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Working As An Advertising Sales Executive

  • Selling or Influencing Others
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $48,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Advertising Sales Executive Do

Advertising sales agents, also called advertising sales representatives, sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations, and maintain client accounts.

Duties

Advertising sales agents typically do the following:

  • Locate and contact potential clients to offer their firm’s advertising services
  • Explain to clients how specific types of advertising will help promote their products or services in the most effective way
  • Provide clients with estimates of the costs of advertising products or services
  • Process all correspondence and paperwork related to accounts
  • Prepare and deliver sales presentations to new and existing clients
  • Inform clients of available options for advertising art, formats, or features and provide samples of previous work for other clients
  • Deliver advertising or illustration proofs to clients for approval
  • Prepare promotional plans, sales literature, media kits, and sales contracts
  • Recommend appropriate sizes and formats for advertising

Advertising sales agents work outside the office occasionally, meeting with clients and prospective clients at their places of business. Some may make telephone sales calls as well—calling prospects, attempting to sell the media firm’s advertising space or time, and arranging followup appointments with interested prospects.

A critical part of building relationships with clients is learning about their needs. Before the first meeting with a client, a sales agent gathers background information on the client’s products, current clients, prospective clients, and the geographic area of the target market.

The sales agent then meets with the client to explain how specific types of advertising will help promote the client’s products or services most effectively. If a client wishes to proceed, the advertising sales agent prepares and presents an advertising proposal to the client. The proposal may include an overview of the advertising medium to be used, sample advertisements, and cost estimates for the project.

Because of consolidation among media industries, agents are increasingly selling several types of ads in one package. For example, agents may sell ads that would be found in print editions, as well as online editions, of a particular publication, such as a newspaper.

In addition to maintaining sales and overseeing their accounts, advertising sales agents analyze sales statistics and prepare reports about clients’ accounts. They keep up to date on industry trends by reading about both current and new products, and they monitor the sales, prices, and products of their competitors.

In many firms, the advertising sales agent drafts contracts, which specify the cost and the advertising work to be done. Agents also may continue to help the client, answering questions or addressing problems the client may have with the proposal.

In addition, sales agents may be responsible for developing sales tools, promotional plans, and media kits, all of which they use to help make a sale. In other cases, firms may have a marketing team that sales agents work with to develop these sales tools.

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How To Become An Advertising Sales Executive

Although a high school diploma is typically enough education for an entry-level advertising sales position, some employers prefer applicants with a bachelor’s degree. Proven sales success and communication skills are essential. Most training for advertising sales agents takes place on the job.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically the minimum education requirement for an entry-level advertising sales position, some employers prefer applicants with a college degree. Publishing companies with large circulations and broadcasting stations with a large audience may prefer workers with at least a college degree. Courses in marketing, communications, business, and advertising are helpful. For those who have a proven record of successfully selling other products, educational requirements are not likely to be strict.

Training

Most training takes place on the job and can be either formal or informal. In the majority of cases, an experienced sales manager instructs a newly hired advertising sales agent who lacks sales experience. In this one-on-one environment, supervisors typically coach new hires and observe them as they make sales calls and contact clients. Supervisors then advise the new hires on ways to improve their interaction with clients. Employers may bring in consultants to lead formal training sessions when agents sell to a specialized market segment, such as automotive dealers or real estate professionals.

Advancement

Agents with proven leadership ability and a strong sales record may advance to supervisory and managerial positions, such as sales manager, account executive, and vice president of sales. Successful advertising sales agents may also advance to positions in other industries, such as corporate sales.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Advertising sales agents must be persuasive during sales calls. In addition, they should listen to the client’s desires and concerns, and recommend an appropriate advertising package.

Initiative. Advertising sales agents must actively seek new clients, keep in touch with current clients, and expand their client base, in order to meet sales quotas.

Organizational skills. Agents work with many clients, each of whom may be at a different stage in the sales process. Agents must be well organized to keep track of their clients and potential clients.

Self-confidence. Advertising sales agents should be confident when calling potential clients (making cold calls). Because potential clients are often unwilling to commit on a first call, agents frequently must continue making sales calls, even if rejected at first.

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Advertising Sales Executive Career Paths

Advertising Sales Executive
Account Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Director Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales & Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Sales Executive Territory Manager Account Manager
Major Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Advertising Account Executive Account Executive Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Senior Account Manager Marketing Director
Regional Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Marketing Manager
Regional Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager Marketing Consultant
Senior Marketing Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager Account Executive
Senior Sales Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Advertising Account Executive Sales Manager
Senior Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Development Manager Marketing Director
Senior Vice President Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Business Development Manager Director Of Sales
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Territory Manager Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Real Estate Agent Account Manager
Territory Account Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
Advertising Director District Sales Manager Regional Sales And Marketing Manager
West Coast Sales Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Outside Sales 3.7 years
Advertising Sales 3.1 years
Sales Officer 3.0 years
Account Executive 2.9 years
Sales Trainee 1.0 years
Sales Internship 0.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.4%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.7%
Owner 3.2%

Advertising Sales Executive Demographics

Gender

Female

60.6%

Male

37.8%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

81.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.2%

French

13.9%

Portuguese

8.3%

Italian

8.3%

Indonesian

2.8%

Turkish

2.8%

German

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%

Armenian

2.8%

Tagalog

2.8%

Russian

2.8%

Korean

2.8%
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Advertising Sales Executive Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.1%

San Jose State University

7.0%

University of Northern Iowa

7.0%

Michigan State University

7.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.0%

Kent State University

5.8%

University of Florida

4.7%

Illinois State University

4.7%

New York University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.7%

California State University - Northridge

4.7%

Appalachian State University

4.7%

Ithaca College

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.5%

University of Alabama

3.5%
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Majors

Business

25.4%

Communication

13.7%

Marketing

12.3%

Management

6.8%

Advertising

4.9%

Journalism

4.1%

Psychology

3.6%

English

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Public Relations

3.3%

Real Estate

2.5%

General Studies

2.2%

Political Science

2.2%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.6%

Sociology

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%

General Sales

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Other

23.0%

Masters

13.1%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.2%

License

0.8%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Top Skills for An Advertising Sales Executive

SalesTerritoryOnlineNewOnesCustomerServiceNewClientsClientBaseInternetEffectiveSalesPresentationsWebColdCallsClientRelationshipsAnnualSalesCustomerBaseLocalBusinessOwnersAccountManagementTradeShowsAdditionalCRMPotentialClientsSalesRevenue

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Top Advertising Sales Executive Skills

  1. Sales Territory
  2. Online
  3. New Ones
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Expanded the sales territory from two counties to four counties.
  • Consulted with established businesses as well as new businesses to sell advertising space in area newspapers, special sections and online.
  • Work with existing accounts as well as, obtain new ones.
  • Act as liaison between Company and clients to expedite customer service issues.
  • Promote and sell radio advertising, digital products, events and promotional programs to new clients in the Hampton Roads region.

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