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Social Media Spouses

The only free social media training programme for military spouses and partners

What's it all about?

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We understand that it can be difficult finding reliable work or build up professional skills, in between regular moves and deployments – and let’s not even start on the topic of finding childcare!

Becoming a social media professional can help. Not only are social media skills very much in demand, the role is often one that allows you to work from anywhere...

All of our coaches work from home!

Interested?

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The awkward small print:

Not to sound (too) braggy, but we’re seriously good at what we do - award-winning good – so demand for the course is high. Ok yes, obviously the course being free helps too, but we’ll gloss over that bit, eh?!

Anyway, all this means is that you might have a bit of a wait until you get allocated your place. Don’t let that put you off though, because we do have multiple study periods throughout the year. We want you on the course as much as you want to be on it!

Insider tip: We process applications in the order we receive them, and the spaces are allocated according to how much effort has been put into writing the personal statement. Why are we telling you this? So you can nail that part, obvs! This isn't about past experience or your skills, it's all about you.

* and time...

An online community

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The support doesn’t stop once you complete the course. This is no “leave the money on the side, love” type of deal... we’re with you for life. LIFE!

When you become part of Social Media Spouses, you get the (metaphorical) key to our exclusive online community. Now don’t be thinking that we’re talking about your bog-standard Facebook group here.

Okay sure, you want advice and support on careers in social media, content, platform updates, campaigns, branding. It’s all there, don’t worry. But that type of good stuff is in a lot of other places too. What you won't find anywhere else... is us. Our Community. This is our spouses’ sanctuary, our social media safe space (emphasis on the social)!

We’re all friendly, we support each other, we lift each other, we’re the very opposite of *eye roll* ‘dependent’. We’re proud of what our spouses and partners do for a living, but we aren’t defined by it. We’ve got no interest in talking about it. We’re individuals, and we’re fiercely proud of ourselves and each other. We’re a force to be reckoned with.

You need that in your life, right? We’ve got you.

Head on over to our Facebook group to stay up to date with the latest news from #SMSpouses.

The Course

The social media training is an 11-week course which is completed from home. We use a combination of online learning tools, social media and mentoring to provide first-class course content.

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Social Media

Social Media

Social networks are constantly evolving. You’ll learn how each platform’s algorithms work, along with effective strategies to make your content stand out in the noisy world of social.

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Campaign Planning

Campaign Planning

Running campaigns may seem like a daunting prospect, but it needn’t be! We’ll teach you how to plan, implement and evaluate social media campaigns like a seasoned pro.

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Community Management

Community Management

You’ll learn how to grow and engage your audience, how to moderate comments and discussions, and how to deal with difficult situations.

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Videos

Videos

Video is increasingly favoured by platforms. You’ll learn how to create professional social media videos that can compete with the thousands of others out there, just by using your smartphone.

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Photography

Photography

Using your phone to take photos may seem like a no-brainer, right? Wrong. Learn how to take truly show-stopping images for use in your social media efforts with our top hacks.

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Ads

Ads

Ever seen those sponsored posts in your newsfeed? Wondered how you were targeted? Learn how to use paid-for advertising on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram—this is the future of any social media business.

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Analytics

Analytics

Being effective on social media means constantly monitoring your content and looking for ways to improve. We’ll show you how to use each of the major platforms’ built-in analytics tools.

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Interested?

 

Hit the button then! It's the only thing standing between you and a space on #SMSpouses

Our Team

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Jackie Lerm

Jackie Lerm

Head of Social Media

Jackie is from South Africa and came to the less-sunny UK in 2006 with nothing more than a suitcase and £120 in her pocket. Since then, she has done a number of different jobs. It wasn’t until she was offered the position as Head of Social Media for BFBS that Jackie realised she found her calling. As well as coaching colleagues on what good looks like on social media, she runs the social media training programme for military spouses with BFBS Academy.

Email: [email protected]

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Adam Powney

Adam Powney

Senior Social Media Manager

Adam is an Army Air Corps Reservist who formerly spoke in between songs for a living with BFBS. He spent the last two years producing content across Salisbury Plain and the Falklands. As a Media Culture and Production Grad you’ll find him taking photos, making videos and helping others develop their skills.

Email: [email protected]

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Laura Trythall

Laura Trythall

Social Media Manager

Laura's adventure began while she was creating posters and flyers for a local charity, and then progressed to social media videos and postings. She established a modest graphic design business two years later, helping clients to get the most out of their branding. She then went on to complete a course and land a job as a Social Media Manager at BFBS. She is always keen to support people and is continuously learning new things herself.

Email: [email protected]

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Elliot Darby

Elliot Darby

Social Media Manager

Elliot has been working at BFBS for nearly 3 years. He started out as a presenter/producer and has been based in both Cyprus and Germany. Last year, he moved to the Social Media team at BFBS and has loved being involved in training spouses on how to boost their Social Media profiles. A whistle-stop tour of Elliot's favourite things: Liverpool FC, Pina Colada's, Lamb Roasts and currently the band Cassia (subject to change, probably by next week).

Email: [email protected]

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Frequently asked questions

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How we're funded

Thanks to the generous support from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, this course is free to all military spouses and partners.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.