Now Hiring: The Steelers are looking for an Email Marketing Specialist

steelers jobThis showed up in my inbox from LinkedIn. Do you have what it takes to join the (office) team? If you love the Steelers and love email marketing, then this is the job for you. According to LinkedIn, the job was posted 19 days ago and as of today only 20 people have applied.

I could only find this job posted on LinkedIn here, if you are looking for other openings with the Steelers organization, check out the listings here.

Job description – Email Marketing Specialist, Pittsburgh Steelers

The email Marketing Specialist will join our email marketing team to improve the relevance, segmentation and targeting of our email program. This individual will have a blend of quantitative/analytical skills to work with email list data, the creativity and writing skills to improve the content and relevance of email content and the experience running internet marketing campaigns, measuring results and pulling out insights to improve future campaign performance.


– email setup from start to finish—from business input, creative, timing, HTML set up all the way to proofing and execution.

– Leverage the marketing database to create data driven email marketing campaigns with relevant, customer-focused messaging to increase fan engagement.

–  Develop and maintain the email marketing calendar detailing the timing and frequency of all internal and external email communications.

–  Participate in the email marketing creative brief process, gathering creative components and business input, including copywriting and proofreading, to create a consistent brand voice.

–  Monitor, cleanse and append email lists, balancing the goals of growth and quality.

–  Recommend email marketing strategy enhancements to optimize future campaigns and contribute to marketing goals.

– Proactively measure and analyze the effectiveness of email campaigns extracting insights that can be used to improve future campaign performance.

– Conduct on-going competitive market and industry analysis to keep up to date with new email tactics and techniques that can be incorporated into the Steelers email campaigns.

Skills and Experience:

– Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or Bachelor of Science in Quantitative field.

– 3+ years marketing experience.

– Minimum of 1 year email marketing experience, including creating/executing email campaigns.

– Working knowledge of HTML.

– Solid understanding of email industry best practices, especially CAN-SPAM compliance and a working     knowledge of the legal rules.

–  Previous experience with enterprise level email platforms such as Epsilon, Bronto or ExactTarget.

–  Quantitative analysis skills and comfort working with large data sets.

–  Photoshop and/or other photo editing program experience.

–  Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

–  Strong attention to detail, organizational and management skills.

–  Ability to multi-task and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment with limited supervision.

–  Quick learner and keen sense of curiosity.

–  Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends.

Will you come to church with me on Sunday?

“Will you come to church with me on Sunday” is most certainly not a blog post title I thought I would be writing this summer, or ever.  Last Sunday, I attended the service that Albright United Methodist Church held on the lawn in front of their church on Centre Ave.  I don’t often go to church, I am not Methodist and I had not attended a church service at Albright before. If I go to church it is to look at the architecture or I will on the rare occasion sneak in the back of East Liberty Presbyterian Church in time for the sermon. Sometimes I go to church because it feels like it is the one place where there are no cell phones or emails.

So how did I get to Albright and why am I asking you to come with me? In 2012, I was asked by a good friend to help with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Albright.  Albright has hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for the last 40 years. I have been happy to lend a hand with the event and it is one of the nicest ways I can think of to spend Thanksgiving eves in Pittsburgh.

This is the post I wrote after the last Albright Community Thanksgiving Dinner:

My latest favorite photo of Albright with the stained glass illuminated.

My latest favorite photo of Albright with the stained glass illuminated.

Over the past years Albright, I have worked with my friends who have been life long members of the Albright congregation and a dedicated group of volunteers to help envision a future for this grand old 109-year-old church building.  There are so many ways that this church building can not only continue to be a bright spot in the neighborhood (Albright is technically in Bloomfield, but sits across the street from Friendship & Shadyside) as a beautiful building and as a community space that is much more than just a place to worship on Sunday mornings. This summer, I have been working every weekend and many weekday evenings to help the congregation spruce up their church so they can return to worship in the sanctuary. There are still a few more things to clean up before the congregation and the community can use the building again, but we have been working very hard to show off this beautiful space to the city of Pittsburgh. Last month we hosted a community block party and had an incredible response from all over the city.  You can see some photos from the block party here.

Albright-8-16-SquareI know this is last minute, I know it is a Friday afternoon in August and many of you are at the beach or wishing you were at the beach, but if you are free this Sunday, I want to invite you to come with me to the Albright church Sunday service and to stay for the community meeting that will follow the service. If worship isn’t your thing, just come and sit with me in the back of the service (I will be sitting in the back, and I will happily save you a seat). If church isn’t your thing, that is ok too. Feel free to come just for the community meeting or stop by and drop a few dollars in the collection basket.  All funds are being used to repair and restore the church so that it can continue to serve as a bright spot in the neighborhood for many more years to come.

Albright Sunday Service & Community Meeting
Sunday, August 16, 2015
486 S. Graham St. – Corner of Centre & S. Graham
10:30-11:15 Sunday Service
11:30-12:30 Community Meeting
Facebook Event

If you can’t make it this Sunday, but are interested in learning more about Albright and how you can help preserve this building for the future:

Support These Two Pet Loving Pittsburghers’ Crowdfunding Campaigns

The title of this post is a tong-twister for sure. If you love pets or if you want to support two great Pittsburghers please take a moment to check out these two important crowdfunding campaigns.

Andre Gray Memorial in the Bernard Run Dog Park

AndreBoss-55a3ff18331c0Andre Gray & his dog, boss, were killed by gun violence last year, his family is raising $3500 to install a memorial bench at the Bernard Run dog park in Lawrenceville.  Andre would be turning 35 on Saturday, August 8. Several IheartPGH readers have reached out to me and asked me to share this story, they are eager to help the Gray family reach the fundraising goal before Andre’s birthday.

Sue Kerr wrote a lovely post about Andre for her blog Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents – Andre Gray Would Be 35 This Saturday #StoryOfHisLife.

Donate Here: As of Friday afternoon they are just short of $1000 of reaching their goal.

Smiley’s Pet Pad – Support a Pittsburgh Small Business

Smileys Pet Pad Pic 324This is one of those campaigns that I feel compelled to support because I want Pittsburgh to be filled with small businesses like Smiley’s. Smiley’s Pet Pad used to be on Walnut Street in Shadyside, they are now located on Highland in the shopping plaza across from MadMex. Ginny Smiley started working at the Pet Pad in 1972 and eventually bought the business from the originally owner. Smiley’s Pet Pad could use some community support – construction on the Highland Avenue Bridge and competition from a national chain which moved into the space where Border Books used to be has been tough on this little shop.  Please take a moment to watch the video, make a contribution or stop by and shop at Smiley’s Pet Pad.

Amy Enrico who owns the Highland Park Coffee Shop Tazza D’Oro wrote a blog post about Smiley’s here.  If you support Smiley’s GoFundMe campaign, Amy will buy you a cappuccino.

Take a moment to like Smiley’s Pet Pad on Facebook here.

Donate here:

For the Love of Local Pizza: Plan to Have Spak Brothers Pizza This Weekend

Show Spak Brothers some love this week

Photo credit: Fitsburgh

Photo credit: Fitsburgh

Spak Brothers is an awesome pizza shop in Penn Avenue in Garfield, awesome because they make delicious food and they are awesome neighbors who have supported lots of community initiatives.  I know they kept many of the toy drive volunteers fed last Christmas.

Due to a break-in and refrigerator break down, they have had a rough week.  Spak isn’t asking for money, but you can support them by stopping by for some food.

Spak will reopen at 5pm on Thursday and be open until Tuesday when the new fridge arrives.

These small businesses are the heart and soul of this city, I don’t personally know the Spak guys, but I know they have contributed to this city, especially their neighborhood in many ways. Send a little love to this local shop by stopping by for a slice and sharing this with your friends on Twitter, Facebook etc.

You can follow Spak Brothers Pizza on Twitter @SpakBrothers

Spak Brothers is located at 5107 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Have You Seen Me? A Memorial to Slavery. Artist Talk & Kickstarter Party

have-you-seen-mePittsburgh artist Alexi Morrisey is in the final 2 weeks of funding for his Kickstarter project for “Have You Seen Me? A Memorial to Slavery.” One of the reasons I think this project is worth a look is that it brings together several different types of story telling medias – milk bottles, advertising, oral history – to tell a story.

One of the many interesting things about this project is that it uses the 1980’s “kid on the milk carton” to create a memorial to slavery:

By putting the faces of real slaves on hand-crafted, archival, milk bottles, we are seeking to both repurpose the European obsession with pure white porcelain, as well as pay homage to the slave’s life – by attaching these precious images to a precious material we give the slave a dignified voice in a context historically unavailable to them.


You have not one, but two chances to meet the artist, and learn more about the project in person this week.  I am including the Kickstarter video below, but if you have some time on Tuesday or Friday, come meet Alexi and see his work in person.

Artist Talk: Alexi Morrissey will give an overview of his art practice and discuss in detail his most recent project “Have You Seen Me?”
Tuesday, July 7, 7pm @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Melwood
Free, please RSVP on Facebook

“Have You Seen Me?” Fundraiser Party
Friday, July 10, 7-10pm @ Union Pig & Chicken
Free, please RSVP on Facebook

Morrisey is originally from Boston but has been living and working in Pittsburgh for the past 2 decades.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.  You can read more about his 2010 Artist Residency at the New Hazlett Theater in this Q & A from Pop City Media.

As of today, “Have You Seen Me?” is only 38% funded, with 11 days to go.  Each bottle is a limited edition and the milk bottles will sell for $400 and up after the Kickstarter campaign.  There are a handful of bottles left at the $300 level.  If $300 is bit much for your art budget this year, Morrisey has some prints of the bottle logo designs starting at $25.

Follow the project on Facebook & Twitter @MilkBottleProj.

Kickstarter Page:

Project Website: