Events and Experiential Marketing jobs and careers
A career in events can be a specialist role and only certain businesses will have a function of Events Coordinator or Events Manager available in-house. You’ll often see this as part of a broader marketing role within smaller businesses. Large brands will have events roles available, but those professionals often work with agencies that specialise in experiential as a supplier.
The term ‘experiential’ refers to marketing activities that encourage the general public to participate in a situation created by the brand representatives, either by testing their products or by being involved in another activity that is (or is going to be) associated with the brand.
Why consider a career in Events and Experiential Marketing?
A job in events is widely considered to be an exciting career path and for that reason, it can be quite competitive. If you’re confident with proficient organisation skills and an exceptional understanding of your target audience, a career in events or experiential marketing could be ideal for you.
What a career or job in Events may entail…
Depending on the nature of the organisation, events can be consumer orientated (B2C events) that can deal with the general public. Examples include festivals, fundraising events, sports events and more. They could also be business focused (B2B events). These kinds of events are aimed at businesses or individuals within businesses, for example, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, corporate lunches and dinners.
In an agency environment, experiential marketing agencies put together campaigns for brands to connect with an audience, aiming to intrigue a target audience to make them want to discover more about a brand. They are ultimately responsible for creating live experiences helping brands find and create fans.
As your career progresses and you look towards a more senior level, you'll be an expert in handling established client relationships and driving the business forward. An Events Manager or Director will oversee a range of campaigns that could be anything from brand experience campaigns and on-pack promotions to website development and in-store staffing and demonstrations. Naturally, you'll be an established account director with experience covering a wide range of below the line campaigns, be a natural communicator across all levels of the business and take the lead in encouraging teamwork. You'll have a wealth of creative insight and commercial acumen with excellent financial management and client liaison skills.
Typical role titles include
Marketing and Events Executive
PR and Events Executive
Experiential Marketing Executive
Career progression example
Head of Events
Marketing and Events Manager
Head of Experiential Marketing
At an entry level, events and experiential marketing professionals on average will be earning between £18k-£25k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £24k-£30k and seniors would be looking to earn £35k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The skills needed to succeed in events are broad. You will need to have fantastic organisational skills with precise attention to detail, as well as holding confident communication skills with the ability to bring creative ideas together.
What qualifications does it take?
A bachelor's degree in a related subject – marketing, business studies, hospitality, or communications is typically needed to start a career in events due to the competitive nature of the industry.
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