Testimonials

Below is just a sample of the hundreds of clients who have undergone our social media training or listened to our social media talks. Feel free to call any of them to find out more about what they think to us! 

emceurope

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Saxby today where he delivered a brilliant and inspiring insight to the world of Linkedin. He managed effortlessly to design his teaching to our specific industry and managed to gain our full understanding of the topic. I recommend Mark to any business big or small as his coaching will benefit all equally.” Tine Badh-Drost,  Senior Account Manager, EMC Europe

derbycitycouncil

“Mark delivered an informative, engaging and thought provoking session for our leisure and cultural marketing team. He demystified the world of social media and gave us some practical, take away ideas and actions to start implementing today. And the icing on the cake was when, this morning on Radio 4′s Today programme there was an article about Vine and the six second attention span of young people, I knew and understood what they were talking about!” Amanda Chambers, Head of Leisure and Cultural Development at Derby City Council

nottinghamcityhomes

 

“Great training session from Mark yesterday – in just four hours he covered not just the basics of effective marketing via Facebook and Twitter, but so much more besides – and everyone who attended the training, including Comms, Tenant Involvement and Customer Services staff – found it really useful; we’re now buzzing with ideas and can’t wait to get stuck in! Would thoroughly recommend Mark for social media knowledge, expertise and creativity and would love to use Status again in the future.”   Sam Whitworth, Nottingham City Homes.

derbybrewingco

“We didn’t really know much about Twitter or how to use it effectively, and even though we’ve still got a long way to go, the workshop made us realise and appreciate how much we can get out of it and what we can do going forward. I think it made everybody feel more comfortable about responding to people and we’ve been engaging with people a lot more since the workshop. ” Leanne Harris, Derby Brewing Company.

GF Tomlinson social media training

“We contacted Status Social to assist the business with our social media strategy. Following our initial workshop, which was very constructive, we identified areas of staff training which needed to be addressed. Status Social was able to provide this additional training which I’m pleased to report has benefited the business tremendously.

“Mark’s training style is informative, evidence based, relaxed and enjoyable – the 3.5 hour sessions seem to fly by! I thoroughly recommend Status Social for any of your social media needs.” Stuart Lawrence, managing director, GF Tomlinson.

Graham Penny Auctions

 

 

 

“Mark delivered the content of the course in an enthusiastic informed manner with superb clarity, this really will benefit our business going forward.” Andrew Parker, Director, Graham Penny Auctions

Nottingham-Trent-University-logo

“Mark delivered a very good workshop for us at Nottingham Business School (NTU). Feedback from colleagues who attended was good too! We are definitely looking to use Status Social’s services again.” Fiona Winfield, Nottingham Trent University

University of Derby.

“We engaged Mark’s services for a team away-day, to give us a talk on the various forms of social media and an overview of how best to make use of them. We all found it really useful, and picked up some incredibly valuable tips and ideas. As we only had time for a speedy session, I am sure that we will be asking him back at some point in the future for more in-depth training on specific areas.” Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of Corporate Relations

“The lecture was great! Really interesting and captivating! I like the mix of media used so it didn’t get boring. Just looking at powerpoint slides for an hour can be very boring!” Andrea Midgely, University of Derby marketing student

Quad

“An exceptional company to work with who deliver quality results, go above and beyond and all with a positive attitude. I recommend them to any individual or organisation looking to develop their social media reach and skills, no matter what their level of experience.” Adam Buss, Quad, and FORMAT International Photography Festival

Read the case study.

 

 

Else Solicitors

“Mark’s training on LinkedIn was focused on the needs of individuals balancing busy workloads and lives. Some useful easy tips. I found him to be thoroughly helpful and he opened my eyes to new ways to use social media. Highly recommended.” Paul Dodds, Else Solicitors, Burton.

    

Thank you for an excellent social media workshop. We gained a lot of knowledge about how to use Facebook for business and how to target specific audiences, the best ways of doing this and new ideas to get people engaged in your page. We would definitely recommend Status Social. Thank you once again for a great afternoon! Faye Rollinson, City of Caves and Galleries of Justice museums, Nottingham.

UDC Logo

“We worked with Mark to create a social media strategy across all areas of the University of Derby Corporate. We were very impressed with Mark’s approach, who took the time & patience to understand our complex business model. We were reassured by Mark’s professionalism & follow up engagement sessions to involve all team members & to develop a meaningful strategy. We now have the means to implement & effectively develop our social media. I look forward to working with Mark in the future.” Rebecca Shaw, Senior Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator, University Derby Corporate

Institute of Directors

“Mark’s presentation was brilliant! Mark was engaging, informative, lively and gave everyone some great advice about how to use LinkedIn to raise your profile. We had great feedback from our members about the event and I have already seen some of them implement the tips! I have no hesitation in recommending Mark as a speaker.” Rebecca Sharpe, Institute of Directors.

 

Derby Theatre

“Attended a Facebook course with Mark and Claire. Have to say I came thinking I knew Facebook pretty well – how wrong I was! Really pleased with the workshop, it’s given me lots of food for thought! Would definitely recommend.” Katie Garland, Marketing & Digital Officer, Derby Theatre

“Status Social demonstrate the ability to show others without knowledge how to do things without making it seem too complicated. I even managed to pick up a wedding viewing within hours of Mark’s one-to-one Twitter coaching.” Colin Clark, Hilton House Hotel, Derbyshire

Read the case study.

Visit Derby

“I found the social media strategy workshop very informative and feel equipped and excited to be applying the knowledge gained from this in my work place. The setting and informal learning style of the workshop was very effective too and I would definitely recommend this to anyone using social media daily in the business environment.” Joanna Fisher, Visit Derby.

 

toplogo

“The course has proven to be one of if not the best investment in training epm: technology has made. We would recommend Mark and his team based on our experiences and encourage others to be brave and invest in the time and money required to go into this new social media world with real know-how.” Graham Mulholland, epm:technology

“VisitCleethorpes on Facebook and the @CleethorpesUK Twitter account has been an unqualified success because of your guidance, commitment and expertise.” Councillor Michael Burnett, Deputy Leader, North East Lincolnshire Council

“Something new is happening in Cleethorpes – and the resort’s businesses have Status Social to thank. Members of the resort’s tourism group, working through my company, asked Status Social to market the town via social media. Genuine business has been generated in the resort as a result. The numbers have not been achieved without a huge amount of effort, enthusiasm and expert knowledge.” Nigel Lowther, Visit Cleethorpes.

Read the case study

DEGF-logo

“I commissioned Status Social to produce and deliver a social media strategy, aligned to to an integrated marketing communications campaign I was leading on for the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund. Status Social demonstrated expertise, creativity and effectiveness in delivering this support and I would not hesitate to recommend them.” Anthony Byrne, Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

DNCC

“Honestly this workshop should be a must for all small businesses looking at increasing sales, profile, customer care etc.  I would not hesitate to recommend Status Social to clients who need assistance with anything social media related including content management, policy implementation and training.” Joanne Maltby, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

“It was a very inspiring and refreshing presentation that I thought was accurately pitched for the audience and the feedback has been fantastic. 86% of the audience described you as excellent, 14% as good.” Paige Astley, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

 

Marketing Derby

“Claire was both engaging and comprehensive throughout our session with her on using Pinterest for business. I was pleased she could answer my plethora of questions and I’d be happy to do business with her and the Status Social team again in future.” Joe Parker, Marketing Derby

“Mark has helped us both start-up and expand our social media accounts – and the training and insight he gave us was invaluable. Since training, our main Twitter account @MarketingDerby, has seen followers increase by 600% since 2011 – a great result!” Robbie Jones, Marketing Derby

Read the case study.

Derby College

Derby College

“I didn’t want another “social media expert” telling me what I should be doing based on what they had read. I wanted a guru… somebody to show an understanding of the FE market and its stakeholders and I wanted to learn!

Mark and Status Social did this. They had taken the time to understand the College and really thought about scenarios in which social media could be utilised effectively.
When training non social media savvy colleagues, Mark was patient and explained on a level that helped each person benefit from the training. Each person came away from the training with enthusiasm and a range of ideas to benefit the College.” Sara Jenkins, Derby College

“If you think you’ve learned all there is to know about the functionality behind LinkedIn, then it’s time to give Status Social a call. Mark, social media marketer and LinkedIn trainer there, recently conducted tutorials for me and several of my colleagues at Elsevier. Through Mark’s sessions, we not only learned how to build up our respective profiles using LinkedIn’s sophisticated tools, but we also gained valuable insights on the different ways to genuinely develop our network connections and not just “pad” the numbers. I highly recommend him!” Reg Tucker, Editor, Metal Finishing magazine, New York.

“Mark provided social media training at our chambers which was very well received. The training was directed at all years of call and equally appreciated by members with all levels of ability with online interaction, and it is true to say that all levels of expertise achieved some valuable insight into the role of social networking in enhancing professional reputation. Mark’s training presentation showed signs of being carefully researched, thoughtfully conceived and expertly delivered in a bespoke manner.” Patricia Dunlop, Regency Chambers, Peterborough.

DERBYY

“I have worked with Mark on two occasions now for Twitter and LinkedIn training. On both occasions I have come away with bags full of notes and useful tips on how to improve our social media presence. Mark presents in a fun and interactive way, showing how and why social media is so important. I have got to admit, I thought I knew it all when it came to twitter, but how little I knew until I attended Mark’s workshop. Great guy, great training and at a great price!” Mark Averill, Derby Conference Centre

Read the case study

Creative Studios Derby

 

 

 

 

“Status Social taught me how powerful LinkedIn was particularly in relation to being found on Google. I just Googled ‘Adobe Software Trainer’ and I’m now 4th on Google – only being beaten by Adobe! Normally you’d have to pay thousands of pounds to a search engine expert to get so high on Google. The Status Social Linkedin course worked wonders for me!” Mark Williams, Creative Studios

fisch

Mark came to our offices to help us get to grips with Social Media and point us in the right direction to produce a Social Media Strategy. From the moment he walked in he was professional and friendly. Mark certainly knows his subject and made it relevant to our business. We learnt what we needed to in a fun way.

Mark is a top notch Social Media expert and his training skills are excellent. I would recommend any business thinking of initiating, or improving, a social media strategy to ask Mark to help. Now we are looking forward to our in depth training with Mark on the various social media platforms.” Steph Wheldon, Fisch Design

Rolls Royce social media

“I went on the Facebook course and Status Social has really helped me realise how much more our Facebook page could be doing for our company with the right planning, thanks again.” Anthony Scott, Duty Manager, Rolls-Royce Leisure.

Mezzo

“Mark’s BBC background as an award-winning journalist adds a rather unique and well-informed dimension when it comes to helping clients understand where to begin with social media. He makes it very easy to understand how social media can be very effective in a business context. He’s focused on the target audience and knows what will work to engage them. The fact that he’s so highly-trained just shines through when you’re working with him.” Helen Willson, Mezzo Consultancy, Leicestershire.

Institute of Fundraising

“Mark Saxby’s session (at the Institute of Fundraising North Wales Conference) was fantastic! I went on a full day course on Social Media and learnt more from Mark’s hour than the whole day on that course”.
Kerry Ferguson, Hope House Children’s Hospice, Conwy, Wales.

“I recently attended Mark’s ‘Using Social Media in Fundraising’ workshop set up by the Institute of Fundraising in Scotland. He delivered a superbly structured, informative 4-hour session with ease and humour and coped skillfully with the range of experience in the room ensuring everyone remained involved.

“I left with an excellent understanding of the range of social media tools that exist out there in the digital world, which ones might be most appropriate for my fundraising aims, how to use them to tell a story, engage with my target audience and most importantly maintain the engagement. I am delighted to recommend Mark – he is a gifted presenter with a detailed understanding of social media. Thank you!” Elizabeth Millar, Millar Business Support, Glasgow, Scotland.

The Chartwell Practice

“We had a great day of training with Mark who taught a group of us how to use LinkedIn effectively and strategically. The workshop was taught in a fun way and some great tips were given by Mark who is obviously an expert in his field. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Mark again and would recommend other businesses tap into his skills so that they too can learn how to use social media to their advantage.” Martin Chilver, The Chartwell Practice, Burton Upon Trent

Universal Works Clothing

“I found our strategy session very useful, especially learning about the different social media platforms. The session gave us time to think about our social media!” Stephanie Porritt, Director, Universal Works Ltd

“Mark had clearly done relevant and necessary preparation for the training. I thoroughly enjoyed the session; it was informative, constructive and beneficial in moving the company forward in the use of LinkedIn.” Jake Waterhouse, DEKOMTE de Temple Expansion Joint Technology Ltd

“Status Social has the perfect combination of great experience and knowledge to really get any business moving. I have hired, worked alongside and taken great tips from the team there and implore anyone reading this to make contact with them today. They will teach you all the top tricks and tips that I can guarantee, you will see your business moving within a small amount of time spent with the Status Social team. They are extremely good value and extremely good at what they do.” Stuart Baddiley, Restaurant Zest (Derby Restaurant of the Year, 2012)

Read the case study.

“Being a young, modern adult, who grew up alongside Facebook being launched, I was sceptical to what (Status Social) could teach me about Facebook. I was so wrong. The amount of detail they went into during a short period of time was astonishing. They have taught me exactly what I needed to know in the space of half a day rather than weeks of searching about on the internet. There were many new and interesting things I had discovered about Facebook through the workshop of which I didn’t even know existed.” Saz Ismail, Chameleon School of Construction, Derbyshire

 

“Wow. If you are looking for someone with ‘oodles’ of flare, creativity, personality and a mind boggling level of expertise in social media marketing, Mark Saxby is your man. Mark is honest, fair, helpful and conducts his business with integrity. I highly recommend him.” Steve Fox, Fox Advising, Bristol.

“We used Mark for a half day programme on the use of LinkedIn. We all found the session extremely useful both in terms of optimising our existing profiles and in helping us to actively use LinkedIn as a marketing tool. Mark’s delivery style is both highly professional and engaging. I am happy to recommend him to others.” David Harrison, Franklands Insurance and Risk Management, Derby.

 

“We asked Mark to look at how we could integrate social media into our marketing strategy, and to show us how we could use Linkedin to generate new business leads. We picked up a five figure new contract through LinkedIn within a week of Mark’s training. Mark’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject, as well as his great in- depth knowledge, made the day really enjoyable, and inspired a group of novices to get online! We would have no hesitation in recommending Mark.” Don Powell, Certax Accounting, Derby.

Read the case study.

“The world of LinkedIn and social media is immense and thanks to Status Social Media they provided straight-forward training with no technical jargon to make the most out of LinkedIn. If you want to get ahead of your competitors then embark on a training session or two from Status Social Media.” Nick Taylor-Ward, Business Development Executive, Bluefin Insurance, Nottingham.

“I would recommend coaching from Status Social to others.  The 1-to-1 nature of the coaching meant the session was really tailored to the Field Studies Council and I had the chance to ask loads of questions.  Mark provided lots of useful real-life examples and I now feel confident to go on and produce our own social media strategy.” Mel Cousins, Field Studies Council, Shropshire.

“As an avid Facebook user I was stunned by how much new stuff Mark introduced and explained. The presention was well presented and clear. Mark definitely knows social media inside out and had many examples of how it can generate new business opportunities.” Kate Tanzi, Victory Design, Sheffield

 

Haynes Music Productions

“I recently attended a superb LinkedIn workshop run and presented by Mark. Having been on LinkedIn for two years but not really done anything with it, he explained – simply, but in detail – how it works and how to get the best from it.

The workshop has given me the confidence to contact people on LinkedIn and also made me aware of some of the mistakes I was making.

I’ll be attending some of Mark’s other workshops and would recommend them for anyone that’s looking to get the most out of social networking for their business.” Ben Haynes, Haynes Music Productions.

“Found Mark great to work with, he has an in depth knowledge of his subject, was a fantastic presenter and responded well to the audience. I would recommend Mark’s services to any one wanting to learn more about social media. I look forward to working with Mark in the future.” Kelly Atkins, Derbyshire Enterprise Agency

Mark managed to help me get to grips with LinkedIn during a well planned and insightful half day training session. The session has opened a new marketing channel for myself and is already starting to show results. I would happily recommend this to colleagues and clients alike.” Chris Redshaw, Revolver Revolver, Derby.

Open Page logo

“I have attended other LinkedIn training before and read books, but your course has been the most valuable and covered sales generating opportunity I hadn’t considered before. A great investment.” Mike Kingston, Open Page, Northampton

“I was impressed Status had done their homework. They listened to what was required and when it came to the training day we were able to hit the ground running. I was really happy with our FIRST session – it won’t be our last. There was a lot to take in but the structure was easy enough for someone with little or no understanding of social media. I would recommend it and have!” Lee Simpkin, Tile Town, Derbyshire

“Thanks for the brilliant social media workshop. I have gained a really good insight on how Facebook operates. The ideas regarding customer engagement are really useful and have already been put in place on our Facebook page. I will definitely recommend Status Social to other businesses.” Claudia Shelbourn, Glazedale Windows.

 

VAST Stoke on Trent

“Fantastic Blogging for Business course! Picked up lots of great tips regarding how to write & post engaging content and strategy. Working for a charity its important for us to think of new and exciting ways to communicate with people, this course has definitely helped me think outside the box. Great venue , helpful and knowledgeable staff … I highly recommend this course. Thanks Status Social!” Ellie Quiney, Marketing Co-ordinator, VAST , Stoke-On-Trent

Arch Communications

“If you want to know Twitter for grown-ups, Mark is your man. A genuine expert who will teach you how to use social media to help you grow your business. What’s more, he makes it fun too. I learned so much and cannot recommend the Status Social workshops highly enough.” Matt Youdale, Arch Communications, Nottinghamshire.

“I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Mark’s training sessions on LinkedIn. I found it extremely useful & informative & would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for help making the most from LinkedIn.” Toby Griffiths, Cubic Mushroom, Coalville, Leicestershire.

Clients

Education

  • University of Derby
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Derby Corporate
  • Derby College
  • The Open University
  • University of Derby Corporate Relations
  • eBusiness Club
  • Field Studies Council, Shropshire
  • University of Derby Accomodation
  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Digital Marketing Mentor (BTEC centre)
  • Chameleon School of Construction, Swadlincote
  • Kip McGrath Education Centres, Gloucester

Arts

  • FORMAT International Photography Festival
  • Quad, Derby
  • Derby Theatre
  • Officium, London
  • Electra Films
  • Haynes Music, Spondon
  • Matt Jones Photography, Derby
  • Rob Brittle Photography, Burton Upon Trent

Tourism and Hospitality

  • Tourism North East Lincolnshire
  • Rolls Royce Leisure
  • Visit Derby
  • City of Caves, Nottingham
  • Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
  • Dancing Duck Brewery
  • Derby Brewing Company
  • Restaurant Zest, Derby
  • Tom’s Barn, Derbyshire
  • Gourmet Express, Nottingham
  • Peak Serenity, Derbyshire
  • Platts Licensed Trade Valuers, Derby
  • Exeter Arms, Derby
  • Travel Counsellors, Alfreton
  • Cocoa Bake
  • Derby Conference Centre
  • Roots Natural Foods, Sherwood, Nottinghamshire
  • Top Dog Days

Insurance and Finance

  • Bluefin Insurance, Harrogate
  • Franklands Insurance, Derby
  • The Chartwell Practice, Burton
  • Baldwins Accountants, Tamworth
  • Certax Accounting
  • Michael Fenton Accounting
  • RA Cowen and Partners, Nottingham
  • Bourne & Co Accountants, Burton
  • Clear Solutions Wealth and Tax Management, Derbyshire
  • Milestone Solutions
  • MJ Shapcott & Co
  • SME Financial Direction

Publishing

  • Elsevier, Oxfordshire
  • Polly’s List

Retail

  • BuyMobiles.net
  • Glazedale Windows, Langley Mill
  • UK Oak Doors, Warwickshire
  • Tile Town, Derby
  • KNK, Nottingham
  • County Battery Services, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Skegness Caravan Sales, Skegness

Business Services

  • Institute of Directors
  • East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
  • Graham Penny Auctions, Nottingham
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Alps International Chartered Surveyors
  • Social Enterprise East Midlands
  • Zest Business Coaching, Melbourne
  • Fox Advising, Bristol
  • Instant Training, Derby
  • RiskCentric, Peterborough
  • Deborah Labbate, Nottingham
  • Utility Warehouse, Ashbourne
  • Clear Coach, Derby
  • Open Page, Northampton
  • Creative Studios, Derby
  • Mission Accomplished, Lichfield
  • Glenwood Printing, Derby
  • HE Translations, Leicester
  • Millar Business Support, Glasgow
  • Awbery Management Centre, Repton, Derbyshire
  • S W Services
  • HR Protected, Burton

Manufacturing and construction

  • GF Tomlinson, Derby
  • epm: technology, Derby
  • Institute of Quarrying
  • Dekomte de Temple, Gloucestershire
  • Merebrook Consulting, Belper
  • MTM Products, Chesterfield
  • JB Kind Doors, Swadlincote
  • Pro-Kerb, Derby
  • Network Packaging, Wolverhampton
  • World Pumps magazine
  • Filtration+Separation magazine
  • Metal Finishing magazine
  • Reinforced Plastics magazine
  • Fast React
  • Smith of Derby
  • ReUpCycled

Energy

  • Mark Group, Leicester
  • Renewable Energy Focus magazine
  • Elsevier Energy Journals

Legal

  • Regency Chambers, Peterborough
  • Else Solicitors, Burton-Upon-Trent
  • Clerico, Nottingham
  • Fishers Solicitors, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  • Robinsons Solicitors, Derby
  • Elliot Mather Solicitors, Chesterfield
  • Centurian Legal, Nottingham
  • Ellis-Fermor & Negus, Long Eaton

Logistics

  • Institute of Logistics
  • TMC Distribution, Leicester

Charities

  • Church Of England
  • Scottish Institute of Fundraising
  • Council for Learning Outside The Classroom
  • Sight Support Derbyshire
  • Wales Institute of Fundraising
  • Cast Trust, Derby
  • Sheffield Vineyard
  • Learning Disabilities Carers Direct
  • Leicester Church of Christ
  • When You Wish Upon a Star, Nottingham
  • Treetops Hospice, Risley
  • Eden Supported Living, Newark
  • VAST, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

E-Commerce

  • Eight Days A Week, Birmingham
  • Cost Cutters, Staffordshire
  • Hot Munkey, Leicester
  • Una Per La Strada, Nottingham

Marketing and PR

  • Marketing Derby
  • Arch Communications, Nottinghamshire
  • Passion Marketing, Castle Donington
  • Mezzo Consultancy, Leicester
  • Forte Marketing and Public Relations, Loughborough
  • Storm Marketing, Derby
  • Essential Marketing Solutions, Derby
  • Balls2 Marketing, Derby
  • Beach Marketing, Northampton
  • Open Page, Northampton

Design

  • Katapult, Derby
  • Revolver Revolver
  • Nine Limes Design, Chesterfield
  • Cubic Mushroom, Coalville
  • Design Wall, Derbyshire
  • Giles Davies Design
  • Rubiqa
  • KuKuApps, Nottingham
  • Damselfly Development, Ashbourne
  • Ph9
  • Fisch Design
  • Creative Studios

Health and Beauty

  • Henley Rooms, Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Ally Law Laser Lipo
  • Sante Franglais, Market Harborough
  • Stephanie Smith, Leicester
  • Jo Taylor Fitness, Derby
  • Lisa Satchwell Energetics
  • Fitness For You
  • Health Watch Derby

IT

  • Servebase Computers, Hertfordshire
  • AceCad Software
  • Workstation Specialists
  • IT Sonix, Belper

Events

  • Butter Marquees, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire
  • Gem Wedding Favours
  • Stylish Event

Science and Research

  • Reach Separations, Nottingham
  • Asynt, Isleham, Cambridgeshire
  • High Force Research, Bowburn, Durham

Dating

  • Pets Partners and Pals
  • Top Match

Other

  • Leisure: Nightair Discotecheques, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Pets: Pets Located, Daventry
  • Gardening: Lawn3, Derby
  • Environmental Services: Aquasentry, Birstall, West Yorkshire