• Hello! I'm DANE

    Dane, Founder of Streets Ahead Social

    YOUR go-to Social Media guy!

    My name is Dane Thomson. I am an award-winning social media consultant and I proudly present you ... Streets Ahead Social.


    I have worked in Social Media, PR and Marketing (Executive and Management) roles getting hands-on experience for over 5 years.


    I graduated with my PR & Marketing BA (Hons) degree 4 years ago and it has been a professional adventure ever since.


    My adventure has included running successful social media campaigns for the likes of award-winning bid specialists, AM Bid, Scotland's highest ranked university, Queen Margaret University and national charity, Support in Mind Scotland.


    I launched Streets Ahead Social in December 2017 on the back of an award-winning social media campaign I created for Support in Mind Scotland.


    The campaign showcased my life-changing walk I went on to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young male professionals.


    The power of social media saw me engage in 100 open conversations about mental health with professionals (like you reading just now) from all walks of career life.


    It was a roaring success ...


    • I raised an astounding £1,400 in just 7 days
    • I WON Support in Mind Scotland's 'Best Individual Category' award for the social media campaign


    As a result, Streets Ahead Social was born.


    Streets Ahead Social exists to teach SMEs like yours how to use and build relationships with the clients you want using social media.


    My clients to date have included: AM Bid, Thomson Print and Packaging, Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, Bright Green Business, GL Therapy, Forrester Hypnotherapy and more!


    I am also a proud member of the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, Bright Green Business Network, Institute of Directors and JCI Edinburgh.


    Take a look at the services I offer and please don't hesitate to get in touch with me for a quote for my assistance.


    I stand ready to help you!








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    Social Media Strategy Formation

    Social media strategy that hands YOU the keys to YOUR social media success!

    Before you click 'create profile' or 'post' on your business social media profiles, it is crucial that you know:


    • Who your audience is
    • What the key messages you want to send out about your business are
    • What the objectives going to help get you there are 

    My sound strategy formation service helps you explore all this and MORE so have a clear plan in place for your social media. It'll help you bring your ideal client to life so you know how you are going to interact with them on social media.


    I take you through your Social Media Strategy Formation paces for either 1 full working day or 2 half working days (depending on what suits you best!).


    The cost for this service starts at £395.


    Social Media Content Creation

    Social media updates that will connect with your audience

    Social media at its heart is about being SOCIAL! I do just that for you.


    I create content that is true to your organisation and relevant to your audience. I create and source the following for you:

    • Status updates (with or without accompanying graphics)
    • Infographics
    • GIFs (short, moving image)
    • Adverts
    to name but a few ...

    I understand the importance of data and analytics for you to see what is working on social media and what isn't. I am very transparent in sharing these with you. After all ...time IS money!


    I also go the extra mile for you ... I make sure you don't miss things that really matter to your clients such as e.g. congratulating them on their award win they are over the moon about!


    I can work with you as often as you like with this service - whether you want to hire me on a weekly or monthly basis, we can have a further discussion on what suits you best.


    The cost for this service starts at £55 per hour.

    Social Media for Events

    Generating buzz for your events so people WILL come!


    The key recipe for event success is research, promotion and engagement.


    For your event I can write and create social media content plans, marketing materials, live posts on the day. Anything you need to help get your event into the newsfeeds, inboxes and diaries of who you want to attend.


    I help you before the event, on the day of the event and after the event.


    The cost for this service starts at £55 per hour.


    Social Media Training

    Tailored social media training for you without the 'WHAT NOW?' limbo ...

    We've all been to a training event which has:

    • Taken a full day of our time away from the office
    • Cost a lot of money
    • Left us with answered questions
    NOT with my events here!
    My sessions with you are focused on answering ALL your social media related questions relevant to YOUR organisation. I tailor the content so that you can return to the office confident and ready to action what you've learned having addressed all the barriers before you go!
    I provide training for up to 12 people per session in your office or at a local venue. I work with you in advance to make sure the content is relevant to you and you're happy.
    The cost for this service starts at £395.
  • Client Kind Words

    I LOVE my clients!

    Rosemary Armstrong, Director, RJA Coaching & Development

    "I found myself feeling frustrated with Social Media. You know what it's like ...'Does this work?', 'Does that work?' 'What works best?'


    I contacted Dane for some help and got a consultation set up with him. Before meeting with me, he looked at my social media accounts and my competitors. He even took the time to read my latest blog!


    Having arranged to work with Dane on an on-going basis, I now feel light hearted, organised and happy.


    If you need some Social Media, PR or Marketing assistance, then I can strongly recommend, Dane Thomson at Streets Ahead Social.


    A more friendly and down to earth chap I have yet to meet."



    Candice Wilson, Founder, Creating Balance

    "Working with Dane is a great pleasure. I find it so rewarding for me as a business owner. Dane has such in-depth knowledge and expertise in Social Media, PR and Marketing. This coupled with his caring nature, down to earth approach and great sense of humour make him one THE best consultants I have EVER come across."


    Gin Lalli, Solution Focused Hypnotherapist at GL Therapy


    "Although I was happy to use social media on a personal level, I really wanted to approach it for my business from a more professional angle. I ended up just confusing myself and NOT enjoying it all ...


    ... that is until I met Dane from Streets Ahead Social.


    From the outset, Dane made everything so much easier for me to understand. He quickly understood what I was trying to achieve on social media and has guided me in the right direction.


    I now feel much more authentic and proud of my social media profiles.


    Dane knows what he is talking about and is passionate about what he does too.


    I would highly recommend Dane at Streets Ahead Social for all your social media needs."


    Clare McGill, Founder, Ahimsa Yoga


    "Dane was great at giving me advice on my Facebook Page and Instagram. He had done his research beforehand on my page so knew what I was trying to do and readily had ideas and input on how to get there.


    My Ahimsa Yoga Facebook Page has really come to life since I used Streets Ahead Social and as a result I have had more interest in my classes.


    I highly recommend Dane at Streets Ahead Social."


    Dr Laura Wyness, Nutrition Research and Communication


    "I had been doing a few social media videos and regular posts but often the impact of these was less than anticipated. Dane hosted a Facebook LIVE with me a few weeks ago which was extremely useful from a business point of view as well as being a fun experience!


    Dane's approach was very professional and it was clear he had done his research on my business and background.


    I now have far more awareness of how to effectively promote events and my services on social media and I have been steadily gaining followers on my Facebook Page as a result of Dane's sound advice.


    If you are struggling with your social media strategy or just not seeing the results you expect with your current efforts to promote your business, I'd highly recommend contacting Dane for straightforward advice and help to ensure your social media strategy has a positive impact."


    Elaine Brown, Business Development Manager, Bright Green Business


    "Our team recently attended a Streets Ahead Social Training Session. WOW! The training and follow up session has provided up with a 'Green Print Social Media Strategy', new understanding of techniques to use, and we've done our first ever Facebook LIVE! The added bonus was that the course was fun and Dane is so engaging and makes you feel like you can ask the 'silly questions.' I now understand hashtags! #SocialMediaSorted


    Barry Thomson, Sales Manager, Thomson Print and Packaging


    "Prior to meeting Dane, we had no concept of how useful a tool social media can be for business. Following a wonderfully presented presentation full of useful information, we were able to re-structure our social media basis to have more engagement with our target audience.


    We would highly recommend Dane and Streets Ahead Social to any business that is looking to gain more insight and understanding of how social media can work for their business."


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    I endeavour to take strict steps to protect your personal information.  I have all the up-to-date firewall and security updates installed in my laptop and work from secure WI-FI connections. I, however, cannot 100% guarantee safety of any information you disclose online, unless it’s been negligence on my part e.g. haven’t kept laptop security updates up-to-date. 
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    Dane Thomson 
    Streets Ahead Social 
    144/1 Duke Street Edinburgh EH6 8HR 
    Updated 19/04/2018