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20 independent mobile agencies that should be on your radar

As part of The Drum's Mobile deep dive, Cat Hartland, head of The Drum Recommends, shines a spotlight on 20 independent agencies that have been impressing clients with their work in mobile disciplines.

The Drum Recommends is a free service designed by The Drum to help marketers easily navigate and find relevant and trusted agencies based on their specific criteria plus the ratings that we receive from clients who have already worked with those agencies.

Every year, The Drum Recommends receives thousands of ratings from the clients of agencies that are subscribed to the service. Clients complete a survey asking them to score and comment on the agency’s overall performance including ‘client service’, ‘strategic thinking’ and ‘effectiveness’ as well as specific services they’ve used such as ‘mobile development’.

The unique ratings system within the platform enables us to identify agencies that come recommended for specific services and performance which brand marketers can trust to source new agencies. In order to become recommended for these services, agencies must receive a minimum of three client ratings that score above a set threshold.

As part of The Drum's special focus on mobile, here we take a look at 20 independent agencies that should be on your radar. These are agencies that have been recommended for services including mobile marketing, mobile app development, mobile commerce and responsive design.

Actuate Digital

Location: Chester

Headcount: 4

Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Actuate Digital is a Magento e-commerce digital agency working across fashion, high street shops, local councils and home furnishings.

Adapt

Location: Bath

Headcount: 100

Mobile services recommended for: mobile marketing

Adapt is a digital performance marketing agency. Its services encompass digital performance marketing, analytics and consultancy for brands including SEO, digital PR, paid search, paid social, programmatic, content marketing, conversion optimisation and web analytics.

Best Response Media

Location: London

Headcount: 59

Mobile services recommended for: mobile commerce

Best Response Media is an Enterprise Magento partner e-commerce agency that creates shopping experience for millions of people all over the world. Founded in 2009, its services incorporate strategy, creativity and technology.

Cantarus

Location: London, Manchester

Headcount: 52

Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Cantarus is a collective of creatives and technologists working to create user experiences that drive real business results. The company is wholly owned by its founder and intends to keep it that way as it builds for the next decade.

Click Digital Solutions

Location: Kingston Upon Hull

Headcount: 26

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile app development, mobile commerce, responsive design

Founded in 2019, Click Digital Solutions is a full-service digital agency with many experience in creative, e-commerce and digital projects.

Cogent

Location: Birmingham

Headcount: 65

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile marketing

Established in 1930, Cogent is a long-standing integrated marketing agency that prides itself on a spirit of togetherness among its people and its clients.

Crowd

Location: multiple, including Bournemouth, Sydney and Dubai

Headcount: 32

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Crowd is a global creative agency whose multi-national team fuses rich data, digital innovation, and creativity, deploying localised knowledge with the support and reach of a worldwide network.

Distinction

Location: London, Nottingham

Headcount: 23

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Founded in 2001, Distinction helps brands discover, design and build digital technology using active strategy.

FX Digital

Location: London

Headcount: 48

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

FX Digital is a London-based connected TV-first and OTT app technology company. Its team of developers, designers, UX/UI specialists, quality assurers and strategists has worked with the likes of Discovery Inc. and Eurosport.

MMT Digital

Location: London

Headcount: 170

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile app development, mobile strategy, responsive design

Part agency, part consultancy, MMT Digital helps clients build digital products and deal with challenges of innovation, speed of delivery, customer experience and costly infrastructure.

Parkhouse

Location: Dublin, Edinburgh, London

Headcount: 100

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Operating from creative hubs in Dublin, Edinburgh and London, Parkhouse helps large and small companies, universities and public organisations add value to their activities across the marketing mix.

Positive

Location: Richmond upon Thames

Headcount: 39

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Positive is an integrated agency that provides creativity, design and technical build alongside hosting and support, partnered with an integrated search offering of channel strategy, SEO, PPC, paid social, social, content marketing and display.

Reload Digital

Location: London

Headcount: 14

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile marketing, mobile strategy

Since 2009 Reload Digital has worked with more than 500 brands to grow their customer awareness, acquisition and retention, in 20 markets around the world. Its aim is to help established retail brands act more like an agile D2C and help D2C brands establish themselves in the wider retail landscape.

Ridgeway

Location: London, Oxford

Headcount: 25

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Ridgeway is a digital agency that offers expert web development, e-commerce and digital marketing services. It has worked with a diverse portfolio of clients including YO!, OptiBac , De Beers Group, Forevermark and Twinings.

Rufus Leonard

Location: London

Headcount: 100

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Operating for more than 30 years, Rufus Leonard is a digital experience agency that has worked with some of Britain's best-loved service organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, British Gas, BBC, Lloyd’s Register, Reckitt Benckiser, British Red Cross and The Gym Group.

Shaped By

Location: Bristol

Headcount: 14

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Shaped By is a creative studio for 'changemaker' brands. Partnering with the innovators and enablers of change, it aims to challenge them to unleash creativity across their business to drive growth and success.

SO Marketing

Location: London, Stoke-on-Trent

Headcount: 17

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile commerce

From e-commerce to branding to web design and development, SO Marketing is a full-service marketing agency with over 15 years' experience and clients from all industries, from startups to multi-nationals.

Space & Time

Location: Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Reigate

Headcount: 122

​Mobile services recommended for: mobile marketing

Space & Time is an independent media agency with expertise spanning PPC, social media, SEO, programmatic, content and traditional media. The agency is a Google Premier Partner, Microsoft Advertising Partner and Facebook Marketing Partner.

The Loft

Location: Liverpool

Headcount: 5

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Founded in 2007, The Loft is a marketing and web design agency that specialises in brand strategy, brand design, branded content and effectiveness.

The Pixel

Location: Bristol, London

Headcount: 28

​Mobile services recommended for: responsive design

Since it was established in 2001, The Pixel has been dedicated to e-commerce, offering Adobe Commerce solutions from a dedicated in-house team of certified specialists.

This August, we will be downloading all ratings received via The Drum Recommends for digital services in the past 12 months where we will go on to crown the most recommended digital agencies of 2021 during The Drum’s Digital Summit. For any agencies that are not yet subscribed and recommended with The Drum Recommends, simply sign up for membership here.

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