Well I have good news and bad news today. The bad news is that our Marketing Assistant Extraordinaire, Heather Barrett is leaving us and heading up to the Big City (aka Burlington if you live in Vermont) to work for Dealer.com (Vermont’s pride and joy when it comes to Internet marketing companies). We wish her well, but she’s left some pretty big shoes to fill.
And speaking about that, the good news is that we’re looking for a new Marketing Assistant who may be you (or someone you know and love)! The job is actually my dream job. You get to surf around the Internet, hang out on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Houzz and other social media sites– all with the purpose of raising awareness about the beauty and sustainability of Vermont’s handcrafted furniture.
Actually there’s MUCH more to it than that. Perhaps the biggest challenge is keeping Dennis’ (he’s our Marketing Manager) many marketing projects organized and running smoothly. This means assisting with graphic design using photo editing software, managing the company blog and Email campaigns, helping with product management and merchandising, optimizing website effectiveness with analytics software and so on. It really requires a challenging blend of creative and organizational skills.
If you think this might be up your alley, send us a resume! All the details and instructions are on this Marketing Assistant job posting. And for an inside look at Vermont Woods Studios, check out this blog post (we’re recruiting for a webmaster too) from earlier this week where I wrote some candid thoughts about what it’s like to work here.
The truth is… we have a lot of fun. But I’d be remiss if I failed to say that we do work really hard. Check out the rest of our blog and Facebook for more info about our small, but rapidly growing company.
Meet the Fab Five
In recruiting for six Vermont furniture sales and marketing positions this year, we reviewed over 400 resumes and interviewed dozens of excellent candidates. It’s been a challenging task to find the combination of skills and talent needed to run our online fine furniture gallery. So we feel extremely fortunate to have been able to hire the following superstars for our team: Heather Gantt, Loryn Dion, Heather Barrett, Liz Francese and Sean Henry.
Made in America Holiday Shopping in Brattleboro, Vermont
This photo was taken last week when we tasked the freshmen with providing photographic inspiration at the request of Diane Sawyer and the ABC World News crew. If you followed our activities at this time last year, you’ll remember that national news team spent a day filming our Made in America Holiday Shopping Challenge at our office and all around Vernon, Vermont. This year they were curious about our progress and wanted to learn about any new people we had hired to help grow this American made furniture business.
The Fab Five were most gracious in accommodating ABC’s request for photos and videos so I thought I’d share a few of them here on the blog.
Visit our Facebook to see more photos and our picks for 2012′s best Made in America Christmas gifts.
I can't believe this. Amazon.com sells dozens of books about how to avoid and protect yourself from plagiarism, but at the same time they're ripping off content from my Vermont Woods Studios furniture website and claiming it as their own. Check out this site. It's an Amazon site selling cheap imported furniture and claiming it's Vermont made. The URL and the title contain the words "Vermont Furniture". The site automatically and systematically copies content from this blog, my twitter account and from other Vermont furniture makers' websites.
Do you find this surprising? I've tried contacting Amazon and asking them to take the site down, but they don't acknowledge my emails. My next correspondance is going to be to the Vermont Attorney General. I realize it's not Amazon.com per se that's copying my content. But the site owner is displaying Amazon's logo, linking to an Amazon account and sending the user to Amazon.com. Amazon has to take some responsibility — and probably shut this guy's account down.
I'm sure they wouldn't just pick on small Vermont furniture makers. Seems to me like it must be part of a far bigger black hat marketing scheme linked to Amazon. You may want to check and make sure they haven't hijacked the content on your website. Let me know what you think. Have any ideas for how to deal with these parasites? Please send them my way. Thanks!