Audience development specialist for a high-profile conference

Project status
Project start date
Not specified
Project posted
28 Jul 2016 00:10
Project duration (approx.)
9 Months
Budget (approx.)
US$30000 (fixed cost)
Education, Media, Marketing & Advertising, Business Services
Area of expertise

Objectives and Key Deliverables


M+D is organizing an innovation-themed conference on behalf of a prestigious international university. Scheduled for May, 2017 in New York, the event will feature prestigious international speakers and world-class innovators. Our agency is responsible for the entire production, including content development, operations and audience acquisition.

Job description

As part of this effort, we are looking for an experienced and sophisticated audience development manager to secure approximately 250 affluent and intellectually engaged attendees - who will be invited to attend free of charge if they meet certain professional criteria. This is a contract position lasting over the period of nine months that will require approximately 15 hours/week – to register a steady number of qualified attendees. In addition to experience in marketing and audience development for high-level conferences and intellectual events, this position requires an understanding of how to pull in complementary design and technical support from freelancers, to build a website, develop creative marketing materials, and build an active community on social media.

Scope of work

• Design the overall audience acquisition strategy, including development of a target audience database
• Work with a designer to create the event website and then manage regular updates of program content, new speakers, logistical details, etc.
• Advise on acquisition of any potential list rentals that will help secure qualified attendees and manage the process
• Utilizing online design marketplaces, manage development of creative materials, such as invitations, digital media, and other promotional outreach – and update with select design software
• Lead ongoing outreach and follow-ups to select attendees and audiences with customized correspondence promoting the conference and its content
• Develop marketing partnerships with select organizations that can help cross-promote the conference to key attendees in return for invitations to the event
• Develop and manage social media to help promote the conference and engage with potential attendees
• Lead outreach to select reporters and media outlets to build buzz before and after the conference
• Manage post-event correspondence to ensure strong long-term relationship building

Key attributes
• Experience building high-level audiences for live conferences and events
• Basic understanding of design software such as Adobe InDesign and ability to make design updates
• Ability to use limited budgets to meet ambitious goals
• Innovative approach to crafting mutually-valuable marketing partnerships
• Ability to communicate content and programming to audiences in a compelling way
• Deep knowledge of how to build communities on social media
• Data and metrics driven
• Curiosity, creativity, energy, resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, and detail-oriented approach 
• Able to collaborate and communicate with multiple stakeholders with confidence and charisma
• Client service driven
• Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines
• Superior organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within a high velocity, deadline-driven work environment
• Generous spirit and gracious sense of humor

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