As featured in The Drum. By Tom Ewing, Account Director
The agency spectrum can often look in danger of becoming a vast expanse of homogeneity, as this particular Twitter post illustrates pretty well.
This is, of course, unavoidable to a certain extent when the vast majority of clients have a range of similar wants and needs – there are only so many ways to skin a cat and no-one has (as yet) managed to reinvent the wheel in the world of marketing services. However, surprisingly for an industry that is built on creativity, there are very few who excel in standing out from the crowd and who do things that are truly unique and intriguing.
The best in their field are those who go the extra mile to cement their reputation as an innovator and leader of the pack. Whether your proposition revolves around technical innovation, cost effectiveness or out and out creativity, there is always more that you can do beyond client work to add weight to your claims and to bolster your repertoire of experiences.
As the current fad for storytelling in marketing proves, people can be counted on to buy into a good tale and it could be that extra little something that you do outside of client projects that gets you across the line and on to those fabled pitch lists. Sideline creative projects and in-house endeavours done purely for the love (or the fame) are a fantastic way to stimulate your team, to provide evidence of your passion and to differentiate yourself from the 1000 other agencies who share your ‘unique’ way of working.
Here are 5 agencies who (we think) go above and beyond their peers, who put themselves out there and who spin a good yarn: