Manifesto is a multi-award winning, agile agency of creatives, coaches, strategists and technologists who collaborate with exceptional organisations to help them own their future.

London, United Kingdom
Founded: 2011
Staff: 58
Content Management
User Experience
Digital Design
motion graphics
Video production
Website development
website design
content strategy

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Diabetes UK
London Borough of Camden
Cancer Research UK
The English-Speaking Union
Notting Hill Genesis
The Health Foundation
Visit England
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal British Legion

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Sector Experience
Housing Associations

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Achieving bigger returns on event acquisition spend for Diabetes UK

by Gemma Reeve

“We’re really impressed with the continuous improvements Manifesto have implemented to our paid search, display and social campaigns over the past couple of years. It’s a pleasure working with the team and we’ve learnt so much from their expertise. It’s brilliant to see our participation events programme grow so effectively, and we look forward to our continued partnership.” Daniel Larcey, Senior Events and Mass Participation Manager, Diabetes UK

Manifesto’s partnership with Diabetes UK makes continuous improvements to the effectiveness of their acquisition spend to help the charity boost fundraising through its participation events programme. Working collaboratively across a array of established and new events, we’re helping them better plan, execute and gain insight from their paid search, display and social campaigns.

Driving continual improvement in return on ad spend

The Diabetes UK participation events programme is a big source of fundraising revenue, with sponsorship money from runners, walkers and swimmers helping fund vital research work and supporting people with diabetes. But with an ad hoc approach to planning, executing and evaluating digital acquisition campaigns, the charity was struggling to systematically improve the return it saw on digital ad spend designed to drive sign ups.

Blending innovation and optimisation to maximise returns

Manifesto has helped the charity adopt a more far-sighted approach to event acquisition, using live reports and custom dashboards to combine data from a variety of campaigns and channels, gain insight and optimise activity for maximum value. As well as maintaining regular contact to develop a shared pool of strategic insight, we’re also helping Diabetes UK trial new channels and technologies, like Spotify Ads, for reaching and engaging target audiences more cost effectively.

Delivering improved ROAS and a 368% increase in fundraising

Over the first two years of the Manifesto and Diabetes UK partnership, the participation events programme has raised a projected £3.3 million, a 368% increase over the prior period. The partnership has also boosted the total number of event participants by 93% and led to a 98% increase in the average amount raised per participant. By sharing knowledge continuously through regular reviews, we have helped Diabetes UK develop the scope of their paid acquisition to include more channels and execute campaigns with confidence.


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Diabetes UK