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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...


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.  

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.

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.

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.

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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