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Marketing Assistant

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Marketing Manager
Employment Status: Full time


The Marketing Assistant works with the Publisher Marketing team on campaigns for IPG’s two in-house publishers, Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books, as well as their imprints. The Marketing Assistant specifically manages B and C-level campaigns as well as most paperback and second editions. This role utilizes social media skills, event planning, partnership building, research, and other strategies to bring together individual campaigns for each title.

Success in this role involves knowledge of industry, sports and pop culture trends, ability to think strategically about how to boost sales, and possess excellent communication skills. The ability to create and maintain new relationships with authors, stores, teams and organizations is also in line with the company’s goals to grow and advance in the publishing marketplace.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Serve as a title lead to a portion of both publisher’s seasonal lists. This includes overall campaign development and management, author event planning, outreach to endorsers and potential revenue-sharing partners, ad campaign and marketing material write-ups.
  • Researches and creates the social media calendar of Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press’ used to plan social content throughout the month.
  • Assists in creating content and scheduling social media for both publishers
  • Manage the Chicago Review Press blog by generating organic content, organizing planning meetings and outreach to authors for content
  • Design a high-frequency need of event posters, social media designs, sell sheets and intermittent support of department collateral materials. This includes work utilizing InDesign, Canva and other preferred creative programming.
  • Assist in filling out Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press ebook submission forms for various ebook promotions.
  • Assist in organizing the Triumph Books’ website, by adding new titles under their corresponding categories and creating shortlinks for all new Triumph Books and Chicago Review Press titles.
  • Assists publisher marketing team with trade show coordination, mailings, and research projects.
  • Researches and implements relevant keywords and SEO.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in English or Marketing.
  • Familiarity with InDesign and Microsoft Office
  • Attention to detail, passion for books, creative, and has a positive attitude
  • Knowledge of industry, pop culture and sports
  • Event planning experience
  • Tech and social media savvy
  • Works well under deadlines and in a fast pace environment.
  • Ability to work on a team, but also individually and with a variety of people
  • Physical abilities: Moving maximum 35 lb boxes
  • Travel requirements: Ability to travel up to 5% and local events

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Company

In June of 2021, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As the original North American distributor, IPG was founded specifically to represent titles from independent publishers to the book trade. Today IPG remains committed to reimagining distribution and has grown to provide its publishers with services ranging from pre-publication consultation, global sales, marketing & publicity, supply chain, print and digital distribution, data, and reporting, to print brokerage.

In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading US distributor of such international publishers, as Penguin Random House UK, Penguin Random House Australia, Pan Macmillan UK, Collins UK, and Head of Zeus. International Specialized Book Services (ISBS), a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly, and professional publishers was acquired in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996 and whose distribution clients were made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada.

With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from giving publishers broader reach into more markets, including general trade, academic, children's, Spanish, and special markets.