The Edit Blog

Becoming An Editor

ARTICLE BY Luke Smith
READ TIME: 3 mins
4th March 2020

The last six months have been a blur. July was a crazy month for me, I married the love of my life, moved back to Leeds and started my new job as a Paid Media Executive at Edit. Pretty quiet month really.

I use this opportunity to look back at the half of year that has elapsed, how far I’ve come and where I can see myself in the next six months.

Moving to Edit was a no brainer for me, given the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s biggest paid clients and with some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.

It was actually attending SearchLeeds which convinced me of this after talking to the staff, realising the scale of the event and watching the talks from the many Edit employees. I knew this was the opportunity that I was waiting for and it was the best decision I have ever made for my career.

I was under no illusions this was a big step up for me, and while I was confident I was able to meet the challenge, I knew that I would need to graft hard to prove my worth and take on as many learnings as possible.

So day one came and went and suddenly I was a month in without even realising. The amount I had learnt in that short space was palpable and with the support of my managers and team members, I was controlling huge budgets and improving account metrics across the board, while actually making a tangible business impact for our clients’ businesses across multiple markets.

If I had to pick out one word from the last six months it would be trust. Trust from my managers, trust from teammates, trust from the wider teams, trust from clients and trusting myself. By putting in hard work, I proved that people could trust me. This allowed me to pick up more and more responsibility, to the point I was able to launch a client into a European market with a very chunky budget.

The results have spoken for themselves. Not only have I launched the client into one European market but two, and in the process made the client millions of Euros in incremental revenue.

My hard work paid off and it got noticed. That’s one thing Edit is not shy about, they recognise hard work and let everyone throughout the business know. That recognition was hugely motivating for me. Yes, we all like a nice little pay rise, but having shout outs to the wider business every week because they can see the effects my work is having on a client’s business is what pushes me to work even harder.

In short, I look back on the last six months with immense pride, from where I started to where I am now is incredible and I wouldn’t be anywhere it wasn’t for my colleagues – not just in my team but all of Edit, everyone from SEO to client services and PR.

I want to thank the whole of Edit for making me genuinely enjoy every day. Not only have I learnt so much about paid media in a short time but I have also gained other valuable skills from other teams in the business. Edit is like a family; we all love working together and sharing knowledge and ideas. The ability for us to be able to work so effectively together gives our clients a seamless approach with the best possible results.

Edit has gone through a lot of changes in the last six months, but times are exciting. The people are motivated to make this a great place to work, coupled with the fact that we’ve moved into a prime city centre location with a fancy new office and a fantastic culture.

The next six months look to be just as exciting, I will be taking my learning to the next step as I look to grow my skills through cross-channel techniques across all platforms, building on the success that we’ve already seen. With SearchLeeds on the horizon, I’m very excited to be involved with organising such an amazing event (and maybe even pushing myself to do a talk). Within my team there is a clear path to progression and I can really see a long-term future at Edit.

The future is bright for Edit, and I for one can’t wait to be a part of it. As Edit continues to grow, I look forward to growing with it.

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