Global. Inclusive. Trusted.
“I set up what was then called Emoderation in 2002, before even the launch of Myspace, having left a role running a web team at the BBC. I could see there was an opportunity to help brands initially protect themselves online and soon after to actually use the web to connect better with their consumers. I began gathering some other geeky, and rather lovely (primarily karaoke-loving) people to work with me and soon we made quite a name for ourselves, particularly in the child safety and brand protection arena. We helped a lot of brands through some tough times, and have learnt a lot about how to manage crisis, which is why I also created Polpeo, our nifty sister company that creates very life-like and quite terrifying real-time crisis simulations.
Fast forward a few years and the explosion of social, add some fantastic, global Fortune 500 clients, throw in a name change to better reflect our reality today, and there you have it… The Social Element. There are more than 300 of us all over the world today, all waking up with the same focused ambition: to help our clients create those really genuine human connections and have as much of a good time as we possibly can whilst we’re doing it!”
A sample of our gang
Spread across all five continents, with backgrounds ranging from packaged goods to broadcasting and activism, our team is simply amazing. Here are just a few people that build up our social media agency.
I was goalkeeper for England University hockey and it’s heavily influenced my management style.
Before founding this agency in 2002, I managed the Online Operations team at the BBC, where I supported the pioneering BBC online communities team. The way people communicate on social media still fascinates me as much as it did in the early days. I love that we’re still able to pioneer with our clients and I love the fast pace of change.
Throughout my 20+ years in the industry, I’ve had the opportunity to work across content, community, proposition development, account management, marketing, and (my main squeeze) sales. It’s all about working with people who provide inspiration, and with clients that see me as a partner. I get to do both!
Working at The Social Element is incredibly motivating. I feel constantly challenged and I am surrounded by people who teach me something new daily. Also, there aren’t many other places where you can say that you work with Global Fortune 500 companies on a daily basis.
I have a very bad reputation when it comes to partying – Some people might say it’s dangerous to be out with me on a school night
After 10 years as Marketing Chief at Eurostar, I launched a brand consultancy and I only joined the agency for a 6-month contract, but when the time came to leave I just couldn’t do it! Never have I worked with a company who matched my own values so well; with such a genuine people culture, a passion for doing the right thing by their clients and desire to lead the industry to better things.
I was born a redhead but I can’t prove it because all the photos are in B&W.
With a strong background in the broadcasting industry, my experience includes large-scale IT implementations, organisational change and communications, training, consultancy and project management.
I’m always blown away by the dedication, knowledge and skills of the people I work with. What I live the most about my team is those times when we have to come together to achieve what seems impossible “No really, this time I mean it, it is impossible.” Then they nail it. Wow!
I am the reigning Dyce Primary School Highway Code Champion.
Having spent a huge part of my career in digital content, digital safety and online communities, I like to say that I worked in social media before it was called social media, namely by spending almost 10 years at AOL UK.
What makes my everyday delightful isn’t just the amazing people who already work here – it’s also finding that untapped potential, and getting to know people who want to join the team. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of interviewing someone who you know can bring something new and special to the agency.
Chloe Mathieu Phillips
I’ve lived in New York City, London, Montreal and Vienna and now import natural Hungarian wines as a hobby – because why not?
I spent most of my career building social marketing teams for Fortune 500 brands. Never have I seen an agency with such a diverse workforce, where trust prevails and all life experiences are welcome and celebrated. The team is smart, nimble, and great client work is the only focus, which is amazing.
Danielle has worked in commercial partnerships for over a decade, developing relationships with both brands and agencies. She loves collaborating to drive innovation and move projects forward which, along with a true passion for connecting with people, is what kept her in this field for all these years.
Dani has an unusual talent of remembering varieties of cakes from around the world. How so and, more importantly, is it because she enjoys sharing them with all her clients and prospects? You’ll have to reach out to her to find out!
I own over 150 activist t-shirts that I’ve collected from various volunteering gigs since university.
I love the fact that I get to work with a fast paced, tight knit team. Being spread all over the globe, I can have amazing conversations with people on three separate continents, all while finding new ways to be the best agency we can be for our clients.
Music and travel have always seemed to be the cornerstones of my life. Deep down, I am an introvert, and you can often find me quite happily curled up on the sofa with a good book or watching a film.
With a background in Communications and Media, I’ve always worked in and around startups and social media. After consulting for some time, I came back to business development where I can do what I love the most: connect with others and help brands leverage social media and technology to problem solve.
Everyone at The Social Element is so knowledgable. The culture is genuinely warm, welcoming and accommodating, meaning that I actually look forward to my work week. That’s a brilliant feeling to have. I also love that I get to work for a company whose values I share, and where they are perfectly reflected through such a varied and diverse team.