An Interview with Taylor T.

We’re here with another entry into our interview series! This month, we’re talking to @taylor.teets, Marketing Operations Specialist here at Automox. If you want to catch up on the rest of our interviews, you can find a list of them under the Interview tag.

(Sheriff badge, cowboy hat, and mustache not standard.)

Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m Taylor! I was born and raised in Colorado but I don’t ski or snowboard, blasphemy right? I’ve been at Automox for almost two years now and absolutely love it. I’m working from home in Boulder, CO right now but would love to go back to the office when the world returns to normal (if it does…). Read on to learn more about me!

What do you do at Automox?
I’m the Marketing Operations Specialist here at Automox. Some of my responsibilities include editing and posting our webinars, putting together the backend logic for email programs and newsletters, tracking our marketing efforts through data analytics, updating our resource center with any new assets (PDFs, videos, blogs, etc.), enhancing our trial nurture with the sales team, scheduling and posting on our social media accounts, helping out with events that we or our partners host, and just making sure our customers and prospects have what they need to be successful using Automox!

How did you get your start here?
I was a recent grad from CU Boulder and had just left my first job out of college, a sales job for a sketchy marketing company. I didn’t believe in their product and thought the people there were kind of sleazy… so I left and started looking for a company that I actually believed in and that I thought was providing a valuable service. I found Automox on a CU job site and was worried about not knowing the technical details of patch management but loved the message and goal of “increasing the world’s security confidence.” I applied for a marketing intern position and ended up getting the position in March of 2019. I instantly fell in love with the people and the environment and just worked as hard as I could to try to get a full time position. That time came, fast forward a couple years and here we are! I feel super lucky to be a part of Automox at a young age, I’ve definitely learned more here than I ever did at university.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I’ll have to give two answers here, first is the people I work with. Everyone at Automox is so nice and open to helping with projects even if it’s not within their department, you can tell they’re really invested in the customer experience. The culture is something I fear I’ll never experience again in my career, the bar is set so high. As far as my actual responsibilities, I really like working through the logic of automating email campaigns and nurture programs. There’s so much you have to consider when setting up automation, I like the deep dive into “well, what should happen if the trial user takes this action” or “if they viewed this content, they might like this upcoming webinar so we should try to incorporate that into their personalized flow.” It’s not the most exciting thing but I love thinking through the user’s experience and just trying to continually make it better for them.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a big sports guy, I like watching the NBA and NFL the most. I try to go to the rec and play basketball as much as possible but that hasn’t really been very possible with COVID. In the summers I go wakeboarding about once a week. And recently I’ve started building a smart mirror as a quarantine project. I’ve never worked with a raspberry pi before and have limited experience with woodworking so I’m learning (and failing) a ton on this project. I’ll post a picture when it’s finished!

Favorite food?
Oooh that’s tough. I really like fruit, a nice watermelon or mango are probably my favorites. Also stuffed pasta shells, I could destroy a whole pan of my grandma’s stuffed shells. That stuff’s dangerous!

Favorite color?
Might not be very interesting but probably black. If you saw my closet, it’s mostly black pants and shirts. White is a close second. I stick to the basics.

If you could be any kitchen utensil or appliance, what would you be and why?
Oh I’d definitely be an instant pot. As a young adult, my instant pot gets way too much use. I like to meal prep and an instant pot is so versatile and makes the process so easy and basically impossible to mess up. I feel like if I were a kitchen appliance I wouldn’t want to be like a poached egg maker that never gets used.

Favorite quote, saying, or motto?
“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried” - Stephen McCranie. Everyone fails at things, even if it’s something they’ve mastered. Take your losses, learn from them, and move on. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk. :slight_smile:

Feel free to leave your questions for Taylor in the comments below!

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Ok now I gotta see your smart mirror progress pics!