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First class Claire joins Status Social

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

First class Claire joins Status Social

A former Derbyshire County Council communications officer has become the latest person to join the Status Social team.

Claire Hannon has begun work as a social media consultant for the East Midlands’ largest social media agency.

While at the local authority, Claire worked on its Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr accounts, promoting events, answering queries and live updating from festivals.

Before she joined the council, Claire worked on the online presence for Connexions and worked as part of the sales team at the Derby Telegraph. She has also recently been awarded a first class honours degree in business management by the University of Derby.

In her role at Status Social, Claire will be focusing on business development in the Nottingham area, managing social media accounts and running social media training workshops in one of the fastest growing networks, Pinterest.

Status Social is also currently looking for a social media manager to join the team based at Friar Gate Studios in Derby. You can find out more about this role here.

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We’re hiring! Social media manager vacancy at Status Social

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Status Social News | 3 comments

We’re hiring! Social media manager vacancy at Status Social

Are you creative? Do you love social media? Can you produce engaging, well-written content?

The East Midlands’ largest social media agency Status Social is looking to employ a social media manager. Based in our studio in Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter you will create engaging social media content for us and our clients.

You will also write thought-provoking, must-read blogs and manage our website content.

As a member of a small team you will be expected to be flexible and get involved in other everyday activities as required at Status Social.

Candidates must:

Have creative writing skills
Possess strong attention to detail
Have good English grammar
Be organised and able to manage own time effectively
Have high standards of customer service
Be able to handle clients professionally with high standards of customer service
Be willing to match Status Social’s ethical standards

It is desirable that candidates:

Have knowledge and experience of using social media platforms
Possess confident telephone skills
Have experience using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software
Are confident with Word, Excel, Prezi and WordPress
Have experience of marketing

Salary negotiable.

To apply for this role, send hard copies of the following to Status Social, Friar Gate Studios, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 1EE:

Your CV and salary expectations
A blog, no longer than 300 words, about any aspect of social media for business
Your reasons for wanting to work with us

Closing date: Monday 14 April, noon.

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How many LinkedIn users are there in the UK?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog, LinkedIn | 2 comments

How many LinkedIn users are there in the UK?

LinkedIn has revealed it has 15 million members in the UK, just two years after it announced it had reached the 10 million mark.

In a fascinating infographic, the business-to-business social network revealed that membership includes:

59 body builders

66 rocket scientists

146 chimney sweeps

744 magicians

2495 detectives

4083 farmers

7090 hairdressers

12,530 journalists

48,679 solicitors

374,711 engineers

6 mermaids

and 14,000,000 so-called social media experts.

OK, so we made up the last one…

LinkedIn tell us that the number of students on LinkedIn has more than doubled in the last year as they recognise the opportunities to build a career on the network.

What is more telling, though, is that very few people are still using LinkedIn well. Out of the last 300 connection requests made to Status Social staff in the past two months, less than 2 per cent created a personal message. The other 98 per cent, meanwhile, wasted their opportunity to build relationships and grow their business.

One of our clients told us last week they’d got back 1888% of the cost of their LinkedIn training just three days after their workshop. Now that’s worthy of an infographic…

LinkedIn reaches 15 million UK members

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10 things to do before you start blogging

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

10 things to do before you start blogging

Accountant Kimberley Shapcott took part in Status Social’s blogging for business workshop. Her ‘homework’ was to blog about her experience. Here are her impressions – and some great tips!

“Would you know how to start a business blog? Well I thought I did and I was probably wrong.

My morning at the Status Social blogging for business training workshop was a morning well spent. We covered a range of topics –  from who are you writing for, to how to promote your blog. There is definitely some science behind getting it right. You need to start as you mean to go on.

Here are the key ten things I learned at my blogging for business workshop:

1. Why are you doing it? Always know why you are doing your blog as it will help you direct what you are doing and focus on the important areas.

2. Know who your audience is. If you don’t know who you are writing it for then who are you expecting to read it.

3. Take some time to write it, to ensure that your audience will want to read it. It could take 20 minutes or it could take an hour.

Know your audience

Know your audience

4. Add a photo. We all know a photo says a thousand words and this is no exception.

5. Presentation is important. If it looks bad then why will anyone want to read it. This is what you are presenting to the world so make it count.

6. Make your heading pop. What will attract your reader to your article?

7. How are you going to keep them reading? Once you’ve got them why do they want to keep reading. That first sentence is very important so make it good.

8. Find the balance. Don’t write too much but don’t too little either.

9. Tell everyone so they know how to find your blog. There’s no point spending the time writing something if no one is going to read it so spread the message anyway you can.

10. Enjoy it. This is going to take time so enjoy the process as if you don’t enjoy it you won’t do it.

If you are looking at starting to write a blog for business purposes I would recommend you think about attending this course. It will give you some great ideas to help you get started in the right way. I’m now looking forward to getting my business blog going soon.

Kimberley Shapcott is one of the owners of Shapcotts Accountants in Derby. You can find out more about the workshop Kimberley attended here.

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Status Social goes to the wall

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Status Social goes to the wall

We love being creative in the Status Social office and felt the walls in our Derby base were still a little bare.

So we commissioned Derby arts collective Hello Young Friends to create something a bit special.

Armed with a projector, paint, brushes, the Status Social icon and a timelapse video, Jason and Rosie got to work. We think it looks amazing – what do you think?!

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