—The roles in Canada and the U.S. will fill spots on the X Next and X Next Lab teams, which produce creative for advertisers—
By Sabrina Sanchez
X, the company formerly known as Twitter, has resumed hiring for brand partnerships roles in its latest bid to bring advertisers back to the platform.
According to recent LinkedIn posts from current employees, spotted by Campaign US, X has opened numerous roles aimed at helping brands and agencies build creative campaigns on the platform.
These include a creative specialist, a strategist, an associate strategist and a program coordinator, spanning the U.S. and Canada.
The roles sit in the X Next and X Next Lab teams, according to PDF documents detailing the open positions obtained by Campaign US, as well as LinkedIn posts by current employees.
The X Next team “produces creative marketing executions that are audience-led, insights-driven, measurable, on-brand and creative, ultimately leading to a memorable experience for people on X,” according to the LinkedIn profile of long-time Canadian media marketer Jamie Michaels. Until June, Michaels was Twitter’s head of brand strategy for Canada, but in July he took on the new title, head of brand strategy, NEXT for Canada and the U.S.
X Next Lab is described as the team “where innovation happens for our advertisers,” according to a document detailing the requirements for the open program coordinator position.
“We are a team of technologists, producers and data scientists hungry to build new ideas in partnership with X’s most talked about brands. We’re endlessly curious creators looking for new ways to tell stories, prototype new products and ideas and push the limits for how audiences experience Twitter in the real world,” the document says.
The news of open roles has been shared primarily through LinkedIn posts from X employees. X’s career page remains largely empty, except for an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hiring efforts come as X seeks to bring advertisers back to the platform, following owner Elon Musk’s public change of heart about advertising on CNBC in May and his hiring of NBCU Ad Sales vet Linda Yaccarino as CEO that same month.
Under her leadership, X has introduced brand safety efforts to ease advertisers’ concerns, including new sensitivity controls and a one-year deal with Integral Ad Science, which creates ad-verification technology that helps determine where to place ads in brand-safe contexts.
X has also appealed to creators by rolling out an ads revenue sharing program, which gives those who meet certain criteria a payout in the form of a percentage of ad revenue.
On Wednesday, the company launched an initiative offering a one-time ad credit of $250 to select businesses that spend $1,000 or more on new ad campaigns over the next 30 days.
The efforts to rebuild X’s marketing and advertising teams come after the company’s ad sales declined an estimated 59% in June, compared to the same time last year.
The team expansion also follows a tumultuous period since Twitter’s sale to Musk in October 2022, which resulted in thousands of layoffs at the beginning of the year, including most of its communications team.
Twitter’s auto-reply to email@example.com was notoriously changed to the poop emoji after Musk took over. Now, however, X is turning a new page with a new auto-reply that says “We’ll get back to you soon.”
Meanwhile, brands and advertisers continue to take a “wait and see” approach to the platform as they remain uncertain of its future direction.
Others have suspended advertising after appearing alongside unsafe content. X did not reply to requests for comment in time for publication.
This story originally appeared at Campaign US.
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