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10 recommended agencies to bring your brand to life

As part of The Drum’s Experiential Marketing Deep Dive, Cat Hartland, head of The Drum Recommends, shines a spotlight on 10 agencies that come highly recommended by their own clients for experiential services.

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

Every year, The Drum Recommends receives thousands of ratings from the clients of agencies 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 the specific services they’ve used, such as ‘SEO’ or ‘brand activation’.

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 above a set threshold.

Here, we pick out 10 of the best-rated agencies for experiential...

AgencyUK

Location: Bath, Bristol, London

Headcount: 24

AgencyUK is an independent brand communications agency with services spanning brand strategy, identity, creative development, media planning and much more.

Cogent

Location: Banbury, Birmingham

Headcount: 65

Cogent is an integrated marketing agency that works with clients such as Vauxhall, Arriva, AEG, Marston's and many more.

Golley Slater Group

Location: Cardiff, Leeds, London, Cirencester

Headcount: 170

Golley Slater is a national integrated agency that has delivered campaigns for some of the world’s most exciting brands, including P&G, Coca-Cola and Mitsubishi.

Inkling

Location: London

Headcount: 36

Inkling is a culture marketing agency that develops long-term culture campaigns for clients, executed through PR, social media, content and experiential.

Mark-making

Location: Chipping Norton

Headcount: 23

Mark-making is a creative agency specializing in branding, communications and campaigns for clients that span startups to household names.

Orchard Media & Events

Location: Cardiff

Headcount: 50

Orchard is a creative content and communications agency, specializing in events, exhibitions, immersive technologies, audio visual and more.

The Big Group

Location: London, Newbury, Bath, Amsterdam

Headcount: 150

The Big Group is a creative marketing agency that works with brands including Mastercard, BT, Samsung, The North Face and many more.

The Corner

Location: London

Headcount: 50

The Corner has no dominant discipline, with work spanning advertising, comms planning, design, events and PR for clients including Adidas, Fentimans and Mencap.

Twelve

Location: London

Headcount: 35

Twelve is a creative agency with expertise that range from shopper and promotional, to experiential and production, to brands and advertising, social and digital, and B2B.

Zeal Creative

Location: Manchester

Headcount: 45

Zeal Creative is a UK shopper marketing agency specializing 100% in FMCG brands, with clients including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Sky and more.

If you think your agency deserves to be recommended to feature in lists like this, found by brands on our agency search platform and win awards for being rated highly by your clients, simply sign up for membership.

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