Free Social Media Training for Charities! – Status Social Charity of the Year 2017

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Status Social News | 2 comments

Free Social Media Training for Charities! – Status Social Charity of the Year 2017

Do you work for a Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire or East Staffordshire charity or know someone who does? You could receive £5000+ worth of social media training and support for free!

We’re on the hunt to find the Status Social 2017 Charity of the Year. We love helping charities use social media to make an impact, so once again we’re giving away a year’s free social media help.

Download the Charity of the Year application form.

Throughout 2016 we’ve been supporting Derbyshire’s eating disorder charity First Steps.

Free Social Media Training

We were delighted to be chosen as Status Social’s Charity of the Year for 2016. The team at Status Social devised a social media strategy for First Steps and provided training workshops for our staff members. This has helped us to develop skills to enable us to raise further awareness of eating disorders and has allowed us to reach out and help more people within Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and the wider community.

Throughout the year the team have been so helpful, knowledgeable and professional, and have always been on hand to offer support on all social media queries. Thanks to the help of Status Social, we have seen our Facebook reach and Twitter impressions double. This has benefited First Steps as a charity massively, and we now have a social media strategy to take us forward in the future as we continue to grow.

I would therefore strongly recommend Status Social for any businesses looking for any Social Media training, and I would also like to wish the next charity that Status Social choose as much success as we have had.

In 2015, we worked with cancer support charity Annabel’s Angels. We ran social media strategy workshops and delivered training in Facebook, Twitter and blogging. As a result of our input, the number of people who saw their Facebook posts increased from 189 in January 2015 to an impressive 12,000 by October.

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“We feel a lot more confident with our social media presence since working with Status Social. We felt the training delivery worked really well in terms of content and pacing. You gave us patience, tangible case study examples to get our heads around, humour, and plenty of coffee and chocolate biscuits.

“It’s of no surprise that our new media team consists of a dedicated social media officer role with backup from additional members. We’re all still volunteers but it’s important for our stakeholders to understand that we take the role of social media very seriously. After all, we’re only ever as good as our last blog, status update or retweet, right?” Simon Hancox, founder of Annabel’s Angels.

 

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

 

Here’s how we’ll help you:

Developing a Social Media Strategy

We’ll explore:

– 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.

Having reviewed all this, we’ll work with you to create a social media strategy that your charity can stick to. We’ll also make it easy for you to explain your strategy to new staff and volunteers in the future.

Things move quickly in the world of social media, and we make a point of staying on top of all the latest developments. So even if you feel your charity’s already got a robust social media strategy, you could still benefit from our expert insights.

Free Social Media Training

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

The social media training you receive will be uniquely tailored to your charity, your team, and your goals. But it could involve any of the following:

– How your charity can increase brand awareness on Facebook.

– How to use Twitter to increase the amount of people you reach out to.

– How to write great blogs that will get your charity found on Google.

– How to use Pinterest to get more donations.

– How to generate interest from decision makers over LinkedIn.

– How to raise your profile with young people on Instagram.

Businesses usually pay quite a premium for our social media training. But become our charity of the year, and you’ll get it all for free. Don’t miss out!

Ongoing Social Media Support

There’s no point going through a social media strategy process and training if what you learn isn’t put into practice.

So if you’ve got any social media-related questions, we’ll always be just a phone call or email away.

We want your charity to achieve results! So we’ll also be in contact at least once a month to see how you are getting on, and to give ongoing advice.

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“In January 2014, 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

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.

If you don’t work for a charity but know of one you think would benefit from our help, why not encourage them to apply?

We would welcome entries from previous applicants to be our Charity of the Year.

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

Download and fill in our Charity of the Year application form and email it to hello@statussocial.co.uk

– Come in to see us at our Friar Gate Studios HQ if you are successful in being shortlisted.

Don’t delay! The deadline for entries is November 30, 2016.

Good luck!

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Derby and Nottingham Social Media Agency Grows by Two!

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

Derby and Nottingham Social Media Agency Grows by Two!

Derby-based social media agency Status Social has taken on two new team members, including one person to expand its social media service in Nottingham.

Despite having worked with Nottingham businesses over the last six years – including Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Trent University and Vision Express – there are still many in the city who are unaware of Status Social’s record of generating half a million pounds worth of sales through social media.

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Henry Skinner, who’s a Nottingham Trent University graduate and former Status Social intern, will be based in Nottingham and looking to build strategic partnerships with other creative businesses. As specialists in social media, Status Social only offers social media services such as social media training, social media management and social media strategy.

Henry plays dodgeball at an international level and he’s a keen scuba diver. He’s currently growing an oak tree in his lounge.

Derby Social Media Agency

Status Social’s other new arrival is Danielle West. She joins us as our administrator, which is probably the most important role in the business. Danielle spent the past few years working as a sales and marketing executive at The Derby Conference Centre. She was Derby Community Champion Fundraiser of the Year 2015, and she’s also been named a St John Ambulance First Aid Champion. Despite not liking water or fish, this summer she swam with sharks.

Danielle will also be leading Status Social’s ambition to set up a new charity in 2017 which will work with school children on how they can use social media proactively, without being bullies or ruining their future career prospects.

Contact us to find out how Status Social can help you achieve your business goals through social media.

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Status Social Consultant Headed to Hollywood

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

Status Social Consultant Headed to Hollywood

Status Social Consultant Chris Anastasi proves that dreams can come true. He writes scripts for a hobby, and now one of his scripts has been picked up by some major Hollywood players to be turned into an original feature film. Here he talks about how he managed to make the leap from Derby to Hollywood.

“They just asked me to do it,” said Chris. “I had an idea. They had an idea. So I pitched it, and now it’s getting made!”

Chris’s film is a black comedy starring Jason Mewes of Jay & Silent Bob fame. It’s a dark comedy called Madness in the Method, and its cast also includes Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Danny Trejo, and Matt Willis from British rock band Busted.

Social Media Consultant Headed to Hollywood

Chris has always been heavily into movies. He used to work as a projectionist, and for years he’s made a point of going to the cinema at least once a week.

All the while he’s written scripts on the side. And now one of those scripts is going to be brought to life.

“It just sort of happened,” he said. “It’s all about knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time. So I thought, if I just put myself everywhere, eventually I’m going to meet the right person, in the right place, and at the right time.”

But it’s not just who you know or what you know. Chris insists that it’s also about who you are.

“You have to be nice to people,” he said. “You have to be friendly. People want to work with nice people.

“And you need to work hard. This is a hobby that I worked really hard on. Because why wouldn’t you work hard on something that you love?”

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We asked Chris how he felt about his Hollywood success. “I’m working with my heroes,” he said. “I’m going to be stood next to them, hearing them read the words that I wrote.

“You know when you’re a child, and you play with all your toys and make them act out your dreams? I’m just an adult playing with toys!”

Mark Saxby, Director of Status Social, couldn’t be happier for Chris.

“Chris is living proof that if you believe in something, and if you work hard at something, your dreams can come true. He’s an inspiration to us all.

“We employ “two percenters” – people who love challenge, change and living life to the full. Chris is a true two percenter!

“I wish him all the best, and I can’t wait to see the finished film.”

Madness in the Method is being produced by Red Rock Entertainment. Learn more about it here.

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Social Media Wedding watched by hundreds live online

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Status Social News | 0 comments

Social Media Wedding watched by hundreds live online

The first Social Media Wedding ever held in the UK was watched live by nearly 400 people from across the world, seen 18,000 times over Twitter and generated thousands of likes on Instagram.

Family and friends of Zoe Anastasi and Will Diggins saw them marry in Nottingham’s Greek Orthodox Church via social networks Twitter and Periscope – and were joined by hundreds of others interested in watching the occasion.

34-year-old Zoe and her bridesmaids’ preparation for the wedding at The Homestead Retreat in Derby had already been covered on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. An iPhone-carrying photographer captured the moments and put them online at a rate of around one every 15 minutes.

Find out more about the Social Media Weddings package here

Social Media Wedding (38)When Zoe, who works at construction company Willmott Dixon, and new husband, 32-year-old Will, arrived at their reception at The Walled Garden in Beeston they were served up the photos from the day on a giant social media wall – where guests could also post their snaps via a social media hashtag. More than 100 photos appeared on the social media wall and put into a social media wedding album for Will and Zoe to enjoy the morning after their big day.

The Social Media Weddings package, which was created by Status Social, is the first of its type in the UK. Will and Zoe’s wedding was even planned in a Facebook group which was made up of 160 members of the wedding party.

“For me, your wedding day is the biggest day of your life,” said Will, a St James’ Place 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.

“Your wedding day is 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….”

Social Media Weddings InstagramThe wedding was popular on social media with #ZoeandWill2016 Instagram photos generating 3,500 likes and 835 ‘hearts’ on Periscope. The tweets were seen 18,000 times during the day.

Zoe, who has family in Australia and Cyprus, added: “It leaves a legacy doesn’t it? Also for me it’s for family and friends who weren’t able to make it; those who live abroad. They were able to get involved which is lovely.”

Find out how you can have your own tailored Social Media Wedding here

Status Social director, 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.

“So many couples are concerned that the photos and videos posted onto social media by guests during their wedding day won’t put them in a good light. With Social Media Weddings, everything is controlled by experts.

“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.”

The Social Media Weddings package includes:

Pre-wedding

Social Media Wedding Facebook group - Will and ZoeUsing 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

2016-06-16 18.40.46-1Professional 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

Social Media Wedding Facebook wedding albumImages 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 make couple’s 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.

Find out more about Social Media Weddings

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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.

More than 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.

Find out how you can have your perfect social media wedding here

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. 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.”

 

 

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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 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.

Go to www.socialmediaweddings.co.uk to find out how we can make your perfect day even more perfect.

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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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