My name is Melissa Woodring and I've been working with Amber Pizano at BSN SPORTS for about 6 months. It's my pleasure to feature Amber as part of the Industry Insights series for Ad 2 Dallas' blog. It's my hope that aspiring young professionals in the advertising, marketing, and communications industry will find this interview with Amber as helpful as I did.
She has a real knack for going after what she wants, and that’s been very inspiring to me while working for her in my role. Amber sat down with me to talk about her career history, current job, and overall view on the Marketing industry.
What are your primary job responsibilities?
I’m responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of all marketing programs at BSN SPORTS, the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the U.S.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in advertising? (Hint – She didn’t, at first)
I can’t stress the importance enough of interning during college. Not only does it give you the competitive edge necessary to land your dream job after graduation; but it steers you in the right career path. My first internship at D Magazine taught me that I didn’t want to be a Magazine Editor after all, and I found my next role in Marketing to be the right fit!
What is your favorite part of your current position?
I love all the opportunities to increase the impact that the marketing department has on our bottom line. Digital marketing is an untapped channel at the company, which we can use to increase brand awareness, generate substantial volume of qualified leads for our sales force, and greatly increase our e-commerce capabilities and revenue.
What new trends are you noticing in advertising and marketing? How are they being utilized?
It feels redundant to even say so, because it’s everywhere; but marketing automation is where it’s at. They are the timeliest and most targeted means of communication that are guaranteed to be relevant, because the user’s own behavior is what’s triggering the marketing piece.
Utilizing platforms that allow you to see your customer’s actions across all channels (like a HubSpot or a SalesForce+ESP) is going to become the standard in the next few years.
Who are your mentors and what’s one major piece of advice they’ve shared that’s been a game changer for your career?
Donna Coletti, the Director of International Communications and Market Research at Texas Instruments, was my first and most impactful mentor! She taught me to look at every roadblock or frustration as an opportunity. She guided me in how to navigate the political waters of corporate America; which were not intuitive for me as a Navy Veteran, recently out of service. The reality is that being politically savvy in corporate America, is nearly as important to your career as producing outstanding results.
What’s your ultimate career aspiration?
I plan to bring about the digital revolution at BSN SPORTS, so that we are the technological leader in the team sports industry.
Career wise, I love that no day is the same and no matter how good I think I might be at it, there’s a new tool, trend, or campaign just waiting to be explored. I guarantee my day will look entirely different next year compared to what it is today.
Melissa Woodring is the Digital Marketing Manager at BSN SPORTS. With a background in social media, communications, and marketing, Melissa is focused on maintaining relationships, developing content, and forming online strategies in order to build better brand awareness. She's a contributing writer for the Ad 2 Dallas Blog.