Name: Sally Ransom
Job title: Mendeley Marketing Manager
Having studied English Language and Literature, I have marketed academic/educational products and solutions for over 11 years – starting in academic textbook publishing, enjoying a brief stint in music education, and now here, at Mendeley. London born, but West Country bred, I’ve been back living in London for 12 years now.
When did you join Mendeley?
At the end of October 2018 (so still legitimately, I think, able to claim the “new person” label).
What do you love most about your job?
Working with people who are passionate about their job of supporting people who are passionate about their job.
What book did you most recently read?
Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady. I’m currently on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Lined up is Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, having just found out it’s next up to receive the Andrew Davies treatment (and at nearly 1,500 pages, I’d better get cracking…).
What’s one thing you want people to know about Mendeley?
How dedicated we all are to providing researchers with the very best tools and solutions to support them in their work, and that, to do so, we’re constantly seeking and listening to their feedback and developing our products accordingly.
How would you explain your job to a stranger on a bus?
I’d have probably played it safer with chat about the weather, but if pushed – that I market products that support researchers in doing their research. If further pushed, I’d move seats.
What’s the most exciting part of your job?
Getting to work on products that I honestly believe can provide real benefit to the user (which also makes the job of marketing them that much easier!). It’s great to work on something that is so loved by current users, too – the enthusiasm of our Mendeley Advisor Community, in particular, buoys me every day.
What keeps you awake at night?
The noises made by the mouse that seems to have taken up residence in my bedroom wall cavity.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned this week?
That a sloth’s fur is covered in algae, contributing to their green-tinged appearance (and my hatred of them).