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“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 team
With backgrounds ranging from packaged goods to broadcasting and activism, our team is simply amazing. Here are just a few of us.
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.
I am a huge lover of stories, especially musicals. I even competed in Show Choir competitions during high school and have seen over 50 Broadway shows.
I believe that understanding your consumers’ conversations is the key to good social content. I started out as a forum moderator and community manager and transitioned that into social strategy and creative collaboration, working on large CPG brands for most of my career as a marketer.
You really can’t beat the company culture at The Social Element. While the team is mostly remote, I feel extremely connected and supported by everyone at the agency. People genuinely want to help solve problems and work as a team. It’s a very strong asset.
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.
A little travel and a little music never hurt anyone, right? I own over 50 vinyl records that I’ve picked up from cities around the world. Some collect knickknacks, I prefer records.
I love the fact that I get to work with a fast-paced, tight-knit team. Working with global clients, my teams are spread all over the globe and I can have amazing conversations with people on three separate continents, all while finding new ways the agency can propel our clients forward.
I was the 30th employee hired at The Social Element – 9 years ago. I now lead our Insights and Research practice.
As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Without a doubt, the people that I work with help make this a job I love doing!
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.
Take me outdoors where I can hike and snowboard! When I’m not shreddin’ the slopes or trekking down the terrain of the Appalachian’s near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—you will see me glued to my phone. I absolutely love social media for both personal use and business.
My experience lies in high education, consumer goods, and entertainment. I love using social media to share stories and to learn so much more about others. Every person has a story; and social makes them come to life!
Dolly Parton said “Find out who you are and do it on purpose” I think about that ALL THE TIME, especially how it relates to my work at The Social Element.
Being curious on the internet can mean a lot of things – for me it translated into a career in helping others understand how the internet can be used for good. I use my background in cultural anthropology in a social media context- culture exists all around us, even (especially) on the internet. How do we bring people together, learn from each other, and create culture there? For many people, so much of our lives are lived online. I think a lot about how we can make “online” a helpful place.
I am passionate about health and wellness and the importance of self care, and I love working for an agency that’s so committed to the team’s wellbeing.
I love working in an agency that is so diverse and has led me to making connections with people from all over the world. Being part of a team that understands and emphasizes the importance of creating genuine human connections is what motivates me daily. The cherry on top is knowing I get to work for Top Fortune 500 companies.
I’m a huge Disney fan. I moved to Florida to be closer to the happiest place on Earth and now I get to go all the time.
I started my career in this industry over 6 years ago as a community manager. I found my passion for strategy, more specifically how data and insights drive social strategy, working with Consumer Package and Consumer Healthcare brands.
Working for The Social Element has been a dream. I love being part of a global team that’s so connected. The agency is so inclusive and ensures all of their employees feel heard. I’m immensely proud of the work we produce.
I have played the piano for almost 50 years and can sight read almost any piece of music.
I love being surrounded by a diverse group of highly driven and creative people that motivate me each and every day. The work we do has meaningful consequences and our core values are pivotal in making The Social Element an incredible place to work.
I have deadlifted over 600 pounds and I bake artisan sourdough bread for my family every week (not at the same time!)
I’m a computer science engineer who started working here back in 2012 by chance and fell in love with the company. It is amazing to be able to work with people who inspire you and help you grow every single day. The Social Element is the most “home” I’ve ever felt in any company ever, and it’s a truly special thing to be a part of it.
I’ve spent my career doing what I love and simply put, that’s getting to know some pretty amazing people and helping make their workplace somewhere they’re proud to be.
It was love at first tagline for me with The Social Element, but what makes me want to stay here is the fact that “creating genuine human connections” is so much more than that. I love that we are who we say we are – and that’s shown in every interaction – starting with ourselves!