We interviewed our Marketing Assistant, Lizi Munro, to find out about her time at Big Chief Tipis!
How did you hear about Big Chief / how did you get the job?
I first heard about Big Chief Tipis when my boyfriend was offered a job last Summer – he’s one of the Tipi Fitters! After graduating in 2015, I searched and searched for a job… it wasn’t going too well. I then started to pester my boyfriend to speak to the Directors about a job for me. I even sent an email to Hayley asking her to keep me in mind if she ever needed some help in the office – I was willing to do anything to just get my foot in the door because it sounded like such a fun and exciting company to work for! Luckily, Hayley posted the Marketing Assistant job advertisement on Facebook and I was advised to apply for it. I sent over my CV and was invited to an interview just after the New Year. I was really nervous to meet with Hayley, but after five minutes, it was a really relaxed ‘chat’ (interview!) – which is good! I spent a whole weekend worrying about how it had gone, if I had answered the questions correctly and given enough examples, and a slight cringe here and there at some things I’d said… but I suppose that is quite normal after an interview! I was offered the job on the Monday and started a month or so later… and here I am 9 months on!
How long have you worked for Big Chief Tipis?
I started in February, so just over 9 months!
Can you describe your typical day at Big Chief?
Well, my position is a little different to everyone else in the office as I’m actually the Marketing Assistant for three companies – Big Chief and our sister companies – The Tipi Company who manufacture the tipis, and The Awning Company who manufacture bespoke structures and awnings! So, as you can imagine, everyday is different for me – and that’s why I enjoy it so much. From weddings to the race circuit, festivals to Big Chief Open Days, attending conferences and courses here and there – I’m always on the go… its fab!
Each brand is completely different, but there are some elements of my job which are the same for each brand. Every day I will upload content and engage with followers and clients through social media, edit the website, network with press and media for editorial opportunities, use MailChimp to send weekly/monthly e-shots and write blog posts… to name just a few of my responsibilities.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Big Chief Tipis?
I’d have to say meeting clients, companies and individuals at shows is one of my favorite things about my job! I’ve had the opportunity to attend various shows and events for all three brands, and it’s great. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet people that you have either spoken with over the phone or via email, and build a proper relationship! It’s also a perfect opportunity for me to pop on my ultimate ‘marketing head’ and be a social media wiz for the day! Taking snap shots of the event, following other exhibitors on social media and live-tweeting to create interest and hopefully attract more visitors to the event!
Main achievement since working at Big Chief Tipis?
Hmmm… I’d have to say winning Best Pop-Up Venue at the Country Brides North West Wedding Awards! When I first started, the team asked if I could research the best awards to get involved with and apply – the North West Wedding Awards being one of them. After successfully making it to the finals, we attended the awards evening and WON!!!
What makes Big Chief Tipis stand out from other tipi hire companies?
The honesty and fabulous customer service provided by everyone from Directors to Memory Makers, and the Tipi Fitting team! We are all proud to work for the company and the support we offer our clients before, during and after is second to none! Not to mention the attention to detail when the guys are building the tipis – I think that’s what sets us apart from our competitors!