Mark Longbottom - Director

Director at design58 - social media consultancy



Current location

United Kingdom

Work category

Media and Design



I live in Huddersfield in Northern England, my business is design58 which is a social media consultancy helping clients develop and manage an effective online presence. I have been social networking effectively for over 25 years since 1983. Since 2006 I have focused on social media sharing my skills and experiences in helping clients engage and build relationships online and offline.

I also develop platform58 which is a creative network, also publishing online art publications with the first 15 receiving over 2 million views in 18 months. Platform58 is now concentrated on facebook after the decline in MySpace [we have over 17,000 friends] and NING closing there free networks down [We had a network website of over 13,000 pages].

My creative background as a performance and conceptual artist helped me develop strong networking skills which are now the guidelines used globally on social media. These simply involve developing connections which produce long lasting relationships.

Mark Longbottom's Professional Experience

2004 - Present

design58 - social media consultancy - Director

With social media strategies that include the following:

• Locating and listening to the audience
• Monitoring audience discussions
• Understanding their interests

• Building brand awareness
• Improving online effectivity
• Developing a social media mind set

• Utilising positive engagement
• Partisipating in dialogues not monologues
• Enhancing customer services

Focusing on genuine, authentic and informative processes
of engagement in building relationships.

Free Consultations – Simply helping you

Key Skills
Customer Services
2008 - 2010

Platform58 - Director

A creative network showcasing all media and creativity:

Regularly publishing art publications available online and in print.

Real people and art,

See you on platform58...

Key Skills
2004 - 2005

Abbey College Manchester - Teacher

Art and design teacher, covering GCSE and A Level.

1985 - 2001

Self - Employed - Practicing Artist/Performance Artist

Practicing artist selling work through galleries and art markets, specialist performance artist and dancer from 1986 - 2001. Working mainly as a Living Sculpture.


Mark Longbottom's Education and Qualifications


Masters/PostGrad - PGCE / PCET Further Education Teacher training

Universtity of Huddersfield


Masters/PostGrad - Interactive Multimedia Production MA, Multimedia

The University of Huddersfield


Bachelor/Degree - Fine Art BA, Multi Media, Performance Art, Photography, Paint, Collage

Leeds Metropolitan University


Diploma - Datec Diploma, Art; Art & Design; English Language, Maths, Physics, History, Geography

Further Education: Huddersfield Technical College

Mark Longbottom's Additional Information