Top 20 Trending Digital Marketing Agencies in the UK
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While not ranked by any specific metric, these are the digital marketing agencies we think deserve a shoutout from their fellow experts for reaching new heights and constant innovation.
Top Tip: Check out the Agency’s Clutch profile for customer reviews and a breakdown of their client and industry focus. We’ll be going more in depth into this with our article next week: How to Choose a Digital Marketing Agency
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Holding the prestigious title of London’s #1 SEO agency for 5 years running (as awarded by Clutch a specialist B2B rating and reviews site), Digivate has the experience and expertise to illustrate why. Ethical business is all about providing answers to questions your customers ask and with a “personalised digital marketing engine” that uses qualitative and quantitative data to analyse your customer’s profiles Digivate are “specialists at getting your customer’s attention”. If that doesn’t persuade you their “average increase in sales in the first 6 months is 123%”. Results that are simply “too good to pass up”. Win your customer’s minds and you’ll win their wallets… Digivate just might have won yours.
Another one of the London based Digital Marketing Agencies, Bmoozed bring an experienced and skilful approach to your marketing campaign. The modern world moves fast with social media becoming a crucial part of reaching your target audience. Amongst Bmoozed’s successful social media campaigns, their work with Coverderm succeeded in increasing engagement with their customer base through a regular posting schedule based around user activity spikes as well as the use of Influencers well known within the cosmetics world to illustrate the effectiveness of the product. The results speak for themselves. Bmoozed also have an impressive work history with other clients in the UK such as JD Sports, Waitrose and Barclays Bank.
Founded in 2015, Red Hot Penny focus on a well-rounded approach with roughly equal thirds devoted to PPC, SEO and Content Marketing initiatives. Holding Google Premier Partner status, RHP have been shortlisted for numerous UK agency awards and won the B2B PR Campaign of the Year award for 2019. Their partnerships include some of the leading players in the world of ecommerce such as Shopify and they work with a “transparent and open approach” that will “add value to your brand and smash the targets you need to hit. An irresistible blend of creativity and being straight-forward works well in this industry, shown by their list of clients that includes M&S, Virgin and Tesco.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the SEO Works are primarily SEO focused. However, they’re far from a one trick pony with a quarter of their focus on PPC marketing and web design. With a name like that, it’s probably not surprising that the SEO Works proudly proclaim to be “the UK’s leading search specialists” and back it up holding a record of over “10,000 top 3 rankings on Google”. It’s no wonder then that Google have recognised their work as a “Top Performing Agency”; evidence of their legacy of “outstanding results over a sustained period of time for a wide variety of clients”. They might say ‘it’s well grim oop north’ but this Sheffield based agency prove that when it comes to SEO, there’s no better place to go.
“We’ll book you 30 calls in 30 days!” and “Double your Organic Traffic in 90 Days!” would seem to be ambitious pledges but judging by the number of enthusiastic reviews, Pearl Lemon are more than capable of hitting and exceeding that. Based in East London, Pearl Lemon was established in 2014 and their rapid rise within the industry is testament to the hard work and outstanding achievement they’ve achieved. Primarily focused on SEO and driving qualified b2b leads, PL’s list of clients include Astteria London, St Emilion Capital and Indie Law. Prepare to be wowed by Pearl Lemon’s engaging transparency and passionate customer feedback. We’re sure you’ll be adding your own in no time!
We aim to showcase a range of possible agencies to suit your specific needs and possible limitations and as one of the more economic options on the list, Genie Crawl provide plenty of bang for your buck. Their skilful intimate team offers the guarantee that you won’t be tied into a contract that you’re dissatisfied with offering work on a month-to-month basis with the guarantee that “you never pay for more than you get”. Genie Crawl promise an Honest and Ethical SEO approach with the guarantee that everything is 100% Whitehat and within Google’s quality guidelines. Genie Crawl are testament to the classic phrase ‘size isn’t everything’; their list of former clients includes Subway and Papa Johns.
We’re going international again with the Australian based Appello Software in Sydney, although they qualify for this list with an office in London. Given the prevalence of smartphones in our lives, Appello Software specialise in mobile marketing with a major focus on Mobile App Development and User Interface design. Their base down under also offers a valuable hold into the Asia-Pacific region and with their growing economies and populations, you’d be kicking yourself if you didn’t try to get a slice of that pie! If you’re planning to promote or do your business in a handheld way, Appello are sure to ‘app’ear in your searchbar.
We were feeling generous enough to give a shout-out to one of our Iberian neighbours. ;) Appetite Creative Solutions are certainly worthy of any list, boasting offices in London, Madrid and Dubai. Although their Portfolio reads like a whose-who of brand names including Jaguar, Patek Philippe, Honda, Disney and many more 65% of their client focus is actually aimed at small business with very reasonable rates considering their prestige. ACS specialise in creative campaigns and are a must to ensure your marketing campaigns truly stand out. As one glowing review states, “Just be straightforward about what you need and they will move heaven and earth to make sure they deliver."
If you’re looking for something that ‘does what it says on the tin’, Site Visibility are sure to deliver. One of the old heads of the list with a history stretching back to 2001, Site Visibility offer SEO and Content Marketing amongst other strategies. Raking in a multitude of awards over their nearly 20 year history, their client list doesn't dissapoint either with the likes of Nivea and Hilton. Site Visibility have also done a lot to give back to the industry, theyºre co-founders of the world’s largest search marketing conference, BrightonSEO. They also host one of the world’s most popular marketing podcasts, the Internet Marketing Podcast. Be sure to check them out for some business tips of your own from one of the backbones of the industry!
Describing themselves as “Search Marketing for Mid-Market & Enterprise Firms, Directive brings together CRO, paid media, content marketing, PPC, and SEO services to help your brand expand its reach and increase your customer base. They make a strong argument, claiming a 12% drop in bounce rate, 135% more organic traffic, 84% more inbound leads, and 32% lower cost per acquisition based on their average customer. Notable brands such as Cisco and Samsung can safely agree that “You get to see your ROI increase week after week, as the KPIs you care about continue to climb, all with a speed of execution that would give other agencies whiplash.” What else do you need to hear?
Having grown from two 2 to 45 people in the space of 4 years, Impression handles the services of major clients throughout the UK and in Europe. This year was arguably their most outstanding year since their formation, as they scooped major accolades and awards at both the UK Search and the European Search Awards for their SEO division of the business. Impression's work isn't limited to SEO however, and they describe themselves as a digital marketing agency who "thrive on creating intelligent, integrated creative marketing campaigns and seamless customer journeys" and posit that "Your business can benefit from our range of digital marketing services and web development team, which we already supply to clients across the UK and overseas."
A small team of dedicated professionals, these digital marketing maestros have worked with clients such as Grosvenor Casinos, Hyundai, SpareRoom, AQA and Phillips, showing their versatility in creating campaigns across different industries that target a range of audiences. Perhaps their most notable campaign was Hendrick’s 'Ministry Of Marginally Superior Transport', in which they used frustrated tweets from train and tube commuters in London, and turned them into a series of viral short films. As one of the most creative companies on this list, you can trust that your brand won't be forgotten about anytime soon with Gravity Thinking.
Making waves in the marketing industry since 2005, Cyber-Duck are equally as adept at completing projects in any of the digital marketing disciplines. They've made quite a name for themselves in 2018, taking on a big UX project for the Mitsubishi Electric website, which led to them being nominated for the B2B agency and Design agency of the year categories at the UK Agency Awards, as well as becoming finalists at the Wirehive 100 awards for the 5th year running. With a minimum project size of $25,000, Cyber-Duck's aspirations are a draw for many large companies.
The SEO powerhouses of London, Yando are almost unrivalled in the UK when it comes to increasing organic traffic. Taking on both domestic and international projects, the scope of clients on Yando's roster is highly impressive by any metric. Boasting Motorola, American Express, Black and Decker and LA Times, big clients are swayed by Yando's "no stone left unturned" approach and will no doubt be fighting over Yando's services in the years to come. They aren't a one-trick pony however, and offer a PPC strategy in one of the most competitive industries for digital marketers: iGaming.
Describing themselves as a "design and technology ideas company", Beyond are potentially the most widely known firm on this list. Although they may have been better suited to our Top Digital Marketing Agencies in NYC list (their headquarters are situated in San Francisco and they have an office in New York), we can't exclude them as they also have an office in London which serves as a vital hub for their British clients. One of these is the NSPCC, a UK children's charity, in which Beyond optimised the website containing potentially life-saving information. They were also asked to create a hybrid mobile application, which 95% of the people who installed the mobile app still use. Beyond show their heart is still at the centre of digital marketing, taking clients with a minimum project size of $10,000 simultaneously alongside Google, Just Eat, Snapchat and Facebook.
Our first entry from over the Irish Sea and across the border is Loud Mouth Media, a PPC focused agency with headquarters in Belfast, and offices in Dublin and Glasgow. They were awarded the best Small PPC Agency in 2017 AND 2018 at the UK Search Awards, but small is a categorisation metric and certainly doesn't affect client satisfaction and results, so much so that "90% of their business is inbound". With clients including the Irish Football Association, The Telegraph, and Yankee.co.uk, Loud Mouth Media don't intend to reduce their decibels any time soon.
Residing in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Parallax are a digital marketing agency that specialise in Design & Development, and Marketing & PR. Branches of these include email marketing, SEO, web design, content marketing, and branding. As a result, Parallax are very user-oriented, and optimal if you desire a company that has their "whole creative process revolving entirely around your needs." Parallax "see every project as a fresh opportunity – we approach each and every one from an exciting new angle." An attitude shown both literally and figuratively, as they have added offices in Marylebone, London. Swooping in with no fewer than 5 awards last year, Parallax are an agency that can fit your small-medium business well.
Tamba are a bit of an anomaly on this list, but for good reason. While the Staffordshire-based company are still technically a digital marketing agency (and a very good one at that), they also run integrated campaigns, with offline marketing, and influencer marketing. This is especially interesting in today's day and age, with bloggers, vloggers and viral campaigns permeating people's lives on platforms that didn't exist 6 years ago. It's no secret that this type of marketing comes at a price though, with Tamba charging a minimum project size price of around $25,000 for their work. The results clearly speak for themselves as big name companies namely Pirelli, Superdry and easyJet think they're worth it.
Formed in 2006, this 20 person-strong team already have a number of awards under their belt. Koozai deem content as the backbone of their digital marketing processes, and they say their digital marketing "team works hard to ensure that your content is served up like a big juicy steak". With services in Digital PR, SEO, Content Marketing, Paid Social, and Paid Search, Koozai are experts in attracting people to your brand, nurturing those leads, and gaining you audiences that you didn't think you had. If that wasn't enough, "they aren’t finished until they've served a delicious three-course meal that leaves you satisfied". We would've thought they'd have gone for a takeaway analogy, given Papa Johns are one of their satisfied clients. Even Google have given them a slice of praise, recognising them as one of the top 30 digital marketing agencies in the UK. With an hourly rate between $150-$199 you pay for what you get; add a bottle of aged red to go with that filet mignon.
Yes, we reserved the last spot for yours truly, Codedesign. Supporting clients in numerous industries, from hospitality, to finance, to eCommerce, Codedesign is a digital marketing agency who are quickly establishing themselves at the forefront of the international marketplace. Boasting marketers fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch, clients can expect a 'no stone left unturned' policy, using a combination of the main digital disciplines (SEO, Paid Search Marketing, Display Marketing and Remarking, Organic and Paid Social Media, Content Marketing, and Data Analytics) to create holistic strategies focused on building international brand awareness and driving conversions around the world. With a client-base containing Randstad, Chicco, Nestlé, and Microsoft, Codedesign has a level of sophistication that competitors can't match when it comes to dedication, approach, and pricing. We're also listed by DESIGNRUSH as one of the Top 20 Digital Marketing Agencies for small to mid sized companies.
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