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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.
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!
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!
The first time I saw a balance sheet? I fell deeply in love with it. That’s why if my job would be a man, I would propose to him. And who says that Finance is boring?! Not when you are working in the social media industry where something new pops up every week, keeping us on our toes doing the right thing for our clients and the social community at large.
Besides the ongoing love affair with my job? Working with a team around the globe to serve clients around the globe gives the word diversity a new meaning. Allowing me to grow personally and professionally. Every day. For over 12 years.
Mary Grace Sillies
I am a cover-to-cover National Geographic reader and have been most of my life.
My house was built in 1863 and we have been making it our own for about 5 years now.
I’m regularly inspired and impressed by the folks I get to work with at TSE. The culture here encourages everyone to do and be their very best and true selves.
Nicole Compagnone (She-They)
I have a home media server with 1,000+ hours of Movies and TV Shows and my hobby whilst not working is to cook new foods from all over the world.
Not only is working with everyone here easy and enjoyable, but everyone is extremely accepting!
On top of being a social strategist, I am a hand lettering and calligraphy artist. As a product of the 90s, I know the lyrics of every single Backstreet Boys song and can recite the lines along with every episode of Friends.
Social media is ever-changing, and it’s exciting to get to be a part of our clients’ online communities and help bring their brands to life on social. Even though we all work remotely, we truly do feel connected as a team, and every day is a new adventure spent working alongside such fun and collaborative colleagues.
I joined the British Army when I was 18. It made me value hard work and being part of a team.
At 43 I decided to learn to ride a horse. We are never too old to try things outside of our comfort zone, and while I will not be participating in the Olympics anytime soon, learning to be at one with an animal is immensely humbling.
One of the Social Element’s values is to “Make them Smile” and I do that every day at work. Enjoying interacting with your work colleagues and having fun while you are doing it can’t be beat. Not a work day goes by that I don’t laugh and smile.
I volunteer as a Facebook moderator for the Mamas for Mamas charitable organization and I used to work as a moderator for Disney Interactive’s Club Penguin. My penguin name was Rainbow Feet.
There are days where I still can’t believe that my job is to provide social media management on brand accounts. Loving what I do, and the people I work with make it fun to log into work everyday.
Christie Di Carlo
I co-owned a record/clothing store in Baltimore, Maryland for 12 years specializing in electronic music.
My journey with The Social Element started 13 years ago. I’ve developed many lifelong friendships along the way. This truly creates a family environment where people care about each other and work together as a team. When you love your work, it’s a part of your life. As a Social Media Specialist my job is all about coming across as a real person and developing a relationship with an audience. Every day is different, challenging and exciting. I love it!