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Top Small Digital Agencies in the UK


You wanted to know Beast London’s pick of the top small digital agencies in the UK?

We’ve done a little digging, and come up with a couple of class acts when it comes to small digital agencies in the UK. These guys are award winners and they have proved their worth, and I promise they are worthy. From video content production and content services to brand story video production and website production, these guys are smashing it.

INK Digital Agency

In 15 years INK Digital Agency has gone from 1 person on a cramped desk with a computer, to an award winning small digital agency with offices in Halifax and Melbourne. They come across as a really friendly bunch of people who know their stuff. You get a great vibe from their site and I was tempted to swing by for a cuppa, well, I would have done if I had happened to be in Halifax, which I wasn’t. But the promise of childhood biscuits nearly made me make the journey for a chat about digital content and how much clients love trackable data! I doubt there are any digital marketing troubles that can’t be solved with a good cup of tea and a custard cream (oh, and I guess you need the digital content stuff too). They want to immerse themselves in your brand and deliver creative solutions and you can’t help but trust that they will deliver.

INK Digital Agency were voted the number one digital agency in the UK for client satisfaction, in The Drum’s Independent Agencies Census in 2016. And it wasn’t just in 2016 either; it was two years in a row! They also won Best Website at Creativepool’s 2016 awards. They won this award for their work with Princess Yachts, a luxury manufacturer of yachts. And having spent a little time looking around that site, I can see why they won the award for it. The site is super swish and simplistic, all clean lines and elegance – just like you want from your yacht. You can tell that a lot of love and pride goes into everything they do. Whether you are just browsing through their site or you are looking at the projects they have on the go at the moment, you can tell that they love what they do, and that they are good at doing it.

They were also finalists in a whole host of things at the RAR Digital Awards 2016. Finalists in categories ranging from Digital Strategy, Email Marketing and Strategic Thinking, to Effectiveness, Value for Money and On Time. On top of that, this was the fifth year running in which they had been nominated in the Effectiveness category – these guys were seriously slaying. There are no judges for these awards. Everything is voted for by people who have actually had experience with the agencies, that’s pretty meaningful stuff. If someone you have worked with is spending time and effort on voting for you to win an award, then you must have made an impact.

Impression

Impression was nominated as one of the best small agencies in the UK at the UK Agency Awards 2016. They were shortlisted for this award two years on the bounce, so they must be good, right? Their managing director is a guy called Charlie Hartley and over the last year or so, new team members have been joining and they have become a registered Google partner! Recently they have been working with the luxury events company Villiers London. They have been working with them on their branding, website and photos, amongst other things. The site is looking great, and navigating through it you can really see that these guys know their stuff.

They specialise in using creative thinking to grow brands, and they have a “digital first” approach to their marketing strategies. In 2017, they picked up an “honourable mention” at Awwwards Website Awards for the work they did on their project with Villiers London. To get to that point, the project went to a public vote, before being put in front of a panel. The panel was a specialist panel formed by bloggers, designers and agencies in the industry. The judging criteria includes design, content and creativity, amongst other things.

Also in 2017, Impression received “special kudos” at the CSS Design Awards. The CSS Design Awards panel is made up of a panel of international judges. These judges are professionals leading the way in the industry, and together, they judge the best websites and digital content in the world (wow!). The Special Kudos award is awarded in recognition of great creativity, coding and usability in website design. Impression won this award for their new website. Having spent a bit of time on this site scouting around, I can see why it won an award. Its great! Easy to use, clear, simple and it looks amazing too. You can tell some serious thought has gone into it for sure.

They have a great bit of video content on their site which explains exactly what they are about, and you can take a look at here if you are interested. They start by analysing your brand, content and current strategy, before they start looking ahead. It’s important to recognise where you are coming from and where you want to get to, before you start making your journey with your digital content agency. They want to look at your customer base and competitors, and from there, they will start setting goals and creating a pathway to get you to where you want to be. You really get the feel from these guys that they know what they are on about. They come across as clear cut, knowledgeable and on the ball. As a video production company it is always a great pleasure to work with creative agencies that are working hard to make great work that is meaningful and effective.

Both of these guys are well worth taking a look at. Without a doubt, you will see why they are our top small digital agencies in the UK.