Sales Promotion Executive Careers

How to become a Sales Promotion Executive

What does a Sales Promotion Executive do?

Sales promotion executives develop ideas to add value to products and services in order to increase sales and usage. This could include incentives such as free gifts, competitions, money-off vouchers, two-for-one offers and token collection. They may also implement sales incentives for staff.

Customers are reached through retail outlet marketing, events and exhibitions, direct mailings, the press, or via the internet and other new media.

The sales promotion executive researches clients and markets in order to develop and organise sales campaigns. This involves liaising with clients, staff, and suppliers of goods and services, compiling budgets and coordinating all related activities.

Executives also spend time writing marketing and promotional briefs, giving presentations, briefing agencies and other departments, monitoring campaign progress and writing marketing strategies and progress reports.

What's the working environment like working as a Sales Promotion Executive?

Working hours vary, basic hours are often 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. It is common for extra hours, including evening and weekend work, to be required.

Junior sales promotion executives are mainly office-based, although they may be required to visit suppliers and printers and to attend events. Senior executives will visit clients on a regular basis.

A driving licence is usually required.

What does it take to become a Sales Promotion Executive?

To be a sales promotion executive you need:

  • good spoken and written communication skills and good numerical skills
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • commercial awareness, with strong entrepreneurial and organisational skills
  • team-working skills and the ability to delegate and motivate others
  • creative ability, and the energy and enthusiasm to deal with campaigns
  • the ability to work to deadlines and cope with the consequent pressure
  • the self-confidence to sell ideas and brief agencies and the marketing team.

Sales Promotion Executive Career Opportunities

The majority of sales promotion executives are employed by integrated marketing communications agencies, offering clients a range of related services including sales promotion and direct marketing, with a few specialising just in sales promotion.

Progression for successful sales promotion executives may be to senior executive, then to manager, then to director. A small number may progress further to group account director, or board-level posts and some directors may move to other agencies or set up their own agency. Several large fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies have sales promotion managers.

With experience, freelance work is possible.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Sales Promotion Executive that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Institute of Sales Promotion (ISP)
Arena House
66-68 Pentonville Road
N1 9HS
Tel: 020 7837 5340

Marketing Communications Consultants Association (MCCA)
3–4 Bentinck Street
Tel: 020 7935 3434

Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM)
1 Park Road
TW11 0AR
Tel: 020 8614 0277

Communication, Advertising and Marketing Education Foundation (CAM)
Moor Hall
Tel: 01628 427120

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