UK’s first Social Media Wedding takes place

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

UK’s first Social Media Wedding takes place

The UK’s first professionally-run Social Media Wedding has today taken place in Nottingham.

300 people watched Zoe Anastasi and Will Diggins’ marriage at the city’s Greek Orthodox Church streamed live over Twitter and Periscope. Photos were tweeted every 10-15 minutes this morning as the bridal party prepared for their big day.

smw tweetSocial Media Weddings’ iPhone-carrying photographer then followed the couple to The Walled Garden in Beeston where 34-year-old Zoe and 32-year-old Will were having their reception. More than 200 photos and tweets then were displayed on a giant screen inside the wedding marquee to the 200 guests.

It’s not just the wedding which is being featured on social media, the special day was organised via a Facebook group. A wedding album will be available on social media just hours after the couple’s big day.

The Social Media Weddings package has been put together by Derby-based social media specialists, Status Social, and is the first of its kind in the UK – costs for the service start at £6,500 per wedding. Will and Zoe’s Social Media Wedding has attracted national and international media attention.

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“For me, your wedding day is the biggest day of your life,” said Will, a wealth management consultant. “You have the build-up and you worry about the fact it’s over in 24 hours. I think it’s been great to enjoy the preparation, to get more people involved in it. It’s made our wedding more special.

“Today’s the one day that’s all about you and with different people talking about it all over the world, on different formats, having a Social Media Wedding has made it that extra special. Also it’s afterwards, looking back at all the memories, the photos, the tweets….”

And Zoe added: “It leaves a legacy doesn’t it? Also for me it’s for family and friends who haven’t been able to make it today; those who live abroad. They have been able to get involved which is lovely.” smww insta

Director of Social Media Weddings, Mark Saxby, said it had been a momentous day: “Zoe and Will have made history. We believe no couple in the world, let alone the UK, has ever embraced such a full programme of social media in relation to their wedding. Thank you to the new Mr and Mrs Anastasi-Diggins for being prepared to share the happiest day of their lives on such a global scale.”

 

 

Any press enquiries to Linda Aitchison, The Marketing Room.

tel – 01543 468621

mob – 07867 420803

email – linda@themarketingroom.co.uk

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The Social Media Weddings package, which has been created by social media specialists, Status Social (www.statussocial.co.uk), includes: 

Pre-wedding

Using social media, generating excitement for the wedding by sharing stories, photographs, videos and plans for the day. Encouraging song requests, friends’ stories about the couple, and helping the guests to get to know each other.

Helping the wedding run more smoothly by keeping guests up-to-date and sharing information (eg directions, times, hotel information).

Advice on how to create a wedding gift list using Pinterest.

The wedding day

Professional photographers using discreet camera phones to capture the early part of the wedding day including the preparation of the bride and the groom’s morning. These photos can go out immediately over social media, whetting guests’ appetite for the rest of the day, or can be saved for use later.

Streaming the wedding ceremony live over social media while the photographers continue to capture the day. Great for sharing the day with those who can’t be there.

A social media wall will be displayed at the wedding venue, featuring photos taken by the Social Media Weddings photographers. Guests can share their own photos and comments on the social media wall, via a wedding hashtag, all monitored for taste by the Social Media Weddings team.

Post wedding

Images and videos posted into a Facebook album ready for when the bride and groom wake up the next morning – no waiting for months to see their photos.

About the Social Media Weddings Team

Social Media Weddings is run by award-winning Status Social, one of the UK’s first specialist social media agencies. Our team of social media experts, experienced wedding photographers and technicians will make your day even more perfect.

Status Social has worked with some of the UK’s biggest organisations including Marriott Hotels, the NHS, Vision Express and East Midlands Trains.

www.socialmediaweddings.co.uk

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Social Media Wedding – the UK’s first – just days away!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Social Media Wedding – the UK’s first – just days away!

The UK’s first professionally-run Social Media Wedding takes place this Thursday.

Photos from the wedding of Will Diggins and Zoe Anastasi will be tweeted every 15 minutes by iPhone carrying professional photographers, the ceremony will be live streamed and media shown on giant social media walls at the reception.

The wedding has already been organised via a Facebook group and a wedding album will be available on social media just hours after the couple’s big day.

The Social Media Weddings package has been put together by Derby-based Status Social and is the first of its kind in the UK – costs for the service start at £6,500 per wedding.

social media weddings Zoe and WillThirty-two-year-old Will, who’s a wealth management consultant, and 34-year-old Zoe, who works for a construction company, are getting married at Nottingham’s Greek Orthodox Church. The wedding at 12pm will be followed by a reception at The Walled Garden in Beeston.

The event has attracted national interest with the Daily Mail, Daily Express and BBC covering the story, as well as international fashion magazine, In Style. Opinions on whether the couple should be featuring their wedding on social media have been split. Some people say it makes sense to control the process so quality is maintained while others have said it’s too showy.

Will and Zoe, who live in Derby, are really looking forward to having the UK’s first Social Media Wedding.

“For me, your wedding day is the biggest day of your life,” says Will. “You have the build-up and you worry about the fact it’s over in 24 hours. I think it’s great to enjoy the build-up more, to get more people involved in it. It makes your wedding more special.

“It’s the one day that’s all about you and if you have different people talking about it all over the world, on different formats, it makes it that extra special. Also it’s afterwards, looking back at all the memories, the photos, the tweets….”

Social Media Weddings logoAnd Zoe adds, “It leaves a legacy doesn’t it? Also for me it’s having family and friends who can’t make it on the day, who live abroad. They are getting really involved in it which is lovely.”

A hotel in New York offers to run the social media for weddings held at its venue but this is the first time the service has been run in the UK. And Will says he is looking forward to being part of history:

“The thing is, you spend all that money, all that time. I just want to remember every second of it. Having the photos, having the updates, will enable that.

“What I wouldn’t want to do is finish the wedding, it all being a blur, and having an album by an official photographer six months later. I just want to be able to remember as much of it as I can.”

Director of Social Media Weddings, Mark Saxby, says he’s looking forward to the big day: “Zoe and Will are going to make history. We believe no couple in the world has ever embraced such a full programme of social media in relation to their wedding, let alone in the UK. It will be fascinating to see how the guests on the day itself engage in their part of the Social Media Wedding.”

The Social Media Weddings package, includes:

Pre-wedding

Using social media, generating excitement for the wedding by sharing stories, photographs, videos and plans for the day. Encouraging song requests, friends’ stories about the couple, and helping the guests to get to know each other.
Helping the wedding run more smoothly by keeping guests up-to-date and sharing information (eg directions, times, hotel information).
Advice on how to create a wedding gift list using Pinterest.

The wedding day

Professional photographers – Kim Gribbon from Bonbon Photography will be our first Social Media Wedding photographer – using discreet camera phones to capture the early part of the wedding day including the preparation of the bride and the groom’s morning. These photos can go out immediately over social media, whetting guests’ appetite for the rest of the day, or can be saved for use later.

Streaming the wedding ceremony live over social media while the photographers continue to capture the day. Great for sharing the day with those who can’t be there.

A social media wall provided by On Event Production Company will be displayed at the wedding venue, featuring photos taken by the Social Media Weddings photographers. Guests can share their own photos and comments on the social media wall, via a wedding hashtag, all monitored for taste by the Social Media Weddings team.

Post wedding

Images and videos posted into a Facebook album ready for when the bride and groom wake up the next morning – no waiting for months to see their photos.

Find out how to have your perfect social media wedding day at www.socialmediaweddings.co.uk

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Why we won the Creative Business of the Year award

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Why we won the Creative Business of the Year award

Just why was Status Social named Creative Business of the Year 2016 at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards? We came up against some of Derbyshire’s most creative digital agencies as well as other creative industries.

The judges told us that the results we achieved from our campaigns were a deciding factor, particularly how we’d generated sales through LinkedIn.

Here’s how Status Social’s entry was described by the award organisers:

“Creativity is one of the cornerstones of Status Social – a Derby social media specialist that is helping businesses increase profits, raise brand awareness and improve customer service.

“The firm approaches social media management like no other social media agency. While most organisations use social media like a traditional marketing channel – broadcasting sales messages, Status Social uses it to build relationships and inform, making it a market leader in its industry.

“Its successful Twitter campaigns have driven traffic towards its clients, particularly from hard-to-reach or hard-to-find audiences.”

Status Social also made the final of the Derby Telegraph Sales and Marketing Award. The Derby Telegraph picked out how our “sales and marketing strategy has reaped dividends, not only in its number of clients but also its bottom line.”

Find out how we can help you meet your business objectives through social media. Call us for a free consultation on 01332 776910 or 0115 8248242. Alternatively email us.

Watch Status Social directors Mark and Kerry be interviewed moments after winning the award:

 

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Derbyshire’s Creative Business of the Year is Status Social!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Derbyshire’s Creative Business of the Year is Status Social!

Derbyshire’s Creative Business of the Year 2016 is Status Social!

We were named the winners in a glittering awards ceremony at the Roundhouse, organised by the Derby Telegraph.

Our team was also named as a runner-up in the Sales and Marketing award.

It’s a step up from 2015 when we were runners up in the Creative Business of the Year award.

Director Kerry Saxby said “Woo hoo!” and fellow director Mark said “Oh yes!”

The team have been celebrating this morning at their offices at Friar Gate Studios in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter with champagne and Birds caramel doughnuts.

Social media experts in Derby win Creative Industries Business of the Year 2016Status Social is a value-led business with “creativity” being one of the values. Its award entry included examples of how the team uses creative social media techniques to generate profits, raise brand awareness and improve customer service. We recently launched the UK’s first professional Social Media Weddings service.

Find out how a specialist social media agency can have an impact on your business by calling us on 01332 776910 for a free consultation.

Watch the moment when Status Social won Derby Telegraph Creative Business of the Year, 2016.

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Why I’ll be the UK’s first social media wedding bride

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Why I’ll be the UK’s first social media wedding bride

Fancy a social media wedding? Status Social has launched the UK’s first professional social media weddings package. With support from Derbyshire companies, Bonbon Photography and On Event Production Company, this unique product, according to Marriott Hotels, will “revolutionise the wedding industry”. Read more below!

A bride has told of her excitement as she prepares for the UK’s first official social media wedding.

Zoe Anastasi’s big day will be captured and broadcast by iPhone-carrying photographers every 15 minutes on social media. Her ceremony will be live streamed over Twitter and there will be social media walls at her reception. Her day has even been organised over Facebook.

For Zoe, from Derby, it was a no-brainer to have a professionally-run social media wedding.

“Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. You worry that it’s over in 24 hours, and I think it’s great to enjoy the build-up, to get more people involved in it. It makes it more special.

“It’s the one day that’s all about you and if you have different people talking about it all over the world, on different formats, it makes it that extra special. Also it’s afterwards, looking back at all the memories, the photos, the tweets…”

34-year-old Zoe, who works for construction company, Willmott Dixon, is marrying St James’ Place Wealth management consultant, Will Diggins, 32, on June 16, 2016 at Nottingham’s Greek Orthodox Church. The wedding at 12pm will be followed by a reception at The Walled Garden in Beeston.

Photographs from Zoe’s day will be beamed around the world from the morning of the wedding, starting with capturing her and her six bridesmaids getting ready. Kim Gribbon from Derby photographers, Bonbon Photography will then follow her to the ceremony and the reception armed with just an iPhone.

Check out our Social Media Weddings page to see what’s included in the Social Media Weddings package

The photos will appear at the reception on a giant social media screen provided by Castle Donington production company, On Event, where guests using a hashtag can add their snaps to the display. All the content will be monitored by the team from Status Social, the Derby company behind the Social Media Weddings package, before going live.

Social Media Weddings logoZoe is of Greek-Italian heritage with a large family: “We always said from when we began planning it, we’re having a big fat Greek wedding. We’re really proud of that. Even though we’ve got a lot of people coming, there’s a lot of people who can’t make it, and they are really excited to be able to watch it online.

“I’ve got family in France, Italy, Spain, Cyprus. Will’s got family in Australia and America, and not everyone’s going to come. Now they can feel part of it, see us get married, and I think that’s really nice.”

Photos taken on the day will then be placed into a social media wedding album ready for the bride and groom to view when they wake up the next morning.

Zoe’s fiancé, Will, says they are looking forward to re-living the day on their honeymoon:

“The thing is, you spend all that money, all that time on the wedding and I just want to remember every second of it. Having the photos, having the updates, will enable that. What I wouldn’t want to do is finish the wedding, it all to be a blur, and having an album by an official photographer six months later. I just want to be able to remember as much of it as I can.

“Also it’s a day of pretending to be a celebrity, it’s the closest you’ll ever get to feeling famous, and who wouldn’t like that?!”

Zoe and Will say planning the wedding on Facebook has helped the guests feel more involved, brought out wonderful stories about them and created a buzz about the big day.

“It’s got everyone talking about it, putting on lots of old photos of us,” says Zoe. “And people have found out a few things about me and Will that they probably didn’t know before.

“We want to share our entire wedding with people. We think it’s going to be amazing!”

Social media weddings iPadZoe and Will have found that wedding suppliers have bent over backwards to help when they’ve heard their wedding will be broadcast over social media. Some suppliers have even offered special deals to the couple, cutting down on wedding costs, after hearing about the extra exposure they’ll get. But Zoe and Will understand there will be others who think they are crazy to make their wedding so public.

“We’re not obsessed by social media – in fact we find some of it very boring!” says Will. “It’s a great way for people to see important events in your life, not for bragging purposes, but if you have someone who you haven’t seen for ages, technology used the right way can be great. It might come across that we’re a bit attention seeking, but it isn’t about that for us.

“I think it depends on you. We are quite happy with wanting to share our day so it’s right to have a Social Media Wedding. There are people who are have private intimate affairs, but we’ve got more than 200 people coming to our wedding.”

Social media wedding dayAnd Zoe says she wants to enjoy her day and being a Social Media Wedding bride will help ensure that happens:

“More people are really excited about our wedding as they’re not just getting an invite in the post, they can be part of the build-up too. They can see where we are getting married, see pictures of us, see what we’re having for food, make song requests, see who else is going – all via social media. It gets them more involved, and that’s the way we want it.

“Yes it might make us feel like a celebrity for a day, but for us this is our one wedding we are ever going to have and we want it to be special, and we do want it to be massive and in your face! And why not? It’s going to be once in a lifetime and we’re going to take full advantage of it.”

Check out our Social Media Weddings page to see what’s included in the Social Media Weddings package.

About the Social Media Weddings Team

Social Media Weddings is run by award-winning Status Social, one of the UK’s first specialist social media agencies. Our team of social media experts, experienced wedding photographers and technicians will make your day even more perfect.
Status Social has worked with some of the UK’s biggest organisations including Marriott Hotels, the NHS, Vision Express and East Midlands Trains.

The photographs for the first ever social media wedding are being taken and put on social media by Bonbon Photography, Derby-based wedding photographers who have also worked on the Derby Book Festival.

The social media wall for the first social media wedding is being provided by On Event Production Company in Castle Donington. On Event is one of the UK’s top event production companies, working with everyone from corporate banks to zombie drive-through theatres…

Any press enquiries and requests for interviews relating to Social Media Weddings to Linda Aitchison, The Marketing Room.
tel – 01543 468621
mob – 07867 420803
email – linda@themarketingroom.co.uk

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Are you looking for a job in social media?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Status Social jobs | 0 comments

Are you looking for a job in social media?

Award winning Status Social is looking for two dynamic individuals to join its team, based in Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter.

You’ll be working with the only Derby company that’s made the final of the Derby Telegraph Creative Business of the Year Award two years running.

We are a value-led business, so you’ll be working with the assurance that we put people first, and are interested in your growth and development.

We are looking to fill two roles within our social media management team:

You will look after our clients’ (and our own) social media accounts. That means creating beautiful Facebook posts, writing clever tweets and composing door-opening LinkedIn posts, as well as interacting on the accounts. You’ll also be working on other social media platforms and our exciting new service, Social Media Weddings.

Creative Industries Business of the Year 2016We’re also looking to use your other skills to fit around your social media management duties. As campaigns come and go, you’ll sometimes be working on just a couple of social media accounts, at other times your days will be full of them. We’re looking for you to tell us what else you can bring to Status Social and what you are passionate about, whether it’s management skills, design abilities, technology knowledge or something we’ve never even thought of.

Got your attention? Not so fast. The above is an idea of what you’ll be doing. As a member of a small team you will be expected to be flexible and get involved in other everyday activities when we need you to. You’ll also be part of our out-of-hours cover team and will be expected to work unsociable hours at times.

Although we believe the right personality is more important than experience, there are some things that we insist on for our social media management team, including:

Attention to detail
(so don’t send us anything with typos or grammatical errors).
Organisational skills (so you can work independently and manage your time and workload effectively).
A love of digital (we need you to be passionate about learning about social media to help us stay ahead of the game).
Analytical skills (to measure the success of your campaigns – that’s too important to neglect).

Jobs in social media DerbyOur business is driven by its eight values and we are looking for team members who share them. Your three-monthly appraisal objectives will be set according to them, they are talked about at every weekly team meeting and they are emblazoned on our studio wall. We expect you to stick to them, no matter what:

Honesty: We are not looking for perfect human beings. But what we do want are people who understand the importance of telling the truth at all times, even when they get things wrong.

Ethical: That means doing what’s right, what’s best for the client, and what’s best for Status Social and the team.

Teamwork: Everyone is part of the team at Status Social. Even the bosses. Which means we stick together, we support each other and we help each other to grow. We also work really hard together, everyone pulling their weight.

Open Feedback: We don’t expect you to ever criticise another member of the team behind their back. We do expect you to tell them constructively, in the right way and at the right time when things don’t quite go right. And that means being open with everybody at Status Social.

Social media jobs DerbyCreativity: Life is boring when it’s not creative. We expect you to consistently come up with great ideas, whether for your social media management or to make Status Social even better.

Accuracy: We work for national and international companies. They expect perfectly-written social media content. They don’t want to see spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. And neither do we.

Plain speaking: We don’t like bamboozling our clients with long-words to make us feel important. So we don’t. We also speak plainly when we address each other. It’s just the way we are.

Fun: Having fun at work is really important to us. We want people to enjoy their job and we laugh A LOT. That’s why we don’t let people work their birthdays, we close the business down to go to beer festivals, we have official lie-in days and we have team days out walking in the countryside.

Derby Sales and Marketing Award 2016We don’t think we can really tell the whole story of the job here so we welcome (and in fact, encourage) interested candidates to call beforehand to find out more. To apply for this role, send the following to hello@statussocial.co.uk by the close of June 12, 2016:

– An explanation of why you are the right person to join our team, providing evidence as you do so.
– Details of what you would like to bring to the team and why.
– An original blog, no longer than 300 words, about any aspect of social media.
– Your CV.
– Your salary expectations.

Candidates who impress will usually be invited in for an informal chat before the formal interview process. We are looking to start the selection process immediately so don’t wait until the deadline to apply!

Don’t think this job is for you? Then we’d love it if you shared it on your social media accounts so your friends and followers can know about it! Thank you.

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