Advertising Sales Agent

Sell advertising space in magazines, newspapers, and online.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $96,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Advertising Sales Agents do?

Advertising Sales Agents sell space in all sorts of publications, from newspapers to billboards. They work with companies wanting to promote themselves or their product, and help them realize which medium and location would best do that (the answer being theirs, of course). At times Advertising Sales Agents even step in to help with the design of an advertisement, like drawing up a sketch to help someone visualize how their ad will look with the addition of a picture.

As an Advertising Sales Agent, your day is packed with fulfilling customer needs, resolving customer problems and designing new advertising schemes. This last task could take the form of designing billboards using computer-aided-design software or sketching a rough draft of the layout of a small advertisement planned to run in a local magazine.

You’ll also do customer outreach, contacting potential clients, and keeping up with current ones to see if they’d like to continue or renew their advertising campaigns.

On the whole, you’re responsible for uncovering a client’s ideal advertisement and putting that into effect. Doing a good job for even the smallest company’s advertisement could lead to developing a long-term relationship with them. And, who knows? Maybe they will be your stepping stone into higher level advertising positions.

Should I be an Advertising Sales Agent?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Advertising Account Representative, Advertising Agent, Advertising Representative, Advertising Sales Manager See More

    How to become an Advertising Sales Agent

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