Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a social media marketing agency? Luckily, Tempt’s very own Senior Marketing & PR Executive Holly is here to answer that burning question for you! In this blog, she gives us the lowdown on what a typical working day looks like for her…
How do you start your day?
During the week, I pretty much have the exact same breakfast every day (gluten free porridge with raspberries and peanut butter). My morning priority is definitely drinking tea, as that’s what wakes me up! Normally, I watch the news whilst I eat breakfast so I know what’s going on in the world. At 7:55am, I then leave to walk to the station. My train is always very busy, so I usually have to stand up for most if not all of the journey, which is one reason why I’m happy to work from home two days a week! I aim to read a book during my commute but usually end up just scrolling on twitter and checking the emails on my phone instead.
What do you do when you get to the office?
If my morning couldn’t get any more exciting, I arrive at the office about ten minutes before I start at 9am. I grab myself a glass of water, say hi to my colleagues and get myself set up for the day. Before our team meeting, I check my emails, look over our clients’ social media accounts for any new messages or comments that need responding to, and I make a list of my tasks for the day. I’m a bit old school in the sense I like to scribble everything down on paper. During our morning team meeting, we go through each client and our tasks for the week. We also bounce around ideas and discuss any new social media trends or relevant marketing news. After this, I sit down with my colleague Fakhrun and go through her tasks for the week. It’s usually about 10:30am by this point, so I head straight to the kitchen for my second tea of the day, before cracking on with my morning tasks. Typically, I’m better at writing in the morning so will try and get any press releases, blogs or email newsletters done before midday. I get a 30-minute break, which I usually spend eating whilst scrolling through Instagram (because when you work in social media, what better way to ‘take a break from it all’ than with more social media?).
Talk us through your afternoon?
Depending on what day it is, after lunch I might have a Zoom meeting with one of our clients, where we’ll go through the social media plan and any upcoming events. The meetings with clients are really important because it keeps us all on the same page and helps us to form a good connection. After that, I’ll continue with any tasks I haven’t yet finished from the morning, draft copy for the next two weeks of social media posts, create Instagram stories, request graphics from our graphic designer, schedule social media posts, and I have a one-to-one with my manager Beccy. My afternoon can be pretty varied. At about 2pm, it’s (you guessed it) time for more tea. I then tend to pop in my earphones and listen to music whilst I work. I find it helps me to focus and it’s also good motivation when I’m hitting that mid-afternoon slump (State of Grace by Taylor Swift is currently on repeat). Before I know it, the time comes to pack up for the day. If I’m not meeting friends in town after work, I’ll get the train home and normally get back for 6:30pm.
What do you like most about your job?
The best things about my job are being creative and working in such a great team! I like how my job has a lot of variety, and I particularly enjoy the copywriting side of things. Working as part of a smaller team, I also feel like my ideas are valued. One of the best things about my job is definitely the people! My manager Beccy is very supportive, encouraging and also inspires me with her can-do attitude. I also feel like the team as a whole are very nice and supportive of each other’s ideas. Plus, they laugh at my jokes (or pretend to), which is always appreciated. I feel comfortable to be myself with everyone, which I think is very special in a job.
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