Facebook are opening a sales team in Australia: (AustralianIT)

Facebook looks for Aussie hires

SOCIAL networking website Facebook is looking for at least four staff, including a Sydney-based head of sales, to form the nucleus of an Australian-based advertising team. Australia appears to have been earmarked alongside Canada and Sweden for expansion. The company’s jobs website shows it is also hiring sales chiefs in those markets.

Ninemsn has been Facebook’s local advertising representative since last December after it was handed responsibility for selling some of the site’s Australian display advertising packages.

That followed a global deal in which Microsoft paid $US240 million ($289 million) for a 1.6 per cent stake in the company.

Otherwise Facebook has lagged its main competitors in the race to sell advertising in this market.

MySpace has had an Australian sales team since 2006, while Bebo appointed Francisco Cordero as its general manager last year.

In March, Facebook vice-president of media sales Mike Murphy said the site expected to expand its advertising revenues faster than its rivals, based on projections that advertising on global social websites would grow by 75 per cent this year to $US2.1 billion.

It has been tipped to reach $30 million in Australia this year.

The company is advertising for a head of sales, an account executive, an account manager and a sales planner, all of whom are to be based in Sydney.

it’ll be a colour-by-numbers job (they give you the colouring book, crayons and you just make sure you come in under the lines). But still, sexy to tell friends you work at Facebook Australia. Heh.j

And maybe they should have a read of Monetizing Social Networks? (next post down, ironically enough)