Top 6 digital marketing agencies for London-based businesses
Looking to market your London-based startup, but unsure where to start? Read on for the top digital marketing agencies in London today
You’ve got the product. You’ve got the drive. You’ve got the funding. Everything’s in place for your startup to flourish, except you’re missing one essential ingredient: a killer marketing campaign that’ll create a buzz about your brand.
Many entrepreneurs may have a brain for business, but find that digital marketing leaves their heads spinning. If that sounds like you, then you've come to the right place. Here, we’ve drawn up a list of London-based digital marketing agencies that are eager to get their hands on some fresh new brands.
We’ve sifted through the capital’s mountain of digital marketing agencies to bring you the best and brightest options. A digital marketing agency will help with branding, social media, email marketing, search engine optimisation, and much much more!
Read on for a comprehensive list of the agencies you should check out if your business’ marketing is in need of some serious TLC.
Top 3 digital marketing agencies in London at a glance
Digital marketing agency: Best for: Cost estimation:
Yell New and small businesses Approx £600 pcm (for a basic service)
Digital Uncut The startup experience Quote available on request
Strategy Quote available on request
For a more detailed cost estimation, fill in the form at the top of the page to receive quotes, specifically tailored to your business.
#1 Yell – best for: new and small businesses
Yell provides a range of digital marketing services for small to medium-sized businesses, including website design, Google Ads, PPC management and promoted listings in the Yell.com directory.
The directory listing is especially handy – not only will Yell use Google to promote your business, but featuring in its directory will promote you to those customers used to using the ‘yellow pages’ approach, and who are more likely to go through Yell.com to find a local plumber (for example).
- Website TLC
- Google shopping
- Display ads
- Social media
Yell pros and cons
|Well known throughout the industry||Focus can be on its own listing site (Yell.com) rather than promoting clients on other search engine platforms|
|Feature on Yell.com as well as Google|
|Broad spectrum of services|
Is Yell for me?
Yell is great for trade and professional services. If you’re setting up your own construction business – or run a solicitor’s firm, for example – then Yell is an agency that’s well equipped to handle your digital marketing needs.
#2 Digital Uncut – Best for the startup experience
A startup itself, Digital Uncut is an agency that knows what it takes to help startups succeed – after all, it's in the same boat! Dedicated to the virtues of PPC and SEO, Digital Uncut will apply some serious digital marketing know-how to get your business noticed.
Digital Uncut services
- Display ads
Digital Uncut pros and cons
|Can empathise with startups – they’ve been there themselves!||More tech-focussed than creative|
|Great SEO knowledge|
Digital Uncut cost
Quote available on request
Is Digital Uncut for me?
If you’re after some speedy SEO and a thorough plan to reach PPC perfection, then Digital Uncut will help you achieve those goals in no time at all. However, if you need some super alternative creative content, then this strategy-focussed agency may fall short of your requirements.
#3 Crowd Form – best for: strategy
Design, development, and strategy are Crowd Form’s underpinning principles, and the agency executes them with razor-sharp precision. Combining clean creative with cunning strategy, Crowd Form’s portfolio is certainly one to ogle at.
Crowd Form services
- UX analysis
- Product strategy
- Website building
- Brand identity
- Visual design
- Technical support
Crowd Form pros and cons
|Small, committed team of experts||The full-works will come at a high cost|
|Very design orientated (can create sleek and impressive visuals)|
|Strong focus on digital strategy|
Is Crowd Form for me?
If you’re a new(ish) brand that’s looking to scale, and scale fast, then Crowd Form will give you the tools to do so. However, if you’re looking for a slightly simpler service without all the design bells and whistles, then Crowd Form might not be your golden ticket.
Crowd form cost: Quote available on request
#4 Tangent – best for: Innovation
Having worked with some huge brands – L’Oreal, Sky and Peugeot, to name but a few – Tangent has a demonstrably experienced team that’s ready to head-up your digital marketing campaign.
The agency delivers marketing that's highly creative and full of cutting edge flair. Fast workers and quick thinkers, this is an agency that’s shaking up the marketing landscape – and its success and popularity speak volumes.
Tangent services include:
- UX Prototyping & testing
- Service blueprints
- Digital first branding
- UI & Interaction design
- Design systems
Tangent pros and cons
|Clean, modern creative that’s pushing boundaries||Big brand experience and a showy portfolio will come at a cost|
|An impressive portfolio full of big brands|
|Strong strategic approach|
Is Tangent for me?
If you’ve got big ideas for your marketing campaign, and a budget to match, then Tangent will 100% fit the bill. However, if money’s tight and you’re confident in your own creative direction, then Tangent isn’t the agency for you.
Quote available on request
#5 Kota – best for: a wholesome approach
Wholesome is perhaps an unusual way to describe a digital marketing agency, but it perfectly captures Kota’s style and approach.
Having created campaigns for Jamie Oliver, Comptoir Lebanais, and the British Red Cross, Kota takes a warm, people-centred approach to digital marketing – an approach any brand in need of nurturing will benefit from.
Kota services include:
- Creative design
- Web development
- Brand identity
Kota pros and cons
|Original thinking||Only suitable for B2C brands|
|Cares about its brands|
Is Kota for me?
If you’re a B2C startup in need of some quirky, yet wholesome creative – as well as a clear-cut strategy – then yes. This is an exciting agency that’s ready for anything. However, if you’re in the B2B market and/or value functionality over creativity, then you’re better off elsewhere.
Quote available on request
#6 Frank – best for: quirky creative
Fun and quirky, this digital marketing agency is screaming for startup attention. It’s teeming with fresh, innovative ideas will get your digital marketing campaign off the ground, and send the popularity of your brand into orbit.
Frank coined the term ‘talkability’*, and is all about creating a no-nonsense, authentic buzz around brands. Perfect if you’re looking to experiment.
* NOUN: “The buzz that takes over and does your best marketing for you.”
- Online and offline campaigns
- Social media marketing
- Influencer marketing
- Paid media
- Owned media marketing
- Earned media marketing
Frank pros and cons
|Groovy agency||This is a large agency with lots of clients, so you might get lost in amongst the big names and priority accounts.|
|Very unique design|
|Visionary, and in-line with startup culture|
Is Frank for me?
Frank is a funky digital marketing agency that knows how to create hype around a brand. It’ll go the unorthodox route to kickstart a conversation about your brand, and is sure to get you noticed. This is great if you’re into ‘out of the box’ thinking, but not so fab if it’s a bog standard service you’re after.
Prices available on request
What are the benefits of using a digital marketing agency based in your city?
Face-to-face meetings are easy and convenient
Agencies often have some pretty swanky offices, as they’re out to impress their clients. Being close to your agency of choice will mean you’re able to pop in and appreciate some top-notch customer service.
Also, being able to bat some creative ideas around face-to-face is the best way to have your say regarding the direction of the campaign. Regularly bringing many minds together in one creative space will be hugely beneficial to the impact the marketing has.
A local agency will know what’s on in the area, and when. In other words, it’ll know when you’re likely to be at the local trade show, or attending an event, as their local calendar will match your local calendar.
This will facilitate the kind of collaborative understanding regarding time and availability that you wouldn’t get with a larger agency, which many be situated outside of your town or city.
Local agencies mean local leads
A business local to your area will have connections in the marketing and media world on a local level. This is especially useful, as cross-promotional content can be created that benefits both your business and other organisations within the city or community.
Say you have a marketing associate in-house. Sure, they’ll be great, and they’ll do the best they can with the skills they have. But, realistically, the proper running of an effective, highly successful campaign is a job far beyond what a one-man-band can achieve.
This is why hiring a local agency is a massive win. Not only will you be supporting local talent, but you’ll have a full team of trained people on the task. This way, you can rest assured that every aspect of your campaign is covered – not just the select aspects that one employee can manage.
Fresh, innovative thinking
London is a hive of creative minds. As a city, it attracts some of the country’s – or indeed the world’s – top innovators. This is one of the biggest benefits of using a London-based digital agency: you’re guaranteed the best service in the business. People come from far and wide to work in London’s digital marketing scene, creating a vast pool of talent you can tap into if your London-based business opts to go local.
Now you’ve got an idea of the different types of London based agencies and the services they offer, it’s time to think about getting some tailor-made quotes for your business.
As every business is different, and each campaign will have its own unique requirements that will need to be budgeted for, it’s nigh-on impossible to get a cost estimate without receiving a direct quote from an agency itself.
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