Manager, Travel Brands

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED; HOWEVER, WE DO VALUE GREAT TALENT AND CONTINUE TO ACCEPT OUTSTANDING APPLICATIONS.
When someone asks you, “What are your passions?” do you immediately respond, “Travel”?  We are looking for someone that eats, sleeps and breathes travel to be our Manager, Travel Brands.  We have an extensive travel brand portfolio that includes RentByOwner.com, Renters.com, RentalHomes.com, California.com, Oahu.com and the soon to be launched CruiseShips.com.
I bet you are wondering who is Left of the Dot Media?  We are the parent company of a number of successful brands.  Established in 2010 and located in the heart of Maple Ridge, Left of the Dot Media turns million dollar domain names into multi-million dollar businesses.
You may be thinking, why is a media/tech company located in the suburbs and not downtown?  The answer is we were sick and tired of wasting 500+ hours on the West Coast Express commuting every year to work.  We believe Maple Ridge is a growing and vibrant community filled with talented people, who would also probably like to end the drudgery of the long commute to work.  Now, 4 years later, we are growing quickly and are so happy we made the decision to create something awesome right here in our own backyard.
Hopefully, as you have been reading you are getting more and more intrigued.  So, when we tell you that our offices are a mere 35 minutes against traffic from downtown Vancouver, you will think, “that’s a great commute – less than my current one”.  Really, it’s not that far and it is beautiful out here.  Plus, we are just across the Golden Ears Bridge or Pitt River Bridge depending on where you are coming from.  This makes us incredibly accessible for all you talented people living in the Tri-Cities, Langley, Surrey, Burnaby, Mission, New West, and everything in between.  Just think how much time you would gain in your life from a shorter commute to work, plus you would be working on exciting projects with a dynamic team of individuals.
If you are the right candidate, you have an internal entrepreneurial drive.  You will take on all aspects of our travel brand portfolio and work to grow each of the respective brands.  From business development and partner management, to managing the interactive marketing team, you will become the expert and go-to person for this side of the business.
You should be currently working in the travel industry, perhaps in the vacation rental space or cruise travel.  You have an innate interest in travel and are seeking a new challenge where you will be able to have a direct impact on the success of the business.  Ideally, you have had experience with online marketing and are results driven.  After all, we need you to make these brands bigger and better than they already are.

Personality

  • You must be a risk taker who has a passion for entrepreneurism.
  • We still classify ourselves as a Startup even though we are an international team of 50+ (We are presently 10 in Maple Ridge and 40+ in Bangladesh, though we envision doubling in the next 4 to 6 months). As such, you must want to work in a Startup.
  • You realize that failure is an option, because failure means that you have started
  • Maybe you have worked in the vacation rental space, and see the huge potential in this market, or maybe you started off in some type of a travel agency coordinating their marketing strategy but felt there was something missing as you had wished to be part of a smaller team where you would have a direct impact on the business as a whole
  • You must be a self-starter and be able to manage yourself and your projects
  • You can self-learn as things change; and quickly, because learning is something that you have to do daily
  • You should be up-to-date on your Internet memes (that way you know if we are laughing at you or with you). Bonus points if you have earned a whack of karma on reddit.
  • You should want to build something really cool, so that in a couple of years we all say, “Wow! Look what we’ve built together”
  • You must believe in the mantra of “Work hard, play hard.”
  • You must be able to laugh at yourself and roll with the punches
  • You must tolerate animals (On any given day, we may have a dog in the office. Or sometimes a cat. Though never together. That day was not a good one).
  • You don’t have to be good at Darts or Foosball, but you should be willing to learn or you will constantly lose and be the one doing the coffee run to Waves on 207th

Essential Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in a travel related environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree or equivalent College + Life Experience
  • You will have experience bringing a product to market – either on your own or as part of a team
  • Experience with OTAs, ecommerce, or other travel technologies
  • You have high expectations of yourself and others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

 Useful Things

  • Good grasp of internet and interactive marketing an asset (PPC, SEM, Affiliate marketing, etc.)
  • Knowledge of vacation rental market
  • Knowledge of cruise travel market
  • Knowledge of travel agency and franchise recruitment
  • Knowledge of pre-package and all-inclusive travel
  • You may not be a Senior Executive in travel yet, but you see this role as the way to achieve this goal
  • You consider yourself a thought leader and demonstrate this via blogging, networking at industry events, or speaking at conferences (or at least a willingness to try)
  • Knowledge (and willingness to accept) that sometimes it requires we work around the clock — not because someone is poking you with a sharp stick, but because you want to and we need to
  • Knowledge that you don’t know everything and that we don’t know everything, but if we put our heads together, we can probably figure it out at least as well as anyone else.

About the Job                         

So what will you be doing?

  • Brand management of our Travel Brand Portfolio
  • Business development and partner management
  • Coordinate and implement email and social marketing strategies
  • Manage lead generation techniques and identify any inefficiencies and ways in which to improve
  • Manage and implement website optimization strategies
  • Utilize our proprietary analytics platform, OZ, to gather data about our customers and help drive new initiatives to grow travel brands
  • Manage team members with respect to content creation and design
  • Drive all marketing initiatives with respect to travel brands including, online marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, search engine marketing
  • Contribute to specs and document features for our portfolio of travel brands, including RentByOwner.com, Renters.com, RentalHomes.com, and CruiseShips.com
  • Utilize a variety of decision support and visualization tools to support recommendations and analysis
  • Work with our domestic and offshore development/engineering teams to define product features while making sure the product meets specs as well as your expectations.

Compensation & Next Steps

  • While your salary will be competitive and based on your experience, we believe that as we build this out together, we can all share in the upside and increase compensation as revenues increase for the brands you are involved in.
  • If you are interested in working on a world-class network of premium web businesses, then please send us a recent resume (online links are fine) along with your salary expectations to careers@leftofthedot.com. No phone calls or unexpected visits please because we have developers here and they are easily startled.
  • Thanks in advance for considering us, and while we thank all those who apply, only those who are being considered may be contacted.

Left of the Dot is a small, but growing company. Fit and a willingness to learn is more important than experience. But because we are small, we apologize in advance if we can’t respond to everyone.
Learn more about us at www.LeftOfTheDot.com.