Beeb.com on hunt for staff in run-up to summer ad push

BBC Worldwide’s commercial web service Beeb.com is on the lookout for sales staff after posting a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in first-quarter ad revenues.

BBC Worldwide’s commercial web service Beeb.com is on the lookout

for sales staff after posting a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in

first-quarter ad revenues.



The online brand is keen to push ahead with plans for expansion despite

the shock departure of founding directors Andy Conroy and Mike Clowes

last week.



Beeb.com has already increased its sales force substantially since the

beginning of the year after recruiting Matt Teeman as commercial

director.



Recent additions to the five-strong team include Ruth Barry, formerly of

Good Homes, Lucy Elliot of Radio Times, and Beth Lewis from recruitment

consultancy Michael Page.



The sales posts are part of a spate of appointments across the

business.



In late summer, Beeb.com aims to capitalise on its growing e-commerce

revenues with a broadcast, press and online promotional campaign

positioning it as ’the number one place to go shopping on the

internet’.



’Our strategy is to become the UK’s premier e-commerce services

provider. We need to take people on as we gear up for this push,’ said

David Atter, sales and marketing director.



He added that the online brand had two vacancies ’and possibly more in

the near future’ for advertising managers.



He said Beeb.com was not looking for recruits with specialist

backgrounds: ’Good people are what we want - they can be from

television, radio or press.’



The recruits will manage e-commerce partnerships as well as handling

banner ad sales for the site’s shopping sections. These include Top

Gear, Holiday, Gardener’s World, Top of the Pops, Radio Times and Good

Homes.



The latest ABC audit for Beeb.com listed the site as having close to 8.7

million page impressions per month and more than 402,000 unique

users.



Beeb.com is wholly owned by BBC Worldwide, which generates income to

support revenue gained from the UK licence fee by marketing

programme-related products and services globally.



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