How did you join the company and why went to client's office right away?
I joined 12.digital 1.5 years ago, thanks to Head of SMM Sasha Golubeva — we worked together in another agency. Colleagues from "Leroy Merlin" company, that our team is helping with SMM, asked to find them an implant. They needed a person that could teach their staff to work within internal corporate social medias: write cool posts, edit them and create content-strategies, in other words - the whole SMM, but internal.
I passed a few interviews and I liked the very thought of working kind of in agency, but on client's side. It's unusual, you feel like a double agent.
Basically I was an external expert, consultant and I worked in client's office for a year, it's very interesting experience.
Tell us more about your work
Company just launched new version of corporate social media when I started my work and they needed to boost it. So I developed and hosted course on how to work with social media for company's employees: taught to create content-strategy, write and edit text and moderate communities. I personally mentored employees at first, but then we made a video for this course to train staff remotely.
My «students» could learn not just from the course. I created a Telegram chat where we discussed editing and various social media features, and made few short videos on how to work with Photoshop — so that staff members could make visuals for their communities on their own.
As a result, staff engagement (both authors and readers) increased in dozens times: so at the beginning posts had 0 reactions, but then after a while once I finished my work — 50. And company's management team was happy with my work: everybody agreed that social media became more cool and organic.
Few employees boosted so much that they started their own blogs, I was so happy about it!
And now tell about challenges!
The major con is that you miss out from agency atmosphere when you work in client's office. You're not aware of what's happening there, you simply don't get internal jokes appeared during your absence.
However I formed another team on client's side, equally cool. Guys accepted me as a family member and I'm grateful for that. But, as it's the client, I couldn't become part of their team for 100% - there were some work-related issues they couldn't discuss in my presence.