Google endorses Status Social advice at conference

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Google endorses Status Social advice at conference

Status Social’s teaching on the importance of Google+ when it comes to search results has been endorsed by Google itself.

Speaking at the Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Conference, Status Social director Mark Saxby explained how businesses could not afford to ignore the world’s second largest social network because of its immense influence over Google.

He gave an example of how a particular page on Status Social’s website reached page one on Google within 18 hours of being successfully shared into a Google+ community.

In his keynote talk at the event, senior travel industry manager at Google UK, Satyan Joshi, referred back to Mark’s earlier talk about how important it was for businesses to recognise Google+. He went on to say that videos – easily produced by smart phones – encouraged a higher placing on search engine results.

Ellie Jones, business development manager at Alton Towers, was at the event. She said about Mark’s presentation:

Ellie Jones“Mark delivered an engaging, exciting and memorable session on how to use various social media channels effectively. Mark gives a great amount of credibility to his presentations by including a range of case studies and success stories that show how much of an impact social media can have for businesses of all sizes. He speaks with confidence, clarity and enthusiasm.”

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Social media experts expand with base in Nottingham

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Social media experts expand with base in Nottingham

The East Midlands’ leading social media agency, Status Social, has secured studio space in Nottingham.

After working with Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, the City of Caves museum and many more organisations in Nottingham, it seemed like the time was right for us to create a base in the East Midlands’ biggest city.

We’ve taken up space in the historic Oldknows Factory – a former lace factory with more than a passing resemblance to New York’s ‘Flat Iron’ building.

Status Social Nottingham officeWe’re nestled on the top floor of the factory within the studios of Fat Free Media, a ground-breaking video production company. Fat Free Media began life in 2007 and has worked with top names such as Toyota, Boots and the University of Cambridge. It also collaborated with Status Social on the successful VisuallySocial project which took place in Nottingham in 2013.

Our home in Derby remains the same – at Friar Gate Studios in the city’s Cathedral Quarter.

Status Social director Mark Saxby said: “We have seen an increasing number of enquiries from Nottingham businesses which recognise that we offer a social media service above and beyond our competitors. It makes sense to have a base in Nottingham where we can meet with potential and existing clients and become fully immersed in the Nottingham creative scene.

“Our social media consultant Claire Hannon has been working with the city’s businesses for some time and will continue building successful relationships there.”

Status Social Nottingham office poolFat Free Media founder Neil Rostance said: “We are really pleased to welcome Status Social, there is lots of exciting cross-over between both businesses and I really look forward to sharing the space and knowledge to benefit all our clients. We’re lucky to have such a relaxed and creative space and I know Status Social will be very happy and productive here!”

If you are involved in a business in Nottingham and would like to talk to Claire about your social media requirements then email her at or call her on 07969 528397.

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Annabel’s Angels named Charity of the Year

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Annabel’s Angels named Charity of the Year

Derby-based cancer support group Annabel’s Angels is to be the Status Social Charity of the Year 2015.

After receiving entries from numerous fabulous East Midlands charities, we have chosen Annabel’s Angels which supports cancer victims and their families in the Derby area.

Volunteers at the charity will receive help in putting together a social media strategy, high-level training in their relevant social networks and ongoing consultation.

Status Social 2014 Charity of the Year, Risley-based Treetops Hospice, witnessed a significant growth in brand awareness after putting their training into practice.

Annabel’s Angels was inspired by mum-of-three Annabel Hancox, who died in 2012 aged 40. During her illness, she spent her time helping other sufferers through online forums and texting.

The charity, led by Annabel’s husband Simon, carries out fundraising for cancer patients and their families and runs an interactive online support service for them.

Simon said: “My fellow trustees and I are thrilled at being chosen as Status Social’s Charity of the Year 2015. Social media has been a significant part of our early success but this has generally been on an ad hoc basis rather than being part of a planned strategy.

“I know we can achieve so much more and reach so many more people by working with the Status Social team. Exciting times indeed.”

Status Social director Mark Saxby said the story of Annabel’s Angels had touched the heart of staff.

Status Social charity of the year“It was so difficult choosing the charity to support. We had entries from across the East Midlands from some wonderful organisations – we would have loved to have supported all of them.

“One of our criteria for our choice of our Charity of the Year is that there is a determination by the recipients to see results from social media – that’s at the heart of what we do at Status Social. The Annabel’s Angels team know they need support to make social media really work for them – and that’s where our guidance will come in.”

Find out more about Annabel’s Angels and how you can support them.

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Could you be our Charity of the Year?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Could you be our Charity of the Year?

Do you work for a charity or know someone who does? You could win a year’s social media support for free!

We’re on the hunt to find the Status Social 2015 Charity of the Year. We love helping charities use social media to reach out to more people so we’re giving one charity a year’s free social media help.

Throughout 2014 we’ve been supporting Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire, with free social media training and consultation and we’re looking to support another East Midlands or East Staffordshire charity in 2015.

Treetops-Logo-Portrait-JPEG“In January, Status Social chose Treetops Hospice as their first ever charity of the year. We were thrilled as we already knew of the company’s work and were keen to learn as much as possible from them. They haven’t disappointed.” Lizzie, Marketing and Communications Executive, Treetops Hospice



If you work for or run a charity in the region and would like some help with social media, we’d love to hear from you. We know how powerful social media can be and we are adamant that with the right training, charities can see impressive results.

Download the Charity of the Year application form

Our chosen charity of the year will get our help with:

Developing a social media strategy

We will go back to the start and look at the following things with you:

  • The difference between traditional marketing and social media marketing and the benefits of each.
  • What your charity is currently doing on social media.
  • What your charity would really like to achieve through social media.
  • What social networks your key audience is using at the moment and has potential to use in the future based on research.
  • Your charity’s tone of voice and how you engage with your followers.
  • Your objectives and how you can measure your impact on social media.
  • Creating a social media strategy that your charity can stick to and use with new staff and volunteers in the future.

Social media training

Once we have worked out the best social media strategy for your charity, we will train your staff on all the social networks that you need to use to attract your key audience.

The training may include:

  • How your charity can use Facebook.
  • How to use Twitter to increase the amount of people you reach out to.
  • Writing great blogs that will get your charity found on Google.
  • Using Pinterest to get more donations.

Interested in being the Status Social charity of the year?

If you work for a charity, we’d love you to get in touch and let us know how we could help you reach more people through social media.

To put your charity forward for a year’s free social media support, you need to:

The deadline for entries is December 5, 2014 so don’t delay. Good luck!

Download the Charity of the Year application form

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Social media training: celebrating 1000 trainees!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Social media training: celebrating 1000 trainees!

We are celebrating training 1000 business people in social media at Status Social today!

Derby Theatre staff (pictured is Sarah Cockburn and Sarah Brigham about to get stuck in), who underwent a social media strategy workshop, tucked into our giant celebratory cupcake after helping to reach that meteoric number.

Since our formation in January 2011, Status Social have trained people how to use social media to increase their business’ profits from across the UK, Europe and as far away as Russia and the United States.
Director Mark Saxby said it’s been a year of increased demand and growth for the business:

“We’ve seen an upsurge in businesses booking us for training this year. Many are realising they’ve been running their social media platforms for a couple of years without much success. 2014 has been a time when many are deciding it’s time to use social media properly and get some proper training from a social media company with a great track record.”

As well as training in social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and blogging, Status Social also manages the social media accounts for businesses – with return-on-investment at the heart of everything we do.

Give us a call on 01332 776910 for a free consultation about how we may be able to help your business.

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Our team has grown by three

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Our team has grown by three

We’re over the moon to have added three new members of staff to our social media team. The appointments take the number of people in our team, which is based in Friar Gate Studios, to five.

Derbyshire County Council communications officer Claire Hannon has joined our team at Status Social as a social media consultant. Claire has also worked for Connexions Derbyshire and has just finished a part-time business management degree at the University of Derby.

“When I was asked whether I was interested in working in the world of social media I jumped at the  chance,” said Claire, 27.

“Status Social works with some of the East Midlands’ biggest companies and  the way they help businesses increase their profits really appealed to me.”

The new staff at Status Social Left to Right James, Claire and Caroline

Three new staff: James Capps, Claire Hannon and Caroline Salmon.

Former Royal Crown Derby employee Caroline Salmon has taken up the role as administrator. She covered a variety of roles in her 15 years at the Osmaston Road factory including working in personnel, sales, reception and conducting tours.

“I never thought I’d tell my children I worked for a social media agency after so many years in ceramics,” said Caroline.

“But I love being in such a young industry and being a member of the team – it’s a great environment to work in.”

The third new member of staff is James Capps, a recently graduated University of Derby journalism  student. James will be working on the social media for Status Social and its clients, creating engaging  content and planning campaigns.

Our director Mark Saxby said: “Since the start of the year, the number of enquiries for social media  training and management has soared. We needed to expand the team to meet the demand and tackle  the exciting projects we have planned for 2014.”

We have trained around 1,000 business people how to use social media to achieve their business objectives since we were formed in January 2011. We also manage social media accounts for a variety of businesses including Derby City Council.

If you’d like to find out how we can help you with social media, call the team on 01332 776910

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