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A career in social media marketing is broad and comprehensive. It can be based in-house, working directly for one brand, but is often agency based, meaning multi-channel management. This kind of marketing role is all about staying on top of industry trends and following a defined, targeted strategy that generates likes, shares, and gains positive engagement and attention from the follower base. This particular career path involves engaging with the right people, sharing relevant and original content and strategically recognising how each social channel works.
A key trend we’ve noticed in the social media space: there is a real blurring of lines where the role of a social media specialist starts and stops. The social media landscape changes and evolves at such a fast pace, means that the role and skills of every social media professional have to mirror this evolution.
Why consider a career in Social Media?
Social media management is a modern career and one that is essential to the majority of SMEs and brands. If you’re a creative communicator and have a flair for storytelling, a keen eye for design/imagery and enjoy measuring results, a career in social media marketing is incredibly popular, but it does take the right sort of person to master it.
What a career or job in Social Media may entail…
The role is fast-paced and includes the management of: relevant content topics, staying on top of industry trends, monitoring competitor channels regularly, reviewing and reporting which channels are providing results. You will curate, create and manage all published content, you will schedule posts, create posts in real time, use relevant imagery, hashtags and links to maximise upon your day-to-day engagement. Brand awareness will always be at the forefront of your mind and you will communicate clear and relevant messages on a consistent basis.
You will also monitor, listen and respond to users in a “social” way while cultivating leads and sales. Social media often blends with SEO and content marketing, so the role is often varied where no day is the same.
Typical role titles include
Social Media Assistant
Social Media Executive
Social Media Specialist
Social Media Strategist
Social Media Marketing Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator
Social Media Manager
Head of Social
Career progression example
Social Media Executive
Social Media Manager
Head of Social Media
Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate Social Media Consultants on average will be earning between  £18k-£20k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £25k-£35k and Seniors would be looking to earn £40k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
To succeed in a social media career, you will need to have a naturally creative mindset, with great copywriting skills and a backlog of ideas that you can organise into a strategy in order to make your social media platforms a success.
Strong digital copywriting skills remain central to the success within this space, but the social media landscape demands an increasingly diverse set of skills. From video production skills (think Periscope), the demand for more live-streamed content, to the data and insight skills demanded by the rise of social listening, audience segmentation and paid social advertising.
What qualifications does it take?
To work in social media, you will usually need a foundation degree, diploma or experience within a relevant subject. These can include communications, marketing, media, journalism, English, PR and creative writing.


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  • 3rd Aug

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    Work with a talented, dedicated team of experts. Join a truly innovative brand with huge growth plans. Fully flexible working and great benefits. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for a talented, passionate eCommerce Marketing Manager to take the lead on all things digital and play a key role in driving this already impressive business forward. What you'll be doing This is truly an end-to-end role that will require a blend of strategic input and hands-on delivery across the full customer journey. You’ll focus on creating and implementing the full D2C eCommerce strategy, assessing areas for improvement (using analytical data on site performance) in order to drive growth across trading, customer acquisition, conversion and retention. One day you could be focusing on eCommerce trading strategy (is the site merchandised effectively, where can I upsell similar lines to increase average order value?). The next, working on organic and paid digital channels (SEO, PPC, Paid Social, Social Media etc.), tying these in with marketing calendars. Or working on retention strategies through effective email marketing communications, using segmentation and A/B testing to constantly improve ROI. You'll work at pace and relish the opportunity to work on the full customer journey for a super exciting brand. What's not to like? What experience you'll need Have worked end-to-end on an eCommerce site with a track record of delivering strong growth. Huge passion for eCommerce and working with brands in their early stages of development. Extensive experience with Shopify and all digital marketing channels. Independent thinker and hard worker with tons of ambition. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Leader with ability to hit the ground running and drive positive change. What you'll get in return for your talents There is a competitive salary on offer and the team's business plan and way of working is very unique – work life balance is key here so fully flexible and remote working is on offer to all staff. This is an incredibly forward thinking and fast paced business where you’ll be presented with huge growth opportunities! What's next? Get in touch with Hannah to hear the finer details on this one.
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