeans again. Something so small but had a huge impact on my work well being. People are just happier in jeans. It's been proven!
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