…and I was struggling despite the fact that I wasn’t starting from scratch.
I had over a decade of experience in sales, marketing and merchandising - and I thought I could transfer those skills (& perhaps my salary) to my new social media business.
There was only one little problem - my business was not setup the right way.
I was offering my services to literally everyone.
I allowed them to dictate the budget.
And I said yes to everything they asked for.
I was learning Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, and every other new platform from scratch - just to please these often demanding, extremely low-budget clients.
I thought that in order to make myself the best choice - I had to make myself moldable to my clients’ needs - AND charge next to nothing for it.
Which meant: I was working 14 hours a day….and making only $2K per month. #cringe
I was terrified of raising my rates - and feared that my clients would run for the hills.
I was burned out. I had no freedom… looking back I realize, I didn’t even have a business.
I had a crazy, minimum wage job - with zero benefits.
I thought: “There has to be a better way. I am going to figure out a better way.”
And I did. I figured it out.
Out of my deep frustration - I decided to completely change the way I was working.
I invested in myself. I honed my skills.
I focused on making an impact & positioned myself as a client’s strategic partner.
I became the CEO of my company - and raised my rates significantly.
I started showing up as an industry leader - NOT as a commodity.
I started saying NO a whole lot more!
For the first time ever, I’m sharing my game-changing process for becoming a Social Media Master Strategist - so that you can establish yourself as a highly sought-after expert in the industry, book premium clients and grow a multiple 6-figure social media management business - without burning out.
Feeling stable and secure financially within your business - and have the freedom to live your life the way you want!
Designing a signature framework, implementing it for your clients - and being recognized as a credible industry trailblazer who knows their sh*t!
Creating strong boundaries with your clients - so that you can step away from your phone without any guilt…
Experiencing 100% autonomy in your business - getting treated (& paid) like an expert
Feeling confident about charging premium rates for the incredible results delivered…
Serving your clients at the highest level as a Master Strategist - and showing brag-worthy results on paper…
The 12-month certification program for social media managers who want to establish their expertise, charge premium rates and become highly sought-after industry leaders - without getting burned out!
Connect with the other high-level members of this invite-only program, surround yourself with successful 6-figure social media marketers, ask questions and get support in our private Slack Channel.
During the first 20 weeks of the program, you’ll be going through 16 modules across 4 intervals (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior & Senior). For each interval, you’ll be required to complete self and peer-reviewed certification assessments. These assessments are essential to help you build real-world expertise as a social media strategist.
Every other week, you’ll get direct coaching support from Stephanie in the group coaching calls. This is where we will discuss strategy, overcome challenges, go deep into developing your strategic skills, hone in on your signature framework and fix any issues with your service delivery & pricing.
This program is very intentionally designed to be a full 12 month container - as it will allow you to build the strategic expertise and signature framework needed to deliver a high-quality service and establish your position as a thought leader.
You’re working super hard - but wondering why there’s no impact on your bank account.
Your clients are bugging you and asking if it’s actually working!
You’re feeling frustrated by your lack of growth - and blaming the algorithm when your client wants an explanation!
You have no proof to show for your work!
You’re doing random tasks and working 7 days a week just to keep the plates spinning!!
You have no freedom, no personal life and no control over your time or money!
You feel exhausted, frustrated and micro-managed by clients - who are paying minimum-wage rates!
You feel like a bonafide expert + you’re confident about the results you create!
You have solid boundaries - and you’re in control of your time and money.
You’re able to show actual proof on paper - and your clients are thrilled to have found you!
You only do what you WANT to do for your client - and you have responses to handle all the crazy requests!
You have a signature framework that establishes your expertise and makes clients choose YOU!
You feel like a successful business owner - making over 6-figures a year - without having to bust your tail to get there!
PLUS, prior to graduation, you’ll plan & implement a launch to reveal your signature framework & market your new premium offers!
You’ll graduate from the program with all the strategic social media marketing experience & resources you need to become a highly sought-after, well paid industry expert. You’ll also create a unique-to-you signature framework, designed to get your ideal clients proven, repeatable results.
You will become certified as a master strategist in 4 key competencies:
Community Building & Customer Relationship Management
Social Media & Content Marketing Strategy
Social Superlatives is currently closed. Get on the waitlist to be notified when enrollment begins!
By the end of the program, you will have a Master Strategist portfolio, complete with strategies you’ve executed, campaigns you’ve planned and implemented, and analytics reports & case studies to share the data - to show clients verifiable proof that you know your sh*t.
This is THE most complete program on building social media EXPERTISE - and selling that expertise to clients who desperately need what you have to offer!
You have at least 1 year of social media management experience
You’re ready to invest to gain real expertise in social media marketing
You’re tired of working with “tactical” clients and want to level up + become a leader
You want to raise the quality of your service - and get paid at least 30% more.
You want to be a thought leader and visionary in your industry!
You’re a beginner with no experience!
You don’t want to do your homework
You struggle with the basics of social media management (like scheduling an IG post)
You don’t want to aim for excellence
You’re looking for a copy-and-paste, magic bullet solution for running your business (this program is NOT going to give you the fish - it’ll teach you HOW to fish!)
Social Superlatives is NOT a traditional online course (how many of those have you bought on a whim & never fully completed or implemented? Be honest!) This is different. Instead of passively watching an instructor talk at you & never actually doing anything with the information, this hands-on Certification program will hold you accountable to take action -- in real time. Many of our past students have described the program as similar to “a semester in college” or “like school”, since you’re working through the curriculum based on a predetermined schedule (sometimes with an assigned student partner) and being asked to turn in your work by specific dates & participate in bi-weekly group discussions. For best results, we ask that students stick closely to the monthly schedule we’ve outlined - staying on top of the videos & completing their homework. We’ve found that ideal students are 100% UP FOR THE CHALLENGE!
A certification is the way to showcase your credentials -- demonstrating that you have acquired specific skills or knowledge in a particular field. You’ll leave the Social Superlatives program with a valuable Signature Framework, an advanced set of strategic marketing skills, and tangible proof to share with future clients in the form of real case studies, tested campaigns & implemented strategies. And we'll be shouting about our Certified Master Strategist graduates from the rooftops -- even promoting their expertise on our Directory, The Social Media Manager Market - so business owners who are looking for THE BEST social media marketing talent can easily connect with you!
The program will begin registering new students in Fall 2022. The next class officially starts in January 2023 & runs throughout the entire year (with a short break in June/ July). The first phase of the program will run from January-May. During this phase you will be following the scheduled curriculum and completing all of your homework required for Certification. This phase lasts approximately 5 months & you will officially graduate in June. Then, the program closes for 2 months for a much needed vacay. The program reopens in August for the second phase, which we call Alumni Access. This is when our newly Certified Master Strategists return to their classmates inside the student community for monthly co-working sessions, monthly group strategy calls & receive their exclusive Featured Listing as a Social Superlative within The Social Media Manager Market Directory. The full program lasts 10 months - spanning an entire calendar year (January-December) with a 2 month break in the middle (June, July).
I suggest blocking out 3-5 hours per week for the first 5 months. The program will run over the course of the entire year, but only the first 20 weeks are dedicated to completing the curriculum & required assignments. This is not a wallflower program - so you will need to manage your time accordingly (but I promise, IT’S MUCH MORE FUN THIS WAY!) I guarantee that you WILL see results from this program if you commit to taking action & stick to it! Our students leave feeling like experts -- with more confidence in their abilities to sell their services, raise their prices & create impactful strategies. After completing all the lessons & assessments, you'll graduate & take a well-deserved break, enjoying 8 weeks of downtime for rest & recovery. Then, you'll return as an Alumni with 5 months of student community access, biweekly co-working and coaching / strategy calls, and other student perks designed to support you as you step out online as a Certified Master Strategist!
Due to the hands-on nature of the program we like to keep class sizes small. There are a limited number of spaces available, so don’t procrastinate and miss out -- we only open up spots ONCE PER YEAR! Deadline to enroll is December 31, 2022, or as soon as the class spots are filled.
None of them… and in a way, all of them. This program will help you to develop advanced social media marketing skills & strategies that are transferable to ANY platform & can be used with all types of clients. Meaning, the lessons won’t be centered around any specific platform and they won’t walk you step-by-step through any technical aspects of using various social media management tools. There are plenty of platform-specific courses available out there, this isn’t one of them. This certification is focused around helping you establish yourself as an expert in social media marketing and a strategic partner to your clients. You’ll learn to create your own Signature Framework with the methods you learn & skills you develop throughout the program -- something you can charge premium prices for!
The content contained in this certification program is intended to elevate social media managers into Master Social Strategists. You will be certified in 4 key competencies: Social Media & Content Marketing Strategy, Community Building & Customer Relationship Management, Data Literacy & Industry Leadership. We’ll cover topics related to Social Media & Content Strategy, Sales Psychology, Community Building & Customer Relationship Management, Analytics and Reporting, Strategic Storytelling, Viral Marketing Techniques, Strategic Partnerships, Campaign Building, Movement Marketing, Thought / Industry Leadership, Sales & Marketing Techniques for Service Providers, Growth Mindset… and more!
There are no refunds available for this program - because we only want the most committed and qualified people to join us. In case you are concerned about the investment, I can assure you that you’ll walk away charging at least 30% more than what you’re charging right now.
If you’re not sure if this program is right for you (or if you don’t believe you’ll have the time to do the implementation work), reach out to us via DM. If you’re not a good fit - we’ll let you know and point you in the right direction.
…and want to build REAL expertise that will get you REAL clients and drive REAL income growth - then Social Superlatives is the program for you. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create with it!
Hey! I’m Stephanie Gilbert, founder of The Social Media CEO & your fearless leader inside The Social Superlatives™️ Master Strategist Certification Program.
As a social media strategist & online entrepreneur I’ve worked with businesses of all shapes and sizes, in all kinds of cool ways. I’ve hit that dreamy multiple 6 figure status, been featured in Forbes, and had the opportunity to teach millions of people how to use social media to grow their businesses… but, I’m not here to talk about me, I wanna' talk about you!
Something tells me that you’re tired of low-balling clients who don’t have any budget for you.
You’re fed up with being compared to $10/hour virtual assistants who are “faking it” - and stealing your clients.
And you’re done being asked to complete 10 billion tasks instead of being empowered to truly make an impact.
This is your opportunity to become a Social Superlative™️ - and create a real business that moves you closer to your life goals. If that sounds like you - come join us and let’s do it!
It’s your time. You’re ready for more. Let’s do it.
The certification program is currently closed to new applicants. Sign up to get on the waitlist. You’ll be notified when the next class enrollment begins!